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backsplash dilemma

Ginger
2 months ago

New reno kitchen. Looking for backsplash to complement and not compete with exotic stone counter and copper sink. I’m considering dark, like fire clay carbon (warm dark charcoal) or cream ~matte. It’s open concept lake house. Yes…. Lots of brown. I get that comment a lot. But lots of windows.

I pulled some panels from a local tile store. I’m drawn to the green but I know that is crazy talk…One thing for sure, I don’t like shiny. You’ve all been helping me through this process, looking for some advice on this final stage. TIA ;-)

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  • drsaj
    2 months ago

    I love your kitchen so far! Hopefully, Beth H will stop by and give you great advice for the backsplash.

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  • Hendrik Tevreden
    2 months ago

    That’sna beautiful kitchen. What is the name of the stone used? Cream!

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  • herbflavor
    2 months ago

    of those..the whte stands out as everything adjacent pops a bit....its a good crafty looking white tile.......thats what I'd do...consider grout in a shade if you want.

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  • Mrs. S
    2 months ago

    Oh my goodness. I love your choices!!! What is that stone called??

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  • Olychick
    2 months ago

    I kind of like your idea about green. It's hard to see exactly what green might be in your countertop and I don't think the green shiny tile is right...but what about something like this?

    Tidepool Zia

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  • jendebaunhoward
    2 months ago

    No backsplash!
    You don't need it behind sink because the window is there. And use a tougher paint in all those areas so the wall is easy to keep clean (e.g. Benjamin Moore Aura).
    Your kitchen is lovely and adding a backsplash would be too much. Too visually busy.
    Honestly, tile backsplashes are way overused in my opinion.

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  • clt3
    2 months ago

    I also very much like the idea of green. It all looks very organic - your counter looks like petrified wood. I agree with olychick, shiny is not correct though.

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  • M Riz
    2 months ago

    Im not a pro, this is just my opinion. Your kitchen is very special, meaning the counters are very unique, you have an exotic wood for your cabinets, the floor is rustic, and your island is a different color (to make it stand out?). Theres a lot going on there and when everything is special, nothing is. I would go with a simple tile, not glossy, with matching grout. To me, theres a lot to take in and nothing stands out because everything does. I do love the cabinet wood tho, very pretty. To me, thats what I would have featured. Good luck

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  • ptreckel
    2 months ago

    WOW. Gorgeous kitchen. So refreshing and natural. I like the creamy natural looking tile, if it coordinates well with the tones in the stunning countertop. (Middle one on the left.). Yours is a kitchen that is inspirational! Keep us informed…

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  • RedRyder
    2 months ago

    Of the choices posted, the left group, middle one. An ivory or cream colored PLAIN tile will complement this kitchen. Your stone countertop is a huge star of the room and doesn’t need competition next to it. The bright white seems a bit too glaringly-white for this set up. I like the texture of the cream one but you might consider 4x4” in a crackle off white as well.

    You don’t want anything too dark, including green. The lighter colors will bring out the beautiful wood of the cabinets in addition to not competing with the glorious countertop. Great kitchen so far!

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  • Kat M
    2 months ago

    Love the browns! Can you put the green near the sink and photo again? The nature colors are gorgeous and if you have enough light and windows I think the green would be amazing.

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  • L A
    2 months ago

    Love the green also, but not with that white grout.

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  • rtpaige03
    2 months ago

    I agree about needing a matte tile. Why not pull some matte samples and repost?

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    Debbi Washburn
    2 months ago

    I love the green ( with a warmer grout ) !! The cream would be really nice as well. I do actually like the glossy tile, but can understand the draw of a matte tile.

    The kitchen looks amazing so far!

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  • Maureen
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    Consider earthy hand made tiles just behind stove and paint a complementary color below the cabinets. I think adding subway tiles will make kitchen feel generic vs unique and inviting.




    https://www.etsy.com/listing/1059076025/white-handmade-ceramic-tiles-for?click_key=ab0a8f19b44f772b8c21f53376ee8789d3f0c90f%3A1059076025&click_sum=fe1875d6&ref=pla_sameshop_listing_top-1&sts=1





    https://www.devolkitchens.com/shop/handmade-tiles

    Thought these ideas could provide additional personality. Think big picture and the feel you want, before finalizing your choice.






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  • wiscokid
    2 months ago

    I like the green, but more matte.

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  • njmomma
    2 months ago


    What ever tile you choose, make sure you change the lighting in the kitchen first before picking the color of the tile. Buy a few samples and tape them up for a week and see if you can live with your choice, before purchasing.


    Will there be under cabinet lights?

    Lights over the island?

    Lights over the sink?

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  • Tara
    2 months ago

    I like green, but matte

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  • spiritflower
    2 months ago

    Lovely kitchen You don't have a lot of wall space to put backsplash on. That's good. I'd go with painting the area for now. I'd go with BM Aura,. Take a look at their Prescott Green, I've paired it with brown's before and it looked great. You can always decide to do tile but consider living with it just painted for a while.

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  • barncatz
    2 months ago

    Look at Winchester Tile Co. Their website has a US Dealer locator. I like square tiles, not brick for this kitchen and something with a textured or linen finish.






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  • farmwife10
    2 months ago

    What is the source/stain of those cabinets? 😍

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    Beth H. :
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    beautiful kitchen. please tell me the ceiling fan is going???

    I don't mind a green, but not that green. it's too deep. maybe more of a greenish gray would look better.

    but you may be better off going w/the cream.

    here are some others you can look at. they all matte finish

    Bedrosians Makoto tile. Kumo gray and tatmi beige


    But, I also really like these two darker choices. the colors are perfect w/your stone

    Zenia tile, 2.5" X9


    They have Umbra and Orbit, (shown) and another one called Gravity. take a look and get some samples.


    They also have this color, Solar.


    https://www.bedrosians.com/en/product/detail/zenia-tile/?itemNo=DECZENMOO259M

    this is one shown in the color Moon so you can see how it looks.



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  • RedRyder
    2 months ago

    I love the textured cream tiles that @Maureen posted. That’s a great look for your kitchen.

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    Beth H. :
    2 months ago

    RedRyder, are you working off a desk top computer? if so, can you message me on houzz?

  • Amber Webb
    2 months ago

    I personally like the darker charcoal colors. I think whatever you choose will look fabulous!

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  • Memphis Forrest
    2 months ago

    I like the cream tiles as well. Definitely gives off a earth tone complement without taking away from that fabulous counter and cabinets.

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    Joseph Corlett, LLC
    2 months ago

    Green.

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  • tdemonti
    2 months ago

    Gray Green paint. You will have stuff on the counter top lending to busy.

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  • Carrie W
    2 months ago

    I love your kitchen, esp. for a lake house. I vote matte cream, as I think it would help lighten up the space a bit and let other finishes shine.

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  • Barrheadlass
    2 months ago

    Beautiful kitche! i would love to know what the counters are, and the wood of the cabinets. i vote for cream tiles.

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  • Julie Schmooley
    2 months ago

    What a beautiful kitchen great job!! I love Beth’s examples and I also am team cream matte subway tile!

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  • herbflavor
    2 months ago
    last modified: 2 months ago

    which cream? not a yellowish one I hope..... there are so many tones between floor counter and cabs.....in person evaluation only to make this choice. I can say I like the white for sure....cream or green is really uncertain...I'd almost take black gloss with the window frame detail a big accent already there....and paint would be okay too....you need friends/relatives neighbor to look in person.... the only way in this case... heres black ....get people in to really see your options...

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  • Ginger
    Original Author
    last month
    last modified: last month

    Thank you everyone!! So many good ideas!!

    For those that inquired:

    - cabinets are from Showplace Cabinetry. I liked that they are semi custom. I didn't use a single spacer. It's very small and I needed to maximize the space. The perimeter cabinets are Maple with Cashew stain. Island is Rustic Alder with Tawney

    - Countertop - sandalus quartzite. However, all other sandalus slabs I've seen were primarily black and dark brown. I stumbled across this lighter version and couldn't stop thinking about it. I haven't seen it anywhere since. Photo with a close up of the island is below. Some had cautioned it was sandstone and I appreciated that feedback. As a result, I put extra metal supports for the island overhang (overhang is only 12") even though the counter fabricator said I didn't need it. I will also be diligent about sealing it more frequently. Thanks to this community, I made an informed decision and planned for it.

    - Sink is Rachiele copper "warm rustic" patina on apron

    I've been ordering lots of samples based on the suggestions. I did a few mock ups (below) with the three leading hues. I was trying to get the cream to work, but it looks out of place - maybe it's the shade I chose for the mock up. I've also been exploring a lot of handmade tiles which are beautiful.

    Agree, it's really best to see in person but it was fun to play around. And it's not as busy as it seems when you are standing in the room because everything is in a similar hue/tone - if that makes sense. It is actually somewhat boring until you really look at each component.









  • Ginger
    Original Author
    last month





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    Debbi Washburn
    last month

    Still love the green!

  • eld6161
    last month
    last modified: last month

    While the green is lovely, I'm not seeing any green in the counter. The backsplash needs to relate to something. Sometimes it is the cabinetry, sometimes the counter.

    Those times also see to have variation in color. I think it be compete rather than complement the counter.

    If there is indeed green in the counter, I would find a softer lighter color in the the mat finish.

    I am also team mat cream with a Gary green for walls to get in your green.

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    Beth H. :
    last month

    show us the actual tile against the countertop/back area so we can see the colors

  • everdebz
    last month
    last modified: last month

    Hello. I like both rustic green, and lighter.... since it's not done... have you a feeling about your home and environs? Shady with less sunlight? When I've had that I feel less well.

    After samples and mock-ups maybe examine feelings and longings....

    and for other rooms, is there a photo that shows liked fabrics, things less permanent? Green!?

  • everdebz
    last month

    oh... will you have undercabinet lighting?

  • pkpk23
    last month

    Another vote for skip the backsplash and use green paint

  • RedRyder
    last month

    I think the white tiles you’re using to mock up are too white. I would seek out cream colored Chloe tiles. They’re textured and interesting, which will look good against those cabinets.

    My friends have a similar cabinet - it looks like beautiful driftwood. They’ve waited two years to find the right backsplash. That cabinet color is quite unique, which makes the backsplash choice trickier.

    Your countertop is gorgeous! Again, the right ivory/cream tile will enhance it. I love anything green but the mock ups look too dark to me when all three elements (cabinets, countertop and green tiles) are together.

  • eam44
    last month
    last modified: last month

    I love tile. Love it. But I wonder whether any tile might look too busy in that space. The stone is the eye candy in your kitchen. Your sink looks so beautiful against your stone. Have you considered sheet copper as your bs? You get to choose the finish and the patina. You can have it ”sealed” or let it weather. And, as you dont really need much protection from your sink or range, you can choose your height: 2”, 8”, up to the bottom of the upper cabinets, and choose paint for the rest of the wall. Just a thought. It reads very ”lake house” to me.





  • everdebz
    last month

    Handles chosen yet? if dark handles, let us know. ;)

  • G G
    last month

    Green!


  • coray
    last month

    As suggested by Beth H, I’d go with a soft, lighter gray-green. Stay away from tile with lots of variation…it will look too speckled, and you have a lot of movement in your stone tops.

  • eam44
    last month

    It might look something like this.



    Or this



    Calm, serene, and vastly adaptable. You get to change the look with a little paint anything you want while keeping the materials the same.

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