What to do for backsplash?

donnajillDecember 27, 2013

Looking for ideas and guidance for the backsplash in our new kitchen. We have white mission style cabinets with a mother of pearl quartzite countertop and stainless appliances. The backsplash will be 18" high and run the length of 2 walls. I'm thinking about tile or maybe a painted beadboard. What would you do? Pictures would be helpful.

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debrak2008

Look on houzz.com and you will see lots of ideas.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 3:35PM
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romy718

Could you post a close up of your counter amd maybe another pic or two of your kitchen?

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 5:55PM
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donnajill

Gladly!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 10:08PM
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donnajill

the countertop

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 10:13PM
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donnajill

another view...

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 10:15PM
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romy718

This is pipdog's kitchen with countertops similar to yours. Her backsplash is gorgeous, "White Onyx" staggered purchased at Stone Mart in Burbank, Ca.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 12:58AM
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romy718

A closeup of pipdog's backsplash.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 12:59AM
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a2gemini

Wow
Great looking kitchen and needs a backsplash to pull it together
How about Vihara tiles
I would be concerned about painted beadboard behind a cook area but there is tile beadboard available.
Edited for grammar - ugh!

This post was edited by a2gemini on Tue, Dec 31, 13 at 5:03

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 5:55PM
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donnajill

Thank you - the white onyx and the vihara tiles both look amazing!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 9:53PM
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EAM44

Donna - do you want to bring any color into your kitchen, or do you prefer neutrals/white? Also, what is your budget in $/sf?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 12:23AM
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rbattaglia24

Here is a kitchen I found and am using as inspiration. I like the neutrals. I am currently building, but also have white cabinets with a dark island.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gray backsplash

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 10:27AM
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donnajill

I prefer neutrals, I think. I would rather bring in colors with paint and window treatments that can be easily changed. I'm not even sure about the budget since I haven't actually priced anything out. I don't need rock bottom prices but I don't want to overspend in relation to the rest of the kitchen/house which is not what you would call upscale.

That being said, once I fall in love with something (like my quartzite countertop), I will try my best to find a way to pay for it. My daughter doesn't really need that last semester of college, does she? I think she's learned enough.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 4:21PM
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fishymom

I think both options pictured above would look great with your gorgeous countertops!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 6:00PM
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EAM44

Haha! She's learned enough - of course she's learned enough! (Fast forward a few years, "mom doesn't really need that I.V. does she? I think she's lived enough.").

Let me start by saying I love Pip's kitchen and I love her bs. When you look at those images you see the bs. The counter is not the boldest element. I love that. If you want your counters to be the star you're going to go for uniformity of color, and get your visual interest by (I love this trick) mixing frosted and glossy elements that are the same color.

Here are some possibilities for you. These are all glass mosaics. You can absolutely get a similar effect in porcelain tile as well.






    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 2:44AM
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DennyDine

I would lean towards a classic white beveled subway in a larger format, or a Carrera subway (as long as it doesn't fight with your quartzite)

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 3:01AM
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Chef4Six

EAM44 -
which site did you get the glass diamond and circles accent tiles from?
or - all the glass tiles you posted
i like them!

This post was edited by Chef4Six on Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 15:55

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 2:57PM
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EAM44

Hi Chef. These are all from Glass Tile Oasis. They have a great site to search, and their prices are competitive, but you can buy the tiles from just about anywhere online.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 7:00PM
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cani123

Are your counters madreperola? If so how are they holding up? I am looking at that for my countertops so it's nice to see what it will look like. I have my eye on the vihara tiles.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 12:42AM
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isabel98

I have madre perla counters... bullet proof. so glad I chose these with 2 kids and husband who are great at making messes. we do everything on these counters, cooking, eating, art projects etc. without a doubt the most beautiful element in my kitchen.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 1:01PM
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