Sedna Granite is in...now what backsplash would you use?

jodigusAugust 3, 2011

Hi there,

We just got our new Sedna granite counter tops installed today and I am in love! Since the counter tops are so busy I'm not sure what kind of backsplash to use. Does anyone have any recommendations? I am considering painting the whole island black and putting in hardwood floors in the near future as well if that makes a difference. Thanks for any advice!

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jodigus

Oops, here is the pic

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    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 7:11PM
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stu2900

I'm sorry, I don't have a recommendation for a blacksplash, but I just had to say how in love I am with your granite! It's gorgeous! Congratulations!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 7:29PM
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lazy_gardens

Wow, that's assertive granite.

A cream or tan plain subway tile to blend with the color of the granite would be my choice, because it would not compete.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 8:27PM
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ellendi

I agree with lazy. Something to match the lightest cream in the granite. It is a show stopper.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 9:32PM
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remodelfla

That's awesome! Another agreement... something in that vanilla/cream color

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 7:12AM
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enduring

Is that a small back splash in marble already in place? I don't think it goes well with the granite which is very beautiful. as lazy, elledni & remodelfla have said above I would vote for a light cream to match the light color in your granite. Texture & sheen will be important considerations too.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 8:15AM
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jodigus

Thanks for the input! Going today to look for a simple, light tile. The white portion is not marble, it is just the wall where the formica "backsplash" was removed.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 11:00AM
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kmmh

Granite looks great! Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 11:26AM
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darbuka

Gorgeous stone...but it is 'explosive'! As lazygardens said, a quiet
backsplash is called for, nothing veiny. Something in the creamy/beigy
family.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 12:02PM
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brianadarnell

I agree with others. A creamy colored tile to match the lightest color in the granite would look great. WOW! Looks good so far. Also, I would keep the pattern and tile style simple.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 12:06PM
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flwrs_n_co

I don't have much imagination, but with all that movement in the granite, I would try to match the lightest cream in the granite. Besides a subway, you could do a sheet of reverse painted glass.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 1:11PM
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dianalo

I'd do a sheet stainless bs. It would be quiet and coordinate well. You could also try ss tiles, but I'd make sure they were larger sized ones...
If you do a cream tile, I'd try for minimal grout and a very flat surface.
I'd want the bs to be as smooth as possible to keep the counters as the focal point. They are quite striking and infinitely interesting. I think they need to be the diva of the show ;)

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 2:12PM
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az88

Your granite looks like it has a lot of the same colors as mine, but with a lot more black in it.

I had a really difficult time finding something that looked right with it. To me it needed something with yellow/gold tones to it. Thanks to all the comments on this board about keeping the backsplash simple if you have a busy granite, I ended up with a travertine subway tile. It has more variation in color than I wanted, but it was close enough. I've put a link to some pictures - maybe they'll help you add to your list of likes/dislikes. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Backsplash pics

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 8:31PM
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michellemarie

Gorgeous granite! I agree with the other posters. I would try to find a bone colored subway tile. Your granite is so exotic that anything other than a simple tile will overwhelm your kitchen. I personally like a handmade look and I think a handmade tile with a crackle finish in a basic 3x6 size would finish off your kitchen just right.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 9:12PM
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yankca

My vote is for the same granite as a backsplash.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 9:32PM
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JLGC

I would also use the same granite as the backsplash as I feel tiles will draw the eye away from the show-stopper granite you have picked. Beautiful!!!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 5:37AM
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boxerpups

Beautiful counters!
A backsplash that will let your granite be the center
of attention is a good idea.
Here are a few visuals to think about.
~boxerpups

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 7:19AM
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sprtphntc

jodigus:
congrats on ;your sedna. we also had ours installed recently and i agree. i am totally in love with it. will post pics soon. mine looks so different than yours, but i can tell its sedna. its so awesome looking, so different than anything else out there, imho!!

but we are also in a pickle as to the backsplash. we did do a full backsplash with the sedna on cooktop wall but we have another wall to do.

we are also considering a plain tile. i thought a rough looking tile would look better to contrast the granite, nothing shiny. but can't find anything yet. let me know when you decide and i will do the same.

i don't think there are many people who have it since it is such a "strong" looking granite with so much movement. so not much feedback on backsplash ideas. but i do agree with what they are saying. something plain, because it is the star of the kitchen!!

keep me posted and i will too!!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2011 at 10:01PM
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marcolo

Wow, recommendations for creamy white subways. I'm shocked.

I like the paint. Put a SS backsplash behind the range for function.

Cream or white will heighten the contrast. Look how the stone looks against that unpainted strip, or the door, compared to the way it works with the paint color. If you do get a tile, find something that echoes the paint.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2011 at 10:21PM
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uroboros5

The second I laid eyes on it, I thought:

METALLIC

This kitchen needs something metallic in the backsplash.

The choice is yours!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 1:22AM
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kitchendetective

I'd try to match that orange-gold (as it appears on my monitor, anyway) in a ceramic subway, not necessarily the usual size, being careful to find a shade that doesn't look like you were also trying to match the cabinets.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 1:03PM
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pricklypearcactus

Exactly what ellendi said: "Something to match the lightest cream in the granite. It is a show stopper." Your granite is really gorgeous and bold. I think something in the color of the lightest cream would help keep the focus on the granite and not make the space too dark (with the stained cabinetry and brown tones in the granite). I'd probably bring home different shapes to try: subway, square, long rectangle, mixed linear, mosaic, hex, arabesque, etc. I think several different shapes could look really good, but I would definitely keep the color monotone and try to match the lightest cream in the granite. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 1:26PM
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ellendi

Ok marcolo-Just for the fun of it, work your magic and find a caramel or buterscotch tile that will compliment the granite:)

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 7:08PM
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NewSouthernBelle

I like the SS suggestions or metallic. Yes, you don't want it to compete but it also has to have enough boldness to compliment it without looking too boring or odd next to such a vibrant granite. I'd think big - like 12x12's of SS. I am picturing some sort of modern version of pressed tin.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 10:01PM
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cafbldr

I just installed Sedna counter tops. What backsplash did you choose? Would love to see pictures too.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 10:18AM
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Angie_DIY

I wouldn't hold your breath. Jodigus registered the day she/he posted that question (which happens to have been exactly one year ago) and google doesn't find any other posts from him/her.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 11:38AM
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cawaps

Put me in the metallic camp. I was thinking a metallic tile, not too modern, but I think sheet stainless also works. I think that you do want something uniform that won't be jarring with the pattern of the granite, but I don't think it has to be white. Here's an image with some different metallic options pasted in. These are all metal laminates from Chemetal (real metal, just laminated on to a substrate).

From left to right:
Satin golden bronze
Polished solid brass
Satin smoked chrome
Oiled bronze aluminum
Brushed black aluminum
Satin bronze aluminum
Satin gold aluminum
Brushed stainless steel

My favorites are the golds and the bronze/browns, and I think very favorite is the satin bronze aluminum, which is a close match to your current wall color. I think that puts me and Marcolo almost on the same page.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 2:03PM
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cawaps

Awww, I didn't realize this was an old thread. Maybe cafbldr will find my pic useful.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 2:06PM
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beeps

I'm glad you posted that cawaps! I LOVE the Chemetal and had never heard of it before. Once my kitchen gets done it will be either glass subway or that. And probably the Chemetal if I can make it work. I'm also sitting here wondering how else I could incorporate some into my house. =) Thanks so much for posting it!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 4:28PM
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cafbldr

Thanks for posting the images. They look great and are very helpful. Glass is a good idea too.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 6:04PM
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MrsShayne

Omg! Love your granite. I too just got "busy" granite installed and went with a very subtle backsplash. My opinion, busy granite with busy backsplash clashes! I went with Crossville porcelain tile. Below is a link to explain it all. Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Backsplash with busy granite

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 9:29PM
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springroz

Does anyone even know what happened to the OP? It is one thing that I don't like about myself......I am just not clever enough to check the original post date, and I get all wrapped up in it, then no one has heard any thing for years!! bWaAaaaa!

It is all about me, isn't it??

Sorry....please resume trying to find a backsplash for the OP, after a year

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 9:52PM
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