Size of backsplash tile for kitchen
Hi we just had new granite countertops installed a few months ago and now are trying to decide on backsplash. Our granite is busy so we have decided to go with a simple ceramic tile in a beige-cream. Overall, our house/decorating is neither particularly traditional nor contemporary/modern. What do you think of these options?
1. Should we stick with the classic 3x6 tiles or try something a bit different, such as 3x12 or 3x8 or 4.25x12 or 4.25x8?
2. If we choose something other than 3x6, should we go with the offset brick pattern (is that called running bond?) or go with stacked?
3. Our granite has a glossy finish. Should we go with a glossy or matte finish in the backsplash tile?
4. The space between the countertop and bottom of our cabinets is 18 inches. Am not sure how to make tiles that are 4.25 inches tall work. If I use 4 tiles, that comes to 17 inches. Add in a bit to account for grout lines and I am left with a bit of empty space (.75 inches?). Obviously I've never tiled before so I have no clue on spacing but does it sound like 4.25 inch tall tiles won't work? I don't want to do a pencil liner or border or anything like that.