How To Choose the Right Subway Tile Backsplash for Your Kitchen

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After finishing our kitchen renovation, I've had some questions about the backsplash. So today I thought I would share how to choose the right subway tile for your kitchen.
As our kitchen was coming together, I really hadn’t settled on a backsplash. My dream backsplash is one large slab of marble (like this, and this). I love the strong veining and the impact it has on a room. The cost of that option though, was totally out of the budget. In the earlier stages of kitchen planning, I kept flip flopping between either going with a marble tile backsplash (more affordable than one big slab) and plain countertop, or a countertop with veining and a more plain backsplash. I didn’t want pattern + pattern – too busy for me. Kind of like how you don’t want to wear a skimpy top with short shorts- you need to pick where you’re going to show off the goods, you know? Once we found our marble lookalike quartz countertop, I brought home a zillion samples for backsplash. Some grey, some white, some large, some small. I really didn’t have a clear vision of what I wanted. I laid them all out along the countertop and just lived with them for a while.
Some of the white ones got knocked out quickly because they really didn’t match the white of the cabinets (making them appear more yellow). Some of the grey ones clashed with the grey of the lower cabinetry and so got veto’d. Grey is sort of like white in that there are so many tones behind the colour and if you get two that aren’t in the same “family”, they can look awful. The marble tiles also got nixed as the veining was too strong next to the veining in the countertop. I also realized that I didn’t like anything too small as I didn’t want to see too many grout lines.
As much as I wanted something other than subway tile (I felt like that was too predictable), I ended up down to two choices: an elongated white subway tile and a grey subway tile. What lead me to these two choices? Click through to read the full post, as well as, the other kitchen renovation posts!
Suggested materials:
  • Subway tile   (tile store)
  • Grout   (hardware store)
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