Opinions Needed! Where to end backsplash? Photo included

Beth1406April 5, 2013

Hi everyone! We are installing white 3x6 subway tile as our back splash and I don't know where/how to end the tile because our counter and cabinets don't line up. Should we carry it out to then end of the counter? Should we extend it all the way to the start of the sliding door and then to the floor? Please help! Thanks in advance!

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nosoccermom

I would just end it in the corner.

Not like this:

or not the whole wall.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 6:23PM
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willtv

I agree.
Let the tile "die" into the corner.

This post was edited by willtv on Fri, Apr 5, 13 at 18:41

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 6:37PM
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Beth1406

There isn't a corner where I'm having the issue - - it's a flat section of wall that joins up to a sliding glass door.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 6:45PM
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chicagoans

Here's a rough mockup showing 3 options in case it helps you visualize:
1 end at cabinet
2 'stair step' from cabinet to counter depth
3 end at counter edge

I personally prefer option 1. Looks neater to me.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 6:55PM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

Well, just put a corner there, and problem solved. ;)

I prefer to see the tile end at the edge of the upper, unless there is just a sliver left between that and the door trim. Bullnose tiles make a nice, smooth edge.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nice example - rocketmomkd

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:01PM
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Beth1406

chicagoans - thanks so much! I'm torn between Option 1 and option 2. I was thinking that if we went with option 2, I could balance out the empty space with a few pieces of artwork or photos so the tile "corner" didn't stand out so much.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:04PM
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ellendi

I agree with nosoccormom. End it at the corner. I guess there are reasons for a sidesplash, I just have not yet seen a good reason for one.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:10PM
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nosoccermom

Beth,
I meant not to tile at all on the wall with the sliding door, i.e. only a backsplash, no side splash.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:21PM
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Beth1406

nosoccermom - - the wall in my photo isn't a side splash - it's a back splash area. Just to the left of the end of the photo is our cook top. So I need the tile along that wall - - and that wall ends at the start of the sliding door (no corners involved).

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:25PM
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cookncarpenter

I vote for even with the open shelving on the end of the upper.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:27PM
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nosoccermom

Oh, I get it now.

Would it be possible to have an open shelf that extends to the countertop and then just tile underneath? Or if that doesn't work, a vertical piece of art?

Rather than this:

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:41PM
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bcafe

Beth, we just went through this same issue. We mocked up a couple of options and eventually chose to end under the upper cabinet.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:45PM
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buildinva

I vote for 1. LOVE the mock-up! Great idea!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:45PM
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Beth1406

I'm thinking that a vertical piece of art might by a good option to fill the space. I think that tiling to the end of the counter might look awkward (option 3 in chicagoans example above). I'm leaning toward option 1.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:48PM
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Beth1406

BTW - I really appreciate all of your comments! So very helpful. :)

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:50PM
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torontotim

You might want to mock up having just the one bottom course of tile run the full length of the counter, stopping the upper courses as you have in #1.

Would finish the edge of the counter where it meets the wall.

Check what bullnose edge pieces are available in the tile you choose. Different tiles will have different options.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:52PM
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rkb21

I vote for option 1, or 3 if you added floating shelves to the end of the counter.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:53PM
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bcafe

I mocked up the look that Toronto Tim mentioned. I wasn't a fan, but you may be. We used a Schluter edge to finish off the ends as a bullnose wasn't available in our tile.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 7:57PM
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karen_belle

I think you should post a picture of the whole wall to give everyone a better idea of the scope. What happens at the other end of the cabinet run? I assume this chair is part of a peninsula?

If you don't like the tile corner shown in option 2 above (as evidenced by your need to put art there to hide it) then you should go with option 1. I think I would go with 1.

We had a bit of a similar situation where the run of our uppers was about 3" short of the run of our base cabinets. I ended the backsplash where the uppers ended. It looks fine and yours will too. There really aren't any bad choices here.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 12:43AM
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island

I think # 1, but would be able to provide a more informed opinion if I could see the whole wall and space in context. Can you post another picture?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 1:05AM
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Beth1406

I would be happy to post another picture! I've attached one that should provide a better perspective. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

This post was edited by Beth1406 on Sat, Apr 6, 13 at 7:57

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 7:56AM
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may_flowers

I've posted this option before and many people seemed to like it. It would work for you wonderfully if not for that open shelf. But hold up a piece of painted molding and give it a try anyway. Otherwise, I'd end it at the upper cabinet. Tile floating on a wall past the cabinetry disturbs my eyes!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 8:46AM
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Beth1406

Thanks may-flowers - I never thought of adding molding to the tile line! This is a great option! However, the placement of my light switch plate complicates things a bit - - the tile/molding line falls right in themiddle of the switchplate. :(

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 8:53AM
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gr8daygw

I wondered about this too but the tile guy told me that the countertop determines where to end the splash. Who knows? But that is what he told me and so I left it up to him. So ending the splash where the countertop ends does make it easier to wipe down counters without worrying about the drywall.

I don't think it would look good to go past the countertop to the door all the way to the floor.

This post was edited by gr8day on Sat, Apr 6, 13 at 9:26

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 9:20AM
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may_flowers

In gr8day's situation, she has a natural stopping spot with the door molding, so a side splash makes sense. If that wall kept on going, you usually don't turn the corner and carry it out onto that wall.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 9:43AM
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chinchette

Option 1, and vertical art.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 9:47AM
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island

Thanks for the additional pic Beth. Very nice kitchen even without a backsplash. Wow that's a tough area, and a dilemma I probably wouldn't pick up on in the design phase. So nice that we all learn from each other!

I think the pic May posted works because the counter and wall also ends at the door, but you still have wall space that continues on.

It's that short open shelf and the dropped soffit above it that's throwing me off. Any way to extend both to the end of the peninsula? Then end the backsplash at the end of the peninsula.

If not I guess I'd stick with version # 1 and some art above it. I'm not a fan of the stairstep backsplash especially in a kitchen with clean lines like yours.

BTW what is your backsplash; is it high contrast? Will the walls remain blue?

Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:09PM
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legallin

Wow, your wall/situation is exactly the same as mine is going to be. I like either Mayflower's plan (you can move the molding up or down a bit to avoid the switch plates), or your option #1. I was planning to take the end cabinet down to the counter, for either an appliance garage, or either an open area to tuck the toaster oven, coffee maker, etc. Wasn't sure, but seeing the problem with ending the BS, I will definitely take the last cabinet down to the counter level (I think Toronto Tim suggested that). Good luck! Your kitchen looks great! Can't wait to see the final reveal!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:41PM
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Beth1406

Island - our back splash will be a hand painted white subway tile - all white but with some depth to it. It's supposed to be installed on Wednesday - - hence my sudden issue! At this point, we can't extend the cabinet to the end of the counter - - and, even if we could, I think it would close in the seating area.

legallin - - thanks and glad we can all learn from each other's experiences!

I think I will go with option 1 and use some strategically placed artwork. I'll be sure to post a follow up picture! :)

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 3:38PM
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Beth1406

Hi all - - I thought I would share a pic of the finished product. I think Option #1 was definitely the right choice. Thanks again for all of the feedback!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 10:20AM
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gyr_falcon

That looks very nice! Thank you for showing a photo of the finished look. I agree that it was the correct choice. Can you also include an updated entire wall photo?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 12:11PM
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island

Looks great! Ready for the final reveal? Please post more pics and details!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 1:11PM
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buildinva

Love it!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 2:35PM
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ruthie51

That looks perfect and I love your pendants!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 5:41PM
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Holly- Kay

It is beautiful! Good job!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 5:43PM
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Beth1406

Here are a few more photos! We still have some finish work to complete, but we're almost there...

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 5:56PM
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breezygirl

Looks great! So much better than tiling to the slider.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 6:17PM
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taggie

That looks fabulous! Are you finished the kitchen now? You should post a new thread as a "reveal" with details of your choices. Love the counters especially. Great job.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:20PM
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Beth1406

I'll definitely post a full "reveal" thread and will include the before pics. Thanks all!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:40PM
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legallin

Definitely the right choice! And I really like the way you "balance" the tile with those 3 pictures! Gorgeous kitchen! You must be so pleased!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 9:07PM
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go_figure01

Hi Beth1406. Just wanted to congratulate you on a great decision! WOW. That looks fabulous!!

Every time I read a thread like this, it just makes me LOVE this site ever more. No wonder I am TGWO
TOTALLY GARDENWEB OBSESSED !

I hope you post all the details soon. I am loving your counter and BS.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 11:04PM
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rkb21

Everything looks great!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 7:10AM
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karen_belle

Looks fantastic!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 11:09AM
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la_koala

Love how you put the framed pictures in the "column" between where the tiles end and the end of the countertop. That nicely balances the whole look!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 7:34PM
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sanjuangirl

Looks perfect! Want to see the reveal soon! The blue is so pretty!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:06PM
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