Silver Crackle Backsplash done!

romy718December 18, 2013

Remember those taupey tiles on my counter & my disappointment about no blue tiles? Well, these are essentially the same tiles. Encore sent me an additional 2 boxes of custom made tiles, which got me about 20 tiles with a "hint" of blue. I think I may have tortured my KD, the tile supplier & Encore because honestly as I can't locate those 20 tiles.
We love the end result. My photos are not capturing the colors, which change by the hour. Predominantly they are varying shades of watery gray and as Marthastoo described, they "sparkle".
Warm walnut floors below the cardboard.

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romy718

Here's another pic.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:19PM
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romy718

Closeup. Looks pink in this photo but not IRL.

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bookworm4321

Romy, they look wonderful. I just so enjoy looking at your kitchen, with glass cabs, the countertops, the faucet, the stove, the wall color--it all looks great.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:26PM
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autumn.4

romy-those look so nice! Perfect! I am sure you will see the blue tiles pop out here and there when you are working about the kitchen. You can use the 'can you find the blue tiles' as an ice breaker. ;)

Now where to put the KA mixer.........???

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:27PM
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Linelle

Beautiful perfection!!! I'm highly allergic to pink and I don't see any. It's just an awesome backsplash. You done good!!!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:38PM
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debrak2008

Looks wonderful!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:49PM
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nosoccermom

Very nice! They don't look pink at all on my monitor. You should be proud for insisting on getting the right tiles. In the end, it's you after all who has to look at the tiles for years to come while the KD and tile place have moved on.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 3:56PM
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marthastoo

Wow - so beautiful! I love it! The silver really warms up the kitchen and I had rejected it for our kitchen as being too cool. I was wrong! I actually see blue in the close up - not pink. Isn't so exciting to get the BS up? I

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 4:03PM
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kksmama

Hurray! I'm so happy for you, and so excited to see the final reveal with floors and all. You must be thrilled, it all looks gorgeous. And I have to say, a KA mixer would look very nice there. Costco runs nice sales from time to time :)

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 4:24PM
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lcskaisgir

OMG...your kitchen is to die for!! That backsplash is GORGEOUS! Definitely worth the wait. If I wasn't so impatient I would copy you! How did they finish the end to the left of the sink where the tile ends? Is it bullnosed or are the edges of those tiles finished in some way?

I can't wait until you do a final reveal with the floors!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 4:32PM
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Gooster

Congratulations. The BS looks beautiful and add an almost textural element to the kitchen. They look so elegant with the cabs and counters.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 4:35PM
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Linda

They are truly special!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 6:03PM
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Linelle

Crackle FTW!!!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 7:05PM
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a2gemini

Romy
Fantastic! It looks wonderful in that beautiful kitchen.
Welcome to the ABB alumni club!
BTW - looks like Breezy is making headway, so hopefully she will join us also.
Lexanne

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 8:15PM
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autumn.4

linelle - "highly allergic to pink" - lol. I am as well and I don't see any either. :)

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 9:18PM
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romy718

Thanks all. I'm so glad that it's in & that I love it.
Autumn & kksmama, you are a bad influence. This morning, when I woke up, I wasn't planning to buy a mixer. I read your posts, was heading out to do some Christmas shopping & actually put a backsplash tile in my purse, just in case. I am now the proud owner of a color coordinated KA mixer. And, my brooms came.
The mixer is going in this corner!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 9:49PM
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romy718

Lcskaisgir, the ends are a bullnose.
Marthastoo, I love the mint in your kitchen. The silver would have worked but the mint is perfection!
Bookworm, I can't wait to see the Cameo.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 10:59PM
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mommytoty

So gorgeous, love it all!! What is the countertop material?

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 12:46AM
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thepeppermintleaf

Wow!!!! Your kitchen looks amazing!!

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 12:54AM
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autumn.4

Yay! I can't wait to see a pic of the new tool against the backsplash! What model did you get? Not to morph your backsplash thread into a KA mixer thread. I actually was just peaking at them yesterday while I was out Christmas shopping but too soon for me to purchase.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 6:33AM
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sumnerstuff

Absolutely stunning! And I'd carry a piece of that lovely tile in my purse just to gaze at it from time to time when away from home! :)

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 6:57AM
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bookworm4321

What color is your new KA mixer? I just realized my 23 y.o. KA is beige; I don't think they had much color selection back then. Well, it will still look OK.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 7:54AM
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ck_squared

Really pretty! Definitely worth the wait, right? ;)

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 8:10AM
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firstmmo

It's absolutely fantastic!!!! I love it love it love it. I know you went through a lot to get this exactly right, and your hard effort paid off (even if you can't locate them!). The color combinations are perfection: counter, cabinets, backsplash.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 12:06PM
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teachertile

AMAZING!! Great job!

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 1:19PM
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romy718

Thanks so much. It was worth the wait & the hunt. I think the backsplash was the most difficult decision of the whole remodel. Oldbat & others have suggested making a grouted backsplash sample board. I didn't do it, but I should have. The tile changed so much once it was vertical & grouted.
I got the KA 7 qt Pro in Medallion Silver at Williams-Sonoma. I was planning to just look, not buy, but they were having an in-store promotion that saved me an additional $170 off the sale price.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 1:59PM
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romy718

Mommytoty, my counters are Vermont Imperial Danby, honed.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 2:46PM
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kompy

Can you post the make and model of this tile? It's stunning!

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 3:30PM
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romy718

Thanks Kompy! It is made by Encore Ceramics, Silver crackle in
3 1/8" x 6 7/16". They come in a variety of sizes. Marthastoo did the same crackle tiles in Mint, equally beautiful.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 4:04PM
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deedles

That looks fabulous in general and esp. with the counter. Really like your drawer pulls.. very rich looking! Glad it worked out and kind of funny that you now can't find the blue that was missing before. Ah, yes... the joy of being TKO.....

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 5:44PM
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rubyclaire

Perfection! Glad it all worked out so beautifully - enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 10:01AM
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FarmerMcLarry

Looks beautiful! I love the tile, that was a great choice! Did you end up with Clearstone on your marble?

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 10:10AM
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kompy

That was totally the look I was looking for in my kitchen too, but I couldn't find it anywhere. Sigh. I still love my marble tile, but this? WOW. I may have to put this in my half bath. How much is it per SF?

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 11:09AM
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IliN

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! You have done a beautiful job!!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 11:52AM
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oldbat2be

romy718 - thought I'd posted but realized I hadn't. This is a home run!!! What an amazing tile you have picked out. Absolutely love it! Congratulations on your gorgeous new kitchen. It's almost too much to know you will soon be revealing warm walnut floors. (I for one, will stay tuned...)

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 9:11PM
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westsider40

So gorgeous, the whole kitchen is gorgeous! I want it! The windows, sigh, everything!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 9:24PM
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ailene54

Your BS and kitchen are beautiful....

    Bookmark   December 20, 2013 at 9:31PM
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romy718

Thanks all, so much, for the kind words.
Yes deedles, the joys of being TKO, enough to drive oneself crazy.
FarmerMcLarry, we're not going to do the Clearstone. So glad I did the "test case" small countertop in the laundry & not the whole kitchen. My marble is quite white & the Clearstone gave it a slightly gray cast & made the subtle veining even more subtle. I can't say it looks fake but it's not the same. I'd rather deal with etching & keep the natural beauty of the stone.
kompy, another GWer was able to get it at $29/sq. ft. I paid $43, but did get additional custom tiles (blueish), no charge.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 2:34AM
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mjocean

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! All your selections are perfect and work so well together. I'm still waiting for my tiles and backsplash mural to be delivered.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 9:38AM
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ILoveRed

Beautiful. Oh my.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 10:32AM
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mlweaving_Marji

That is absolutely gorgeous! I love your whole kitchen. All the TKO obsessive is really paying off.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2013 at 6:01PM
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zeebee

Lovely, just lovely.

You might have given me the inspiration for tying together cobalt blue cabinets and carrera marble countertops!

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 5:21PM
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chloenkitty

Stunning kitchen. Love everything. Picking kitchen selections now and going crazy, just hope mine turns out as nice :) congrats!

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 7:49PM
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chloenkitty

PS , post a pic of the full view of the kitchen if you can

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 7:50PM
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terrinm

Gorgeous! BS are hard! DH made me choose ours in two days...... He wanted everything DONE. But luckily I like most of it :)

It's not as stunning as yours tho. And that KA is going to be a jewel in there!

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 8:09PM
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threegraces

Simply lovely. Why is the backsplash such a big decision after all the other ones? It just is!

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 10:26PM
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belle_va

Truly, truly fantastic. LOVE it. What a great job. What a great eye. It all works so nicely. Congrats.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 10:13PM
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brantley_r

Stunning kitchen!! We are just finishing up building a new house and the *last* thing I have to make a decision on is the backsplash. I picked up a sample of the Encore Crackle Silver and I'm just not sure. It looks more taupe than silver. ?? The sample is just one tile...perhaps I need a few more.

We have Carrara countertops, white upper cabinets (BM Decorator White), lower cabinets are a gray with brown undertones (SW Porpoise) and our island is a furniture style island, walnut with a medium-dark stain. Floors are hickory, stained a medium-dark brown. I'll try to upload a picture but everything is still in progress.

The sample is reading very taupe, but you describe the tile as a watery gray. A warm watery gray is what I want...taupe won't work with the gray veining in the Carrara (although my counters are mostly white with long streaks of gray, not splotchy like some Carrara) and the gray lowers. I'm looking for a warm backsplash to tie in the floors & island which is why tile guy directed me to Encore.

Your thoughts? Also what color is your grout? Thanks! Hope you are enjoying your fabulous kitchen!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 11:02PM
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romy718

brantley - there is a range of tile colors, I'd say about 5 or 6 different tiles shades with each individual tile varying (lighter in the middle of the tile). Some of the tiles are taupe, some are a pale gray, some are a medium gray. I saw a sample board of the silver crackle at my local tile store that was made with predominantly gray tiles. When my tiles came in, I was surprised & disappointed that the tiles were reading more taupe than silver. I even wondered if they sent me the wrong color.
Once all the boxes were open, there were many more gray tiles than taupe.
Installed & grouted, the overall look is gray. The taupe tiles add the warmth. They change color depending on the lighting & there are a couple of hours that they read more taupey.
I was looking for a gray tile & I couldn't be happier. This backsplash is my favorite "thing" in our kitchen. It's impossible to capture the overall look with a photo. There are a couple of pictures on Houzz of the silver crackle, although they, too, don't capture the variation of color, the depth & the little bit of sparkle.
I believe my grout was Antique White. I'll look later today & post back if it's something else.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 7:49AM
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bicyclegirl1

How did I miss this?! That is one of the most perfect BS's for a kitchen I've seen. You nailed it.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 8:25AM
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bookworm4321

brantley, also look at Ice. I agree that it helps to have a few samples of each color. I posted my old picture of 2 tiny Ice squares.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 12:41PM
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brantley_r

Thanks Romy & Bookworm!

Were either of you able to find sample boards or just loose tiles? Bookworm, are you planning to use the Ice on your backsplash?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 2:12PM
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romy718

This is the tile board of silver that the local tile shop made. It doesn't have any if the taupe tiles that are normally in the mix. I obsessed & worried about the taupe. Once the tiles went up, I was really happy about the color mix as it was a much warmer look.
Marthastoo did her backsplash in Encore mint, beautiful. You should be able to find her backsplash reveal.
Did your source have the tile boards with 2 small tiles of each color? I have pictures of those but the tiles are very small.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 3:06PM
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xc60

This has to be one of the most gorgeous kitchens I've seen, wow!!!!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 3:22PM
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romy718

Xc60 & bicyclegirl, thanks for the kind words. I'll be doing a reveal once the cardboard is removed.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 3:29PM
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lcskaisgir

REMOVE THE CARDBOARD, REMOVE THE CARDBOARD...!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 3:39PM
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brantley_r

Ok, I'm sold. :) Thanks for making the decision easy for me.

My tile shop had never heard of Encore! I'm in Columbia, SC and there is not a tile store in my entire state that carries it (that I can find). I picked up the sample while in Birmingham, AL last week. They said that there aren't many stores in the south that carry Encore. They said I can order from them and have the tile drop-shipped to my house. They did not have any boards, just a box of loose Encore tiles. I am thinking of having my local tile store see if they can order it for me, they have been so helpful with the tile in the rest of our new house that I hate to take business elsewhere.

Looking forward to seeing your final pictures!

Oh -- I saw Martha's kitchen also -- beautiful!! I think my countertops are closer to yours and the pictures I've seen on houzz (Lake Minnetonka kitchen -- I'm sure you've seen it).

Thanks again for the help!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 4:23PM
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romy718

That cardboard is staying put for another 6 weeks. My Mom has been recuperating with us since mid-Nov & has a walker which we call " the claw."

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 5:26PM
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susanlynn2012

Romy718, thank you for the information that the gorgeous crackle backsplash is made by Encore Ceramics, Silver crackle in 3 1/8" x 6 7/16" and that they come in a variety of sizes. Your kitchen is gorgeous and I can't wait to see the final reveal!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 6:01PM
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bookworm4321

brantley, I used the Cameo Encore, same size as Romy used. I needed something from the 'green' board (Ice and silver are on blue board). My dilemna was between lighter Cameo or the mint. Here is an old picture, without undercab lights.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 7:11PM
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bookworm4321

Here is tonight's picture, with just undercab lights on. Because my cabinets maple, I wanted something with beige tint. Romy had white cabs, so she needed tiles with different tone.

Honestly, your choice will be between lighter Ice and slightly darker Silver. I obsessed over my choice, and followed the advice of the tile saleswoman and KD. I would have been equally satisfied with cameo or mint.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 7:19PM
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romy718

Bookworm, I hadn't seen that picture. I love the Cameo. Such a soft, pretty color with depth.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 7:37PM
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bookworm4321

Romy, after a month of searching, I honestly did not find any crackle tile that compared to Encore. Thank goodness for GW, I HAD NO HESITATION TO ORDER TILEs in my colors. Had I been on GW before hiring KD, choosing cabs, figuring out lay-out, what a difference it would have made. This is such a great forum. Now I am ready to do my next kitchen. How prepared I am now!

You and I know that Brantley will be thrilled with the Encore, whichever color she chooses. I feel like we could could become cheerleaders (how embarrassing).

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 8:50PM
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oldbat2be

Bookworm - beautiful.

romy718 - I keep forgetting how beatiful your space is. I am just crazy about your backsplash. (Going back for another look....)

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 9:28PM
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bicyclegirl1

romy, did I read correctly that you ordered the silver, but had them make you 20 more tiles w/ more blue in it? That's awesome! You must have a great eye for color. I'm horrible about seeing tones. When it's time for me to pick out my tiles, I'll have you help me pick out the color!!!

I'm looking forward to the reveal!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 9:28PM
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brantley_r

I am just waiting on the measurements and I will order the silver in the morning! I'm relieved to have made the decision (with your help) and now am ready for it to be done! Although sounds like there will be a wait for it to come in (sigh).

Thanks for all the advice & help.

Bookworm: The cameo is beautiful as is your kitchen! I picked up a sample of the cameo but it was reading yellow in my kitchen. Lighting and surrounding materials make such a difference!

I also picked up the Ice -- my only hesitation is that it won't have enough "oomph" for me. We did white subway tile in our last kitchen remodel and as much as I loved it I want something with a little more depth for this kitchen.

We actually moved in to our unfinished house in mid-December. The whole building process was (mostly) fun until our cabinet maker decided to have a mid-life crisis! Seriously. We ended up having to fire him and hire someone to come in and fix the mess he made. It is close to being done at this point. Not just kitchen cabinets -- there were cabinet problems throughout the house.

Thanks again for the feedback, what a great forum!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 11:18PM
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brantley_r

Not a great picture -- I am out of town again this week so my hubs snapped this with his phone and sent to me. As you can see the cabinets are still in progress. Built in fridge is on far right, to right of pantry.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2014 at 11:23PM
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romy718

Your kitchen is lovely. It's hard to see your lower cabinet color or your countertop. Love your crown molding.
I have a couple of boxes of tiles & would be happy to send you a few if you want a better representation of the color range of silver.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 2:04AM
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psyohe

Thank you, thank you, thank you for those wonderful pictures! Encore tiles are beautiful. I am heading to their website to see is they have any without shone. Gorgeous!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 2:43AM
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bookworm4321

Brantley, I agree that the silver will add more contrast against your white cabinets. My tiles arrived within 4 weeks.I hope you post a lot of pictures.

Peke, they do have a little shine, but only when you get up close. Same with the color variation; the darker the color you chose, the more pooling.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 6:32AM
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lcskaisgir

I agree, no crackle tile compares to the beauty of the Encore...the sparkle, the variation of color. I REALLY wanted it for my kitchen but none of the colors were a good match :(

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 9:20AM
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romy718

Peke, they do have a glossy finish versus a matte finish but the variation in color makes them appear less shiny. Encore does make a matte tile but I bet the crackle would look beautiful with your Sea Pearl.
There are some blue greens (celery or cashmere) ) or you could go more neutral. This is the green board. I'll post the color names & them I'll post the blue board.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 10:40AM
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romy718

Green board colors

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 10:44AM
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romy718

Blue board

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 10:45AM
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romy718

Blue board colors
These pics taken by marthastoo

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 10:47AM
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kalapointer

Here is a photo of my crackle subways.

Close up

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:22AM
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romy718

Kalapointera - what a gorgeous color & love the color variation. Who makes it.
Lcskaisgir - I love your backsplash. I was really going more for the look of your tile but my kitchen is so white, I needed warmth & variation to add some color. There are lots of beautiful crackles out there (Heath, Sonoma , many more).
I had a preconceived idea of what crackle tiles looked like & never even considered them when I was looking for my backsplash. Encore isn't the only one that makes a beautiful crackle. I'm more of a "Crackle" cheerleader than an "Encore" cheerleader.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:46AM
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psyohe

Kala, Ooooohhhhh! Love that color! I see gray and light blue and green in the backsplash, but gray and green in the tile. Am I right? What color green is it IRL? Is that a reflection of the tiles on your upper cabinet?

Wish I could do faux painting that looks like that. I love those colors. What company and color did you choose for the tile?

Can you mix different colors like some from the green board with some of the blue board? Or are they too different?

Peke

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 12:09PM
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kalapointer

My tiles are from Pratt & Larson in Portland Oregon. They are in the Water Color line. Remember if you use crackle tiles they must be sealed before the grout goes in. You don't grout in the cracks. I did the tile work myself and found it very easy to do, just takes time.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 12:16PM
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kalapointer

Peke, the close up is pretty close to the IRL color. No blues or grays that might be coming from our monitors. Yes, that is a reflection of the tiles on the cabinet. The glaze is glossy.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 12:30PM
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Mags438

Wow, just amazing how a small element (compared to everything else in a kitchen) like a backsplash *really* finishes off a room. Stunning!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 1:03PM
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romy718

Kala-even prettier in this picture. Great color! Love your kitchen. I'm going to add your picture to Peke's "Sea Pearl needs a back splash" thread.

This post was edited by romy718 on Tue, Feb 25, 14 at 14:23

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 2:02PM
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brantley_r

Lcskaisgir -- is your backsplash posted on here? Sorry I am new to this. :-)

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 2:46PM
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lcskaisgir

Brantley_r, I just posted my reveal he other day. I also did a gray crackle tile. It doesn't have the beautiful sparkle of the Encore but I'm happy with it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lcskaisgir's kitchen

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 3:41PM
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romy718

Here's a link to lcskaisgir's thread where she has pictures of her tile next to the Encore Silver. You can see that hers are more of a true gray, none of the taupey tiles that are part of the Encore Silver. There are true gray tiles in the range but also the taupe ones.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lcskaisgir's Backsplash Tile Post

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 4:01PM
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Holly- Kay

Romy, I missed your kitchen reveal. It is so gorgeous, I am so glad that I saw this. I'll bet you love every minute you spend there. That Encore tile is to die for!

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beanpiele

LOVE. IT.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2014 at 2:52PM
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romy718

I still owe you all a reveal. I'm hopeless with a real camera & DH has promised to take pics. Coming soon, I promise.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2014 at 5:48PM
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avntgardnr

I'm so glad this thread has been revived! We're not ready to choose our backsplash yet but I am OBSESSED with finding one...that Encore crackle tile is fantastic.
I hope i can find some samples locally...

beautiful choices everyone!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2014 at 11:19AM
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caminnc

That is really beautiful.

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peaceluvstella

So glad I came across this thread and forum! Found the Encore while perusing Houzz and fell in LOVE! It's very nice to see more images and hear feed back. Now, I just have to get these for my remodel! unfortunately the closest vendor is 3 hours away. Is there any other way to get samples?

    Bookmark   January 15, 2015 at 1:47PM
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