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Need help with back bar

kriesenbecJanuary 2, 2013
Can't decide whether to put mirror or glass colored tiles as backsplash to our back bar. Our granite countertop has splashes of shiny blues in it.
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Rick Spence
some interesting subway tiles that pull out the blue in the granite could be nice.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 1:07AM
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Perhaps stainless tiles to coordinate with your fridge, and round tiles would break up all the squares: [houzz=]
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2 Likes    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 2:23AM
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I am fond of the mirror tile look for a bar, personally. It is neutral, plus many bars utilize mirrors in their design. It will also help to bounce around light in this (seemingly) small space.

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My second vote would be for olldbobbi's stainless steel tile suggestion.
    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 8:07AM
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Granite Grannies
Is that a Blue in the Night Granite? That stone picks up the colors next to it really well, so if you don't want to introduce any other colors, then a mirror/ mirrored tile would be great. It would definitely add a lot of shine to the room. However, if you wanted to play up the blue or introduce a new color, the Blue in the Night tends to looks like it's absorbed the colors next to it. It's a really cool effect. I think either option would look great in that space.
    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 9:00AM
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Susan Jablon Mosaics
Hi kriesenbec!
A fun and different idea would be to go with blue mirror tiles! It is a mirror so it keeps that effect, while adding a little more visual interest and pulling out the blue from the counters. We carry cobalt blue mirror tiles in 5 different sizes, below are some examples and here is a link to all of our mirror tiles: http://www.susanjablon.com/shop/glass-tiles-mosaic/specialty-tiles/mirror-tiles.html
    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 9:49AM
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Thank you so much for all of your ideas! The granite is called emerald pearl. Think I'll either go with the stainless tiles or mirror option.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 4:15PM
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Susan Jablon Mosaics
Here is an image of your granite with three different types of tile in a similar shape and size. The top is a cobalt mirror tile, the middle a stainless steel, and the third is called milk glass. It is white, with an iridescent finish that makes it look like a pale blue. Those tiles are curved and create a cool effect. Just another idea!
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 7:01AM
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A Kitchen That Works LLC
If budget is tight go with mirror, if not go with glass tile.
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 7:06AM
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Thanks! I think I like the milk glass!
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 11:06AM
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Susan Jablon Mosaics
It's really a very cool tile, and very popular! Here's an image of it in a kitchen:
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and here's the link to it on our site: http://www.susanjablon.com/3-4-inch-curved-white-milk-glass-subway-tile.html
1 Like    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 11:27AM
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Mirror tiles could be tough to keep clean. Glass or colored tiles would help to mask any spots
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 11:35AM
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