Last updated on August 13th, 2018
For my new kitchen, one monumental decision remains: Which tile to use for the backsplash? Gee willikers — tile comes in myriad shapes, colors, and textures! My kitchen designer at Lowe’s Home Improvement selected several tile samples for me to test drive. Would you like to see them?
Here’s where the backsplash will go. The upper and lower cabinets are white; the quartz counter top is white with gray veining.
And speaking of the quartz counter top…in a previous post, a reader (wish I could remember her name) said that I absolutely, positively, MUST use the same counter top material for my backsplash. I’d love to follow her lead, because the effect would be grand indeed! Alas, my counter top cost $6,000. The matching backsplash would cost at least $8,000, because there is no sink or cooktop to break up the necessary square footage.
I checked my savings account, and sadly, the pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters that I keep in jars in the laundry room did not add up to the aforementioned backsplash of my dreams. And that’s too bad.
Anyway, onto the design examples I brought home, along my gut reaction to each of them:Design A: Ceramic subway tiles in a gray-green hue. Every other tile is ridged.
Kevin’s opinion: MAYBE, BABY.
Design B: Marble subway tiles in gray-white.
Kevin’s opinion: BARF.
Design C: Small white ceramic tile with cute blue patterns.
Kevin’s opinion: OLD QUEEN WITH A HANGOVER.
Design D: A “basket weave” of gray and white ceramic tiles.
Kevin’s opinion: PINK FLOYD’S FAMOUS ALBUM COVER.
Against almost everyone’s advice, I sampled some plain white tile.
Design E: Common ceramic subway tile.
Kevin’s opinion: BORING BUT BEAUTIFUL.
I can easily understand why one might want an eye-catching (i.e., colorful) backsplash for an otherwise all-white kitchen. Still, I think white tile, which has been in use in kitchens for at least 100 years, offers a timeless look. I can’t imagine growing tired of it.
Now only one question remains: white tile in a glossy finish or a matte finish?
I’m thinking matte.
What say you?