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The Greatest Kitchen Backsplash and My Favourite Choices



Hello Everybody,

Earlier than we get into my favourite kitchen backsplash, a number of of you have got requested what’s taking place with my renovation plans.

Properly, I’m pleased to report there’s been constructive motion on this entrance. I did submit dozens of drawings, pictures, and an in depth description of my design to the contractor I wish to rent early this month. And, this Tuesday, I’m assembly with him and his subs to go over the plans for quotes.

However, wait, Laurel. If you happen to don’t have any quotes, how have you learnt that is the contractor you’d like to rent?


Gosh, you guys are so sensible. That may be a terrific query and might be a separate weblog put up. So, listed below are my causes.

1. After I first started on the lookout for a contractor round June, I did interview one different. Three or 4 others have been contacted however didn’t get again to me. They have been robotically disqualified. The opposite contractor did come over and appeared to be in a rush, plus I felt he was not skilled sufficient.

2. Rick, then again, returned my question instantly and came to visit a couple of days later. He spent two hours right here. Oh, and this one’s tremendous necessary. He didn’t take a look at me, not even as soon as, like I had six heads. Nor, did he a lot as flinch after I mentioned, “unkitchen.”

3. My tremendous good neighbors upstairs used Rick for varied tasks, together with a rest room reno of their condominium, and gave a glowing evaluate.

4. Our close by neighbors used Rick final 12 months and cherished working with him.

5. As well as, Rick gave references for quite a few different properties within the space, he’s labored on who’re all pleased with the work.

6. I’ve seen quite a few examples of his work and may inform that he’s meticulous in his detailing.


And at last.


6. Rick got here again a second time and spent one other two hours with me going over the plans. He’s assured, has terrific concepts, and I can inform he’s going to be terrific to work with.

Is he the most affordable?

No. He isn’t. However, he’s not the most costly both and by a considerable quantity based mostly on each of my neighbor’s quotes.


So, when is all of this going to begin?


Ahhh, one other nice query. At this level, I do not know. There’s a LOT that might want to occur earlier than we will start. Plus, I’m going to have to maneuver out for a number of months. After all, I’ll preserve y’all knowledgeable as we go alongside.

However, breaking information!!! I received an e-mail from the wonderful Paul Montgomery, who makes essentially the most lovely hand-painted wall murals. And, from there, began The Mural Supply (previously Mural Sources) the place they’ve taken his authentic murals and make prints of them. Nonetheless, and I can’t stress this sufficient.


The standard of the print is so wonderful, and the colours.


The pictures on the web site don’t seize the fantastic thing about the printed murals in any approach. You’ll be able to see a close-up on this put up from 2018, And, additionally in this put up after the paper was put in. There are additionally some good photos of the wallpaper on this put up.

Once more, my pictures don’t seize how wonderful they’re.

So, why am I bringing this up, in the present day? Properly, I instructed Paul I’d like to accomplice with them once more and he mentioned, he’d like to!  Yipppeeee!!!


kitchen mock-up January 31, 2022 - mirrored end cabinet
I despatched Paul a tweaked picture of the kitchen. Please discover that the tip cupboards could have antiqued mirrors, and solely the 2 middle doorways can be clear glass. There are two causes for this.

I positively want some non-pretty stuff storage within the kitchen.

The mirrors, particularly the one you may see right here, are going to seize a number of gentle into the kitchen, and create a little bit of sparkle.


And, so all of this ties into my favourite kitchen backsplash. Or, I ought to say backsplashes.


What’s humorous is that I’ve by no means lived in a house that had a kitchen backsplash. However, it’s true. You’ll be able to stay with out one. Some individuals will argue that one, and I received’t disagree on the subject of the sink and vary space, a backsplash is an excellent thought.

Lately, nevertheless, it isn’t unusual to see the kitchen backsplash run all the way in which from the counter to the ceiling.


Bronxville, NY Unkitchen renovation

Mary did that in her Bronxville kitchen that I helped her with. For extra of her great kitchen, please go right here.


deVOL-WilmingtonSquare- I ADORE this smexy kitchen which is both modern and old at the same time. Kitchen Backsplash is only over the range. Only a small 3" lip of the same material that

DeVOL Kitchens


Nonetheless, the opposite excessive we will see in most of the DeVOL kitchens with solely a lip rather than the normal 18″ undercabinet backsplash. By the way in which, that lip measures 70 millimeters, or roughly 2.75 inches.


deVOL-kitchen backsplash-Wilmington Square - I ADORE this smexy kitchen which is both modern and old at the same time.

Nonetheless, as you may see, they did do a full backsplash over the attractive vary.

I’m so in love with this kitchen and it’s precisely what I’m speaking about after I communicate of in the present day’s Unkitchen. This kitchen might go ANYWHERE!

And there’s loads of storage, as properly.


Devol kitchens white kitchen no backsplash - wood counters with a 3" lip of wood and white walls

One other lip and they’re making it out of wooden? I ponder how that works within the sink space. Presumably it’s a wooden that doesn’t thoughts getting moist like Cedar, maybe.


kitchen trim over the counter when there is no backsplash or lip

Above and under from Nancy Keyes beautiful “unkitchen,” a wonderful “unbacksplash” over-the-counter. Nonetheless, an uncommon however super-stylish materials behind the vary.


nancy-keyes-kitchen-range-accessories - timeless kitchens

Nancy has such unbelievable type. I by no means tire of her kitchen vignettes!


plain english kitchen recessed cupboard in a pale celadon kitchen


And yet one more beautiful kitchen from Plain English kitchen. There’s no conventional backsplash, as you may see.


So, what’s my favourite kitchen backsplash tile, if there’s going to be one?


Gosh, that’s a troublesome query to reply as a result of I’ve to say, “it relies upon.”

I must know what:

  • is the type of the kitchen?
  • Are the opposite finishes, comparable to counter tops, fixtures, and many others.?
  • Coloration is the cabinetry?


However wait. Is {that a} meat cleaver in your palms?


Geez, you’re actually placing the squeeze on me. ;]


Laurel, that you must inform us, however please don’t let it’s white subway tile. It’s sooooo boring. So unimaginative. Gosh, it’s going to exit of favor sooner or later…


I’m not going to say something till you set the meat cleaver down.


Nonetheless, look. Sure, I’m all the time going to suggest white kitchen cupboards and white subway tile as an everlasting basic.



Allan Ramsey “The Artist’s Spouse”

Please loosen up.

And, please don’t roll your eyes.

There are different choices; you DON’T need to do white cupboards and white subway tile for you kitchen backsplash!

I imply, I’m not.


You’re not?


No, I’m not. I imply, I’m not doing plain white subway tile.


Okay, let’s carry that mockup again down.


kitchen mock-up January 31, 2022 - mirrored end cabinet
In my thoughts, I all the time needed a honed or leathered white marble counter. So, I took the time, to make that change which you’ll be able to see under.


kitchen mock-up January 31, 2022 white marble counterI’ve to confess that I feel the black, or actually soapstone, so not fairly black is best. That’s, from this picture and the constraints of the mockup. However, WHY is it higher?

I really feel that the black accent offers extra continuity with the ground, which can also be not fairly black and never fairly white. And, offers a greater stability with the doorway. And, it additionally feels extra balanced with the tall dramatic doorways within the again.

Nonetheless, that is tremendous necessary. Nobody is simply going to face on this one spot and assume any of this. If we put ourselves IN the kitchen, or nearer to the doorway, what if we did a black vary?

Properly, meals for thought. (no pun supposed). Let’s transfer on with our kitchen backsplashes!


I’ll go over my favourite supplies for a kitchen backsplash and their variations.


The primary is ceramic or porcelain tiles, normally in a brick form, however generally in a sq., octagon, or different shapes.

These rectangles might be small or bigger for a kitchen backsplash. I do love the basic brick sample in a 3×6 tile. Nonetheless, I additionally like a herringbone sample. I’m not tremendous eager on lining up the tiles in non-overlapping rows. Nonetheless, should you’re going for a up to date look, that’s superb. It’s simply not my type.


deVOL_Classic_Pimlico_DSC_7446 Beautiful pale blue kitchen with Shaker cabinet doors and a farmhouse sink and wood counters. Kitchen Backsplash is white subway tile.


One other DeVOL kitchen. That is extra like our kitchens, and there’s a easy white subway tile backsplash. These are fabulous shaker-style cupboards. So fairly.


walker-zanger-handmade-white-subway-tile over the range in a white kitchen

Walker Zanger handmade white subway tile.

Handmade ceramic tiles are far costlier than the others. However should you can swing it, they’re essentially the most lovely due to the slight variations. There are machine-made tiles that mimic handmade. Unsure about that. I feel they normally look faux.


DeVOL kitchens - green kitchen - white backsplash tile

One other beautiful from DeVOL. The darkish grout offers this a classic look.


Blue Celeste subway tile by Walker Zanger

Ann Sacks


It is a fairly gray-blue stone known as Blue Celeste obtainable at Ann Sacks. We’ll be marble in a bit. After all, ceramic and porcelain tiles might be executed in colours, in addition to white.


There may be additionally the attractive Zellige tile which we talked about extensively on this put up concerning the subway tile various everybody is aware of about aside from me.

Zellige is mostly seen in a 3″ sq.. Nonetheless, I’ve additionally seen it in rectangles. It’s a stunning, extra rustic look that works fantastically whether or not your kitchen is trad or modern.


What about patterned tiles, Laurel?


Oh sure. I do love the cement tiles that look so terrific in additional rustic kitchens.


A+Row+House+Reinvented-lonny-kitchen backsplash-tile-idea - with painted exposed brick, open shelves and rustic beams

through Lonny

I feel that is great as an accent over the vary.


Jean Stoffer Guest house - no fail kitchen cabinet colorsJean Stoffer’s small charming kitchen.

country kitchen backsplash accent DeVOL Kitchens

One other cool DeVOL kitchen with a small patterned backsplash over the vary. I feel this one element provides so much to this kitchen.


Artichoke - exceptional interior design - unkitchen - hidden fridge

It is a beautiful look by Artichoke. Keep in mind we talked about this fabulous firm on this put up.


The following materials for kitchen backsplash is marble and different forms of stone.


Marble is all the time a sublime and delightful kitchen backsplash. And, irrespective of if I do soapstone or a marble kitchen counter, I nonetheless need marble for my backsplash. Undoubtedly marble… Undoubtedly.

Marble might be executed in the identical shapes as ceramic or porcelain tiles.

Or, marble might be executed in a strong slab.

Under are lovely examples of marble used for a kitchen backsplash in varied types.


devol kitchens forest green cabinets marble and a shelf with art

One other beautiful and well-liked magnificence from the DeVOL web site.


dream kitchen nickel hood white cabinets - wolf range with calacatta gold slab kitchen backsplash. Design and photo by Laurel Bern - Faucet by Perrin and Rowe. Hardware available at - custom cabinetry by Jem Woodworking

The kitchen we did in 2014 with a Calacatta Gold Marble slab backsplash over the Wolf Vary.

Benjamin+Moore+Chelsea+Gray+Cabinets+and+Marble+Herringbone+Kitchen Backsplash+||+Studio+McGee Photo by Lindsay Salazar

Studio McGee

Extra Carrera, this time in a herringbone sample.

Kitchen by Melissa Lee with Carrera marble backsplash ty-cole-photography

Melissa Lee through Design Sponge – picture: Ty Cole

That is additionally a herringbone, however they name it a straight herringbone. Unsure which I desire.


French Bistro Shelving - galley kitchen - marble backsplash

Oh, how I like this kitchen. It’s the actual feeling I need for mine. And looky right here, that is both oiled soapstone or black marble. I like the white veining. And, I additionally love the Carrara brick sample marble.


Above is one other kitchen I’ve lengthy admired with Carrara marble tiles in a smaller brick sample from Ann Sacks.

jean stoffer design instagram

Jean Stoffer’s beautiful vignette from her showroom.


A brand new pattern that I’ve seen with marble and soapstone is a curved kitchen backsplash.


Jessica Helgerson curved-calacatta-marble-backsplashJessica Helgerson curved-calacatta-marble-backsplash

Cantley and Company curved backsplash

Cantley and Firm


The ultimate materials is glass and mirrors.


Strong glass might be polished or frosted; I assume it’s generally known as. After all, it goes via a course of that takes the graceful polish off. That is very similar to the seaside glass my sister Holly is into gathering. The one distinction is the seaside glass is finished organically.

gray glass kitchen backsplash with carrera marble counters in a pretty traditional white kitchen. Nickel faucet and wolf range

Mirrored glass has change into more and more well-liked within the final a number of years.


Is it a pattern?


Chateau de Versailles - Galerie des GlacesChateau de Versailles – Galerie des Glaces (corridor of mirrors)


Let’s return in time and ask King Louis XIV, who, after all, lived in Versailles within the late seventeenth and 18th century?


Louis_XIV_of_FranceThere he’s, and all decked out, too!

Hey, Lou, I hope you’ve been resting in peace and sorry to disturb you, however my readers and I wish to know what you concentrate on the usage of mirrors for a kitchen backsplash? Is it an everlasting pattern?

“Oh, les Américains et leurs folles tendances ! S’il te plaît, tais-toi déjà et fais des choses plus importantes comme admirer les jambes de ma belle danseuse.”


Translation in English:


Oh, the People and their freaking developments! Please simply shut up already and do extra necessary issues like admire my lovely dancer’s legs.

Properly, you don’t have to be impolite about it. Nonetheless, I’ll forgive you due to your unbelievable contribution to classical ballet. And by the way in which, your legs are certainly Magnifique!

I assume we will conclude that the usage of mirrors is A-Okay!


Like different backsplash supplies, mirrored glass can are available in many sizes and styles. As well as, it may be antiqued or not .


Beautiful kitchen by Suzanne Kasler

one_kings_lane_la_duree_kitchen_counter_and_shelves - Designed by Shalini - green cabinets - mirror behind glass shelvesDesigned by Shalini – inexperienced cupboards – mirror behind glass cabinets


Munger Interiors curved marble backsplash - mirrored backsplashMunger Interiors

curved marble backsplash – mirrored backsplash


© Matthew Quinn and Mali Azima - mirrored backsplash wet bar

© Matthew Quinn and Mali Azima


Please discover how comparable this kitchen is.


rosette detail - rough old glass on Instagram


I like the rosette element. That is from an organization I discovered some time again within the UK, Tough Previous Glass. They do backsplashes and beautiful customized mirrors.  However, that is what I’m considering of for my mirrored doorways in my new kitchen.

rough old glass antiqued mirrorThey’ve a beautiful Instagram account too.


rough old glass - gorgeous antiqued glass

After all, this isn’t a kitchen backsplash, however I like what they’ve executed right here!


humphrey munson farrow and ball classic kitchen - railings

Beautiful from Humphrey Munson Kitchens.


Okay, I’m just about choking on a kitchen backsplash now. lol, There are such a lot of lovely choices.

Do you have got a favourite?





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PPS:  People, that is my as soon as each two-month reminder.


Though most of you’re extremely improbable, there’ve additionally been some super-snarky (defamatory) feedback not too long ago, principally directed at me. Please don’t. I don’t enable inflammatory feedback, and I additionally hate taking part in policeman.  If you happen to discover your remark lacking, then you definately’ll know that you just crossed a line. (If you happen to put up a hyperlink in your remark, it might take a bit earlier than you see it as a result of all hyperlinks need to be permitted earlier than publishing, is all.)

Nonetheless, should you don’t like how I categorical myself, that’s completely superb. Nonetheless, as an alternative of flaming me, please go and take a bubble tub, take a stress tablet, after which don’t assume it over. Could I like to recommend placing your focus again on your self and fuhget about what a foolish goose I’m? Life can be extra nice for each of us that approach.

Thanks. And countless because of the overwhelming majority of y’all who’re extremely variety, supportive, and assist me make scripting this weblog an absolute pleasure!

A lot Love, all the time!



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