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Need help with my kitchen backsplash!

ariellesNovember 2, 2012
I have been putting this off for the while but my contractor is ready for the backsplash NOW and I really dont know what to select. The cabinets are Adele white from IKEA (which is really an off-white), as you can see the granite has whites/greys/purples and our floors are a greyish woodgrain porcelin......I am thinking white subway tile but not sure! Any ideas out there?
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
The granite is beautiful and has a lot of movement. I would go with the white subway tile and keep it simnple.
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 7:21AM
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charleee
I agree with Deborah regarding the subway tiles, but if your granite is off-white you might want to compare a sample of the white and the off-white to see which one is more compatible.
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arielles
Thank you both! Of these four, which do you like most?
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 7:28AM
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charleee
The flatter the tile and the tighter the grout lines, the easier to clean and keep clean. How's that for politically correct?
1 Like    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 7:32AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
We have installed a couple of the white/off-white subway backspashes in the beveled edge and I personally love them. They create interest. Your top right looks like the ones we have used - and we match the grout to the tile instead of something that stands out.
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 7:36AM
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Stoneshop
It is very difficult to match up colors on the computer because of monitor settings, etc. My vote would be for a beveled subway tile, with tight grout lines (as Bobbi suggested), and choose a grout color as close to the tile as you can. You want the tile to be the star, NOT the grout lines. Definately go to your local tile shop with a sample of your granite to choose the correct color white for your tile. It will look phenomenal!
1 Like    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 7:38AM
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Trends in Tile
My vote is for the beveled subway. Beautiful & classic look that will not compete, but will add visual interest!
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 7:53AM
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Lotus Construction Group
I vote for the beveled Subway as well. The shadows that are created from the bevel will be nice in your kitchen.Make sure to use an epoxy or urethane based grout for stain resistance.
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 8:02AM
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Natalie
I do favor the beveled, but from what I can see in the pic, it looks like there is quite a difference in your whites... Be careful what you choose. Pic for color combo... Good Luck! [houzz=]
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 8:18AM
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
Whites can be tricky - make sure you choose the color that works with your cabinets AND your granite!
1 Like    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 8:23AM
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DaVinci Floors & Granite
All good advice. Yes you will need to check your whites. If you need to, you could go with a very soft gray subway tile as well. You are on the right track, good luck!
1 Like    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 11:22AM
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Aggie Purvinska
Yup, that's him calling your cell!

Normally I like white subway, but I think stainless or gray would work great here!
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 11:37AM
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benjijk
some other ideas:
a great glass mosaic that might work with your design.
http://tiledaily.com/2011/11/19/small-brick-iridescent-glass-mosaic-grey/

Steel mosaics are trendy and cool, but on the more expensive side:
http://tiledaily.com/category/stainless-steel/

White:
http://tiledaily.com/2012/10/22/random-brick-ripple-glass-mosaic-cream/
http://tiledaily.com/2012/10/19/linear-random-brick-glass-mosaic-4-colors/
http://tiledaily.com/2012/06/01/iridescent-glass-bars-mosaic/
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 12:54PM
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arielles
I am at Ann Saks - what about this one? Not beveled but white with grey edges which complement the granite.
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Lotus Construction Group
Did it feel right? Looks like you found a winner!
    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 5:37PM
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Stoneshop
That tile does look nice--very modern. Did you get it?
    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 6:02AM
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arielles
I need to decide today, I think I'm going with it. Now the questions is 3x6 or 2x4 the stacked or offset? I'm leaning towards 3x6 stacked..more modern? Here is a kitchen update pic.
    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 7:58AM
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foodiest
What about a solid stainless steel backsplash. Would coordinate well with the stone. Check out the link! I think it would work well because it's a small area!

http://www.quickshipmetals.com/304-stainless-steel/kitchen-backsplash-stainless-steel.html
    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 8:04AM
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Stoneshop
3" x 6" stacked is definately the more modern choice. So, if you want a very modern space, go with that design. If you want to make it a little bit more traditional, then choose the brick pattern.
    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 8:08AM
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Natalie
I think the tile with the gray edge would look fine with the marble---the warm white of the cabs is my concern... Really do like the tile though. :)
1 Like    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 9:21AM
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Toni Sabatino
I agree with Natalie. have you put the tiles against the cabinetry? Best to get a sample and bring it home.
    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 9:50AM
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