Desperately seeking backsplash

AnneApril 7, 2014
We're nearing the end of our kitchen reno. One of the first things I bought was backsplash tile because at the time we were thinking of just doing a cheap spruce up and sale. In the meantime Many things have changed including our decision to sell. We've made a commitment to make this our forever home.
Now that everything is almost done, I'm just not feeling the love for the backsplash.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Anne
The counter is Verde/Green butterfly granite. The island natural maple butcher block. The wall colour is BM Georgian Green (HC115). The cabinets will be shaker style in natural maple. We've got an arts & crafts FLW prairie style influenced kind of vibe.
Thanks again!
    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 1:41PM
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feeny
Here are some backsplashes with dark counters and light to medium wood cabinets, just so you can visualize some different possibilities:
Achtenberg Residence · More Info

Ontare Residence · More Info

Contemporary Cape in Bucks County, PA · More Info

Mark Dutka · More Info

solid cherry cabinets, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances · More Info

Rhodes Architecture + Light · More Info

Craftsman Inspired Kitchen · More Info

Chewuch · More Info
3 Likes    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 1:47PM
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Anne
@feeny I noticed that all your examples but one show a much lighter back splash. Maybe that's what I need to look for? Thanks
    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 2:24PM
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feeny
I put the last two photos in to show you the effect of darker back splashes (the Craftsman kitchen has charcoal gray tiles--they only look lighter because of the under cabinet lighting). Either iight or dark can look great, just different effects. Personally, I prefer lighter because I feel that dark backsplashes can sometimes appear like a dark stripe around the room. But it is just that--a personal preference, not a rule.
2 Likes    Bookmark   Thanked by Anne    April 7, 2014 at 2:28PM
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Anne
Yes. I think this tile is both too busy and too dark now. I thought the granite would read more like a solid but it does not.
Hoping to get some colour/style suggestions. Thanks
    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 8:23PM
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happyleg
white simple subway tile would work well with your black cabinet tops & butcherblock.
    Bookmark   Thanked by Anne    April 7, 2014 at 8:30PM
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Anne
I guess it looks blacker in the photo but the granite is quite green. In any case dh will nix white anything.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 8:42PM
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Anne
It's hard to tell beyond the mess but the actual amount of backsplash is only about 15 feet. I'd appreciate thoughts on scale of tile as well. Thanks
    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 8:56PM
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Anne
I'm looking at cream coloured subway tile but I'm not sure what size I should get. 2X6? 3X6? something larger?
    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:59PM
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lellogirl
I love the top two left suggestions, feeny. The green one, especially. It's unusual and yet, seems timeless.
    Bookmark   Thanked by Anne    April 9, 2014 at 6:02AM
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Dee
Please see attached photo - countertop is verde butterfly
    Bookmark   Thanked by Anne    April 9, 2014 at 7:05AM
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Anne
@Dee the colours seem similar to what i have but the larger format seems more appropriate. Would you say they are 2X6?
    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 7:30AM
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