I hesitate to post my backsplash choice
I finally chose my backsplash. I love it but was hesitant to post a pic because it is so much prettier in person. But I decided to go ahead & post because choosing a backsplash is so difficult and I almost made a huge mistake. My cabinets are white, tops are honed Imperial Danby perimeters, one small island with the Danby and a larger island with a walnut top and my floors are walnut. My vision (inspired by online photos) was a polished Calacatta marble backsplash in a larger subway format, 4"x 8". Once everything was in, I realized I loved the soft look of the countertops, that they are the star of the kitchen and polished Calacatta would compete. I spent hours/days online looking at backsplashes & eliminated everything except either honed white marble with little or no veining. Based on online pictures, I eliminated anything with color. I finally found some honed Imperial Danby 12"x12" tiles & purchased them. I had an installation date, until the tile installer noticed wavy lines in the finish that could only be seen in certain lighting. I didn't want to give up them up so I brought a couple tiles home to see if the wavy lines were visible. They were. Still not wanting to give up, and inspired by Linelle's "Danby tile & comet experiment", I was able to remove the wavy lines with Comet with Bleach & a green scrubbie. They were etch marks.The tiles now looked perfect. I was ecstatic & really proud of myself. Over the weekend, the tiles sat above my countertops and I realized I didn't like the combo. Stlll hard for me to give it up because of my inspiration pictures. Anyway, I agreed to meet my KD to look at white subway tile and other white marbles. My focus was very narrow. It was a trick, my KD showed me OTHER tile. I took the above tile home. It is a glossy crackle tile but the tile has so much depth that is not visible in the pic. Even though it is glossy (I'd eliminated everything crackle & glossy), it is soft & doesn't steal the show from the Danby.The tiles are made by Encore Ceramics. Because they are handmade, each tile is a little different, in a good way, as they blend together. I found a picture on Houzz with this exact tile. I would have eliminated it, as it looks completely different in the pic. The crackle tile comes in about 40 color blends & a bunch of different field tile sizes. I've definitely decided on this tile, it is perfect but probably won't photograph as perfect when I post my reveal photos. Big huge weight off my sholders with this decision made.