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mchelz3
November 8, 2012 in Design Dilemma
Opinions on this kitchen backsplash with our counters? Seems to match pretty well, but will it be too busy with our counters? (Don't mind the black elecrical tape holding it up). :-)
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dricko
I think the color is fine, but the scale is off. The mosaics are too small for the pattern in the countertop. I think a 3 x 6 or 4 x 4 in the same travertine/marble color family would work better.
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Christa
I agree with the above comment, I think travertine would look nice. If you go to photo's and type in "travertine backsplash" you will find a picture from joannakpl3
I believe that would look beautiful in your kitchen.
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Inspired Interiors by Wendi, IIDA
I agree with dricko that a larger scaled backsplash would work better. I would also go with something more neutral, given how "busy" the countertops are. Here is a kitchen I recently designed using the same granite and a tumbled marble backsplash on the diagonal: http://inspiredinteriorsbywendi.com/gallery/
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Natalie
Hi---3 options for you. I suggest painting your walls a neutral taupe/gray color and adding brushed nickel hardware to your cabinets/drawers to balance the warm hues in your space. Check colors: SW7017 Dorian Gray and 7018 Dovetail... Good Luck! :)
http://www.mytilebacksplash.com/belliniharlequinseaweed.aspx http://www.mytilebacksplash.com/davincidesertmulti.aspx http://www.mytilebacksplash.com/visionseriesblendcappucinnolinear.aspx
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tfm2012
I agree, I think the small tile and the detail in the granite would be too busy- if you tiled the whole thing with it. If you love it, you could think about incorporating it and using it as a part of the back splash.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Backsplashes should do more than "match pretty well" as you describe the one you've tentatively selected above. A lot of tile stores employ professional interior designers to help their clients. I suggest you take a granite sample, or a good picture, to two or three local tile dealers and ask for help. You may find something beautiful that's not in your budget. Don't despair. A beautiful mosaic can look fabulous mixed with a larger, less expensive tile. It's like wearing diamond earrings instead of a sequined sweater. Below is a drawing showing how you can use a small amount of glass tile and achieve a simple and beautiful backsplash. Frequently a single square foot of an expensive glass mosaic could be all you'd need in your kitchen.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
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Selma Hammer Designs
I would use that fusion tile in the photo as an accent tile, use 6 rows of it and run it horizontally. I would use a neutral travertine, 4 x 4" field tile. That way your accent tile will be the feature, but not too much or too busy. Just be careful not to run the accent tile at the height of electrical outlets because it will break up the line and look funny. Good luck!
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Selma Hammer Designs
I would use that fusion tile in the photo as an accent tile, use 6 rows of it and run it horizontally. I would use a neutral travertine, 4 x 4" field tile. That way your accent tile will be the feature, but not too much or too busy. Just be careful not to run the accent tile at the height of electrical outlets because it will break up the line and look funny. Good luck!
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olldcan
Too busy and too much grout. I think with such a busy top I'd try to find larger scale tiles with little pattern. Even If you don't have a sample chip of the laminate Home depot I believe stocks this counter amongst others and It's used in several displays. Since it's in stock, make a trip to the tile aisle and grab several possibilities to put them right on a piece of counter. I can think of a tumbled marble they have that looks fantastic with this top. Used only as a border with a plain field tile of same tone.
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loves2read
Agree that the sample square is too busy for that granite--but would be helpful to see larger photo of kitchen with the different runs of blacksplash areas---as well as the flooring and the light available...

You will probably want something over the cooktop that is more of a focal point design and not just continuation of the general backsplash...
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mchelz3
Thanks all for your suggestions! Returned the other sample and will keep looking! :-)
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Hibbler-Properties
The size and color of the mosaics are off. I'd suggest any type 4x4 of glossy tile (off white, light tan or if your appliances are dark, then consider a dark shiny tile such as dark brown or charcoal grey, to add some bling) placed diagonally will really bump it up a notch and is less expensive than glass tiles. You could also consider stainless steel tiles placed diagonally. You can find these online.
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anitajoyce
I agree with a lot of the comments also. The tile pattern is too busy and too small. Something in one color or a more subtle color and in a bigger tile would work better. A subway tile would be nice to go with the counter top.
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Susan Jablon Mosaics
I would go with something in a richer brown to really accent the speckles in the granite. Everything in the photo looks pretty mid-toned, a simple deeper backsplash will add more depth and make the counters shine.
1 Like   November 9, 2012 at 8:15AM
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mchelz3
@ Susan... Where can I find those back splashes?
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Susan Jablon Mosaics
The first design is a combination of JB1504 Brown Frosted Glass tile and JM1201 Brown Slate Metallic Glass Tile. The second is a combination of SUBR2292 Opaque Deep Brown Glass Subway Tile, SUBR3292 Deep Brown Iridescent Glass Subway Tile, and SUBR4292 Matte Deep Brown Glass Subway Tile.

I actually custom designed these for you in our Mosaic Designer, http://www.susanjablon.com/designer/mosaic-designer.html
You can also design your own if you'd like. We can send you samples of anything you'd like so you can be sure it looks perfect in person!
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mchelz3
Found this one last night...heading out tommorrow to do some more looking. Opinions?
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
It doesn't seem to have any of the brown tones in it that you would need to go with your granite. It appears black, gray and white to me, which is not what you should be selecting. Quite attractive, tho, for someone else!
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Heidi Ross
You can find backsplash like Susan posted at Home Depot and Lowes
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olldcan
Your laminate counter is in stock at Home Depot, they have numerous potential backsplash tiles to match. That one is too grey :(
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anitajoyce
Keep looking. I don't think the colors of go together too well.
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mchelz3
Here are some choices from Home Depot...
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mchelz3
Another...
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mchelz3
Another option?
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Anna
Put in a new kitchen, dark cherry with black tops, used bead board paneling and painted it a bees wax by sherwin williams, the great room opens to the kitchen is a much lighter shade of that color, I like rich warm colors
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mchelz3
One more and off to Lowes
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olldcan
Oh, way better. I like the 1st or 3rd one a lot. The 2nd picture has a green tinge to the glass, maybe it's my monitor though. Are you at HDEP now. Can you put them up to the counter top in the store
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mchelz3
At lowes now... No they didn't have the countertop in stock. We just gutted our kitchen awhile back.
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olldcan
The dark brown is nice too and might me the answer to give your kitchen some punch :)
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anitajoyce
Look at the subway tiles in the stores also with a more subtle color.
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mchelz3
Lowes
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anitajoyce
Any lighter shades to choose from? I like the size and shape of the tile . You are getting there! Look at the white or beige ones also. Something in a subway tile with a more glossy finish to it. This will be a good balance between the counter color and cabinet color
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olldcan
It would go but seems to look like a safe choice. If your looking for something more on trend then I would say no to that one
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mchelz3
Agreed... I seem to favor the stone mix and more the rectangle shape.
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mchelz3
Eenie meanie miny mo.... Opinions on my final two choices?
0 Likes   November 11, 2012 at 3:11PM
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mchelz3
Closer view
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olldcan
LOL I was wondering if you fell asleep and spent the night at Lowes. Just noticed you have a black sink and funny how seeing that would change my mind. Definitely a broader view of the kitchen can influence a decision. I think the one on the left that's darker is a better choice.
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januo
I have cream gloss units and unsure what colour to paint walls to bring out the colour if units any ideas what goes best
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anitajoyce
The one to the left is the better choice. Thanks for showing more of the kitchen. That helps a lot.
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olldcan
Hi januo, best to post your question in Design Dilemma, add a few pictures to help better describe your space. Once everyone can see, they'll be more help and opinions than you could imagine, good luck to you. I'll watch for your post and pictures and help if I can :)
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mchelz3
Ha, no didn't fall asleep there, we were busy the rest of the day with our side business and had our oldest daughter and her college friends over for ribs and wings! Would take a better picture of the kitchen, but I have cookie trays laying all over right now! :-) To give you a visual the countertops go all the way down one wall with the exception of the break of the black sink, (which I LOVE), and the stove. Then we also put in a island with stools with the countertop carried over there too. So glad I found this site, everyone has been so helpful!
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anitajoyce
Send a photo anyway, we don't care about the trays (thanks for telling us). or just push them to the side. Seeing the whole space is the most important thing right now for you and all of us that have commented to give an opinion.
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mchelz3
Kitchen view...
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anitajoyce
Very nice kitchen. Love it! Still like the tile on the left in the last photo you posted. Will you be adding any hardware to the cabinets? If so brushed nickel round knobs for the doors and brushed nickel pulls or handles for the drawers would be a nice accent also. This will go nicely with the stainless on your appliances.
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mchelz3
View with pantry and island...
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mchelz3
Thanks! I will keep the hardware in mind...I've been fine without it....more to clean!
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Natalie
Yes, left...
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anitajoyce
Thanks. Lovely kitchen. Please post pictures when you 're done.
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olldcan
Oh who cares about cookie trays.. : )....wait, your not asking us to clean them are you? I have sweaty hockey equipment drying out on mine so it can be worse. Okay, that confirms it for me. I'm staying with the darker one on the left. Nice kitchen, the under cabinet lighting will really show how beautiful the darker tile really is.
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mchelz3
Is there a 'how to' guide on here on installing backsplash? What about grout color?
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olldcan
I'm not sure about a guide on Houzz but here's a link to a how to video that should put your mind to ease. You can totally do this project yourself with great results
For the grout, I'd pick a dark one to match the tile so it blends in seamlessly.

www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20337249,00.html

Please post after pics, I'd love to see when it's complete. Then you can remove the cookie trays
Ahhhhh life :)
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mchelz3
Finally got hubby to come to Home Depot with and here is his choice.
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dricko
I'm going to agree with your husband. It's hard to tell from the picture if the tiles are tan or gray, but I love the 4 x 4 with the glass mosaic accent. It even looks like there's a little black in there too. I think you'll be much happier if you go with a larger tile than if you go with something like you posted yesterday. You don't want someone to walk into your kitchen and just notice the backsplash. You want them to walk in and see the whole of your beautiful kitchen. Can you post a picture of this sample in your kitchen when you get home?
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mchelz3
Not sure on which tile and problem being the electrical outlets down the wall, also what would we do when we got to the stove. So yay or nay? Which color tile?
1 Like   November 12, 2012 at 6:20PM
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dricko
Yay!!!! I think you've finally found it!!!! I like the 2nd and 3rd tile colors. The first is too close to the countertop. Of course all this is assuming I'm seeing the colors as they actually are. I would run the tile behind the stove so there is a straight run of tile all along that wall/counter.
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calikym
I like option 3 with the green glass. It adds color and lightens the look up. :). I like it by a wide margin tbh.
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olldcan
I still like the dark mosaic the best with your counter. I have actually purchased that exact counter on numerous occasions and although on the lighter side, it's quite busy. Now "busy" is exactly why I'd stay away from all the other mosaics you have chose. Don't get me wrong, they're beautiful but your counter has quite a bit going on. I wouldn't choose a tile like the bottom 3 from HDEP. The 6x6 size is a little out dated and because they're just like the wall colour behind them, so may as well not bother.

The mosaic I like is the thinest of all that you have chose and easy to cut with tile nippers.

Yes, tile behind the stove. I usually start the tile about 3" below the counter top height. Just so you don't see the bottom row if your looking at an angle.

Sorry, what's your concern with the electrical outlets?
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mchelz3
With the electrical outlets, I was concerned with if we ran one strip down that it would be so broken up with having three of them on the wall at the same level. Then, once you got to the stove you wouldn't even see the strip, as it would run behind it. Check out my post on basement kitchenette and let me know what you think, we just picked the cabinets and countertop up tonight. :-)
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olldcan
Oh I see, yes accent strips lined up with outlets, not the best idea. Can I suggest that if you go with a darker backsplash that you change the electrical outlets to a dark colour as well, just so they don't stand out so much. I'll check your other post
1 Like   November 12, 2012 at 7:50PM
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olldcan
I just wanted to pass this link to you ....just incase you wanted to update your oak cabinets or change the colour of you island.
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/242314
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mchelz3
Cabinets are staying as is, they were all replaced just a few years ago.
0 Likes   November 13, 2012 at 4:39AM
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mchelz3
Cabinets are staying as is, they were all replaced just a few years ago.
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greenthumb2
The second tile color is dreamy, very relaxing. Good job. Wow, you really have the feed back. Enjoy that kitchen!
1 Like   November 13, 2012 at 4:46AM
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greenthumb2
PS. you can custom paint your cover plates to match your tile. Just an idea if the white is too bright for you. Use acrylic and coat with clear.
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christi_howitt
Second colour is the best with the mosaic and it doesn't have anything like a textural feel to it . The lighter solid colour let's the eye relax before seeing another pattern in the mosaic or counter.
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