Can I achieve this look? Feedback needed!

BlackChamoisDecember 3, 2012

Hi friends!

Cabinets are partially in and I need to start narrowing down my backsplash choices.

So here is what I've got so far:
White cabinets with shaker style doors
Raven (Caesarstone) counters
SS appliances, knobs, pulls
Chrome faucet

Pic #1 is my inspiration picture, mainly in terms of the color scheme. I also love the dark chandy and other iron touches. However, this kitchen does not have a tile bs, where as I will. In fact I will have very little "painted" wall. The majority will be covered with bs tile.

Pic #2 in the next post is what I am considering for bs. I love the color and although typically I am not a huge fan of glass, I like it in this photo.

So my first question is ... what do you think? Can I achieve a similar "feel" as in pic #1 with the elements I've picked thus far and a tile such as this?

My other question is that along with my kitchen remodel, I am updating my fireplace. I had a new mantel built and now I need to tile the face. I will be using a brown limestone called Teakwood, but I can't decide on the size of the tile for the face. My "inspiration" fireplace (post #3) uses a 1x2.

The kitchen, dining area, living room and fireplace are in close proximity to one another (I live in a small condo). Will this be too much "mini" tile going on if I were to use a 1x2 for both bs and fp? The other option that I am considering for the fireplace is the same stone but in a 3x6 (see link). Would this better?

I am really stuck on this one as I feel one selection will drive the other (i.e. if I use a mini for the bs, then I shouldn't use mini for the fp. If I use a 3x6 for the fp, then I shouldn't use it for the bs ... etc.)

Thanks for your guidance!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Teakwood in 3x6

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BlackChamois

The glass mini brick ...

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:22PM
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BlackChamois

And the inspiration fireplace ...

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:23PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

IMHO, no. In pic one, nothing is shiny, everything is flat.

In pic 2, the B/S is shiny iridescent.

I love your Pic 1 --- totally my thing. But I think pic2 would seriously alter its mood.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:53PM
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BlackChamois

mtnrdredux - Thanks for that observation! I do need a backsplash. What tipe of tile would you recommend? Porcelain? Matte finish? Is there a marble that is not too expensive in the tan/taupe family? At one time I had wanted a calacutta bs, but it was for a different counter. I don't want carerra mainly because I would like something in the warmer/tan/taupe tones.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 12:16AM
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erhm

I agree that the shiny/iridescent glass backsplash is not really consistent with picture #1. I think that a matte porcelain tile would probably be your best bet, maybe in a light taupe? I'm having trouble envisioning how that would look with the Raven, though, so I imagine you'll want to play around with some samples. I am in the process of redoing my kitchen with white shaker cabinets and raven counters, so I was intrigued by your question. I think we are going for a more modern look with cooler colors. I'm including a link with pictures of the backsplash we are considering; the other leading contender is white glass subway tiles. I like the backsplash in picture #2, just don't think it's really consistent with pics 1 and 3.

Here is a link that might be useful: gray mosaic backsplash

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 2:10PM
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BlackChamois

erhm - Thanks for the feedback. I will see what I can find in matte. And a light taupe is the color I am going for. I am not a fan of the shiny black counters in pic #2. One of the reason I wanted to go with the Raven was because I felt it has a "softer" look to it, being dark gray vs. black. Somewhat reminds me of soapstone maybe. I guess I could have it honed, but really not sure about that.

I do have a sample of some 1x2 glass tile in light taupe color that I have been holding up against my small raven sample, and I think it looks nice. I will try to get a good photo of it to share here and maybe that would help.

I am open to suggestions! Thank you!!!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 3:44PM
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marcolo

The tones in the first pic are significantly warmer and pinker, while the second pic is also cooler and greener. Something else to watch out for.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 4:05PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Who says you need a backsplash -- your inspiration pic doesn't have one. They have a strip of molding, marble perhaps. And then paint. And then framed prints.

You need paint and some framed prints (all far less costly then a good b/s and easy to change or update).

Go for it. Be different

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 8:35PM
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