Friday, 8 February 2019

The great Kitchen Backsplash dilemma.

So, I'm indecisive... a known fact..

I shall list my whittled down list of potential backsplash options below in the order that I like them (as of now, subject to change)  and then advise you that I have managed to thoroughly confuse myself and have no idea which one I'll pick.

But look! I've trimmed out this window!.. Small wins.. :D

I'm going for an understated look. I think my mini homeowner's design brief would be. - We want something hip and cool but also a modern transitional design style. With a bit of a vintage edge. We do not go for the latest trend. We want timeless.

First option and current favourite. Continued "bluestone" up the wall.

Why do I like it?.. It's the safest, & the most understated. It's a nice traditional look without being cute. It's a blank canvas backdrop for counter top minis to shine. It's not going to compete with the wood wall opposite. I always liked the look of the room with no backsplash so this gives me the practicality of a backsplash while still maintaining that look.

What I don't like.. It looks like there is no backsplash.. lol.. see confused.


If I choose this option I'll make it thicker and round the edges more.



 Second favourite. "Bluestone" subway tile.

What I like.. You can see it. lol... It's still traditional but with a bit of a modern twist. I think? It's still understated enough to allow counter minis to shine. It's pattern but is it too much pattern?

What I don't like.. The half tile at the bottom, I was thinking of removing it and adding a "bluestone" rounded trim along the top and sides (made from quarter round). I don't want it to go any higher as I want that first shelf to hang level with the window frame and I don't want it half on the tile and half off it.  I'm not sure if it competes with the wood wall. Is it too much for the kitchen/does it change the feel too much.




Third favourite. Something completely different, a tile printie that Carrie sent me from American Miniaturist.

What I like... It's so pretty! It has a bit of a nordic (read gustavian) feel which will probably help tie it to my modern gustavian style dining room next door. The blue in the tile echos the blue in the striped cushions of the banquet. It's got a bit of a cool vintage vibe. It adds some white to the backsplash.

What I don't like.. It adds white to the backsplash.. ha! I don't want it to look like a stripe across the room given the counter and walls are a very similar colour. I think the pattern may be too busy and distract from any minis on the counter. I intend to hang cups from the shelf rail with S hooks and I think that may look weird given they will hang half over the backsplash and half over the wall area. I think this pattern definitely competes with the wooden wall. I think it may be too much for a room that already has a lot of textures going on. I wouldn't call it understated. Is it too trendy?



 Fourth choice. Painted tin.

What I like.. It's so romantic and pretty. It's pattern but not too much pattern because of the paint colour. Tin is vintage. It doesn't compete with the wooden wall.. well maybe a little bit.. ;/

What I don't like... Tin is vintage.. but not rich looking. I think I want it to look a bit more sophisticated. The tin pattern is a bit large for scale. It was hard to cut and finishing it neatly could be a problem.




Fifth option, a scrapbook paper I had that looks a bit like an art deco tile, painted. 

What I like... It's pattern but not too much pattern and uniform. It's more sophisticated than the tin. It doesn't compete with the wooden wall

What I don't like.. I'm not sure art deco is the right thing to be adding to this room. It doesn't seem to have a context or anything tying this choice to the room.... I don't know, it's just a bit... meh.




 What to do, what to do... I think I'll go and cut trim and install a light for the basement apartment's outside area and put this decision off for another day. At least I have mounted these all on thin balsa so worst case I can just change them out as my mood changes.. or use the rejects for other projects. :D




















22 comments:

  1. I've already weighed in over at Greenleaf, but I think the more I look at things, the more I'd go with either counter top material or the subway tile. I do really love the tile Carrie sent, but I think that it could just get too busy. Your whole aesthetic for the house seems to be very clean and crisp, so simple might be better.
    Do you have any minis already for your counter top (stand mixer, blender, canisters)? Could you try them in front of the various options to see the effect? If you don't have any, could you make little picture cut-outs of objects and try them?

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    1. Thanks Deborah, I love Carrie's tile too but it's not right for this space. I expect it to make a reappearance though. Perhaps in the upstairs bathroom. :D I have a few kitchen minis, but I need to procure/make many more. I think I will have a little play and see where I end up but it really is now a toss up between one and two. :)

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  2. I was thinking, you need something dark but with enough pale contrast to make it stand out from the wall. Maybe you could do wood strips painted dark and then white over it and sanded back? If you did it in a similar pattern to your wooden wall that could tie them together but it would be different enough that everything won't look exactly the same.

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    1. That's an intriguing idea Sheila, in my imagination it sounds really cool :D ... Whether I could pull off the look in reality remains to be seen. haha. I'm going to mull on this for a little bit. Thanks!

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  3. Number two still gets me, classic and classy. Like I said on IG, a bowl full of lemons and you've got a magazine cover. But you're going to pull everything together in a breathtaking way no matter which tile you choose. Get some accessories out and have a play. Take some photos and you'll know the right choice! 💗

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    1. Oh, it's definitely getting that bowl of lemons Jodi! :D I just need to source the bowl and the lemons.. haha. I do need to have a play.. Photos are essential, it seems I always see things in my pictures that I don't see in real life. Thanks for the vote of confidence in my decision making abilities. lol.

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  4. I love the first one. It finishes it nicely, and it allows your accessories to take center stage. It doesn't look to me like there's a missing backsplash. The subway tile is a lovely second, but yes, I would flip it and make the half on top as the rounded finish. :]

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    1. Thanks Brae!.. Yes, it really is down to one or two.. I'm still leaning towards one.. but depending on my mood I switch to two. Maybe I'll just keep both and change as I feel the need. lol

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    2. I'm in agreement with Brae about the backsplash., but I also love those Gorgeous tiles, although I don't know how well they'd look with your wood wall on the opposite side.

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    3. Hi Elizabeth. I agree. Working on the dining room again this week has solidified the backsplash issue for me and I think this is the best option for the look I'm going for.

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  5. My favourite is number two but I agree that to help you make a decision you should play with some accesories and see how you feel about it.

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    1. Thanks Alexandra. I like two as well. One and two are competing neck and neck at the moment. You are right. I need to accessorise and then decide. :)

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  6. Hello Sam,
    For me, personally, the absolute winner is the second option. If you find it too busy perhaps you can make the grout a slightly darker shade of grey. My real life kitchen has shiny oversized black tiles and a matching satin black grout. The contrast of finishes is just enough to see the tiles, but still creates a continuous background.
    The first option looks too heavy for me, the third feels too old for this kitchen, the fourth reads out of scale, and the fifth is not a bad option.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac! Oh your RL kitchen tile choices sound wonderful. what a great idea to use the same colour grout with a different finish! I like this idea a lot. You are correct about 3, 4 & 5.. this post has helped me solidify that they are out of the running. :)

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  7. Hi, Sam - This is an interesting dilemma, and I know that you'll make the perfect choice in the end, because everything that you've done so far has been impeccably right. I do have to put in my two cent's worth, of course. I love the first choice - clean, uncluttered, and fresh, and a great backdrop for all manner of counter display. I also really like the second choice, but I agree with Giac that a darker grout would set off the tiles to perfection. A darker grout would also diminish the chance that the backsplash could compete with the wood wall. I also agree with you about the fifth option. While I like the pattern, art deco does seem somewhat out of context in this kitchen. I'm looking forward to seeing your final decision, and I won't envy you a bit when it's time to make that choice!
    Marjorie

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    1. Thanks Marjorie, it's great to get your opinion as well as the others here. It's really helping solidify my initial thoughts. I am going to try a darker grout on option two I think. :). 3, 4 and 5 are out of the running, though 3 will probably reappear in another room. :D

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  8. Decisions, decisions.....It will come to you. I can't wait to see what it is.

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    1. Yes, you didn't make it any easier sending me those tiles.. lol... I really love the fresh feeling they give to the room. Alas, they probably won't be the final choice here but, I'm thinking they will make a reappearance somewhere else because I love them. :D

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  9. Hi, Handy husband has a very good look at each and hopes you use the first one - he says, the soapstone! Your accessories would certainly shine in front of it!
    Lost my ability to comment as Minworks... it will return again I am sure.
    Regards Janine

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    1. Hi J, I think handy hubby has a good eye and great taste. I wholeheartedly agree with him. Hope you get your handle back soon. :D

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  10. Subway tile or Carrie's printie. But I suppose by now you've made up your own mind. They're all beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Megan. It was great to have lots of options and I’ve decided to make the backsplash removable so I can change my mind at any time :D

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