Please suggest a backsplash!

amandasplitFebruary 15, 2013

Everyone here has way better vision than me - can you help? We've got carrera counters, white uppers, "cherry chocolate" lowers except one wall that's all white (where the microwave is in this pic), and very dark floors. The house is technically Eichler style but at this point I've kindof given up on MCM (clearly) and things are turning out to be straight up contemporary. We keep coming back to this long blue green glass tile but would LOVE some input. I've been thinking about this for months and am getting no where. The kitchen is open to our family room and dining room, which is painted BM Revere Pewter and has the same dark floors. The only thing I'm pretty sure I don't want is more carrera.

Thanks SO MUCH in advance!

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karin_mt

Beautiful kitchen! I really like your choices so far, as well as your clean, contemporary style.

We used a tile quite similar to your sample, but in a pale green. While I love that tile, I'm wondering if that long shape is a little too contemporary for the space? Either that or the blue color is throwing me. I feel like it's close but perhaps not an exact marriage. Maybe that same tile but in white, clear or grey? That might be too monochromatic, but it would also blend perfectly with the counter and cabinets.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 8:49AM
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remodelfla

Love the glass. We did something similar with 4x12

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 9:09AM
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amandasplit

Thanks for saying that Karin, I'm second guessing everything! It's feeling a little cold and stark to me so far.

Remodelfla I love your kitchen! What color/style is that tile?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 10:06AM
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remodelfla

Thank you. The tile is (I think) Frosted Spa Green and it's from www.glasstilestore.com

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 10:08AM
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ellendi

I like the idea of a light gray glass tile. I like the way the green in remodelfa's BS picks up the green in her SS. You could probably achieve a similar feel with a gray glass.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 10:58AM
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raehelen

Your kitchen is beautiful! Have you thought of mocking up a BS using paint? Since you are probably going to go with a glass tile, you could even paint green or blue (whatever shades come in the tile you are contemplating) on a piece of glass and hold it hold up on the wall. I personally love blue, (and green), but I bet more people would choose green statistically, so keep that in mind when asking for opinions! :>)

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:13AM
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Linelle

I love your kitchen so far! I'm one of the people who would choose green, which I think brings more warmth and an organic feel. I'm not a fan of blue, and I think, together with the gray of the counters, it's a little cold looking.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:21AM
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amandasplit

Ahhh I thought gray too! But all the grays we've been finding is too dark. I should keep looking. I also agree with green but we are having the hardest time finding the right shade! This tile is slightly greener looking in person (only slightly).

If anyone has any suggestions on shades I'm all ears!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:29AM
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nosoccermom

How about backpainted glass?

Here is a link that might be useful: backpainted glass

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:35AM
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EAM44

I love mid-century modern design, and for some reason these random brick mosaics feel very "Mad Men" sexy to me. The colors of the first seem a little strong, but I've included it so you can see the installation images to get an idea of the overall look. The colors of the second mosaic are a little more subdued and would pair better with your stone.

With your paint color and marble I would eschew any more grey unless it's accompanied by other colors. I like sheet glass bs material in some very modern applications, but not in yours, I think.

Right now your only colors are brown, white and grey. Definitely add some color, although maybe not the powder blue you've chosen. I like the idea of the rectangular tile - how would you feel about a deeper grey-blue?





    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 4:19PM
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island

Cool space! I think a glass tile would be a great fit, but I too would prefer a shade of green rather than blue. I think it's warmer, easily coordinates with other colors and I just plain like green so I'm biased! I like the light color, brick layout and sleek vibe of remodelfla's backsplash and could easily envision that in your kitchen. Don't know the exact shade that works for you, but a light tint and monochrome would keep it serene and modern.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 5:38PM
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detroit_burb

any time anyone brings up backpainted glass, tears come to my eyes. I really love it, but can't afford it - yet.

I love your kitchen, I love the blue glass. My kitchen is very very similar, black/white/contemporary-ish, and I've been sitting on backsplash choices for over a year. I keep ordering more and more samples. It is interesting that with such a neutral background, truly many choices look great, but it seems to have made it more difficult for me to choose.

I may end up doing a very dark gray with some sort of contrasting inset over the range, but what exactly that inset will be is still eluding me.

I will follow this to see how your ends up.

But, bottom line, I love the blue tile.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 9:01PM
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nosoccermom

There are some interesting discussions about achieving backpainted glass on a low budget (if you google it). The least expensive solution, see below, but also check out this:
http://www.thekitchn.com/diy-backpainted-158552
and especially http://www.glasspaint.com/
They offer free samples and also post an how-to video
http://www.glasspaint.com/glass-paint-information/glass-paint-video/
Gallery http://www.glasspaint.com/glass-paint-information/glass-paint-backsplash-gallery/

Here is a link that might be useful: glass backsplash

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 11:21AM
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nosoccermom

There are some interesting discussions about achieving backpainted glass on a low budget (if you google it). The least expensive solution, see below, but also check out this:
http://www.thekitchn.com/diy-backpainted-158552
and especially http://www.glasspaint.com/
They offer free samples and also post an how-to video
http://www.glasspaint.com/glass-paint-information/glass-paint-video/
Gallery http://www.glasspaint.com/glass-paint-information/glass-paint-backsplash-gallery/

Here is a link that might be useful: glass backsplash

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 11:22AM
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