Backsplash Help
pwhite01
March 28, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are unsure how to carry out this backsplash. If you can see the lines on the wall that is how we were thinking. Straight up to ceiling behind stove. Now we just have the dilemma whether to just go all the way to left side to the wall or keep it even on both sides how it is drawn out leaving that little bit of wall space? Our kitchen has a weird layout.
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Eldonna Ruddock
I would stop at the range hood base line but extend it around the corner at about the range top height all around your kitchen.
March 28, 2013 at 9:47AM   
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Meredith McMullen Galati
Seeing your outlets are not even distance from the stove, you can totally go to the end of the wall with the back splash. To be honest it might look better to have the splash extend that way so it looks balanced on the sides of the outlets.
March 28, 2013 at 9:49AM     
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Riddle Construction and Design
I would go all the way to the left wall- to stop short makes it look like you ran out of tile. I would run it to the line you have drawn on the right, with aligns with the overhead soffit. Take it all the way up to the ceiling. A more ideal solution is to wrap the tile all around the hood and over/under the window. See attached picture.
March 28, 2013 at 9:50AM     
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Purcell Quality, Inc.
I second Meredith's opinion, go all the way to the wall on the left side. It will look strange if you have that small section un tiled.
March 28, 2013 at 9:52AM     
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pwhite01
Thanks, Everyone! We are just beginning the process of changing this kitchen I have always not been happy with. Here are some more pictures. Sorry original was terrible from my phone. We have a alot of windows as you can see & no cabinets as guidelines where to put the backsplash. Counters are being changed as well.
March 28, 2013 at 10:01AM   
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pwhite01
A close up of the tiles
March 28, 2013 at 10:02AM   
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aurorasgifts
Hi this is how I did mine
March 28, 2013 at 10:08AM     
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aurorasgifts
Love the stainless in your tiles
March 28, 2013 at 10:10AM     
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pwhite01
aurorasgifts that looks so nice and almost have the same stove & hood! :)
March 28, 2013 at 10:11AM   
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pwhite, do you have an overall plan in mind for your reno? note how auroragifts' backsplash ties in with the modern look and feel of the rest of the kitchen.

I don't see any cohesiveness with what you have so far... If you had a direction in mind, then you could do the following with your new plan as a guide:
-- replace and/or trim out the windows to match your new style
-- replace the window treatments
-- update cabinet hardware & finish
-- as you said, update countertops
-- update lighting (LED can lights in ceiling would be nice, make sure to try before you buy to get a color temperature you can live with, I prefer 2700K)

I would think tile should be one of the *last* decisions, not the first...so that you could match the color and style of tile with everything else.
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Regarding running tile to the ceiling above the stove: In my opinion that would emphasize the "cornerness" of the placement of your stove. If your stove were in the middle of a wall, fine, make that vertical statement. But I think it might say "stuck in a corner" in your situation. Instead, I'd refurb the windows first, then the countertops, maybe center those outlets, and THEN run your backsplash to about 18" up (edit: match height of space behind microwave in pics below), beginning on the wall to the left of the stove (as far out from the corner as the countertop) then behind the stove and along the sink wall. (What's to the right of the sink area? Can you post more pics?)

Just my two cents.

Good luck!
March 28, 2013 at 1:09PM     
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pwhite01
@Fine Art Tileworks~ I 100% agree with you & fully aware all is not coordinating together at this point. Trying to get there and without completely gutting the kitchen. It is not in the budget to tear out the cabinets. As much as I would LOVE to as I have never liked them especially the color. Painting would be our only option at this point. Color suggestion on painting and countertop? I plan on getting rid of the valances. I feel like my windows are empty without a treatment on them. Any suggestions on a modern treatment? Thank you for the opinion on the layout of the backsplash & it makes sense. I will post pics shortly. :)
March 28, 2013 at 4:03PM     
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pwhite01
More images of the kitchen...... Having a hard time changing the direction of my kitchen to modern. :(
March 28, 2013 at 4:56PM     
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My pleasure. BTW, I wasn't suggesting ripping out your cabinets...just updating the hardware and maybe refreshing the finish. I am a native Oregonian and love our forests...so I would always prefer keeping existing (real wood) cabinets if possible, to honor the wood that went into them. I also like a finish that lets the wood show through for the same reason...but that's just me.

To figure out what *you* like, just take a look at your own ideabook you've started on Houzz…there's a consistency to what you've chosen -- kind of modern but not Dwell magazine contemporary (can you tell I'm no CKD?!? ;-). Continue to add to your ideabook with more kitchen images you like, which will give you more confidence that you'll *like* what you ultimately do. You have quite a few greens in your ideabook, so for fun I combined some of them into one jpg and fed it to an online color generator http://bighugelabs.com/colors.php and it returned the following swatches:
March 28, 2013 at 4:57PM     
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pwhite01
Ha!! It me that really wants to get rid of the cabinets! UGH just awful stuff these builders put into homes.
March 28, 2013 at 4:59PM   
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pwhite01
Our master is a whole new project. YIKES! Cant even find a vanity I like. Thanks for all your suggestions!!
March 28, 2013 at 5:01PM   
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Oh, our comments passed in the mail...now I see your new photos -- cool kitchen! I like all the angles. It should be fun fixing it up! I'll take a breath here and see if any CKD's chime in...
March 28, 2013 at 5:17PM     
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aurorasgifts
Wow let me say you are very lucky you have a beautiful kitchen and making it more modern is really not difficult. Its really more about cleaning the look than doing any big changes.
By removing any fabric treatments from the windows and changing the hardware I cant tell how dark your cabinets are, but instead of painting the cabinets I would stain them in a dark color like wenge or espresso. Little things like rugs make a difference so if you are going for modern you should keep patterns simple. I ended up framing a window so that i did not need treatments (but I dont have a privacy issue) will take a pic so you see the window
March 28, 2013 at 7:28PM     
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Staged for Perfection
You should remove all the valances. You can get fabric roman shades in the kitchen and maybe curtains from a matching fabric for the dining area. Your kitchen is lovely and if you want to stain the cabinets then do but it is not necessary. You could also paint them a cream color instead.
March 28, 2013 at 7:36PM     
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leelee
Definitely remove the valances and go with the roman shades or something sleek. A darker countertop would work with your cabinets check out slate.
March 28, 2013 at 7:55PM     
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pwhite01
@aurorasgifts, I would love to see your window. We def need a blind or something for privacy. We will be working on it tomorrow. Also with the backsplash now thinking carrying it all around at that height? Originally above stove were cabinets & Micro. We took all that out.
March 29, 2013 at 4:35AM   
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pwhite01
Was thinking SW Latte paint....... Valances are GONE!
March 29, 2013 at 5:47AM     
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gcbspoke
Hello, just a question along the same guide for tiling around the exhaust hood above stove... Do you tile first then install fan or install fan and tile around? Thanks
March 29, 2013 at 6:10AM   
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pwhite01
@gcbspoke well since our hood has been up we are tiling around it which means cutting. Probably easier tiling first if going to ceiling. I no expert in this department. My husband doing it. :)
March 29, 2013 at 7:27AM   
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Shannon Pavey
Do you have plans for window coverings? Woven wood shades would look amazing with your color palette. Hunter Douglas offers a variety of colors too. Or.. soften the room up with a beautiful roman shade. Also on the HD website, it's called design studio modern roman shades.
March 29, 2013 at 7:50AM     
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pwhite01
Thanks, Shannon! AWESOME suggestions!!
March 29, 2013 at 8:00AM     
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leelee
When I look at your pictures and read what you've said about trying to go modern I see several things holding you back. Your art, your kitchen table, the light over the table and your rug are all very traditional. You need to rethink those. The biggest impact would be to go with dark counters. I mentioned slate but also look at soapstone. It has a soft patina and no pattern to detract from your backsplash. Change pulls to simple nickel egg-shaped pulls. Just changing the rug would make a big improvement toward modern. Here's one to look at in a flat weave. http://www.allmodern.com/popups/quickview_popup.php?sku=CUG5967
Your windows will look less bare when you have the design of the backsplash diverting your eye. Wait until you have your backsplash in place before deciding on wall color. If you want to add a valance later look at silver metallic sheer fabric and do just a flat triangular piece with the V bottom about 15" down from the top of the window.
March 29, 2013 at 8:25AM   
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Shannon Pavey
Post photos when you're finished! You have a great kitchen to start.. also, love the backsplash you selected!
March 29, 2013 at 8:39AM     
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pwhite01
Thanks, leelee. I realize my table & light are traditional. Maybe going too modern not a good idea. The tile has that stone in it which I was trying to coordinate with the travertine fireplace from our family room. We are in a rancher house with an open floor plan. The kitchen and family room do have a wall dividing but opens on each end to enter the kitchen. Also have a bar area as well. I guess I should post that as well. Maybe I need to stay in the traditional theme. When we started this backsplash project it was mainly to fill all that empty space and the colors in the tile just seemed to go with the rest of the colors in our house.
March 29, 2013 at 8:41AM   
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pwhite01
Okay here are the images of the bar area , you can see kitchen backsplash & stove in the back from family room side. Then bar view area into family room, fireplace. As you can see from my colors just trying tie it all together & why chose the backsplash. I guess you can say based on what our style is right now it is more traditional.
March 29, 2013 at 8:51AM   
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pwhite01
Also we also had bought a 6 x 6 tile that we were going to use as well. Original plan was using the glass tiles just on stove wall then the 6 x 6 tiles with just a border of the glass tiles at top. Then I just liked the glass tile mix much better and chose to use that only.
March 29, 2013 at 8:57AM   
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leelee
I was thinking it's unusual for someone with traditional taste to do a complete turn-about. Are you locked into the tile for your backsplash because that's pretty modern. I know it's very popular and trendy now but there are hundreds of traditional tiles that would match what you already have. If you just aren't sure then wait and look at lots of magazines and on-line pictures and decide when you see something you just love. If you don't love it you'll end up wanting to change it again. I don't think you have to have the travertine in the other room dictate your kitchen. Google travertine decorative tiles and imagine with soapstone counters
March 29, 2013 at 9:03AM   
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leelee
You're a traditional gal--embrace it. Your place looks great. Love the fireplace.
March 29, 2013 at 9:06AM     
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pwhite01
Well I am locked into it now since husband has already started the install. He would NOT be happy.
March 29, 2013 at 9:06AM   
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Shannon Pavey
I think the colors work very well with your home. A simple tumbled stone backsplash would be boring. The mosaic you picked is fun!
March 29, 2013 at 9:15AM     
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Traditional with a modern twist is called 'transitional'...maybe you're a transitional gal.
March 29, 2013 at 9:23AM     
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pwhite01
OH yea that is me!!!!!!! :)
March 29, 2013 at 9:25AM   
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pwhite01
It is funny because I am getting the itch for changes. Those warm colors in our family room and I am actually ready to change, at least I think I am. I have looked at them for like 7 or 8 yrs. I am driving my husband crazy! Ha! Thanks again, everyone!! Happy Easter!!!
March 29, 2013 at 9:30AM   
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leelee
Fine Art Tileworks has some beautiful tiles! Check it out.
March 29, 2013 at 9:33AM     
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Aw, thanks, leelee!
March 29, 2013 at 9:35AM   
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Shannon Pavey
Look at paint colors that are grayish taupe. I don't know if you have a Frazee brand paint store but the color Bonaparte would look so awesome.
March 29, 2013 at 9:36AM   
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Shannon Pavey
Here is a picture of the Frazee Bonaparte paint color...
March 29, 2013 at 9:41AM     
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pwhite01
I am in NJ. Never heard of it, Shannon. I do love the gray/taupes. Are u suggesting for kitchen or family room? I will be repainting the dining room and hallway and want to do same color so I was leaning on a nice gray/taupe.
March 29, 2013 at 9:43AM   
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pwhite01
LOVE that color! Is there a SW or Ben Moore close to it?
March 29, 2013 at 9:44AM   
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Shannon Pavey
I would probably paint all rooms the same color which will tie them together. I'm a big fan of flat paint throughout, satin in the kitchen. Flat paint is very soft looking. I can't think of a BM or SW like it but maybe your paint store could look up the "recipe" for Frazee, color Bonaparte CL 2864M. They're a west coast paint brand for CA, NV and AZ. :)
March 29, 2013 at 9:55AM     
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Staged for Perfection
Hanoo, Do you want the room very contemporary? or do you want a mixture?
March 29, 2013 at 8:27PM   
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pwhite01
Updated photo~ NOT done yet. Now if I can just figure out what countertop.. Sent away for samples on the woven wooden shades too.
April 5, 2013 at 5:57AM     
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Shannon Pavey
Looks great!! Your husband did a nice job on the install. I think a Silestone or Caesarstone quartz countertop would look amazing. Something with very little pattern so it doesn't clash with the backsplash. A nice square edge detail on the countertop would carry out the contemporary feel. :)
April 5, 2013 at 6:11AM     
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pwhite01
Thanks, Shannon. We need to pick out the grout tomorrow. Thinking the light color that matches the stone in the tile. I will post more pics when it done.
April 5, 2013 at 6:15AM     
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Shannon Pavey
Yes, great idea on the grout color. Here's a Houzz photo that shows a neutral grout with mosaic splash. This is my favorite kitchen on Houzz.


Hope the woven woods work out too! There are a lot of colors and styles to pick from. I would choose one that is not too rustic looking.

Hunter Douglas gives you the option to add a room darkening panel on the back or a light filtering one depending on how much light you want in the kitchen. It's great to have options! I think the standard cord lock operating system is fine for a kitchen. Standard valance is nice too. They look best mounted inside the windows. :)
April 5, 2013 at 6:45AM     
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leelee
Looks amazing! You might consider stainless covers for your switches and electrical outlets. Pick countertops before paint color.
April 5, 2013 at 7:58AM     
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Granite Transformations
I like the tile you've chosen. My suggestion would be going straight to the wall with it though. Since you're stopping on the right side where the wall/ceiling provides a natural break, going straight to the wall makes sense. I think it would look a little off with that space being left open.

Good luck!
April 5, 2013 at 8:01AM   
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pwhite01
We kept the backsplash below the hood and ran it all the way at same height onto the window wall. Since this side of my kitchen is mostly windows and wall it does feel empty. The way it is laid out if ran the backsplash all the way up the wall where stove is we would have to do that onto that whole side where windows are and felt it be too much. I will post a pic when that wall is done.
April 5, 2013 at 8:07AM     
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