Silestone is a brand name owned by the Texas-based company Cosentino USA. Silestone is a quartz-based, solid surface countertop product that provides many advantages including stain and scratch resistance and low maintenance. The Silestone brand claims its quartz surfaces are hygienic and able to withstand limited heat exposure without scorching. Quartz is a natural stone that measures a seven on the Mohs Hardness Scale and does not require sealing to protect its surface — softer stones such as marble do require sealing to prevent stains.
Use a Single Color
Silestone solid color countertops retain the flecks and texture found in stone surfaces. Choosing a single colored glass tile backsplash that matches a solid, single color Silestone countertop creates a solid visual backdrop in a kitchen or bath. The rectangular shaped glass tile complements the solid Silestone surface texture without overpowering it, while providing a second layer of visual texture to the room. Building a backsplash and countertop in a single color allows flooring patterns, light fixtures, window treatments and accessories to become the focus of the room. A solid grey countertop specified from Silestone's Platinum Series, such as colors Carbono or Steel, matched with an equally deep, grey glass tile backsplash is a sophisticated choice.
Choose a Dominant Color
Silestone's Mountain Series provides a selection of multicolored textures in the mocha, black and grey color families. The mottled effect of this group of colors may seem daunting to work with, at first. However, selecting one of the countertop pattern colors to dominate the decor resolves the problem — a matching glass tile backsplash will reinforce that color in the room. For instance, Alpina White, a color found in Silestone's Mountain Series, uses white, mocha and grey in a contemporary combination. Selecting mocha as the dominant color means also choosing a mocha colored glass tile for the backsplash.
Delineate Between Surfaces
Some homeowners may like surfaces that are viewed as separate planes. Using a glass tile size that is similar to the countertop pattern size does not provide a visual separation. Instead, using a larger, subway sized tile — three by six inches — with a small, busy countertop pattern, such as Coffee Brown found in Silestone's Stone Series, visually separates the two surfaces. This provides more visual depth in the room and guests are more likely to be drawn into the space.
Another example of this technique would be to use a smaller glass tile — a square or rectangular pattern works — in a selection of colors and pair it with a solid color Silestone countertop. A countertop made from the color Green Fun, found in Silestone's Life! Series, combined with a matching green, white and grey patterned glass tile backsplash is a good choice.