Designing a kitchen is one of the most enjoyable projects to take on as a homeowner. With so much space for creativity and elaboration allowed, you can truly take it in whatever direction you want. One of the biggest commitments you’ll make when it comes to designing your kitchen is your countertops. This then informs what you choose for your backsplash which can seem like an overwhelming task at first. Here is a guide to matching your countertops and backsplash that hopefully makes your design project flow smoothly: Start with your countertops. Beginning here is always a good way to get yourself on the right track. Countertops are more expensive and permanent than backsplashes, and is one of the things you’ll need to be extremely durable. Instead of trying to pair things right away, streamline your focus and really zero in on what works for you counter wise. What material is best? What colors stand out to you? Which ones complement your flooring? Choose which one you want to be front and center. A more modern look is to have both vibrant countertops as well as backsplashes. However, if you zero in on one that you truly want to stand out, you’ll be able to narrow your options in the other significantly. Choosing a more neutral countertop gives you more options later on as well as allows you to get creative with the coloring and design of your backsplash. You don’t have to match. Now, this is strictly in the traditional sense of matching. Instead of trying to directly match your counter and backsplash, focus more on the hues that are in your countertop and meditate on which colors compliment those hues best. If your counter is more cool and blue in nature, consider warmer more orange tones for your backsplash, and so on.