Tile expert question
Since I know we have tile experts on here, I thought I'd ask for some advice. I'm planning to do the backsplashes in our kitchen in white subway tile. I'd also like to do a narrow stripe of black partway up. The kitchen is white on white, with brushed nickel hardware, and a dark gray 'granitey' formica. I would normally think white grout, but it will be a mess in the kitchen, Maybe a gray color? The other problem is that NONE of the dimensions work our evenly for tile dimensions! I'm not sure if I should trim the ends, or put one oddball in the center of an area, or? I ran into this with a fireplace surround once, and I cut 3 tile for the middle in a curved keystone design. It took hours with a rod saw, but it looked nice. I don't want to get that fancy with the kitchen, though. I have 3 areas to tile- one behind the stove, and two at the ends of a big counter that has a pass-through to the family room. I'm not sure what to do with those- maybe a stair-step design, or? Any ideas?