Monday, June 11, 2012

Kitchen Details-- Backsplash

I'm still in Saskatchewan for a few more days.  The sun's out... and I'm a happy girl.
Doug called last night and told me that he's got a makeshift kitchen set up for me with a sink and some countertop.  Apparently he tore everything else out and the new cabinets have been going in while I've been gone.  I can only imagine how disastrous my house has been over the weekend... kinda glad I've been here and not there :)

So onto the backsplash... our kitchen is a balance of saves/splurges.  When it came time to choose what I wanted for the backsplash I decided to save some $$ and go for the always classic subway tile.  Home Depot's standard white subway tiles look fantastic with the white I selected for the the cabinetry.  Perfect.  The dilemma for me was the grout color.  I love the look of white grout-- it's fresh, bright, and if you are not a skilled tile setter... the white grout/white tile combination could be your best friend :)  

Check out the white on white combo in this kitchen...


It's gorgeous.  But, there's so much other fantastic things going on in here-- you don't need your backsplash to stand out and be the show stopper.

But, I'm thinking that in my kitchen the white on white combo could be a little bland.  I'm leaning towards choosing the lightest shade of grey as I think it could add some much needed dimension to my kitchen.  I'm a little picky-- it has to be the PERFECT shade of grey, the grout lines need to be thin, and the tile work needs to be really really well done.  But when it's done right... it can look amazing.  Here are some of my favorite inspiration pictures...


kitchen by Susan Gilmore via House of Turquoise



I love the combo of dark fixture/dark grout in this kitchen.  The light and dark contrast in here is so fantastic...

Kitchen Lab

I think grey grout would be perfect in my kitchen.  It's going to add a little interest to my small space and keep the room from feeling too stark.  Doug and I are NOT professional tile setters-- so if it ends up looking a little messy I might just change my mind on this... but at this point in time... I think grey is the way to go :)

5 comments:

McKae @ Kaes Corner Design said...

Gorgeous inspirations pictures! I just found your blog and checked our house tour. It is amazing! I can't wait to see more!
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Team AC said...

My friend, Lane, is a professional tile setter. You can contact his wife, Janice Friesen Kamke on FB if you want to get in touch. I think they live in New West.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Love the pics. Subway tile is pretty easy to install with a little patience. Most of the time you don't have to deal with spacing because they have spacers built in kind of. You can do it!

alex said...

This kitchen is beautiful, the bricks design and solid worktops is nice.


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Kat said...

That was a tough decision for us too--white grout or darker...we decided to go with the white, but I still do love the look of a light gray grout. We figured either way it's going to look great. Can't wait to see how yours turns out. And yeah, going with the subway tiles from HD is the cheapest/most classic way to go!