Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2019

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Designers discuss trends, utility, style and other considerations behind selections of cohesive countertops and backsplashes. BY KIM BERNDTSON The Dynamic Duo urface selections for countertops and backsplashes run the gamut from natural stone and quartz to porcelain, ce- ramic, glass and much more. Given that diversity, it can be a challenge to find just the right balance between the two for a cohesive design that isn't too much…or too little. "If there isn't enough going on, the space can look builder- grade or unplanned," says Amber Carfield, design director, Kitchens By Good Guys in Scottsdale, AZ. "However, if you go over the top, it can be overwhelming, or potentially turn people off. I always suggest that clients gravitate toward two or three things that pull at their heart. Typically, one of those might be a focal point backsplash with a supportive coun- tertop. But in certain kitchens, it's the countertop that draws attention with a fun color or bold vein, which is then comple- mented with a clean backsplash." Marsha Calus, owner, Exquisite Kitchen Designs in South Lyon, MI, agrees. "We don't want materials to fight one another," she says. "You either want the countertop to steal the show as a 'wow' factor with a more uniform backsplash, or vice versa where the countertop is more uniform in color, pattern or design so the backsplash can have more impact." S Photo: Jonathan R. Beckerman; Beckerman Photography 40 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019

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