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seeking backsplash advice

Kristina S
May 15, 2019

We have an L shaped kitchen. The island is going to be a medium brown stain with superwhite quartzite. The perimeter is going the (decorator's) white with black quartzite counters. Does anyone have suggestions on what backsplash we should do?



Comments (14)

  • herbflavor

    oh: just white or a light gray glass, it seems to me.

  • ILoveRed

    Love, love that black quartzite! Beautiful.

    your choices with that color on the perimeter are wide open. It depends on the style of your home and the look you are after.

    My my house is done, but what is the name of the black quartzite?

  • chispa

    What are your floors?

    Personally, I think you have one item/color too many, by using 2 different cabinet colors and 2 counter colors.

  • RTHawk

    Love the black quartzite too - I would use that for both the island and the perimeter counters.

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    Sina Sadeddin Architectural Design

    You already have too much going on. (ONE cabinet color and TWO countertops, or TWO cabinet colors and ONE countertop) But it's probably too late to change that now. Wait until everything is installed before deciding so you can pick something that brings all the elements together without overwhelming the space.

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    Beth H. :

    kristina, it's best to wait until after the countertops are installed. this way you can see the overall look with cabinets and the flooring. And no, you don't have to do a solid white or gray subway tile. just come back w/pictures when it's installed.

    to say it's"too much going on", without even seeing the space, is ridiculous. where is that written?

    Here's two-tone, and two countertops, AND a backsplash. This is overwhelming?

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    and another one. these are both high end where I'm sure a KD was involved. I'd take these any day over a white kitchen, white quartz, and white subway tile.

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    is the black slab Negresco?

    I hope you're doing a solid wood floor or a very subtle tile. nothing busy on the floor.

  • cpartist

    In both Beth's first two versions, the countertop material also became the backsplash to tie it all together so that all those disparate elements didn't fight with one another.

    The third photo in Beth's post is way too much in my mind. I'm looking at the backsplash, the island, the black counter and the hood and my eye keeps jumping around and none of it feels cohesive.

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    Beth H. :

    yes cp,,,the last one isn't my fave. OP said she was doing a stained wood island. I hope it's not a reddish stain. I don't care for the backsplash in that photo, at all. (if they did away w/the stove accent tile, it would have calmed things down a bit, along w/a white hood). that's why I said you really can't dismiss the two and two until you see all of the other elements in play.

    in the first pic, they did use a marble tile, which ties in the island. OP could do a carrara w/her splash and I think it would look great (even though it's Super White, from afar the marble will look very similar). I have SW in my bathroom, with carrara on the floor, and love it.

  • chispa

    Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

    Also, high end and KD being involved do not guarantee an amazing result. I've seen plenty of expensive high end kitchens that were poorly laid out and ugly.

    Beth, in your first photo I don't think the backsplash and cabinet colors are great together. Warm white and cool white that are a bit off together.

    Middle photo they avoided one more color by making the counter and cabinets on the perimeter the same color.

    Last photo looks like they liked too many things and put them all in the same kitchen. It isn't awful, but it isn't memorable either.

    I'm all for crazy colors and pattern and rarely suggest plain white subway, but sometimes you just can't put everything you love into the same space/room.

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    Beth H. :

    agree. I don't care for the tile selections or the colors in the 3rd. In the first one, (lighting in pictures can augment what it really looks like) I would have done a brighter white on the cabinets, but I still think it looks good. It's not overdone. I love the 2nd one, even if they would have used a backsplash tile.

    again, that's why I said all the other elements have to be considered. What kind of wood on the island? stain color? flooring, kitchen size, layout, etc. All of these determine if the two/two combo will work. Her slabs aren't that busy. I'm redoing mine and going with two/two.

    OK, here's SW on the island, and black on perimeter.

    I don't think there's anything wrong w/either one of these.

    this is prob one of my favorites, (minus the stove accent), and there is a lot going on in here.

    Not for everyone, I get that. My point was, you can't tell someone you already have too much going on based solely on a picture of two countertops.

    look, this is nice, but i'd fall asleep in my coffee every morning if I had to live with this. yawnsville.

  • cpartist

    Beth you and I definitely agree on using color and pattern. :) The thing is it takes a special eye to pull all those elements together. It absolutely can be done but it does take a keen eye to make it all work.

  • Kristina S

    thank you all for your help!
    the floors are Brazilian Chestnut wirebrushed (photo attached). I want to stain the island to one of the shades of brown in the floor. our carpenter is also going to add some of the same wood stained accents as upper corner shelves and a piece of wood across the hood.
    I don't have a KD.
    the perimeter slab is just called black quartz. it has a little leathering around the veins. it does look like pictures I've seen of negresco - I don't know if it's the same stone.

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    Beth H. :

    kristina, those are nice floors. he doesn't have to match the stain exactly. a little lighter or darker (but keep the same tone) would look better.

    just wait for backsplash tile until it's all installed, mkay? come back w/new pics and any samples you're considering, and we can help you out.

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    Home Art Tile Kitchen & Bath

    Have you thought about using Super White as a backsplash? I think it would look great and tie the whole place together. Seems to me that the contrast between black and white quartzite will be the main focus. Bringing in more details can just be overwhelming.

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