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Happy February everyone!

So, one of my friends is currently in the middle of a complete kitchen overhaul and has been asking me for advice and opinions on his remodel.  Over the past week, he has been sending me tons of inspiration pictures of kitchens, pictures of products, and backsplash ideas which have inspired me to look up different types, styles, and designs of backsplashes!

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Traditional Home

In a previous post I wrote about my “Do’s and Don’ts When Selecting a Kitchen Backsplash” (that you can read here), so now I thought I would get a little more specific on the overwhelming amounts of styling options that are out there!  …and I wanted to focus on subway tile to start!

I absolutely love the look of a simple white subway tile, it is classic, timeless, and traditional.  You can find this is kitchens and bathrooms from all different time periods and and size homes.

I love how classic and clean the subway tile looks in this Kitchen shown below.  I actually used this same photo in a previous post I wrote about selecting kitchen countertops (here) but think it is such a charming space.

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

This classic transitional kitchen is also lovely:

Source: Houzz

Source: Houzz

If the classic white subway tile is just too traditional for you, well you are in luck!  Subway tile comes in tons of different sizes, materials, and colors too!  Glass subway tile typically feels more modern to me but here are some great examples of how to use it in different styled kitchens!

The industrial pendants over the bar and raw wood traditional stools define a more rustic vibe in this kitchen with the gray glass subway tile and white grout.

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

I love how super modern this kitchen below is.  The crisp and minimal cabinets and hardware, with the white paint and minimal light fixture truly makes the tile backsplash the star.  The under cabinet down-lighting is also a beautiful way to highlight the accent tile and make it sparkle!

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

I am totally obsessed with this kitchen below.  The open and low profile cabinetry in the rustic warm gray with the warm gray glass subway tile is just gorgeous!  Contemporary but still livable.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

If you decide to install the tile stacked vertically, this will also achieve a much more contemporary look than staggering the tile which is more typical (shown in the pictures above).  I love the thin rectangular shaped tile used here.

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Source: Unknown

And the use of the subway tile all the way up the wall is so dramatic and definitely makes a statement!

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Decor Pad

If you need help remodeling your kitchen or bath, or selecting the perfect tile for your space, contact me!

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Source: Jayman.com

If you are remodeling your Kitchen, or just dreaming about it, a granite waterfall counter top is a very modern and super chic way to add a little bit of glam.  I personally, am just dreaming about remodeling but this is what I would want!  I just love how the granite “falls” over the side of the island, it adds such great texture and creates a unique focal point to the space!

Source: granitegrannies.com

Source: granitegrannies.com

Source: granitegrannies.com

Source: granitegrannies.com

Source: granitegrannies.com

Source: granitegrannies.com

Source: granitegrannies.com

Source: granitegrannies.com

 

I really love how the same granite used on the island is also used as the backsplash on the wall under the cabinets.  I actually wrote a post on my “Do’s and Don’ts when Selecting a Kitchen Backsplash” back in 2012 that talks about this!

What do you think?  A unique application like this, or the classic granite counter top slab?

Please contact me if you need help designing your own Kitchen!

 

 

 

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There are thousands of tiles available in every color, size, shape, and material you can imagine for a kitchen backsplash.  Needless to say, in order to know what you are looking for, there are several things to consider first.

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One, what is the material of your countertop?  In my post here, I explain the pros and cons to granite as a countertop selection and what some other alternatives are.

If your kitchen countertop is indeed granite, stay far, far away from any patterned tile (unless of course your granite is solid black).  A beautiful quality of granite is that there is so much variation in color and vein texture but this is what also prevents any patterned tile backsplash from working with it.  Too much texture does not work together (this is not like mixing patterns with fabrics).  Keep it simple!

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The example above is exactly what I am talking about, this just does not look right…

If your countertop is another solid material, then you have much more flexibility with selecting a patterned tile as a backsplash.  This bright kitchen below is so fun!

Source: BHG

Another thing to consider when selecting a backsplash is what the color and material of the floor is.  If its a stone (i.e. slate, marble, travertine, etc.), then do what you did when selected the countertop and pull from the tones that are on the floor.  If the tones are the same, then the backsplash will work.  If the floor is wood, then use the countertop as a guide for tone.  Be careful if selecting a tile with a  “pop of color”, remeber this is pretty costlty to change in 10 years when lime green looks “dated” again (remember your grandmother’s kitchen?).

Source: HGTV

Source: BHG

Another alternative is to totally nix the backsplash tile and commit to carrying the granite all the way up the wall and using it in place of the backsplash!  This is what I have done in my own house and I think that it creates a seamless and clean look (and is also very easy to clean!).  

Below are some pictures of my own kitchen…

My Kitchen

My Kitchen

If you are stil unsure about how to make sure all the finishes in the kitchen work togehter, keep it simple!  Or contact me!

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When it comes time for you to select a countertop and eventually a backsplash for your kitchen, there are several things you need to consider before committing!

Source: BHG

Most people love the look of a granite countertop and real estate agents will argue that they increase the resale value of one’s home (take it from me, Taylor my boyfriend is a broker AND a contractor!).  However, granite can also be a somewhat personal thing for some people because there is so much color and texture variation and it is such a permanent fixture and focal point in the home.

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Some alternatives (but definitely not all) to a granite countertop is quartz, or dare I say it, Formica.  Quartz and Formica countertops come in several solid finishes which eliminates the textural preference  (or not) of granite.  These also leave open the option to use a patterned backsplash if desired.  Please take it from me, a patterned backsplash never works with a granite counter top!  More in this later…

Source:thekitchendesigner.org

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So, when selecting a countertop it is important to ask yourself one question, “how timeless will this be?”  It is easy to change paint and artwork, but very costly to change the countertop if in, say, 10 years you think it looks “dated”.

Source: BHG

Here is a great short quiz I found on Better Homes and Gardens to help you figure out what the best material is for your use! http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/countertop-material-finder/

Source: granite-kitchen-countertop.com

In the end, if you are not sure what to do, keep it simple and neutral!  Or contact me and I will help you create the kitchen or bath that works.

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