Backsplash help

gavavemomMay 23, 2014

Ok, so kitchen cabinets and countertop done. Cabinets are Shaker style off white with center island a cherry color. Countertops are quartz (soft caramel color) but sometimes can have green undertones to it depending on light. I love subway tile but would like to add some interest while keeping neutrals. I tried a sample of the glass tile and love that too. What do you think?

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gavavemom

And here is the new kitchen

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 3:06PM
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gavavemom

Another look at sample tile

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 3:09PM
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nosoccermom

In my opinion, the small stacked glass mosaic tiles are more contemporary in style and also quite busy.
I really like the white tile with the rope/braid detail.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 6:14PM
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feisty68

I won't comment on the smaller tiles because they are generally not to my taste for kitchen backsplashes (busy). Some love them and in your kitchen you should do what you love.

In the first photo you posted, I'd worry that the larger tile has a pinkish undertone that may fight with the greenish undertone of your counters, but it's hard to tell colour subtleties from an internet photo.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 6:28PM
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KS_Chicago

I am afraid it will blend in a but too much... Maybe some nice greenish subway glass tiles to bring out the color of countertops? Just a thought...

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 5:27PM
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tomatofreak

I love the Bliss glass tile in the first photo. Blends well with your counter and is simple enough not to detract.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 2:41AM
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dcward89

I like the Bliss glass tiles too. I think it will add a little shine and sparkle to the kitchen without being overwhelming.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:27AM
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may_flowers

I like the taupe and white colors in the Bliss and would put a row or two of that to tie in the island and pendants. A wide band of staggered skinny glass looks too contemporary with your pendant style. I don't like the clear glass in that group. Or use flat ceramic pencil liners. I really like the field tile. Do they have other colors with pencil liners?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:54AM
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gavavemom

Tried a few subtle green subway tiles and none of them worked so I am sticking with a creme colored subway tile. I like the idea of adding a row of something whether it is pencil or glass tile to add interest and would tie everything together without it looking too busy or contemporary. Bliss sells these tiles as a sheet, 12x12 and I agree the clear is not the best color in the group but they are pretty tiles. How would just going with a crackle tile work? Too subtle? I have some Fireclay samples which are very lovely.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 7:57AM
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romy718

Let's see the Fireclay. I attached a post of a recent kitchen done with Fireclay. Probably more color than you want but I love the slight color variation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fireclay kitchen

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 9:50AM
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sjhockeyfan325

I just put in a Fireclay crackle tile backsplash. My kitchen is totally different from yours but I thought it might help to see the installed backsplash. The color is ultra cream with black patine, and the grout is Hydroment cashmere. It is very subtle. From where I'm sitting right now, about 16' from the backsplash, you can tell the tiles are handmade, and even that they're not just a solid color, but can't really see the crackle. Close up the crackle is beautiful.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 12:06PM
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romy718

I knew there was another recently posted Fireclay crackle backsplash that I really liked. It was yours, Sjhockeyfan. It looks fabulous.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 3:07PM
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sjhockeyfan325

Thanks so much Romy.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 3:33PM
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gavavemom

Ok, so here is Fireclay. My first impression is that they are beautiful but there is just not enough color to tie it all together. From left to right, Clear Glaze, Ultra Cream, Birch and Shell.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 9:44PM
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gavavemom

Some glass tile options (thinking of maybe 2 rows of any of these) with a taupe subway tile.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 9:53PM
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gavavemom

That same tile with a some rustic earth tones. Again, I would only use two rows of these.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 9:56PM
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gavavemom

Encore crackled subway in Smoke.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 9:58PM
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gavavemom

And two more Encore tiles, Beach on left and Cameo on right. Again, these are beautiful but don't feel like they bring in enough color to tie everything in the kitchen in.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 10:01PM
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gavavemom

Ok so here is what I went with. Sonoma 2x8 in toast. I think it looks great! Now need to contemplate wall paint colors. I think I need to go bold to make more of a contrast. Gold or darker beige are what I am leaning towards. Any thoughts of what may go well. I will post more pics in a minute.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2014 at 8:32PM
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gavavemom

Overall kitchen here

    Bookmark   October 26, 2014 at 8:34PM
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gavavemom

Here are the paint swatches I like, left to right: Lenox Tan, Restrained Gold, Twilight gold (top), barley harvest (bottom), fairway oaks (top), capilano bridge (bottom), dromedary camel (below tile).

    Bookmark   October 26, 2014 at 8:38PM
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may_flowers

Your granite is so different in every photo that I've always had trouble determining its predominant color. You say caramel, I see yellow or cream and even light gray. But all your paint chips have yellow or orange undertones, and they're not colors I'd put with the red island and floors.

Take another photo like the second one in this thread. Take another with just the tile and the counter. Post it in Home Decor. Some really know their paints, and they may photoshop colors for you. AnnieDeighnaugh often recommends Design Seeds to find a range of complementary colors.

Here is a link that might be useful: Design Seeds

    Bookmark   October 27, 2014 at 11:32AM
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kitchendetective

Lenox Tan and Fairway Oaks look best, with the caveat that that is on my monitor, and I have seen none of these in real life!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2014 at 11:39AM
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