I’m sharing another Designed in a Click Q and A done recently on one of my most popular topics, kitchen backsplash design and selection!
This was a new home, only 4 years old, but she thought the backsplash in the kitchen was too busy compared to the natural stone counters.
They were also replacing the cabinet above the stove with a hood in steel, like this one, pictured below. It will be a dark finish and go all the way to the ceiling.
Here were her questions.
1. Is the color of the Chevron style tile I have in the picture better?
2. I like a Subway pattern, should I keep it simple and do the light color in a Subway pattern and maybe add a frame of herringbone or Chevron above the stove?
3. I also thought about doing long brick shaped tile vertical, thoughts?
4. I've also seen a herringbone design used with a plain tile for the entire area that look good. Some with small tiles and I've seen others with larger tiles. Thoughts?
my Response to Questions
Well, I am so glad you are getting a new hood that goes to the ceiling. Kudos for that decision!
You've got a nice high ceiling there and the short hood that is at the same height as the cabinets just cuts off the height of the kitchen.
There was a similar situation in this kitchen remodel I did years ago. You can see you will have an incredible difference in the overall feel with that new height.
The only thing I'm worried about with the chevron or any smaller tile, is that it might fight with your busy patterned countertops a bit. That, and I think it might be a little too light.
Because you have so much natural stone, I would have a tendency to go with a ceramic tile of some kind, for a less textured, less mottled look.
You can see in that job in the link, I did a solid, larger scaled subway tile in the same color, basically, as the wall color.
I wanted very little variation there because we had natural stone counters and the hood had the variation too. I wanted to simplify the look by repeating the wall color.
What tile layout did I suggest for this backsplash?
I would not do a subway in a vertical layout, nor would I frame out anything above the range. That's a trend that we are no longer seeing in kitchen backsplash design.
I like the idea of a herringbone, but again, in a ceramic tile and in a bigger size. Here is a pic of a 4 x 16 tile in a herringbone I'm doing on a job right now. It looks great and the verticality and direction of the pattern draws the eye up.
Here’s a project, pictured below, that is under construction now, just finishing up.
Here’s a project completed last fall where we did a larger scaled subway tile in a herringbone and it looks great.
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