Hi Alison, What is the fireplace surround and hearth material. is it painted brick? You could
have tiled over that entire space and it would have blended into the wall. Not sure why you just tiled with the multi colored mosaics above the mantle on the wall space. It's not too late you can still tile over that painted fireplace. also if you would use a paint that is in harmony with the tile color rather than the minty green contrast it would also blend into the wall. Add glass doors to the firebox ( the black hole) this will not only finish off the face of the fireplace but also insulate it and you will not loose heat up the chimney. The island would be more attractive if the cabinet base was painted like the china cabinet color and a new solid surface or granite top.
I agree with Kris S (MSP). as to the choice of cool colors throughout the home blue, gray,
black. are cold colors for a cold Seattle climate, with many gray days and rain. The only saving grace is the use of natural wood. the architecture is stunning as are the lovely gardens. Warmer neutral colors would have been a better choice and let the natural outdoor beauty provide the cool blues of the water and green foliage.
Can't really see the hood details as the photo is so dark at the top, but the back splash and
stove are fabulous.
There are also some porcelain tiles available that have metalic finishes over them. I used some small stainless tiles as a feature in the black granite back splash, it added a lot of interest and light. Just another way to go if a client does not have the budget for the diamond stainless counter back splash, but can do it behind the stove and tile under the cabinets.
Anybody out there ever use 1 x 8 or 1 x 10 simple pine boards for flooring? Thinking it could be less expensive than hardwood and there's a plan to possibly sand, prime, paint anyway. Thoughts?
Commented on Apr 03, 2012
Pine floors are nice. Species of wood in vintage properties depends on the location and what
was available locally. My c. 1922 log cabin in California has vertical grain Fir floors another soft wood like pine without the knots. Yes, they are rustic, refinished natural, gold colors, but still look beautiful. Inquiring Mind, what are the other design considerations in your home? There are so many wood floor products on the market at very good prices. You can find random widths, pre finished, with a hard sealer, and T & G to help with installation and prevents cupping.
I am removing 4x4 tile from a 1957 concrete block house kitchen backsplash and I expected to find thinset under the tile, but I found this orange stuff instead. What is this stuff and can I tile over it without any special prep?
Commented on Mar 26, 2012
Linda, are you going to remove and replace the counters and small back splash? If so you can
start fresh and not worry about adding any thickness to the new back splash with the hardy backer board for tile installation.This will give you a true and level surface for your mosaic tiles. You will use a tile with a radius edge to finish the edge detail