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Mixing tile sizes in backsplash

Posted by localeater (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 7, 13 at 11:37

I am still pondering the backsplash. I do feel like I have come so far in the understanding of what my kitchen needs, and what I need. I realize I almost forgot my vision of a calm and peaceful space. I realize that I need a slightly rustic feeling tile to complement the post and beam structure, but not too rustic, because my house is also contemporary and open.
I am wondering how I can mix tile sizes without getting too busy.
Does anyone have any images of mixing tiles of the same color using different field tile shapes?
I am thinking something like the below image, but with either all one color or 3 or 4 creamy shades in the bottom section.
From GW Photos

This is an image of my kitchen
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Here's a couple of ideas I noticed on the McIntrye Tile site yesterday, It's a couple of their concept boards. I've been struggling ot find a direction for my teeny master bath. I like that it's interesting and somewhat a mix of vintage and contemporary all at once.


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We did mix tile size and varied the direction. We didn't use any smaller tiles, but I thought I'd share anyway.

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LocalEater - if budget is no object - check out Motawi tiles - They are made in the A2 area. They would give you the rustic look and a variety of sizes - but sticker shock might do you in. I tried to match them to my kitchen - but they didn't work for us. (and saved me a ton of $$
Otherwise - Epro(I think that is the name) has tiles that might do the trick.
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Thank you everyone for replying. Remodelfla- I have looked at Macintyre tile but didn't recall those images from their site. They were very helpful. Mahlgold, your kitchen is lovely. I am not sure the large tiles are for me, but I did love seeing the juxtaposition of the 3x6 from vertical to horizontal, that is one of the things I am contemplating. Suzannesl- your backsplash in one I have long admired. A2- I am pretty sure Motawi is out of my price range but it is always nice to look.
Here is a picture of some tiles I like, they are by Syzygy Tile. I love the depth of their glazes and the modern yet rustic feel their tiles have. One option I was thinking of was to use 3 or 4 of these muted shades in a 1x1, then selecting one of the colors for a 4x4 like the original inspriration photo I posted. I do worry that it could be too busy though. That's when I started thinking maybe I should do the same thing but just use one color for the whole thing, or possibly one color for the 1x1 and the liner and another for the 4x4's. Of course I could eliminate using 1x1 altogether, they are small and therefore busy, right?
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This is another image of Syzygy Tile, it is a 2x6 interspersed with a textured metal tile. I really like this look too. Perhaps it is quieter? I would probably only do the textured tiles for the bottom 8 inches up to the bottom of the window sill, then just the 2x6's.
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Of course I also wonder if I am overthinking the whole thing. Maybe I should just do all one color, all 2x6. At least then it would be done. :)


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LocalEater - I like those tiles. I didn't run across them in my hunt! Can you please shoot a picture with them lying on your counter to look at colors :-)


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It's an individual thing and for me less is more. Malhgold's is beautiful and works well because it's all he same material.
For me the backsplash is a detraction or the weak element in most of the inspiration photos posted upthread.

You already have so many beautiful features in your kitchen, no need to wear all the jewelry at once. In your post I love the color of the top tile, but don't care for all of them together. A crackle subway in celadon would be beautiful in your space.

Off the top of my head, can't remember the poster who used Red Rock tile in her kitchen, but it was beautiful with some shading variation that definitely gave it an artisan craftsman look. Hers was a white kitchen and the backsplash was in a herringbone pattern in a shade called Twig. I don't see that color or pattern working in yours, but the tile in another shape or size would be beautiful. See Prelude field tiles. http://redrocktileworks.com/index.html


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Your inspiration pic made me think of a tile I saw at a local tile showroom, the Senja line from Jasba (see link below). The tiles have a little bit of texture and color variation. They come in a few sizes and looked very Zen to me. I thought their Amar line would also look great in your space.

I have no idea how expensive these are (I wasn't looking seriously when I saw them). The company is German.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jasba tile


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A2- I took pictures, but the sun has set so I am not sure it is the best photo. I like both of the colors in the picture that has 2 samples, and the 2 middle colors in the block of 4. Those are actually the 4 colors I was thinking of using in a random mix of 1x1's. I probably need to give up that idea as too busy though. Of course that means I need to narrow it down to one color- ugh.
Island- I agree less is more. I just want some warmth and a little texture. I don't want anything busy. I I find it really hard to stay true to my vision. You can get really overwhelmed by all the beautiful tiles.
I think you are think of phylhl's lovely Red Rock tile. It is gorgeous. I have looked at Red Rock and they are nice, but none of the colors seemed to work for me. I have to go to the tile store again tomorrow, maybe I will take another look, because I do think some colors were missing when I was there last.
Cawaps- thanks I'll take a look
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One observation I've made in mosaics that mix tile sizes is that some are pretty and others look clunky. I don't know what magical ratio provides visual harmony, but maybe by showing you some different pretty mixes, you might pick up an idea that helps you find your own magic ratio. You have yet to find it in your current choices, but then a clunky look may be what you're going for...





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I don't know if this will help, but I've attached a photo of my unfinished kitchen with backsplash using the same field tile, horizontal on bottom and vertical on top.


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local... do you have any information you can share on the price point of the Syzygy Tile? thanks!


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Eam- just so you know in my mind you are "eam, eam, the tile queen" I always love your picks. I don't think i want chunky, but I know I don't want sleek. Any tile with too much gloss, or too sharp corners looks really out of place in my kitchen. Tell me your pick for my space?
Fredanj- Thank you I loved seeing your tile. Your cabinets look gorgeous, I can't wait for your reveal.
Remodelfla- It is in the $40-$50 sq ft. I don't have a terribly big space so I feel like I can spend a bit more per square foot to get exactly what I want. Of course I would love to fall in love with a tile that is $10/sq ft!
Anybody have any color direction to give me? I am off to the tile store later this morning and I am going to look at Red Rock again.


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I have a busy granite so I needed a calm back splash, but I wanted a little interest. I have 4 X 4 tiles lining the bottom, then a beaded liner and topped with subway tile. I also had a picture frame of 4 x 4 tile on the diagonal with tumbled honey onyx mosaic to bring a focal point to the stove area.
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I LOVE the first picture and think you're on the right track. When I photoshop it, though, I'm reminded of your windows:


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Here's the just the tile blown up bit:


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Lry511: thanks for posting your picture. I love that combination of 4x4s beaded liner and 2x6's. That is what I am going for sort of. I want something like the gentle turn in shape, with something like a liner. I hope to get a little more texture and depth and to give it the rustic edge through the tile.
Ob2b- thank you ever so much for the photoshopping. I do feel like I am on the right track(finally), and after some very wrong turns too.I am not sure that the first image is too much with the windows. I think if that was layout was more muted tones and or monochromatic it might be just right. I also love just the squares so maybe these tiles are what I need by themselves.
I guess I am, as Winnie the Pooh would say "Off to my thoughtful spot."


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Oh gosh, thanks. I love your combination of rugged and refined materials. My first instinct was to put Fireclay glazed thin brick in there, not dissimilar to the Syzygy tile you showed, but this is actually glazed brick, so it has a completely different texture.


But why go monolithic when you want a mix of sizes, some pizzazz as it were. I'm with you. I would love to see Fireclay star and cross in your space, but I don't know that the size would be right under your windows. Have you considered it?

Star and Cross

Lascaux makes a small, 3" star and cross, and they have interesting glazes. I've never seen these in real life, but you might want to order a sample.

Perhaps now I'm over thinking it. You could easily mix 4" x 4" tiles with 4" x 8" tiles, and matte with glossy glazes in the same or complimentary glaze colors with either the vitrail or debris tile (and their 4" x 4" decorative tiles if you like them).

There is an image that haunts me a little, of one of their handpainted Cuerda Seca tiles with the vitrail tiles on p 20 of their catalog, show n a very, very pale wash of colors - it could be incorporated beautifully into your scheme as well. Let me know what you're thinking and I'll keep working on it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Catalog


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Thank you Eam. It is funny, I was just perusing the Fireclay site. I do think I need to check out Fireclay again. While, I am in love with stars and crosses, the non-linear shape doesn't work. I have brought so many different things home and what feels right, is either a rectangle or a square. The Fireclay glazed brick is lovely, but my DH is less than keen on it and frankly I was not sold enough on any of the colors to insist.
I do think, for my budget sake, I am going to stick with fairly standard field shapes and sizes, maybe 2x6's or 2x8's and 4x4's?
The one tile my DH and I have both loved so far is the Syzygy Tile, something about the feel of the tile is very right. Fireclay is at a disadvantage though because the only thing I have brought home are the little 2x2 color samples. I need to bring home some bigger Fireclay tiles to see if they could 'feel' right. They do have more colors to play with, which would be lovely.


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This won't help you with design but you may want to check out Rookwood tiles. A salesperson told me the field tiles start around $35 per sq. ft. They are beautiful tiles with a large color palette and size range.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rookwood tiles


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Localeater, have you looked at the Walker Zanger Ceramica Alhambra line? It comes in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes (including 2x6) and has that rustic, but not-too-rustic look.


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Looking at the Photoshop pictures, I think you should consider trimming out the window with tile, instead of just running tile to the window edge. This would incorporate it into the tiled wall, instead of just making it look "there."

If you do a mixed tile (original post), I would stop the 1x1 below the window - possibly even a tile below the window (depending on tile size) so that the line is not straight across the backsplash/under the window edge. This also makes the window look just "there."

I love the rustic tiles EAM44 just posted. They would look great in your kitchen. Also check out Status Tile, Element Series in Frosted finish:

Here is a link that might be useful: Status Tile Company


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I forgot about the other walls until I saw the photoshop pic. How high do you plan to take the backsplash everywhere?
Thanks.


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OK I went back to the tile store today. Red Rock is out it doesnt have the feel I am after. I did bring home one tile I had looked at before and wanted to try. It is by Antiquity Tile. I like the fact that it is a locally made tile. Here is an image of it(not the best light, it is a rainy day). It has a lot of variation in the glaze, which I like.
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Allison, I am not really sure what you mean by trimming out the window. I tried to figure it out by looking at Houzz. Was this what you meant?

Island, I haven't decided for sure yet how high I will go with the tile. I am thinking 3/4's of the window height. The other wall in my kitchen has a high splash in the countertop material behind the sink and I don't plan on doing anything else on that wall.

Sas- I have looked at Walker Zanger Alhambra. It was one of the first tiles I brought home, it really feels to feminine for my space. If that makes any sense at all.


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Oh, forget Fireclay. If you like the Syzygy tiles and they fit your budget, use them. Keep in mind that their glazes are not very saturated, so of the "colors" you showed in your 4/8/13 post at 18:29 three of them look to me like normal color variation of a grey glazed handmade tile - perhaps they are clearer in your light, but you're also taking these images in your light. Don't let your color choice get muddy. Instead of paring down to one color, what about using four more-distinct colors (i.e. Lemon Ice, Reef, Limestone, and Azul)?

Your inspiration image has lots of color. I think you'll like your result better if you use some too. Don't choose white and ash.

In addition to color you're thinking about pattern and mixing sizes. Go for it. If you're going to mix 1" x 1" and 4" x 4", as in your inspiration photo, consider using 2" x 2" as a transition instead of whatever that red border is, (in a less contrast-y color to your field tile colors than red).
Aegean

I think it helps visually to have a geometric progression (1" to 2" to 4"). I guess you have seen the Syzygy pattern blends, and ruled them out? You could use the multi size mix under the window and larger sized tiles above.


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Did you happen to see LWO's showroom reveal? I'm linking to it.

I love the tile in the Aristokraft bar. Would something like this work for you? I believe you're going for green but the blue pops so well with the brown. Of course, green and brown go beautifully as well.

Here is a link that might be useful: LWO showroom reveals


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Here's the blue in your kitchen.


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A thought - you could use green to match your island as the grout color and a different color tile.

Just playing here (MUST stop and get to work!).

Darker grey green:


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Another grey green.


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More grey.


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I did the same glass tile/different shapes in my backsplash. I did glass tile though. I like tone on tone in different shapes. It gives a depth/interest to the backsplash without yelling.

Here is a link that might be useful: backsplash

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EAM and Ob2b thanks for more advice and inspiration. I will get there eventually, I know I will.
Finestra- yes, yes, yes. That is what I want. I need to find that balance of tone on tone. How did you do it? Maybe I should look at glass again. What brand and colors, did you use?
Did you pick that mix of colors? How many colors? I want an even more subdued mix than you have.
Can you give me the detail on the sizes and the liner? I think I am seeing 1x1's for 5 or 6 inches, then a very thin liner. Is the liner in one of the glass colors? It almost looks ceramic. The largest portion is 2" hexes, right


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Is there anything, or combination of things, on the Casa Dolce Casa website that speaks to you? On my iPad monitor, such as it is, some of the tile tones seem to coordinate with the pretty stone on your counters.


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EAM 44 Ooooh that random pattern Blend 27 is really pretty. I think I saw it installed at a local ASID Home Kitchen Tour at this house.
http://designstudiowest.com/wp-content/gallery/kitchens/kitchens-48.jpg

It was the standout in this kitchen, but you'd never know it from the weird angled picture the KD chose to post on their website.


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My tiles are oceanside glass tiles. I just winged it with the plan. They are 1x1 and almost 2" hexagons. The liner is actually like a pearl shape and it is their white glass tile. I ordered that off their outlet. The rest come in 12"x12" sheets. It was not a custom mix - it was their beach blonde mix. You can do your own mix of tiles. Mine are from their Tessera collection. They have a lot of great tiles. Some aren't glass.

Just so you know - I loved the iridescence, but you have to be careful about lighting if you go with it - mine doesn't show well with the undercounter lighting. It does best with natural or indirect light. That really bummed me out.

The colors look very different than they do on the website, so make sure you visit a dealer.


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If you're interested in tone-on-tone consider using gloss and matte tiles (either glazes or finishes) of the same color. The image below is from Heath ceramics. They use glossy and matte glazes to create an argyle pattern. The third mosaic I posted on April 9 13 uses both glossy and matte finished glass.


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How's the search going local? Have you found a tone-on-tone that inspires you?


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EAM-Thanks for checking in. I am pretty stuck on the Syzygy tiles so I went ahead and ordered a sample board with a mix of tones. I used two whites, one glossy and one satin, ash grey and limestone. Now I have to wait.
On other fronts, new stools have arrived, I have hung up new sconces in the kitchen, my window shades are coming any day, I am looking at fabric swatches to make valances; the kitchen is getting closer to finished everyday.


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Fantastic - sounds like you're in a really productive groove! It's amazing isn't it, how a particular tile can grab at your heart. That's how you know you're in the right shop! I very much like the limestone and hope the mix works for you.


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Say local:

Did I miss a thread or have you picked your tile yet?


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Hi Deedle, No you didnt miss anything I am still struggling. (And I started a new job which is a lot more demanding than I had anticipated).
I did order a tile sample in a color blend I specified and I think I like it but I am unsure. I also struggle with where to place the tile.
Here is a mockup I did with the samples I received the colors are not tru because I am not skilled at making mockups-LOL
From Backsplash

The color is truer, here
From Backsplash


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Hi local. Hi dee. The tiles are beautiful. I love the colors. Could it be that the visual complexity they create is giving you pause? Your wood beams are the standout stars of your space right now and mixing both sizes and colors draws your eye to the bs instead - stage stealers.

You might find the mix calmer and more serene if you eliminate one of the colors. Try pulling out the darkest one and see what you get. Or even pare down to a two tone (the two mid tones) and mixing satin and gloss glazes that play with light differently. It'll be gorgeous and your patience will pay off.



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I like the Syzygy tile, and the others that have that same glazy handmade feel. I like the square shaped tiles. Your very first inspirtation picture is pretty, but I don't like the small mosaic at the bottom with your kitchen. My take on your space is to use a single element that covers the wall, in a tile size that is around 6". Oldbats photoshop on April 9 at 7:25 is what I like but without the bottom mosaic. I love how your first picture shows the 4x4's color/texture. I keep wanting to see something on a large scale in application and not broken up with color mosaic. But I think 12x12 tiles as in some of the square photoshops might be too large. Your space has such bold strokes, I want to do the same with the tile, and not get it muddled up with fussy small textures. The mix of very subtile texture/color in a larger tile might be very pretty. I do not care for the mockup of the long view you posted today. BTW, I love your kitchen!


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I think if you make the tile above the range one color and keep the small mosaic at the bottom multicolor they will work together harmoniously (like your first inpiration photo above). Also thinking that with all the angles on that wall it might look good to tile all the way from the window to the corner beam instead of just under the hood area. But I don't know how that works with the other wall and your budget.


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OK, I admit: I'm really boring, so I would pick a very simple tile. To me, your beams and your window are the focal point. I don' t know about your view, but a wall of small busy tiles make the eye stop at the wall.


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So, I'm sick of messing with my own virtual backsplash.... I decided to mess with yours:)

Just grabbed the tile from the image you posted first and tweaked it from what oldbat2B did with it.

I think those colors are great. All I did was keep the big ones behind the stove instead of the whole wall and then added the brown trim tile up the sides of the green squares. I had to throw something in to balance the window so I grabbed some chunky, rustic shelves.

I think those exact colors look beautiful in your kitchen!

Whachoo think?


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Personally I like the mixture in the first pic, but that's just me.

You know, your kitchen is very simple (in a good way), I think it can handle a little complexity if it's done correctly.

But, here is all big tiles..


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Like that first mock-up Deedles. Looks good with the shelving balancing the window. My only change would be to use a pencil tile that blends in rather than highlights the edges.


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Yeah! So glad this has been resurrected again.

Deedles, I like both of those. However, the elephant in the room (and I can speak frankly, since I have the same one) is the window. Needs something done to it. Perhaps nice solid wood trim, matching gorgeous wood beams?

Kudos to EAM44 - really like the Heath tile in your space. (As I mumble to myself occasionally, Brown, the new Grey...).


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corgimum: Here is with the darkest green I could pull. I added a chunky wood valence over the window. Oldbat you're right... that window is what is throwing everything off. Didn't seem like there is room for trim about so what do you think about the valance?i


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Here I added it to the version with the brown trim too. For me, the darker trim tile seems to connect the tile to the beam, and combines it's visual weight with the beam to balance out that window.

(Well, don't I sound special like I know something!)


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OK. You are wonderful. I simply love the rustic wood valance over the window. That is perfect. It immediately warms the space. I need to put that on my priority to do list. And, I had always planned to do shelves or a big round clock to the right of the stove- I just need to move forward.
Thank you Deedles and Ob2b for the mockups. I think Deedle's all larger squares but with the green trim and the window valance would be my choice right now.
Thank you so much.


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I forgot to add my gratitude to enduring(I love your bathroom- someday I will get to my bath), corgimom, and Eam. Corgimom ages ago you posted about rookwood tile, I just took another look at their site and I think I need to check them out. Though I love my Syzygy tiles, I havent found a glaze that is 'the one' Rookwood seems to have alot of glazes, I just need to plan a field trip.
Eam I do think the mix of colors and shapes is just too much and that nagging thought is what is preventing me from moving on a choice. My heart knows it is not wrong. It is so hard to love a tile and have to tell yourself you can't have it.


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Hey! Good, glad you like it! Here, I think you meant the all green version? I added a smaller wood shelf over the stove and some oil bottles which yes, shouldn't be there but oh well...

off to work!


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Oh my gosh, thanks ob2b and you're welcome local. Golly dee, you've been busy! It is so helpful to see things all in place. Local, it's going to be gorgeous when you're done. I'm sure you'll find the perfect glaze (s?).

Isn't it possible for you to have the tile you love? If you love the mix you have now, maybe you'll love it minus one color? I hope so. Keep us posted!


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Hmmm. Here is the green from the inspiration picture at the top of this thread.


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Brown tile, trim around window.


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Brown tile with wood trim and shelf. I don't like the gap between the window and the hood tile area.


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Here is the green tile taken higher:


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Local - I know the feeling - I was doing my kitchen with DM having problems long distance and a new job that was supposed to be 8-5 - Not (70+ hour weeks a lot of the time and was salary :-(

Deedles - I had to laugh seeing your post. I do like the brown trim mixed with the green - almost feels like a tree.

Going back to local - I am not usually much with colors in BS but I do like some of the greens. I think the brown tones clash with your wood beams (which are great)

Old Bat or Deedles - How about a vertical run to see what that does to the kitchen. For some reason, I seem to like the look with the hoods. It might just pull things together. (And even though I am supposedly retired, my consulting work is keeping me busy but promise to load the my Adobe software one of these days - I bought it around Christmas..)


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a2: A vertical run of which tile?

There is something about the window and the stove-hood that is just dominating that wall and not in a good way. It's off balance to the left or something... It seems like the tile all over the wall gives the same unbalanced feeling. This is just my opinion of course, but it 'feels' like the best tile layout is the vertical lower run (ties in the vertical window and the vertical wood valance should that stay in the plan) of tiles with tile going up just between the stove and hood, whichever tile it ends up being. OR. What about the tile you posted, Local.. is it the szgzy? Anyway, check it out... that tile for the lower run which I think 'grounds' the floating window and then how about a sheet of glass behind the stove? Either painted your wall color or just clear so whatever wall color shows through? I gotta say the wood beams seem to need to be incorporated into the wall, so I'm picturing here a wood window sill that turns into the top trim of the tile... all a continuous (or however it would be done) run of wood from the beam to the wall left of the window. It seems nice and clean with enough visual 'weight' in the tile at the bottom to anchor the floating stuff.

Eh?

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Deedles, your 10:05 mockup is the best! I totally agree that tile up to the hood or continuing it on the wall to the right of the stove is just off somehow. There's an imbalance that is unsettling. I'm also in nosoccermom's boring camp, and I'm not crazy about multi-colored tile either. Square or subway, I'd keep it a single color or one with subtle variations.


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I like the 10:05 mock-up as well as the 22:20 one. I'd make the shelves a bit chunkier and longer and perhaps three of them. Also, I think the larger tiles look nicer (less busy) than the small tiles.


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Here is a solid color in a pattern that I grabbed cause I like the color and I have to get to bed so I can't look anymore. Anyway, for the simpler style people:


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Deedles - fabulous job! The only accessory I ever think of adding to my photoshops is a George Clooney (do you think the forum would fall for it?) but your additions are lovely.

Here's a2gemini's idea (I think) - of the more vertical tile. Please do note the three bottles of Dom :)


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And one final one, with the clock you were thinking about.


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Guess we'll have to wait and see what Local thinks...


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Wow, you guys are fantastic. This is really helping me narrow down choices about how to lay the tiles and to define what I like and what I don't like.
I do like George and I think he should come and can with me today.
I also like the seamless look of the all 3" sq tiles in George's kitchen, with the window balanced with the valance and the clock. My husband would be a hard sell on the idea of tiling the whole wall, he really dislikes it.
I also really like the image that deedles posted at 21:49 with the small tiles on the bottom and the square tiles on the top with the green liner tile. It felt pretty peaceful to me. My husband likes deedle's 22:20 image with the bigger squares in both areas separated by the liner.
I do not think I like the tile up to the beam behind the hood only- and I thought I would. I think that it accentuates the lack of symmetry on the wall.
I wish I could go look at tiles today but the garden calls. And the saying "make hay while the sun shines" exists for a reason.


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RE: Mixing tile sizes in backsplash

I found my backsplash, who would of thought it.
I left some of what I thought I wanted behind and found something I love and that plays nice in my kitchen. I get my first love of glass and a curvy shape, but balanced with subways and ceramic so it all seems to work with the rustic modern kitchen vibe.
The glass tile is Cloud Lining Mirage Glass. The ceramic is Trikeenan Modulus 3x9 is either Cream Soda or Moonshadow. I have about 48 hours to firm up my choice. And honestly it's a toss up. But please feel free to place your votes!

Moonshadow

From GW Photos

Cream Soda
From GW Photos


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RE: Mixing tile sizes in backsplash

those are great!

Now, is the curvy one set into something white or am i seeing it wrong?

Is "moonshadow and cream soda"speaking to both the tiles in each pic or just the one on the left with the rectangles? The curvy one doesn't look like it's a different color in the pics.

Where are you at with the layout? Is the curvy going up behind the stove and the rectangular on the horizontal or has that all changed?

They are really nifty looking tiles, though, both of them.


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RE: Mixing tile sizes in backsplash

Yes deedles you got it all exacty right. The curvy one is the same in both pictures, it is a single tile mounted on a white board in the photos. It will be behind the stove. The subways are two different colors in the two pictures, ie moonshadow and cream soda. Both work, I prefer one, my husband prefers the other. Isnt that always the case?


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