Desperately need help on backsplash

SanAntonioGalOctober 9, 2012

I have been following your forum for a couple of days and decided to join as I desperately need help.

Finally selected granite, Colonial Cream. My cabinets are oak and I also have oak flooring. I 1st thought I would keep old backsplash, ceramic tile on the diagonal with a center row of tanish tile on cream background but decided to update look. I picked up travertine samples and am just not sure. Thought about diagonal 2X2 or row of 2X6, chair rail and 2X4 subways on that too busy? This is in an off white shade.

Another dilema!!!! What is used to finish off the end of the backsplash (whereas in ceramic you would use bullnose)...the travertine seems to rough not to have a trim piece. Has anyone had problems with travertine on their backsplash?

Time is running out and I can't decide.



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Hi SanAntonioGal,

I think allof your ideas would work, so I'll just offer my personal experience. I really liked the look of one size/shape of tile, then a little chair rail and something different for the second half of the b-splash, but my designer convinced me to keep it simple.

I ended up going with a simple arched herringbone in all one neutral color, and I'm glad I did. I find that the more simple b-splash is a good background, and I can add whatever decorative accessories (cookbooks, fruit bowl, coffee, sugar, flour, dry goods canisters) I'd like, changing them whenever I like, without getting bored or regretting choosing something more busy for a design element as permanent as a b-splash.

As for the edges of the travertine, I have a lot of travertine in my showers, tubs and bathroom vanities. Most of my ends and edges are finished with a simple travertine trim piece that matches the travertine tiles. A few edges that don't have the trim piece don't have bullnose, but it's also not rough cut--it's basically a polished edge, but straight, not rounded like bullnose.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 6:08PM
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If at all possible, take tile samples to your slab and take a look. Your granite has cream, brown, and yellow in it. Travertine can often end up looking pink next to a gold stone (do a search for travertine on this site - you'll see what I mean). Consider anything else. I have a few examples below that might help.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 7:52PM
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