Backsplash to pair with Volga Blue granite?

mrspeteNovember 5, 2012

We have a looong way to go, so this is a pathetically small question . . . but what kind of backsplash would you choose under these circumstances?

- Small kitchen with small island

- Medium-dark cabinets

- Black appliances

- Fairly small backsplash area: 15 linear ft x 18" high, interrupted by window

- Plenty of natural light, which will make the blue flecks shine: Good-sized window above sink + bank of windows in adjacent eating area

- With my taste in other items leaning towards dark, I'm thinking that I want some glass-front cabinets to "lighten things up".

The above are fairly well set in stone -- fairly well being a vague, uncertain word meaning that I may well change my mind.

I've been kicking around the idea of white recycled glass countertops (I do adore the sparkle), but today I saw my friend's new Volga blue granite countertops, and they are gorgeous! Really, I'm not ga-ga over countertops, but these were incredible. Black at first glance, but they contain flecks of beautiful cobalt blue. I have no doubt that these are the most beautiful countertops I've ever seen.

I've been googling pictures of them, and they look great with dark cabinets . . . but what kind of backsplash? My thoughts:

- Okay, I have no serious thoughts. I'm not even sure whether I like the idea of dark or light overall.

- Although I love the look of glass tile, I am concerned about whether it'll look dated in 5-10 years. I'd like to avoid things along the lines of stacked glass tiles, fearing that they're a flash in the pan. I'd like something that's relatively classic.

- I do not like too modern or too stark; for example, stainless steel tiles are out.

- I do like white or off-white arabesque tiles, but I kind of think that'd "compete" with the countertop.

- I fear that plain subway tile isn't "enough" with such a great granite.

- I think I like the idea of something very basic with a small accent tile of color every so often . . . I could see perhaps a dark blue glass tile as an accent.

Your thoughts?

Also, with so much "dark" in the room, should I keep the floor light?

And I'm thinking of some blue pendants above the sink and island.

I still love those white recycled glass countertops . . . they might have to move to the bathroom.

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suzanne_sl

My sister's new-to-her-house used the same Volga Blue quartz (I think) for the backsplash. Her kitchen is also dark cabs and fairly small. Looks good.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 7:38PM
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annsch

I'm not sure what shade of blue you have in your Volga Blue granite. I know there can be some differences. But with a quick search I found some that might look nice.

How about one of these:






    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 7:51PM
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mrspete

I don't know about using it for backsplash and countertop --- might it not be too much of a good thing?

I love that second tile. The one with the print.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 8:48PM
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toepytoe

I have the Volga Blue with cherry cabinets on the perimeter
and an island with expresso/black cabinets with a lighter color granite counter. It took awhile for me to find a backsplash, I found the lighter colored backsplash that was not to busy worked best for me. I ended up with a 3x6 marble, Grecian White. I priced it at the local tile shop and HomeDepot. And ended up at HD for my tile, it was 1/3 the price. If you don't like marble, the neutral glass tiles look nice.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 11:16PM
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scoutyyy

I have caesarstone Blue ocean with Calcutta subway tiles.

We wanted just the white/gray marble subways but tile company screwed up order, then we decided we liked the little veins of warmth: gold, red, brown, all very faint, just in every few tiles, rest were white/gray. The gray tied in with the blue counters and the surprise bits of color warmed the space. I was trying to copy Ina Garten's amazing blue counter without the $$$ price tag

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 2:19AM
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oldryder

Volga BLue is one of the most beautiful granites. (it is definitely not a quartz.!!) The more premium versions are darker overall with larger inclusions.

It has brilliant blue inclusions that have the same optical properties as the security holograms you see on credit cards such that they are dependent on the angle of viewing and light. very dynamic effect.

regardiing your bscksplash question; a tile treatment that is light colored would be best if your kitchen is smaller or lacks a lot of natural light. if its well lighted using the volga blue for the splash should work fine.

just a suggestion; get a decorative edge like 1/2, demi, or full bullnose. the blue inclusions are spectacular when exposed along the edges!!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 6:42AM
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mrspete

I like the idea of a basic white something, but not marble. I know, I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like marble. But something in a soft white with a slight color varation -- that's a good possibility.

Lovely kitchen though. Very much like the layout I'll have.

Yeah, no surprise that it's a "premium granite". However, I'm not splurging on a whole lot of things, so I can have this; and I do want a "good piece". I've read in several places that this is something you want to go pick for yourself because all slabs aren't equal.

Cool that it's the same stuff as security holograms. Nice conversation item.

My kitchen'll be small . . . but will have a fairly large amount of natural light. I do agree that light is going to be the best choice.

Love the suggestion to go with a nice cut edge. I wouldn't have considered that the inclusions would be spectacular in that situation.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 8:02PM
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erick85

This is what we came up with. We spent 2 years with nothing trying to decide what to do. I think it turned out well.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 5:28PM
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erick85

Second perspective.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 5:29PM
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mrspete

erick85, I like your background. It convinces me that I want a light backsplash. I'm thinking of cabinets a little lighter than yours, but the concept is still the same. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 8:16PM
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erick85

MrsPete,

Thank you. We really struggled as I wanted something to accent the blues but my wife didn't want too much blue. The accent tiles really work well. There are, I think, 5 colors that make up the accents, but they work really well together with both the tiles and the granite.

I didn't want something too dark, but wasn't sure how the lighter color would work. When I ran across the glass accent tiles, I bought a sheet of that and a pack of travertine (all from Home Depot) and started playing with a design. That is what I came up with. The centerpiece, which doesn't show up very well, is a tile of the Last Supper that my wife and I bought on our honeymoon 8 years ago. We knew we wanted to incorporate that somehow as well. I'll try to dig up a close-up of that.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 10:25PM
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erick85

Here's the centerpiece. I guess I don't have pic of it with the tile fully finished.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 10:29PM
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phallky03

With our volga blue granite we used a snow white subway tile and a mosaic that has stainless, white, and grayish blue tiles. Beautiful!!

This is our cabinets

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 2:54PM
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motherof3sons

My friend has volga blue - GORGEOUS! She used a darker gray glass tile in a subway pattern. It is the perfect tile for her kitchen.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 9:10PM
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