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Stuck on Backsplash, Tile or Glass, Light or Dark
notting
January 14, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I would love to have someone's opinon on what to do with my backsplash, new construction. We have Juperana Persia granite, moderate white 6140 SW cabinets, Jacobean stained white oak floor, and Macadamia 6142 SW on the walls. Should I go white/cream with a ceramic subway tile, or do a medium beige/dark brown glass subway tile? I have inspiration pics attached as well as our granite and colors
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Scott's Creative Home
The attached picture shows the white subway tile which blend with the cabinets and counter. Notice the dark island and large chandelier. These two elements are distinct focal points. If you pan to have eye catching architectural elements you could consider blending the backsplash with the cabinets. If you want the backsplash to be the eye catching element, use a contrasting tile with visual interest.
January 14, 2013 at 5:50am   
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notting
Thank you. We will not have an island or the light fixures in the kitchen, maybe the backsplash needs to make more of a statement. I appreciate your feedback.
January 14, 2013 at 5:53am   
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feeny
I prefer the more subdued backsplash choice, but I usually prefer kitchens that make a statement with the coherence of the whole design rather than drawing too much attention to one element. But that is a personal preference, not a rule.
January 14, 2013 at 6:01am     
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Artistico
What style are you trying to achieve?
January 14, 2013 at 6:05am   
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notting
I like the warmth of the golds in the paint and granite lots of simple lines not fussy more timeless less trendy I like the idea of the cream cabinets against the dark shiny floor maybe less contrast everywhere else
January 14, 2013 at 7:03am   
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Granite Transformations
Hi Melissa,

My vote would be for a darker subway tile. We have a few that you might like, you can view them here- http://www.granitetransformations.com/southjersey/products/mosaic-tiles/colors/subway/

I think Noir would be a great fit. Good luck with you decision!
January 14, 2013 at 7:34am     
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Susan Jablon Mosaics
Hi Melissa!
You could do a monochromatic tile backsplash in a color that blends in with your cabinets, and then your floor would really pop. Or you could do a tile in a mosaic that really highlights your granite. Like Scott's Creative Home commented, it's up to you what you want to be the real focal point of your kitchen. Below are some ideas for you. You can also create your very own custom mosaic using the mosaic designer on our website.
January 14, 2013 at 8:54am     
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notting
Does anyone have a favorite?
January 15, 2013 at 3:26am   
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Artistico
Bottom right is my vote. Vertical lay not horizontal.
January 15, 2013 at 4:43am     
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Diana Bier Interiors, LLC
It depends on the look you're trying to achieve. The thin glass tiles are more contemporary and the tumbled brown mosaic is more traditional. The multi-colored small mosaics are very busy, and may be jarring with the granite.

I love subway tile--did you consider one in a medium brown tone that coordinates with the granite? They come in a crackled finish too, which is interesting but doesn't compete with the busy-ness of your granite.
January 15, 2013 at 4:51am     
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Marina Klima Goldberg - Klima Design Group
I like the upper right . It looks like it has the feeling you want to achieve: warm, timeless, enough contrast with the granite and it yet will stand out because it does have enough color and TEXTURE. Ok, my thinking: top left is too stripy for the space, the lower left is way to dark and fights the granite, lower right is too light and shiny.
January 15, 2013 at 5:08am     
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