Backsplash decisions - what to do??!

katy-louMarch 28, 2013

So now that we seem to be getting the cabinets moving, we need to decide what to do with the backsplash. Cabs are natural curly cherry, floor to ceiling 9'+ ceilings, counters are soapstone - likely either Santa Rita Venata or Anastasia (have both on hold will make decision at templating) window sills and apron for windows over stove and sink are soapstone. Copper hood

The big question is what do we do for the backsplash? 4" or so of soapstone and then paint or tile? Just tile from counter to cabs? Tile would likely be something from terra firma or motawi field tile. Key to decide before templating as backsplash would be cut first and then counter veining will be bookmatched up the wall. Ideas? Opinions?

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Sounds wonderful. If you do soapstone backsplash, I would do area behind stove as a solid slab, not 4"+tile. Here are some photos you have probably already seen.

This one is from House Beautiful and the soapstone backsplash is actually much larger/deeper than it appears in the photo. Perhaps 10"?

Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Architect John K. Anderson Design

This post was edited by kitchendetective on Fri, Mar 29, 13 at 5:28

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 5:12AM
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An older version of the layout but you get the idea.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 12:04PM
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For our soapstone and natural cherry, we used a slate corinth tile. I think it might work with a copper hood.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 12:51PM
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Dark cabs, dark stone, closed layout - I would choose a bs tile to brighten things up, and I'd tile from the junction of horizontal to vertical on up.

You might consider a mother of pearl mosaic, or possibly consider adding color. Both blue and green in the grey range would look good with your choices. Colors below are Vitrail glazes from Fireclay in Basil and Sea Blue, avalable in many other shapes/sizes.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 3:35AM
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I know most people on here are very much against having a small backsplash with tile above, but I'm SO happy we decided to go with a 2" granite backsplash and tile above. I think it sets the counters off & draws more attention to the awesome granite I have.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 9:35AM
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