Tile back side of kitchen wall
May 6, 2014
I would like to tile the short wall in front of the bar stools. The wall is always dirty with kick marks. My question is should I use the same muli color slate that is on the back splash in the kitchen? It's on the fireplace, powder room counter top, front
Patio, and back patio. Or would it be better to pick one color
And use a mosaic tile and frame it in with the dark counter top? As always thank you for your help!
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I like your idea of repeating the slate tile that has been used elsewhere in the house.
    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 10:11AM
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How about having a carpenter panel the wall to match the
Cabinets? You could then kick it all day long without those annoying scuff marks.
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You need to think about where the tile will start and end. You have rounded corner bead which will make it harder. Are you going to wrap the tile around the side toward the interior kitchen? Will it look weird not to? Will you wrap again to the kitchen drawer?where will you end the tile on the seating side? Where the counter ends? Will you use a bull nose tile there? Will it look weird to have it just stop right before. The stairs?

I wouldn't do it. If you hate cleaning there, paint that wall with a glossier, eggshell, semi gloss finish to make cleaning easier. Or paint the wall much darker and make it a focus wall. The dirt won't show so much if it's say, grey.
    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 10:53AM
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My neighbors did that and it was really tacky looking. Even they didn't like the look. Stools may be your problem if they don't have a foot rest that's easy to use.
    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 1:26PM
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Riese Design, Inc.
My only concern would be the transition from the short wall to the full wall. But if you do it, I would stay consistent with the same slate you've used throughout the rest of your home. Good luck! :)
    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 1:52PM
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