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Kathy642
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# Posted: 28 May 2019 12:32
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Hi, I have been looking for a backsplash that will work with our countertop, but nothing seems to look right. Our house is an 1800's log home that we are remodeling and I was hoping to do a backsplash that would go with the style of the home(old 1800's), but now just want something that goes with the counter and cabinets.
The counter is a very dark brown that has a slight purplish tone in some areas of it in certain light and up close is very busy with black veining, a few small white spots and spots that look sort of orangish, maybe slightly pinky? There is a spot by the wall that has some slightly pinkish to it which really makes it hard to pick a backsplash. The countertop color looks different in different light.
Our kitchen is extremely rustic, so I am looking for a rustic bs, and would like it to be very easy to clean. I like bs with tumbled edges (not perfectly straight) if possible. Also, anything even slightly busy does not work, but I don't like solid color tile, unless maybe it does not have completely straight edges.

Regarding color, I am having a hard time because anything with even a hint of yellow, orangish rust, brown, beige or gray does not look good since it has a very slight purple in it as if a bit of purple was mixed with dark brown and has a very pinkish right by the wall in some areas. I was considering botticino tumbled marble(2x4) tile, but some of the tiles look sort of "dirty" color and there are bits of a beige in it which does not work with the color of the counter. You can see in the photos how the countertop color looks different in different areas.
The kitchen gets more natural light than what it looks like in the first photo. The photo is a bit dark, plus taken at night.

I am about to give up and just paint it white, but really want a bs.

By the way, I have looked at just about everything online and we have been to several tile stores and have brought home samples of several different tiles and nothing seems to be right.

Any Suggestions?
Thanks!
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Kathy642
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# Posted: 28 May 2019 12:36
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Steve_S
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# Posted: 28 May 2019 13:56
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I don't think you will find an "exact" match per se but you may get close with some Ceramic Tile or dare I say it, some type of formica which I have seen something close to what you have there. Formica is available in sheets, not hard to cut with patience & glues onto the backing (drywall or plywood).

I built a "Rustic" kitchen and used Ceramic Tile for counter top & backsplash, turned out pretty good. Had thought about Formica but I have an aversion to such synthetics.

Kathy642
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# Posted: 28 May 2019 14:06
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The countertop is stone(quartzite) and I am not looking for something that matches, just looks really good with it. So far, it seems like an off white slightly cream color of some sort might look best, although I haven't found the right one. I don't know if there is a color other than white or cream(off white not yellowish) that would work.

Ptomaine
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# Posted: 28 May 2019 18:56
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There are lots of variations/styles of copper that could fit a rustic theme.

rockies
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# Posted: 28 May 2019 19:55 - Edited by: rockies
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What are the rooms going to look like? If your cabin is an 1800's log cabin they could be quite rustic (authentic) or you might be going for something more modern.

I would not go with anything "close" in color because you will always see that it doesn't "match".Instead, I would keep within the theme of the 1800's building and use something that a person in the 1800's would have selected.

One thing that might look good are those pressed tin ceiling panels. If you ordered larger ones they could fill in the gap between the countertop and the underside of the cabinets in one piece.

You could leave them in the natural silver metal finish or order them painted. These would also be easy to wipe down and keep clean (seal behind the seams with caulk).
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Kathy642
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# Posted: 28 May 2019 20:10 - Edited by: Kathy642
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It's actually an 1800s log home that we are remodeling. I thought about copper ceiling tile, but copper doesn't go with the counter color and the plain silver color ceiling tile doesn't really go. I thought about painted ones, but they don't clean any easier than a painted wall. I was considering doing darker copper ones that have a coating on them maybe behind the stove if they are easy to clean, since it's a seperate wall between 2 windows, but not sure what to do on the other two longer walls.

rockies
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# Posted: 28 May 2019 22:45
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Well then there's only one choice left - a sheet of stainless steel.

If you don't already, you should add some led lighting under your upper cabinets to light the countertop prep areas.

Steve_S
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# Posted: 29 May 2019 08:16
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There are similar panels like shown but in Bronze & Verdi Gris as well. I found bits of inspiration on Pinterest (yeah I know, hours can vanish while looking there) but it's a great source for ideas when inspiration is needed.

Kathy642
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# Posted: 29 May 2019 09:42
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We have under cabinet lighting. So, no one thinks a tile of some sort(maybe an off white/cream color) would look good?

creeky
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# Posted: 29 May 2019 09:55
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I'm a fan of white. Subway tile is classic. And your kitchen has lots of texture.
If the stone pic is good its kind of pinky. So a grey or white (you have white streaks in the stone and lots of grays) would work. I would make the white real white not cream.
Plus a lighter ceramic would bounce a little more light out at night/early a.m.
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Kathy642
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# Posted: 29 May 2019 10:08
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I agree that a lighter ceramic might work, but not plain white subway. Gray doesn't look good with the countertop and I don't care for tiles that are completely plain with straight edges. If I could find something with a bit of texture, handmade or tumbled edges...Just not finding anything, and off white might look better and softer than a stark bright white.

mj1angier
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# Posted: 29 May 2019 10:42 - Edited by: mj1angier
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I made our backsplash with MDF and copper sheeting. The copper is very thin ( I cut it with heavy scissors) and glued it to the mdf and the sealed it all.

You can get different styles and color sheeting:
http://www.colorcopper.com/?_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJtajFhbmdpZXJAeWFob28uY29tIiwgImtsX 2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiaUxVUWdwIn0%3D
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Kathy642
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# Posted: 29 May 2019 11:39
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mj1angier, I like your backsplash, but raw copper color does not go with the countertop. We have a copper sink and it doesn't go real well. Also, I don't mind the patina in the sink, but I wouldn't like it for a backsplash. As I said before, I might want a copper(a slightly different color that is coated) or some other tin tiles if they are durable and easy to clean, just behind the range-just not sure which color or pattern would go best with the counter(looking at Americantinceilings.com-so any suggestions of exact pattern/color that would go with counter behind stove?), but not sure what to do on the other walls.
I was hoping someone may have a suggestion of what would look really good on the other walls and be really durable and easy to clean.

mj1angier
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# Posted: 29 May 2019 14:53
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At that website they have a lot of color combinations that you can get

rockies
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# Posted: 29 May 2019 19:29
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Kathy, a lot of people have made suggestions but your first response has usually been "But that will not go well with the countertop." This tells me that you've already brought home and tried all those suggestions and they don't look good. Unless you find and use the exact same material AS the countertop it is never going to look good.

A pinky, purple, grayish, dark brown counter with black veining and small white spots is too unique to match up with another tile. You'll never find a tile that will work, so my advice is to go with something completely different that is still easier to clean and isn't "busy looking".

So, stainless steel.

Kathy642
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# Posted: 30 May 2019 07:14 - Edited by: Kathy642
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I was hoping to get a suggestion of an off white that someone may know of that would work.

skootamattaschmidty
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# Posted: 30 May 2019 07:29
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Have you looked at any of the Annie Sloan chalk paint colors? They have an off white called old white I believe. It gives items that rustic look when painted and can be distressed. I realize you dont want paint but if you look at their colors and then find tile similar to the colour?

Kathy642
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# Posted: 30 May 2019 07:56
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I really want a backsplash.

mj1angier
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# Posted: 30 May 2019 08:32
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Was this a countertop color you picked or one that came with the house?

Might be simpler top put in new countertops than to live with a color you don't like

Kathy642
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# Posted: 30 May 2019 09:21
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I picked the countertop. I thought it was a rusty brown color and once it was installed, I realized it had a hint of purple to it. Nothing I can do about it. We spent a lot on it and it's not like we can just get rid of it and spend more on a different one. That's why I'm thinking something quite plain in an off white. I was looking at crackled tile, but heard that over time it can crack more.

mj1angier
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# Posted: 30 May 2019 12:38
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Well if you want the warmer brown color to come out and make it easier to match, change the lighting. In the first photo it looks like you have under counter lighting that is a white LED. If that is changed to a warmer color the pinkish color will go to the background.

But white walls and white LED is going to bring it out more.

Kathy642
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# Posted: 30 May 2019 14:17
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The under cabinet lighting is a soft white, not bright white and all other kitchen lights are regular incandescent bulbs. There is no bright white lighting. Also, all the lights are dimmable. Once there is a backsplash on the walls, there won't be any bright white walls anymore.

rockies
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# Posted: 31 May 2019 20:07 - Edited by: rockies
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In speaking to a couple of the interior designers I work with they suggested you go to a paint store and buy a color swatch fan deck. This has all the colors in it. Match the dominant pink color in your countertop and then choose the complimentary color (in the yellow/green shades).

https://www.raymourflanigan.com/Design-Center/Color-story-decorating-with-pink-comple mentary.aspx

If you don't want to do a complimentary scheme then choose a monochromatic scheme (a tile with a faint pink undertone).

fiftyfifty
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# Posted: 31 May 2019 20:07
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I am in the process of making my own tiles at an evening pottery class at a nearby high school. I just roll out the clay then use a cookie cutter type thing. I found a glaze in the exact color I was imagining. My tiles are 4x4 inch squares but they could be any shape. Some have imprints of local plants (cedar, white pine, maple leaves, fiddleheads etc.) They have the rustic look I wanted, and best of all I made them myself.

littlesalmon4
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# Posted: 4 Jun 2019 12:46
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here is what we used for a back splash. Easy clean.
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moneypitfeeder
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2019 19:01
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Have you ever thought about a thin brick backsplash? I have one behind my stove (at home, not at my cabin) and after I sealed it it has been easy to clean. The light color pic is from https://www.bricksalvage.com/index.php/milwaukee-cream-city-brick-veneer-tile-sq-ft.h tml but there are tons of different suppliers and color choices.
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Kathy642
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# Posted: 14 Jul 2019 19:45
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I have heard that even sealed brick can be hard to clean, especially if behind stove. Anyone have a tin or copper tile backsplash behind stove?

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