backsplash question
ems2409
November 26, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I am having a subway tile backsplash installed. My question is how should I handle the window? I was originally going to take the tile around the outside of the whole window and not have any trim. The edges around the window are only 3 1/2 inches and at the top less than 3 inches. So now I'm thinking I'm going to have a lot of choppy subway tile pieces. Should we just trim out the window and paint? I would then just have the backplash level with the bottom of the cabinets.
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dclostboy
I recommend going all the way around the window for completeness. A good installer can make it work...and look good.
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ce55
You may want to ask your tile guy if a tile frame will work for your windows, there may be some technical issues.
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ems2409
He did say he could do it. I'm more worried about appearance now.
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leelee
You could end the tile at a point about 2 inches above where the cabinets end and finish it off with pencil tile. Don't scrimp on the trim around the window. It might be better to install the tile and then add the window trim over the tile. You might want to rout out the space for the tile so the trim fits securely. Not sure if I'm being clear.
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leelee
Don't end the tile even with the cabinets or window--go above the edge.
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dclostboy
The pic that I provided only has 3.5" separation between windows to give you an idea.
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mwcato
We chose to stop the subway tile even with the cabinets, then added pencil tile (see attached pics). I don't have a cabinet on the right like you do, though. I think in your case with very little room on either side for tile, I prefer the paint/tile combination.
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mwcato
Sorry pic above is turned the wrong way. Not sure how to rotate it!
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tsudhonimh
Consider running it vertically under and around the window. Less trimming and it might look good.
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Lynnie
I have a similar layout on a new home. The window actually goes into an enclosed patio which is what I think your situation is. I am going to have half tile, a border and small glass tiles up to the cabinets. Granite on the counter tops. I like the mixture and I think the subway tiles would look really sharp wit the right type of granite combined. Have an interested focal point around the window itself, perhaps a pattern with the small glass tiles.
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ems2409
Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. Is having trim around the outside of your windows out of style?
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dclostboy
No, not old fashioned...depends on look you like.
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Lynnie
I agree. And you can add some modern glass tile, and like I said, break it up between the subway tile and a modern look.
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