Granite choice mistake - too busy?

Sue-beeOctober 18, 2013

Hi everyone, I just had granite installed and I don't know whether to love it or hate it. It appears much more busy now that it is in the house. Opinions please? Black splash suggestions? We were going for a beachy look but now I'm not sure we can pull that off.

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Sue-bee

Here's another

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:38AM
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Sue-bee

And one more

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:39AM
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francoise47

Your granite is gorgeous and not too busy.
It does give off a beautiful beachy vibe.

You have lots of options for backslashes -- but I'd keep it simple. You could pick up the cocoa brown in the granite with a warm brown glass subway tile if you want a higher contrast with your cabinets. Glass tiles seem beachy. Or, there is always the tried-and-true, good ol' white subway tiles.

You can tweak your kitchen in the direction of more traditional or more contemporary depending on the backsplash you chose. What are you attracted to? What style is the rest of your home.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:46AM
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Linelle

I like it! It does have movement, but overall, I think your kitchen has a calm feel. While your kitchen is still bare and unfinished, everything new stands out like a sore thumb. It's a beautiful stone.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:46AM
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ck_squared

I think it's great and not too busy at all. The island LOOKS like a beach so it wouldn't be too difficult to get that beachy feel. In the last photo, I see a hint of bluey-green. You could play off that with a large glass tile in that color that echoes the color in your glass cabinet.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:59AM
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Sue-bee

Thanks everyone - that makes me feel a little better. Before the granite went in I pictured a blue/green crackle ceramic subway or blue glass 2 x 12 plank tile but now I'm not sure it would work. I certainly don't want to over-do it. I would say was are leaning more modern/transitional with the rest of the house. Please keep the suggestions coming!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 10:29AM
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patriceny

I think it can be hard, seeing granite installed for the first time.

I know mine looked different to me installed, than it did standing up outside at the granite yard.

I love your granite. It does not look busy to me at all...in fact, the shots from far away look very serene and calming. :)

You did a great job, IMHO!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 10:40AM
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annkh_nd

I agree - not too busy at all. I understand why you feel that way - right now it's all you see - but even just getting the appliances in will tone it down a lot.

It's a beautiful kitchen!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 10:42AM
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mic111

I LOVE it! I think your just in shock because it is new and not quite the way you pictured it in your mind's eye. But it is really pretty.

I see something silvery and metallic working for the back splash.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 10:51AM
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teachertile

I LOVE IT!! I would go with something very calm for the backsplash. Something that adds texture, but not busy. We have very busy granite and a mini brick backsplash. It adds texture, but your eye is drawn to the granite, not the backsplash.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 11:07AM
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Trebruchet

I would stay away from any backsplash but a solid color solid surface in full height.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 11:28AM
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kam76

It is gorgeous!!! And looks lovely in your kitchen. One suggestion I saw that I thought was interesting in a design magazine was to get 4-5 different colors of white subway tile and arrange them randomly. From far away it just adds a little interest but it really reads white. It also allows to you to pick up the different white/creams in your granite.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 11:42AM
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mpagmom

I give you permission to love it. I would look at glass or ceramic subway tile in a light or white for the backsplash.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 11:47AM
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may_flowers

It's not too busy! Add a medium toned backsplash so your island doesn't become the Darth Vader in an otherwise very white room.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 1:10PM
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ILoveCookie

It looks like waves of sand on the beach. I think it's very pretty!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 1:21PM
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jessrae

I like it too! Looks similar to my river white (which I love!) We went with a grayish/beige glass tile backsplash with part glossy part matte tiles.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 6:20PM
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joaniepoanie

I think it's just the initial shock of seeing it installed. It's lovely, and yes, glass tile in one of the colors from your granite will look beautiful and give you that beachy vibe.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 6:32PM
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JessHS

I love it! Is there a frosted blue glass tile in a subway? it would look like seaglass and could be beautiful.

What is the name of the granite?

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 6:58PM
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gpraceman55

Too busy? Hardly. It rather adds some character to the kitchen. It will only seem busy if you go for a backsplash that competes for attention with the counters.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 7:22PM
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heidia

Love it! It is great-I would choose a very basic tile in the sandy shade of the darker veins in that granite...I agree with Gpraceman that it will only be an issue if you have a busy b/s.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 7:28PM
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illinigirl

It's beautiful. I also want to know the name of this stone.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 7:41PM
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mlweaving_Marji

I think it's gorgeous. I would stay away from any blues or greens in the backsplash, too much of a contrast. I would look at crackle tile in a sandy to ivory tone.
Best bet is to go to store and bring home samples, even done of what you think won't work, and look at them. Your choices so far are really nice, don't second guess yourself

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 8:41PM
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IliN

Is it fantasy brown quartzite? It was one of my faves!! I think it looks stunning! I would go for a plain warm porcelain subway tile, like a Michael Smith Ann sacks tile.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:27PM
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crazybusytoo

Loveee! I agree on the glass tiles.

Post some of the options. I'd like to at least see what a calm blue might look like...

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:53PM
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sumnerstuff

I am very curious about the name of your granite too. It looks very much like a part of our Bianco Gita slab. Obviously I like your choice! ;) I'm not sure about the backsplash. I think I would tend to go simple and let the granite be the star. In our case the granite will be on the island and we are using a plain quartz on the perimeter. Can't wait to see your final reveal pix. Your kitchen will be stunning!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 10:26PM
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miruca

I love your granite ! It looks light and different from the normal swirl-it is very very beautiful.

We recently went through a similar situation with my DD granite - her vision was different from the reality once the granite was installed. There is quite a long thread on it as GW helped us bridge the gap. It has been about a month and now DD absolutely loves her granite. I hope that will happen for you too.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 12:21AM
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rubyclaire

Not too busy and very pretty! I would also suggest a pretty glass subway - such gorgeous options these days! Have fun and keep us posted.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 6:57AM
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deee_gw

I am very picky about granite. I think many of them are interesting stones but I could never imagine looking at them in my kitchen every day. Your granite is really lovely and beachy and it is a perfect start for the rest of the decorative choices in your kitchen.

Definitely pick a quiet backsplash, floor and paint color for the rest of the kitchen. I think you may have to reconsider your black island at some point but that's an easy fix.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 8:04AM
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sreedesq

I love your granite. It has a calming water effect. Once the kitchen is done and decorated, the granite will be slightly more restrained.

I think a tumbled pearl field tile would look great with it. The Pearl is not as pitted as most travertine and has a smoother, whiter look overall, that I find more timeless than most travertine. You would have to go check it out in person, but I'm linking a photo from the store and trying to copy an installed photo in the message, but that may not work.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=ernNCFH3aueNoM&tbnid=9kBuJiRqtIMJjM:&ved=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.houzz.com%2Fdiscussions%2F150752%2FWHAT-COLOR-AND-KIND-OF-TILE-ON-THE-BACKSPLASH&ei=rHViUpHGKpX_4APKo4GYBg&psig=AFQjCNHZOIhN3DI9q9J5xV5z3Rr6qMBKKQ&ust=1382270765110714

Here is a link that might be useful: Pearl backsplash

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 8:11AM
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lazy_gardens

I like the stone. It looks like seafoam on wet sand to me and you can't get any beachier than that.

Sea-glass colored backsplash in a plain pattern with same color walls and some natural accessories and some intense sea blue and you would be so there.

here's my vision pic:

This post was edited by lazygardens on Sat, Oct 19, 13 at 12:41

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 12:09PM
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a2gemini

Sue-Bee - like others, I love your counter
I love lazygarden's idea as well but might go with a bit more green than blue as your glass corner glass has a green tinge to it (but maybe not IRL)
Enjoy the beach!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 2:52PM
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autumn.4

suebee-I rather like it. I like how it marries the white of your perimenter with the stain of your island. I don't think it looks busy at all. I am hoping to achieve that same thing when I get there. I can see how you would be concerned about backsplash though. Sorry I don't have a suggestion - I just wanted to say that I really like your choices and I think it looks fantastic so far!

lazygardens-wow - I first pulled this up on my phone and on the small screen I really thought that was a piece of stone instead of the waves on sand. Depicts it very nicely!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 4:54PM
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Sue-bee

Thanks to you all for your responses. The granite is White Galaxy. The photos do not show it, but it has tons of white sparkles. Now that it has been a couple of days, I think I am going to love it. The quest for the perfect back splash tile is still ongoing. I will post some pictures soon to get more of your valuable feedback. Again, your support is so helpful!!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 3:00PM
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GauchoGordo1993

I like it, and I don't generally care for granites with "movement". I think part of what I like about your counter is the relatively linear movement - granites with swirly movement distract and disorient me, but yours just kinda flows straight through. I also agree that it's totally consistent with the beach theme.

This post was edited by GauchoGordo1993 on Mon, Oct 21, 13 at 15:21

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 3:18PM
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annac54

I think your granite is lovely, and you'll probably get used to is and love it. Here's one of my favorite kitchens, with a lovely backsplash just for one idea. I like the subtle variation in color of the mini-brick tiles. You can also search Houzz for "beach kitchen" or "coastal kitchen" and see a lot more projects. I know you'll find the right tile.

Here is a link that might be useful: Coastal kitchen

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 3:24PM
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sumnerstuff

Sue-bee--White Galaxy is another name for Bianco Gita, per the sign on our slab. I thought I saw it's cousin in your beautiful slab. :) So glad you are settling in to loving it. Ours is not in, but I'll attach a picture of the slab so you can see why your beauty caught my eye. Happy for you!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 7:46PM
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blackchamois

Ditto what ILoveCookie said! I like it!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 9:38PM
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JessHS

Here is an example of a sea glass type of look that I was thinking would be fabulous in your kitchen. They have a range of 25 colors in their Beach Tile line.

Here is a link that might be useful: Beach Tile (bathroom pic)

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 11:40PM
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Sue-bee

Hi everyone. Just wanted to show the pictures of the kitchen after the back splash went in. Thanks to all for your help and support.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 1:47PM
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Sue-bee

Another pic.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 1:48PM
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Sue-bee

Here's another

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Sue-bee

One more

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 1:51PM
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Sue-bee

Last one :)

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 1:52PM
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sumnerstuff

Wow, wow, wow. I hope you all love it now because the end result is stunning! Well done!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 1:59PM
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bicyclegirl1

Absolutely beautiful! Great job. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 4:37PM
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phillyfeet

Beautiful - love all of your choices!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 5:54PM
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andreak100

Looks lovely! I'm curious, what pulls did you use for your cabinets? I'm looking for something that is like the "standard" Euro Pulls, but has a little bit of an arch.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 7:20PM
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juddgirl2

Beautiful! The pale green backsplash against the sand colored counters does remind me of a beach!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 9:02PM
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threegraces

Love it! How do you feel now that it's all put together?

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:20PM
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oldbat2be

Uber clean and serene....I especially like the close-ups of your gorgeous backsplash. Congratulations, it's lovely!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 6:08AM
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berardmr

Beautiful! Would you share the backsplash details?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 8:25AM
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Sue-bee

We do love it now that everything is complete and we are back to cooking in the kitchen. Choosing the back splash was the most difficult decision. I ordered samples from Ann Sacks, Walker Zanger, online tile stores and spent weekends visiting other specialty tile stores in Miami. Nothing seemed to fit right with our âÂÂbusy graniteâÂÂ. My husband found the tile at Home Depot of all places. The color is arctic ice. The cabinet hardware was purchased online at Kitchen-Cabinet-Hardware.com 26201-G10 (3 inch) and 9362-G10 (5 inch). We also thought the euro pulls may be too much and are very happy with the quality of these. I believe you can also get these steel bow pulls at Home Depot as a special order but they did not have the 3 inch size we needed for our smaller drawers.

Again, this forum helped me so much when planning the renovation and second guessing myself every step of the way. Thanks to all who contribute and take the time to post constructive advice and comments!! Happy New Year!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 8:56AM
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lascatx

The color of the backsplash is exactly what I pictured with it -- I was looking at the green tint to the glass in your cabinet door.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 3:07PM
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gothaml

It looks lovely, nice job!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 6:02PM
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a2gemini

Great job and so happy you made friends with your gorgeous granite
i bet your granite is happy to have found a new friend
Congratulations and welcome to the ABB alumni club
Now, we want to see KAW pictures!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 7:12PM
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Mgoblue85

It looks fabulous - glad you are happy now that it's all complete! A2 is right - we need KAW photos now!!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 7:51PM
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