backsplash wars

mela9130April 18, 2013

Need some advice, we are at a roadblock! DH wants travertine subway which resembles my porcelain floor color.... I prefer more contrast...Ideas? Suggestions? Color choices?
much appreciated...

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mpagmom

What is your countertop? I can't see DH winning this one...

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 10:45AM
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teachertile

Nooooo!!! Your kitchen is awesome!! I would avoid travertine at all costs.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 1:13PM
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mela9130

Thank you.. countertop is white carrara marble.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 2:52PM
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buildinva

Nooooo to travertine! Definitely something with more contrast/interest.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 3:41PM
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remodelfla

Travertine with carrara woulld be a HUGE mistake!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 4:41PM
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pricklypearcactus

Definitely no to travertine in my opinion! I think it would compete in a very bad way with carrara marble counters. Carrara is cool white and gray with more linear veining. Travertine is warm beige/yellow/brown/pink with completely different stone texture.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 4:54PM
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mrspete

I like travertine, but NOT with marble. Totally, totally wrong -- and, in your case, it would be too "matchy" with the floor and would not provide any contrast. If you went with travertine, your kitchen would be rather blah . . . and the marble would look like odd-man out, the piece that would match nothing.

No, let your husband have some lovely travertine in another room, but not in this space!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 5:27PM
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karin_mt

One more vote against travertine, especially with the sexy Carrara. Sorry, DH!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 5:36PM
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Gooster

DH should lose this war! Travertine is fine as a material, but not with that counter.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 7:20PM
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kaysd

I like travertine in some rooms, but not mixed with Carrara.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 7:47PM
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dash3108

same here - would be a huge clash with the countertops

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 9:21PM
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EAM44

Depending on how much contrast you want, either of these glass mosaics could work well with your floor, cabs and marble.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 9:45PM
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kellienoelle

Im in agreement with the others? What is it about the travertine that your husband likes? Maybe we could find something with these qualities that will look much better with the carrara.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 10:12PM
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island

Oh hell no to travertine!
Not with that beautiful marble.
Hubby should be forced to scrub those travertine floors on his hands and knees for the rest of his days for even suggesting it! :>)

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 10:27PM
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dash3108

@EAM44 - I think those are great options!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 12:01AM
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EAM44

Aww... thanks dash.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 12:16AM
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mela9130

LOL I'm glad to hear votes for my side! DH loves the 'rustic' look of scabos travertine and wants to put it somewhere but I just don't see it fitting in as my backsplash.

EAM44 love your idea, please give me details on where I can find this..

Further details, wall color in kitchen area is BM Sea Haze, (pic attached isn't that great) I was considering something that would complement, but not too 'green'... DH and I do agree on traditional look so what can you all suggest to us?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 9:28AM
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EAM44

I found them at Glass Tile Oasis, and I'm sure you can find them at other sites as well. The live link below is to the top tile called "Blue Sparkle", and the link pasted below is to the browner tile, "Woody."

http://www.glasstileoasis.com/p-17699-Woody-Brown-Glossy-Glass

Here is a link that might be useful: Blue Sparkle

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 10:10AM
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teachertile

I'm not a fan of EAM44 choices either, sorry. I think they will compete with your awesome countertop. What about a white glass subway or mosaic? Somebody had a mini brick mosaic with white sparkly tiles the other day.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 2:28PM
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mela9130

A few more pics might help? Apologies, they were taken in the evening. I should post some in daytime I know!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 3:21PM
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teachertile

Maybe something like this, or a mini brick. Between your counters, floors and cabinets you already have three different colors & movement going on. I think the backsplash shouldn't interduce a new color or even more color.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 10:35AM
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tmy_jax

Beautiful kitchen! Add me to the list of "say no to travertine" for your backsplash. Perhaps DH can travertine his man-cave.

(island - thanx for the chuckle)

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 10:44AM
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lincolnduncan

I agree with everyone else. No way to travertine! Loved @EAM44's choices!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 2:38PM
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mela9130

Price a bit too high for my budget though, 29.00
a sheet....

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 5:49PM
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remodelfla

With a nod to your husbands affinity for something rustic; how about a lagos gray mosaic? This is from Glass Tile Store but is around $15.

Here is a link that might be useful: lagos gray

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 8:43PM
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EAM44

What is your budget in $/sf?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 12:30AM
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teachertile

I LOVE remodelfla mosaic!! That would add texture without introducing a new color.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 3:57PM
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mela9130

We're trying to keep it under 15 sq ft.
I do like the color but the size/ shape might be
too contemporary I think.
And there's a second 'war' brewing as DH thinks
solid wall of straight tile for BS is too blah.. He'd
like to do some type of pattern with tile,
different sizes maybe. I would like something
of interest to the area behind oven but I want
it simple!! Uggggh..

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 3:49PM
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karen_belle

You can find lagos azul tiles in many different shapes, surfaces and even color. Search the web for "lagos azul".

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 4:05PM
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mela9130

Here's what DH wants.....

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:44AM
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karen_belle

Do some analysis on why your DH likes this in particular. Does he like the colors? The low level of contrast? The shape? the traditional nature of the design? Dive deep!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 2:37PM
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Gooster

Doesn't your husband know he is supposed to cave in by now? (just kidding)

I hope he's moved off of travertine.

Similar to what remodelfla has offered, I've seen any number of mosaics (both random sizes, squares like the mosaic above, and mini brick) that mix glass and Carrara together. This might address you husband's desires while blending together better than his choice above.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 2:52PM
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island

He wants the mosaic too? Oh no, that's bad, like 20 years ago bad. Maybe there's a spot for it in the garage?? :>)

I was hoping he'd given it up by now!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:49PM
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EAM44

These are around $15/sf.

Glass and stone



Porcelain

Price is important, but I always start by choosing a look I love. Then I try to find something in my price range that approximates that look. Until you know what you want your kitchen to look like, it's going to be hard to find the right tile. Do you want to bring in some color, or do you want your bs to be white/grey like your counter? Browse the finished kitchens blog or houzz for a while.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 8:24AM
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teachertile

Someone on here recently posted a pic of there backsplash that would look great in your kitchen. It was something like 2x6 glass tiles all in the same cream color, but some were glossy finish, and others were matte finish. It looked great & would look great in your kitchen too. Anyone remember seeing that one?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 12:52PM
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kiko

Have you considered an onyx backsplash? Your husband might like the tones/textures but I think it would go better with your marble. I think something that ties your floor color and counter color together would be a good idea.

Contemporary Kitchen by Woodbridge Tile Stone And Countertop Cercan Tile Inc.

Traditional Kitchen by Ann Arbor Interior Designer Laura Zender Design, Allied ASID

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 2:58PM
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meyersdvm

Can't help with your BS, but your kitchen is LOVELY! What edge did you use on your island? I would love to do something similar.

This post was edited by meyersdvm on Thu, May 2, 13 at 19:23

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 5:52PM
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mela9130

karen belle- thanks for the suggestion "lagos azul", still considering it...

gooster- YES, glass and carrara sounds good to me, can't sell DH on glass though!

EMM44- thanks for the additional ideas, I am leaning towards the third pic however porcelain is another consideration.. easy to clean.. honestly I was hoping for some color but I am afraid of "too busy" or "too blah". I've looked at houzz, nothing has caught my eye yet though. Everyone says "you will just know" when you find it...

kiko- yes, we have considered onyx, but the sample we chose was honey onyx I want to say? Too yellow when held up against the counter/cabinets/floor. I do like that color of the first pic you posted though.

meyersdvm- thanks! the edge is ogee however it is two slabs glued together for the 3 inch wide look.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 11:56AM
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mela9130

Yay or Nay on any

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 12:00PM
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teachertile

I like your choices, but they will all take away from your beautiful countertops.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 12:56PM
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mela9130

same as first one

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:13PM
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mela9130

second set

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:14PM
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teachertile

I like the mini-brick, but I'm partial to mini brick :) I have a very similar mini-brick and I LOVE it!! What is the material?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 1:39PM
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ikeltz

No to travertine for sure! I do think some of the choices are lovely, but I think a nice white subway looks best with the gorgeous carrara. I like to keep things simple and elegant. I'm definitely a less is more kind of girl. Your kitchen is lovely, enjoy!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 2:38PM
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mela9130

Here's the onyx we tried

4x4 Small Sample of 2x4 Rustic White Onyx Polished Mosaic Tiles
Mnt Sample Listings

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 7:15PM
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mela9130

Hi teachertile
It is tumbled marble from Lowe's.
DH's front runner!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 7:18PM
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zeitgast

How about this... could be a bit busy but it pulls in a lot of your elements/colors. Not a very good pic so click the link to see the actual tile

Here is a link that might be useful: Artistic tile

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 7:33PM
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teachertile

Zeitgeist...that is awful! Sorry, but no. My mini brick is porcelain. I originally wanted a tumbled travertine, but I'm soooo glad we decided against it. I'm not sure how that compares to tumbled marble. I just wasn't comfortable with all the grout filling in the holes. I wanted stone, not grout.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 7:46PM
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ikeltz

Have you looked at New Ravenna tile? It is lovely and they have a ready to ship category. Check out their website, they have gorgeous mosaics that would look great in your kitchen.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 7:52PM
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zeitgast

Sheez teachertile relax just throwing out different option for the OP. Didn't realize this was your choice

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 8:08PM
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msrose

I actually like the one Zeitgeist posted, but I know it may not be for everyone.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 8:19PM
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teachertile

Haha just giving my opinion :) that is what this forum is for. Didn't mean to offend anyone. Maybe you could show the actual tile. The mock up was not appealing to me.

This post was edited by teachertile on Mon, May 6, 13 at 20:31

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 8:27PM
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kateskouros

i don't want to be a downer to this party, but i'm already having a tough time with the travertine floor with the marble counters. i think incorporating another natural stone -any stone, would be a mistake. same goes for loud patterns and colorful glass in small mosaics. way too busy.

i would go for a very simple backsplash, in white to blend in with the counters. let it sing in the chorus -someone's got to. dare i suggest white subways?

your kitchen is lovely, and the cabinets are absolutely gorgeous!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 11:07PM
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mela9130

Thanks kateskouros! sorry I didn't clarify sooner, the floor is porcelain. White subway does seem to be the safest bet and most recommended here it seems. We didn't want to go white but maybe we should reconsider.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:11AM
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EAM44

People's tastes can differ so widely. You may never find a bs if you wait for us to reach a concensus here. For each of us our sense of style is determined by regional and generational influences, the cultures we've been exposed to, the art we like, etc...

I recommended a thassos marble mosaic for kate, and I think she chose a thassos subway tile. It was a good option for her space, and a more common choice than I would have made. I'm about twenty years younger than most people on this forum and my tastes reflect my generation - as do everyone else's. Do you have an inspiration image that can help us zero in on your aesthetic?

White subway tiles will make your kitchen look much as it does with white paint. I think you can do better. As for the images you posted - is there a reason the mosaics are covered in plastic? I can't get an idea of color or texture in those images. Perhaps you can unwrap them and post again. The Moday 13:14 post second from the left - is that blue? It could be very pretty.

There is a tile out there for you, I promise. If all that we accomplish on this post is to keep you from having to live with a travertine bs, then we have won the war. Don't be afraid to go without a bs until you find the right tile at the right price.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:23AM
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