Need help picking my backsplash
jmdg
February 3, 2014 in Design Dilemma
I would appreciate your opinion on choosing between 2 backsplashes for behind stove. Kitchen cabinets are cascade white, countertop cesarstone dreamy marfil and antique brown for island. Options are
1) herringbone with 3X6 subway design around 2) flower mosaic with 3X6 subway design around. Thanks for your help!
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Rachel H
I love them both but I think my vote would be for the herringbone.
February 3, 2014 at 3:39pm     
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saratogaswizzlestick
I also like both but vote for the mosaic.
February 3, 2014 at 5:07pm     
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anne dee
what does the counter look like.
that does have a bearing on the choice of back splash :)
February 3, 2014 at 5:11pm      Thanked by jmdg
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jmdg
The cesar stone is dreamy marfil. It is creamy beige tone and is the stone with the blue sticky note in the photo. The piece next to it is the granite. We are planning on putting the antique brown on the island. Thanks for your help.
February 3, 2014 at 5:21pm   
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anne dee
either one would look very nice
to my eyes the herringbone has a contemporary feel
the mosaic is more traditional
February 3, 2014 at 5:27pm      Thanked by jmdg
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Onyx Development Group
What type of countertop?
February 3, 2014 at 5:31pm      Thanked by jmdg
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Clay Aragon
I like both too but I would go with the Florida flower mosaic. I have the same backsplash except in crema marfil. Have fun!
February 3, 2014 at 5:38pm      Thanked by jmdg
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saratogaswizzlestick
I looked up the countertop. Here it is.
February 3, 2014 at 5:44pm      Thanked by jmdg
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grobby
Like both, but the mosaic caught my eye. Think it will be a nice focal point.
February 3, 2014 at 6:12pm        Thanked by jmdg
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dawncarter1968
Mosaic
February 3, 2014 at 6:37pm        Thanked by jmdg
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bsellers1394
Mosaic
February 3, 2014 at 8:19pm      Thanked by jmdg
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Daren M
The herringbone with 3X6 subway design is going to give you a more updated, almost a nod to modern. The flower mosaic with 3X6 subway design around will be much more traditional. Both are beautiful.... Personally I prefer the herringbone.
February 3, 2014 at 8:44pm        Thanked by jmdg
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dclostboy
Mosaic without the attached 1x1s
February 3, 2014 at 8:45pm        Thanked by jmdg
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bsellers1394
Agree with dclostboy RE: no 1x1s
February 3, 2014 at 9:12pm      Thanked by jmdg
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Kevin Strader
Mosaic.
February 4, 2014 at 7:58am      Thanked by jmdg
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bsellers1394
Hey there jmdg, just really curious, did you decide? Obviously, either is a winner. So? ???
February 5, 2014 at 12:43pm      Thanked by jmdg
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jmdg
I have not decided yet, but I have to. My friend suggested doing the herringbone all around rather than a focal point. Will definitely let everyone know decision and then post a picture of final product. Thanks so much for your help (I definitely could use it and appreciate the feedback.)
February 5, 2014 at 12:47pm   
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indianpatti
I like the herringbone better.
February 5, 2014 at 12:47pm   
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Linda Paul
Adding a fabulous centerpiece like this Ravenna Plaque and then surrounding it with a white ceramic 3x6 subway tile would be spectacular. It comes in 16 different metal finishes
February 5, 2014 at 12:50pm   
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jmdg
I love that! It is so pretty. I am going to consider that option. Thank you!
February 5, 2014 at 1:04pm   
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usergray
with the bold island.....my vote is the tile in the 2nd picture.
February 5, 2014 at 1:07pm      Thanked by jmdg
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bsellers1394
HOUZZERS! Hey everyone, wasn't there a dilemma recently with somebody's fireplace being poorly tiled out in the Herringbone? It was in the left corner where the tilers "eye" on it got sort of turned around? It was a tricky tile job and some folks noticed and said NO WAY, REDO and others said it's fine. ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR JDMG IF THEY CHOOSE HERRINGBONE??? Just sayin...I think it could be tricky for novice. ( I couldn't do it. It's too puzzle like)
February 5, 2014 at 1:11pm      Thanked by jmdg
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Rachel H
I could be wrong, but JDMG hasn't indicated they are doing the installation themselves.
February 5, 2014 at 1:21pm      Thanked by jmdg
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jmdg
We hired a tile professional to install the back splash as we are not able to install tile.
February 5, 2014 at 1:28pm   
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bsellers1394
Neither did the other folks who had the messed up fireplace. It was an upset homeowner and a GOOD discussion about tile design. I don't see it in my discussion history. I probably did not comment. I was hoping someone from the homeowners dilemma would recall it so that same mistake could be avoided. Planning and experience and good advise is what we hope to accomplish here.
February 5, 2014 at 1:33pm      Thanked by jmdg
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Coates Design Architects Seattle
Herringbone pattern is great but highly recommend a professional for installation
February 5, 2014 at 1:35pm      Thanked by jmdg
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sph137
Love the mosaic but would be afraid that it's "busy" to my eye.
February 5, 2014 at 1:38pm      Thanked by jmdg
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jmdg
This project is definitely a learning experience with some unfortunate "Live and learn" experiences, so I totally appreciate all the feedback and suggestions.
February 5, 2014 at 1:46pm   
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bsellers1394
@ Racheal H - My point was that it is tricky and even "professionals" need experience and advise. Just wanted to mention the level of difficulty for some people. Evidently the tilers had thought it was ok and the inexperienced homeowner did not think it looked right. The homeowner was then stuck with decision about having it redone or take it in the teeth and pay for it anyway. One of the people on that thread demonstrated in a photo the way it ( a HERRINGBONE design) was supposed to look.
My comment here is only to hopefully caution and help the OP.
February 5, 2014 at 1:49pm      Thanked by jmdg
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saratogaswizzlestick
Here is a link to the thread I believe bsellers1394 is referring to.
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/761578/Would-you-tear-the-tile-out-and-have-it-done
February 5, 2014 at 1:59pm        Thanked by jmdg
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jmdg
Thanks for sharing that information. If I decide to go with the herringbone I will let the installer see that discussion and to confirm that he will install the pattern correctly. Thanks so much!
February 5, 2014 at 2:03pm     
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bsellers1394
Thank you, Saratoga. That IS the dilemma I was remembering. ( Love your name, BTW, it sounds like a racehorse!)
Best of luck, jmdg. You have beautiful taste. Either is a pretty.
February 5, 2014 at 2:08pm     
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