how well do these coordinate?

Evie NeumannApril 22, 2014
thinking of using tile for backsplash, Fantasy brown satin quartzite for counter tops.
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Genevieve
Very well
4 Likes    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 9:21AM
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I think you've done a great job!
2 Likes    Bookmark   Thanked by Evie Neumann    April 22, 2014 at 11:19AM
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Natalie
Hi---very pretty!!!
1 Like    Bookmark   Thanked by Evie Neumann    April 22, 2014 at 12:13PM
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Evie Neumann
some more information: cabinets are cherry peppercorn. flooring is a light buff colored travertine. Paint on walls will be some shade of taupe with a white ceiling. Wall finish is hand scraped finish.
    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 12:13PM
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Evie Neumann
also thinking of using similar tile with quartzite in bathrooms.
3 Likes    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 12:18PM
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Evie Neumann
one last thought on backsplash- could do a stainless steel/glass like this:
    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 12:22PM
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Evie Neumann
As you can see, I'm a little indecisive- doing a gut remodel all by myself in albuquerque, nm. trying to combine modern with a dab of southwest, lol. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I have two very tough fireplaces that need a whole new look, they are driving me crazy. especially this one:
    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 12:29PM
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Evie Neumann
this one is double sided poems to living and dining areas.
    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 12:31PM
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Natalie
Hi again. Your choices sound great---I prefer the first tile selections. A couple of pics for inspiration. Good Luck!
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1 Like    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 12:44PM
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leelee
Evie, my advice is to keep it simple. Tiles are by their very nature busy. When you start adding accent bands and murals and mixing shapes/sizes in small areas they start detracting from each other.

If you buy a couple of magazines like Veranda, Traditional Home, etc. you don't see a bunch of over decorated baths or backsplashes. They pick one tile. There are tons of Design Dilemmas where people want to rip out their newly installed tiles because they got carried away.

I get that tiles are very attractive and it's hard to pick just one. Pick just one and don't fall for the over-done designs you always see at the tile store.
3 Likes    Bookmark   Thanked by Evie Neumann    April 22, 2014 at 2:24PM
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The counter and glass coordinate beautifully. Keep in mind that if you use the glass as your entire backsplash, it will be extremely busy looking and will compete with the movement in your counter.
For more of a transitional southwest style, you could use the glass on the fireplaces to compliment your counter material in the house? Then you could use a less varied stone handmade tile in a darker and warmer grey tone to give you that rustic look.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 3:09PM
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laurakdesigns
Sorry to kill the enthusiasm, but...I think the tiles fight with the counters. They're both strong patterns and I am not a fan of all that busyness.

I agree with leelee -- the classiest most attractive homes don't have all the busy busy stuff. Pick one or the other, but not both.
6 Likes    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 3:16PM
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Evie Neumann
what if I used the Fantasy brown quartzite for both the counters and backsplash?
2 Likes    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 3:38PM
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Ann
I agree about it maybe being a bit busy. I have natural quartzite too and I think most all quartzite is just amazing, but I'd let that be the star of the show. Calm, plain tile would be better.
2 Likes    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 3:39PM
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Evie Neumann
I feared the tile would be too busy from the beginning...too much movement in the quartzite.
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Ann
You could use the quartzite for both but I still think I'd prefer a calm tile. There are some wonderful neutral colors in the quartzite to choose from.
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rosecottagehome
I am liking your idea to use the quartzite as the backsplash as well. Can you post a picture of your cupboards, kitchen, floor so the overall picture is presented. Thanks : )
1 Like    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 3:50PM
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Ann
Here are Houzz pics where it says fantasy brown quartzite was used. All look nice with the backsplash choices.
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    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 3:55PM
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Evie Neumann
my cabinets are almost identical to these. the granite in this pic does not look exactly like fantasy brown, however, they claim it is. my slabs have similar horizontal movement. I like the backsplash in this pic!
4 Likes    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 4:22PM
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Ann
That is a nice look using the same quartzite as backsplash! I like it much better than I expected I would.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 4:33PM
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leelee
I'm just a kill-joy but I don't like using the same backsplash material as the counter. It looks like a cop-out.

Go with a solid color backsplash in a pale color from your quartzite. Something like this in the right color would be good.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 5:29PM
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Evie Neumann
I'm not opposed to a single color but I'm almost bored to death of subway tile, so over done.
2 Likes    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 5:43PM
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laurakdesigns
Using the counter material as backsplash could look very elegant
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These tiles instead of subway tile..,note the subtle color play and plain counters = rich
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You can create enough interest with the tile itself.
    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 6:31PM
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1 Like    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 7:43PM
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jkingston
First - I LOVE the countertops. Secondly, I have seen it with a larger greeny glass subway tile and it was gorg! I know its overdone but it's nice. I am doing the same fantasy brown in my kids bathroom. I can't decide on a floor tile. I'm kind of leaning towards a dark brown with soft grey walls. I will know when it's installed but until then I am losing sleep over it! I usually go safe and tend to lean on the neutrals (beigey-grey colour). Any options for me? Sorry to butt in on your dilema;)
1 Like    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 2:02PM
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decorgirly
small white glass subway tile will look nice
    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 2:15PM
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njschaefer78
I think that the color variation is so subtle, it will look FAB. I prefer the longer tiles over the teeny squares. Did they have anything in the same color in an even larger scale? That could look even better. Very nice color blend!
1 Like    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 2:51PM
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Evie Neumann
jkingston- thanks, have you seen the newer tile that resembles wood grain? i think that in a dark rich chocolate color would be great in a boys bathroom!
1 Like    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 5:08PM
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Evie Neumann
njschafer78- thanks for your comment! the largest size the tiles come are about 1x4" on mesh square. what part of jersey are you from?
    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 5:15PM
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Evie Neumann
like this:
    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 5:20PM
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jkingston
Evie - I think we have very similar taste (i looked at some of your photos). I was thinking that too! I have dark hardwood on my main floor so it kind of keeps the "theme". I wanted it in a chevron pattern but I heard today the tile guy say it will be really expensive because of all the cuts. I definitely need something that won't compete with the awesomeness of the granite/quartzite.
1 Like    Bookmark   Thanked by Evie Neumann    April 23, 2014 at 6:12PM
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njschaefer78
Are you thinking light walls with all of those dark finishes? How much light do you get in there? If you are afraid it's going to be too dark, a lighter gray tile backsplash would also be stunning.

I'm in WI, not NJ. :)
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Evie Neumann
I was thinking a light taupe for walls, with a white ceiling. there are two large(72x60") windows in kitchen with lots of LED can lights in ceiling, so it's pretty bight. Great question though- what do you think?
    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 7:43PM
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njschaefer78
Yeah, keep the paint a light taupe. Alternatively, you could pull a light blue-gray out of the tiles/countertop for a wall color. Can't wait to see pics of "after"!
1 Like    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 6:58AM
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anniau
Love the backsplash from the same material as the countertop. Sleek and elegant.
If you are going for tiles, choose larger tiles, the smaller ones look very busy and cluttered as well as being a pain to clean the grout lines. Totally agree with you about subway tiles.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:10AM
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Evie Neumann
kitchen cabinet install finally started!
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Evie Neumann
update: used quartzite for backsplash - to all of you who said my tile choices would be too busy, you were so right!!!!
    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 7:34PM
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Evie Neumann
quartzite installed!
    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 8:22AM
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