Do I even want a backsplash?
I never ask for deco advice because I usually reject it in favor of my own cockamamie ideas but I am really stumped here and am hoping that talking about it will help me sort out my thoughts.
I love my kitchen just the way it is.
I painted the walls and cabinets when we moved here in '07 and have loved it ever since. But I painted the cabinets over an older paint job of unknown substances and it is chipping around the cabinet pulls.
So I am fixing to take them down to bare wood and repaint.
I am not changing the wall color much, but am thinking about doing the lower cabinets in a darker color. So walls light sage, uppers medium sage, and lowers dark sage.
The trim around the window is new so that stays. The counters are goldish and light cream and the floor is the same. Obviously the appliances are white.
Here are the colors for uppers, trim, and lowers.
Wall will be a lighter version of the uppers.
Nothing else is going to change- not the valance, not the counter junk, not the wall junk, nothing.
I thought I wanted a backsplash- maybe a cheap glass mosaic? I even bought what I thought was the perfect tile but when I got it home it was too dark. The windows face southwest, so tons of light comes in, it just doesn't hit the backsplash directly.
IF I could find glass tile exactly the color of the wall paint that would be perfection- but I don't see that happening on my limited budget.
It has to be under $10 a sq ft and something I can install myself which means 4" tiles or smaller.
Then I thought- what I most love about this space is that it is all so light so maybe texture is all I need. I could get textured wallpaper and paint it- that would give me the color I want and still add some interest.
Then I thought- maybe wallpaper alone could give me what I need. Perhaps a broad stripe in muted colors?
I don't worry about water damage as there is just me in there and I've never had an issue before. The sink is under windows so no splashing there- I think wallpaper would be fine.
So what does this kitchen need, if anything?
I want the backsplash to look good but not overpowering- something understated. I do not want a backsplash to dominate the room or be a "star"- just dress it up a TAD.
Really, I'd be fine if no one noticed it but me- it can be just that understated.
I don't have a style really- just clean and spare and neat.
I think I would be fine without a backsplash but for some reason I am wanting to do something in there. But again, it has to be economical and something I can do myself.
This post was edited by cearbhaill on Tue, Dec 4, 12 at 9:06