I need some jewelry!!

So you’ve just finished your kitchen remodel and it’s still looking a little blah to you??  That’s because your kitchen is screaming, “you forgot to put on your jewelry!!”. AKA- the backsplash…

One of the most fun parts of a kitchen remodel (to me) is designing the backsplash.  It is the finishing touch, and takes a kitchen from blah to WOWZA!!  Here are some kitchens I have designed, and the backsplashes we have put in.  Hopefully, it will inspire you to add that sparkly jewelry piece to your kitchen:)

 

This modern kitchen really came alive with the red glass tile pieces.  Really long and skinny, and they curved out from the wall in the middle…

kitchen remodel, dark cabinets, glass backsplash

 

A sage green, crackle subway tile was added to this traditional kitchen…

kitchen remodel, white cabinets, sub zero, wolf, granite, walnut counter, subway tile

 

Here we took 12 x 24 tiles and applied them vertically to the wall.  A strip of glass mosaics in shades of green was placed in between, and a large section of glass tiles was added behind the range…

glass tile, glass doors, maple cabinets, kitchen

 

Most times I do not recommend adding a full height granite splash (it gets too busy), but in this kitchen there were not many walls to add it to;)  I think it turned out great, and the granite was GORGEOUS!!…

copper hood, stone wall, granite, kitchen remodel, 2 islands

 

Probably the most elaborate splash I have done in a kitchen is this one here.  It had a perfect focal wall in the back of the kitchen, and we decided to cover it with different sized glass tiles in a few coordinating colors.  I still love how this turned out, and this remodel was almost 10 years ago…

 

mosaic tile wall, dark cabinets, stainless accents, kitchen remodel

 

A simple tumbled marble splash can still be interesting… here we just added a section with different sized tiles above the rangetop, and used a marble border…

rustic cabinets, custom hood, tile splash, iron hardware

 

A way to keep expenses down (tile splashes can be $$$) is to get an inexpensive tile (in this case, a white subway tile) and add a strip of glass tiles to it.  You may only need a couple square feet of the glass tile, and it can really bring the cost down…

lake kitchen 2

 

Here we added a dark stone tile with a metallic finish.  The tiles were laid in a straight set (which is a more modern look) and they matched the colors in the granite perfectly…

maple cabinets, sub zero, wolf, 2 islands, contemporary, kitchen remodel

 

For this kitchen, we found a gorgeous granite for the bar counter.  There was no other supplier in the area that had this… it came straight from Brazil!  To make it really stand out, we paired it with a white quartz on the lower counter.  The tile splash had a perfect mix of the blue in the granite and some light pieces to go along with the quartz…

cherry cabinets, kitchen remodel, large island

 

The tile in this splash was very small brick shaped pieces.  The material was like a stained glass in shades of brown and copper.  It really tied the colors of the cabinets and flooring all together…

large island, kitchen remodel, light and dark cabinets, glass backsplash

 

Another unexpected use of tile for a splash.  In this kitchen we took the 12×24 tiles and had them cut down into 6×24 pieces.  They were run horizontally for a modern look.  The colors also tied together and accented the grays and browns in the Delicatus granite with the white quartz…

granite, quartz, cherry cabinets, kitchen remodel

 

This backsplash was fun to design (the corbels did not have the final coat of paint in this pic…woops!).  The client wanted a statement piece above the range, and we found this bronze tile medallion.  We added a mix of travertine square tiles, a bronze rope detail, and marble picture frame border to make a great focal point…

tumbled marble, backsplash, travertine, bronze medallion

 

And lastly, the tile splash does not have to be confined to the kitchen.  The owner’s of this home have 3 daughters and needed an extra vanity space for them.  We took over a hall closet (kept the doors on to hide the mess;)) and added a sink and makeup area.  We tiled the entire back wall for a fun look…

white cabinets, vanity, tile wall

 

Have the wheels started turning yet?  Do you have a blank wall that is staring you down saying “make me pretty!”??  A trip to the tile store may be in your future;)

 

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