Yes or No on window backsplash

wolujewiczJune 30, 2013
I need input ASAP. I just installed this basksplash and not sure if it will work. I like the tile under the cabinets, but not sure about the tile around the window. It's not routed yet. It would be white grout for all of the tile. Should I rip it down before it is too late? Or should I keep it?
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0825sam
I hate to say this but I would take it down. I think this look works when the under cabinet tile is simple and the window is a focal point (or it's all the same) but not with two different busy mosaics.
6 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:05PM
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Lkristine
Sorry, too busy, take it off quickly!
3 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:06PM
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Dytecture
The situation is worsened with a different size / style of backsplash on that window wall.
4 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:10PM
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kathleen MK
do you have enough of the backsplash tile to carry it under the window? it doesn't have to go past the cabinet edge. Beautiful Kitchen but the tile should match.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:24PM
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kathleen MK
If you ran the tile just under the cabinet to the window, the space between window and cabinet could be capped with molding from cabinets to make a tiny ledge.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:29PM
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Merry McMahon
I agree with Kathleen. This is too much and distracts from everything else - which I must say is lovely.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:33PM
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Designer Glass Mosaics
Definitely the tile around the window should come down or continue the undercabinet tile under the window to the same height. Also, you might want to re-consider the grout color and select a light gray (like Deloreon Gray) rather than white.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:35PM
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wolujewicz
What a waste of money and time...
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:35PM
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Margo
wolujewicz- In your heart of heart, you must have felt like it was not right, so look at it like this: better to have lost a little $ now than have to kick yourself everytime you looked at it. We all make those boo-boo's.
3 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:41PM
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Designer Glass Mosaics
Hang in there. The kitchen is beautiful!
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:43PM
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wolujewicz
Thank you, everyone. I do, however, like the look of going up the full wall. Now to find some tile that would work... I'm thinking about all white thin tiles going vertically, like a waterfall. Not sure yet.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:45PM
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0825sam
Why not the same tile as the backsplash?
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:47PM
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wolujewicz
I thought about that and may resort to using the same tile. I like the idea of attracting attention to the big window and enormous faucet, which is like a work of art.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:55PM
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Margo
Then you would be doing just the opposite- by bringing in odd tile will detract from the window and the faucet. I didn't even notice your faucet in the original photo.
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:57PM
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ruthmand
Honestly, stop with the tile while you are ahead. There is plenty going on here already. You have the beautiful countertop, the great tile backsplash that you should carry through under the window and what looks like a tan tile floor. Paint around the upper part of the window area and above the cabinets and wait a bit before you do more. A nice roman shade might look nice above the window if you feel you need more but that is something you can do at a later date.
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:58PM
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cj4401
If this was my kitchen i would use the backsplash around the window also. Just my opinion, love what you did to the kitchen by the way.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 4:59PM
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ruthmand
You are funny - the faucet is a work of art??
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:01PM
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jillh20012
Wow, I would take it down quick. I love the cabinets. The rest is too much for my eyes.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:03PM
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wolujewicz
I may go with the same backsplash. And yes, the faucet is impressive, standing at 27" tall.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:09PM
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sunnydrew
I will wait to see your finished tile job. I think it is great that you are doing it yourself. I wanted to ask about the appliance to the left of the sink- the 2 drawers? is that a dishwasher with "compartments"? can you tell me what brand etc. I wash dishes for the two of us at home and I would like "small dishwasher". thanks. and yes, I am glad you took down the second pattern of tile.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:26PM
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ruthmand
Ok, that's a BIG faucet. If you want something to stand out then keep the background simple. Let the faucet and the view speak for themselves. If they are that great your eyes will be drawn to them anyway.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:31PM
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Scott Design, Inc.
Consider removing the window trim, cut back the sill and continue with your backsplash tile around the window using a piece of stainless steel finishing edge. Use platinum grey grout. Your faucet will now take center stage without white trim distraction.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:39PM
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wolujewicz
Yes, that is a dishwasher and it is incredible. Here is the link...
http://www.designerappliances.com/dcs-dd24dut7.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_search&utm_campaign=google_base&gclid=CK2OlOaHjbgCFcWZ4AodITAAjQ
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:42PM
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wolujewicz
Interesting idea with the stainless trim. I'll consider it.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:43PM
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wolujewicz
I did a quick mock-up. Which do you like better?
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 5:56PM
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Lkristine
Pic number 2.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:02PM
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sstarr93
Option 2, paint only. Are these new cabinets? If not, have you considered painting them a similar color? I ask, because their warm tone is quite different from the cool tones of both your backsplash and your flooring.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:05PM
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ruthmand
After checking your idea books, I see that you posted a photo of this same kitchen prior to doing the tile work. If you look at that original photo you will see that with the walls painted beige the white trim of your panes and window are not nearly as noticeable and the faucet and view come to the forefront. The dark background in the two options above accentuate the white to the point that one doesn't notice much else which is a shame as you have a beautiful kitchen. I urge you to please not put anything dark around the entire window area. Give it a rest for a while and see how you feel about it in a few weeks.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:17PM
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vjs12
Picture 2 but put the same tile backsplash under the window behind the sink and match the height of existing backsplash.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:25PM
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maxdc
neither.
I would suggest just running the same tile backsplash across behind the sink and go part way up the window with paint above.
What bothers me is the area above the window that is so different in value to the paint above the cabinets. That is where my eye goes immediately.
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:31PM
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giniaginia
I don't like those little corner shelve on the sides of the window.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:53PM
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giniaginia
And change the knobs. not sure if that's in the plan.
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:56PM
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Margo
If highlighting the faucet is high priority, why not put in a pendant light shining down on it?
1 Like    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 7:21PM
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Maguire
Surrounding the window in tile doesn't highlight the faucet, it highlights the window. Will the window need a covering or does it face private acreage?
    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 8:10PM
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wolujewicz
So I went with a brushed alum backsplash around the window and I absolutely love it! I would have went with stainless, but it give it a morgue look.

What do you think?
2 Likes    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 5:44AM
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yanashey
I agree with everyone else, use the same tile as the backsplash for around the window. Don't think of it as a waste of money, think of it as an opportunity for another project. The tile is nice, use it somewhere else-bathroom, laundry room, fireplace. Options are endless.
    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 6:06AM
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wolujewicz
Thanks, Yanashey, but the kitchen is now complete. I trashed the original tile I put up.
Here is the finished window closer up...
2 Likes    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 6:29AM
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a2themanda
Finished product looks great!
    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 7:11AM
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Kasper Custom Remodeling, LLC
I like it! The tile you originally put around the window was too dark, and didn't blend well with the backsplash. Your solution brightens the space and ties in nicely with the backsplash. Good job!
    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 7:22AM
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Yunfu HuanJian Stone Ltd.
It's looks nice now
    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 7:30AM
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ruthmand
Glad to see you went with something lighter and that you are happy!
    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 8:07AM
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