Backsplash help- to go w/Typhoon Bordeaux granite

bianca4325August 14, 2013

I'm stumped on this BS. I *LOVE* my granite and want a backsplash that won't compete with it. Anyone have any suggestions? My cabinets are a medium cherry, tan travertine tile floor, SS appliances and grey silgranite sink. Walls are BM Revere Pewter, but I'm not taking them too much into account as that color will probably change in a few years.

I love the look of subway tiles (smaller, brick set) and love glass mosaic. I'm wondering if I could combine the two. Maybe cream subway on the top and bottom with about 4 inches of a beautiful glass mosaic in the middle? Sound weird? Any suggestions?

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    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 5:29PM
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That is pretty much what I did except I used square tiles on the bottom, then a couple rows of accent tiles and then a diamond pattern.
If you go hunt for a2gemini final kitchen reveal- you can see it - later I will try to post :-)
Love what I am seeing so far!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 7:07PM
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I agree with a2gemini , (as usual). A cream tile that goes with the light color in the granite.
That way it will be neutral and not clash with your floor.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 7:35PM
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Thanks for the help, both of you! A2Gemini, I did a search for your kitchen and came up empty handed. :( Nothing at all. If you can post the link, that would be fabulous. I appreciate the help!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 8:52PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I fell in love with margieb2's kitchen and wish I'd seen it before I did mine as I love hers so much. I esp like the tile backsplash which blends with subtle colors taken from the keeps it from looking too busy, but it looks so rich and I love the lustre.

Maybe in 20 yrs when it will need a redo....

Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen backsplash

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 9:03PM
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Hi Blanca4325!
I could, and have, written the same post! It's been 2 1/2 years without BS, for our TB! (in my defense, it's in our vacation/retirement home, so I don't "live" with it yet.)
I'll be watching to see what you go with! Good luck!
I'm in search of a plain colored cream tile. I came very close to using a glass/travertine mosaic until someone on here showed me a photoshop of it!
Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 10:55AM
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We went with a travertine tile with our Crema Bordeaux. It may work as well with Typhoon Bordeaux. The only accent that we went with was the copper switch plate covers. We had considered other tiles and accents, but we really did not want to detract from the granite.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:36PM
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We have Typhoon Bordeaux Green and went with a travertine as well, but honed so it has sort of a buttery finish. The color is called "Noce."

Then I used a glass tile for an accent but it's not necessary if you are looking for more of an uninterrupted look.

The same goes with the different angles for the tiles (horizontal against the granite, diagonal above the border) - I like that differentiation because I have a painted cabinet.

A lot of people have moved away from travertine for a subway or more modern glass/glazed tile but I really wanted a warm, cozy area that sort of envelopes you. And, I feel like the Typhoon is more of an "old world" look than others. We have a 1917 colonial so I wanted it to look classic - it's obviously updated, but it's warm and the cream cabinets are glazed to give it more depth.

Anyway, I can look up the name if interested- there was a lighter color too. My granite looks darker than it actually is b/c of the lighting but I think you get the idea!

Here's a few pics - good luck!


    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 6:30PM
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We had crema bordeaux countertops in our old kitchen, bamboo floors and dark cherry cabinets. We used travertine in mixed sizes (versailles pattern), with random ones of the 2" x 2" tiles replaced with glass tiles. We always loved that backsplash. (Now I'm going to try to attach a picture)

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 7:06PM
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We installed tumbled marble-crema marfil subway tile with our typhoon bordeaux.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 4:30PM
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Holly- Kay

I just picked up a sample board from my tile store. I fell in love with the Durango tumbled marble. I love the antique appearance of the Typhoon Bordeaux counter top and the tumbled marble seemed to be the perfect companion as it really has an old world look. I just love it!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 8:37PM
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I also had considered Durango-was just too " gold" in our light- the crema marfil is lighter overall than Durango, and blended better with our TB.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:11PM
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Holly- Kay

It is just gorgeous Jules. I love your choice. The Durango does have a bit of a gold tone though I think it will look fine. Your tile is so pretty though that I am tempted to see if the tile store has the crema marfil.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:42PM
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Durango was one of my original choice too! I had a different glass tile and when we changed to the border, I changed to the slightly different tile look. I think it will look beautiful too. Excellent choice, and enjoy having that decision crossed off your list! :-)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 2:32PM
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juleecat, Love the way the marfil looks with your TB. I'm pretty sure I took a sample of that, but the color didn't look right in our kitchen. :(
It's hard finding "just the right" color!
The Noce looks great too!
I'll be at our home next week, for the whole week. Maybe I'll come up with something! One can hope!...
Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 6:13PM
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Well, a week out there only made it more confusing. Especially with all the different opinions from our friends and relatives, who were visiting. My school year started yesterday, so I'll only get long weekends back in my favorite kitchen, until Winter Break. I'll keep watching these threads, in hope of seeing something that might work! Good luck, Blanca! :)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 10:17AM
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