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  • 1/15/2020 9:38 AM

What are the advantages of using natural stone as a kitchen backsplash?

While it might seem like a small thing, selecting a kitchen backsplash is just as important as choosing the countertops and the cabinetry. It is important that all three blend together harmoniously to create the luxurious kitchen of your dreams

Though there are many different options out there, there are advantages to using a natural stone kitchen backsplash. Natural stone makes a bold statement, adds value to the home and can be relatively inexpensive.


Bold Statement

Backsplashes have the ability to make a bold statement, whether they are an extension of the countertops or contrast heavily with them. Several sources recommend picking a backsplash that will not compete with the countertops. The focal point needs to be either the countertops or the backsplash, not both.

A good way to avoid this is either the countertops or the backsplash needs to be visually busy, otherwise the eye will have trouble focusing. The other should be more simplistic to compliment it. As with anything, there are some exceptions to this rule.

If the countertops and backsplash are the same material then both being busy is not a problem. Another exception is if there is a strong contrast between the two and they can be broken up from one another visually.

Some of the best and most popular natural stone kitchen backsplash options are marble, quartzites, soapstone and travertine.

Marble and quartzite are popular choices because they are timeless and full of personality with unique veining. Soapstone is resistant to both stains and heat, while travertine can add a touch of rustic charm to any kitchen.

Although we think of them as completely different spaces, many of the reasons why natural stone makes good bathroom countertops are the same reasons why they work well as backsplashes.

For example, one reason why granite makes an excellent bathroom countertop is because of how durable it is. That same material will also be great for the kitchen and as an added bonus granite is naturally bacteria and scratch resistant as well.



Having natural stone in your home adds value that will only increase as time goes on. Future buyers will appreciate that you took the time to select such great and durable materials all those years ago. If properly taken care of, a natural stone kitchen backsplash can last for a long time.

Being around natural materials can help your emotional health as well. Surrounding yourself with materials found in nature can bring out feelings of relaxation and rejuvenation.



Choosing natural stone can actually help you save money. More expensive alternatives like glass mosaics can cost you a pretty penny. Natural stone on the other hand, can be relatively affordable depending on the stone, size and style. One of the less expensive options is travertine.


GMS Werks is an experienced natural stone contractor that has been serving both residential and commercial customers in the Omaha community for more than a century. We offer more than 300 natural stone slabs and carry over 2,000 slabs, making us a leader in the natural stone trends industry. For more inquiries or more information, visit our showroom or contact us today!

We have been meeting the needs of both residential and commercial customers for over 90 years.