Need help choosing a backsplash
toots345
June 23, 2014
HELP!! Just redid my kitchen and put in Diamond cabinetry Sumner door style in Cherry Chocolate. I have all stainless appliances and a Glacial White granite counter top. I can't decide on a back-splash tile. I love the glass and stainless tile but don't want to compete with the counter top. Any suggestions?? I do like the subway tile look too.
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Joz
Glass tiles would look nice
1 Like    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 8:18PM
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toots345
i brought home a bunch of them and they have a greenish cast to them
    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 8:21PM
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Margo
I think that this would look fantastic with your dark cabinets and counters;)

2 Likes    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 8:25PM
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nansdrew
I think stainless may be too flashy, but a simple (monochromatic) glass tile or ceramic subway tile shouldn't, especially in a light color (white or off-white) taken from the countertop.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 10:07PM
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toots345
I agree, but my husband thinks it's boring.
    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 10:05AM
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M Audrey Dawn
I'd go basic subway tile. Not stainless - too bachelor.
    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 10:43AM
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Giz Design Studio LLC



I like this because the slight curve to the tiles softens the straight lines of the cabinets and hardware and adds some movement. Something different, yet still subtle enough to not compete with the granite.
4 Likes    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 11:43AM
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marjariitta
A simple off-white subway tile would really showcase your beautiful granite.
5 Likes    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:08PM
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nansdrew
Your husband may think it's boring, but you can always fix that with accessories with color. However, clashing backsplash and countertops cannot be easily masked. I'm sure he wouldn't want to ruin the look of those lovely (and pricey!) counters with a backsplash that doesn't match. Goodluck!
    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:52PM
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adivra
The kitchen looks beautiful. A simple backsplash may be boring on its own, but you need to consider the whole finished project. Too many people gild the lily and end up with a god awful mess on their hands. Resist. Use accessories, which can be changed on a whim. Pare down and corral your stuff onto trays so the counter doesn't look so cluttered.
4 Likes    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 1:03PM
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jssv777
I think the kitchen looks great and I would go with a white or off-white subway tile for the backsplash. I think simple is best since the granite has alot of movement and anything that competed would be to busy.
3 Likes    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 1:12PM
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flyr4fun
Amen to adivra! Go simple, white or cream to highlight your stone.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 1:17PM
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marywashington
beautiful granite subway tile is overused. I like the glass tile so many hues to chose from
1 Like    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 1:18PM
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Cast Glass Images Inc.
Cast glass backsplashes can be simplified with a neutral color tone or texture or can accent other colors in your kitchen.
    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 1:21PM
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1000graden
How do you like this butcher cow?
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 1:24PM
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Giz Design Studio LLC
This would be fun over the range!
1 Like    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 1:10PM
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sitahelms
Hi your kitchen and counters look great. Did you consider using the same granit on the back splash as the counters?
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 1:21PM
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Maureen
Other ideas, mosaics.
Hare; Mill Valley
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 1:25PM
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toots345
I am leaning towards a glass subway tile in an off white. Clear or frosted? Should a do a band through it of different, but coordinating colors?
The cow is adorable, goes with my collection. Don't think the vegans in my family would appreciate it though..
I had the matching granite backsplash in my kitchen before the remodel, wanted something different.
    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 1:42PM
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onewingstudio
Glass tile! Pale blue green. Lighten and open it without being too boring. Accessories are a crutch! Also a soft color will help anchor that countertop and balance the dark wood.
    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 2:01PM
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Monique Barrow
What a beautiful kitchen you have!
I think any tile will compete with the granite( but I'm no fan of tiles in the kitchen). Anything that consists of small pieces ( tiles, mosaic, etc) will make your kitchen look busy.
With all the ss appliances you can add an ss backsplash just behind your cooktop. Or just waterresistant paint or ( wired) glass.
Let your granite be the highlight of your kitchen.
    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 2:02PM
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Glass Tile Oasis
Maybe try a turquoise hand made ceramic subway shown below or even go for glass.
    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 2:12PM
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toots345
A little afraid of that color being too much of a statement
    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 2:42PM
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Glass Tile Oasis
Would you like to go with earth-tones?
    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 12:26PM
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toots345
yes
    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 1:32PM
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Urbanata/Steve
Porcelanosa "Stark Grey" glass mosaic.
    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 4:34PM
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Glass Tile Oasis
What do you think about this tile or do you want subway? http://www.glasstileoasis.com/p-19583-Soft-Grey-White-Honed-Stone
    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 1:47PM
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toots345
Pretty but I want subway
    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 4:30PM
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Glass Tile Oasis
What about these subway tiles? They just came in.
    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 7:00AM
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marywashington
Those are pretty but I think subway tiles are over used. You should go with what you like
    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 8:27AM
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toots345
Glass Oasis... I like the tan ones, any way to get a sample to see them?
    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 9:19AM
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OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc.
Hi, i would suggest carrara white marble & glass mosaic tile, like this one :
1 Like    Bookmark   Thanked by toots345    July 2, 2014 at 12:47PM
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berlinrl
My sister has very similar cabinets and granite and had the same dilemma. She ended up taking the granite (slab) up the wall.
    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 6:38PM
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Peartree
Your granite is beautiful but has a very strong pattern so let it shine as the focal point and keep the backsplash clean and simple. A nice subway tile in a white to match the granite won't be boring. It will be elegant and timeless. Avoid the urge to include a band or worse a cutesy mosaic over the range. It will be dated and you will tire of it.
1 Like    Bookmark   Thanked by toots345    July 2, 2014 at 7:14PM
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Carol Woolf Gallery and Frame Factory
I vote for the plain subway tile with no particular design. What you have in the kitchen now needs simplicity and no decorative competition. Just an opinion.
    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 11:01AM
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The Wiese Company
How about a simple glass subway tile? It will look classic and timeless and really help the cabinetry and granite stand out!
1 Like    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 3:50PM
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Ms-sis
Here's a neutral glass subway tile that might bridge the gap between the dark cabinets and light background go granite. But I agree an off white or creamy subway tile would look fab too.


1 Like    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 8:08PM
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Ms-sis
Oops should say of granite...word prediction gets in the way sometimes :)
    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 8:09PM
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adivra
What did you decide? Post a picture, please.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 8:33PM
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shadiboo
RED Subway tile would sexy it up..... Good luck
    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 5:22AM
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Laying It Down Inc.
Check out a stone material called Botticino mable. It's a lighter beige w/ a nice grey undertone. I have installed this same material in my profile picture - steam shower.
Another desin suggestion for a back-splash would be a pinwheel. It uses two sizes (4x4 and 6x6) and gives a cobblestone look.
    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 11:13AM
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International Bath and Tile
We would suggest you go with a subway tile in glass - perhaps in a parchment color.
    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 8:05AM
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