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Backsplash Ideas for Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops: 2022

April 22, 2022
5 min read

Three main elements come to play when designing a kitchen: cabinets, countertops, and backsplash. Oftentimes, cabinets and countertops carry the most weight as they are the most eye-catching yet functional elements in the kitchen. But that doesn’t mean you should leave the backsplash to chance. The backsplash, if done right, will be the piece that brings the whole kitchen design together.

If you’ve already settled for dark cabinets and light countertops for your kitchen, you may be stuck wondering what the right kitchen backsplash colour, style, and design is for you. Here we’ll explore popular backsplash ideas for dark cabinets and light countertops.

Let’s get started.

4043 Primordia – Design + Construction: Birchwood Homes 

Backsplash for Dark Cabinets

Dark cabinets offer a charismatic appeal. Whether a homeowner opts for neutral colours like black or brown, or decides on a more dramatic colour pick such as dark green or navy blue, dark cabinets need the perfect backsplash in order to create a cohesive look.

To balance the dark cabinets, light-coloured countertops such as white, cream, light gray, and beige are often chosen. While the stark difference between dark cabinets and light counters can be a daunting task, seamless blending of the opposing colours can be achieved in a number of ways. Here is a few of our favourite ways to blend this combination with the right backsplash.

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas for Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops

Before choosing a backsplash design, it’s best to understand the main aim of your backsplash. Consider whether the backsplash aims to make a statement or fade into the background. It’s also essential that you have an idea of the style of your kitchen as a whole and how the backsplash will add to this design.

Let’s look at some backsplash ideas.

Create a More Dramatic Effect with a Dark Backsplash Design

Dark cabinetry and light countertops can be paired with a dark backsplash design to create a striking monochromatic aesthetic. While achieving this isn’t easy, this design is endlessly chic and can create a dream kitchen space. For this design, consider a crisp white countertop, such as Caesarstone’s 1141 Pure White, along with white accents, range hoods, and trim to keep the space from becoming too dark.

Install Chevron Kitchen Backsplash

A chevron tile backsplash is a dynamic way to accent your kitchen wall. Many of these high-powered chevron backsplashes offer beautiful tile designs in natural stone, glass, marble, and metal. In fact, the chevron style is among the most popular modern kitchen backsplash ideas today. Specifically, a light grey chevron pattern is a great option that can pair well with a dark cabinet light countertop kitchen design.

5121 Layalite

Consider Black or Brown Hints for the Backsplash

Have a black or brown veined light quartz countertop? A black or brown kitchen backsplash can be a bold move to create a sleek, yet cohesive look. Not only is this an elegant pairing, but the black or brown colour will also work well to hide spills that occur on the backsplash.

The Simpler the Pattern, the Better

When choosing between backsplash ideas, it sometimes pays off to take a simplistic approach. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, why not keep it simple by using classic subway tile? Subway tile is known to pair well with dark cabinets and light countertops.

Try a Mosaic Tile Backsplash

A mosaic design is one of the best backsplash ideas for dark cabinets and light countertops. Plus, it’s one of the easiest ways to make an upgrade to an old worn-out kitchen backsplash, as this can be done on a tight budget. Another advantage of ceramic tile is it’s available in a wide range of colours, designs and styles.

Mix and Match Backsplash Patterns and Materials

Have you been dreaming of a variety of patterns, materials, and colours for your backsplash? A dark cabinet and white countertop design can go well with a blend of these design elements. Imagine some patterned ceramic tiles to pair with a light blue colour on the backsplash to create a one-of-a-kind, Mediterranean-inspired visual. This combination would not only liven up the kitchen space but also blend cohesively with your light-and-dark theme.

5161 Icellion

Don’t Rush When Selecting the Backsplash Material

When it comes to your backsplash, the materials you use matter most as this crucial factor affects the final appearance of your kitchen design. Whether you choose tile, quartz, natural stone, stainless steel, or glass, you want to invest in a material that is water, stain, chip, and heat resistant.

Your backsplash should also be hygienic, hard-wearing, and easy to care for and maintain. For instance, a colour like Caesarstone’s 4043 Primordia would create a striking industrial-style backsplash to complement your dark cabinets, while also requiring minimal upkeep.

Further, you’ll want to stay away from any material that loses its shine or colour over time. We suggest taking samples of your cabinetry and countertops to a fabricator to help you make the best choice of backsplash material.


Quartz countertops remain the most popular countertops in many homes for their peerless benefits. Colours like 1001 Riverlet, 1004 Stoneburst, 5121 Layalite and 5161 Icellion would pair very nicely with dark-coloured cabinets, and elevate the look of any kitchen design. Get started and bring your ideas to fruition when you speak with a Caesarstone representative today.