via Walker Zanger
There are so many options and the one you pick can shape the overall look of a kitchen. For example, the backsplash in our old house consisted of dingy, tumbled marble square tiles and I changed it to a clean, Carerra marble subway tile. That alteration made the space look sleeker and more sophisticated. As you can see below, we also painted the cabinets, upgraded the dishwasher to stainless, and had Absolute Black granite countertops installed. Even though all of those elements contributed to the improved outcome, the backsplash was key in setting the tone.
The infamous "before" shot....not my style!
Like most big decisions, it can be tough to pick, especially given the amazing/overwhelming selection of tile available. Lots of people choose to play it safe and stick with something neutral and classic like white subway tile (which is always a winner in my book).
But like I said, there are lots of fabulous options now which makes it tempting to step out of the comfort zone and be a little more daring. If I got to change my backsplash now, I'd probably pick this beauty from Studium, the Maharajah Stripe, a mosaic chevron design in Calacatta Tia and Thassos. I've rattled on about this before and of course, used it in the Knight Moves header so obviously I'm fixated on it!
I also like these designs from Ann Sacks:
Beau Monde - Ann Sacks
Obsidian - Ann Sacks
Walker Zanger also has some fun options...
I LOVE these but I think they are for the floor...Walker Zanger needs to make smaller versions!
What is your take on backsplash tile? Do you prefer the area to be classic and understated or do you think it's a place for personality?
I'm probably somewhere in between, like this...