Tile on the Wall: Part II!

As promised, after yesterday’s teasing sneak peak…

It’s a backsplash!

I have no idea how we managed to find such a perfect tile for our kitchen. If you’ll remember from my post yesterday, we picked it on a whim on a trip to Rona for paint. We weren’t expecting to even look at tile. We saw it; we bought it; it turned out perfectly. I love the subtle blue, the way it draws out the grey of our counter tops but lets the red of our kettle and utensils and the green of my olive oil bottles pop. It’s colourful, but neutral at the same time in such a way that allows other colours to sing.

It’s not finished yet: it needs to be grouted. But it changes the whole feel of the room. It makes it feel complete, purposeful even. It seems to tie together all the choices we’ve made and makes them make sense. The wall of pantry cupboards suddenly fits far better than they did when the wall above the stove was empty. It draws the eye right into the heart of the kitchen and focuses the space. Perhaps I give this wall of tile a little too much importance in my kitchen, but I love the effect; I just can’t help it.

Oh, it’s so pretty.

As with everything in our house, we did the tiling ourselves. Tomorrow, I’ll share exactly how that went.

This post was linked up to RA 116 at the Remodelaholic.

0 thoughts on “Tile on the Wall: Part II!

  1. It looks amazing … beautiful job! I love your kitchen, BTW. It's stylish and pretty but also looks lived in and loved (which is the best kind). Gorgeous, Nette!

  2. It looks great! I keep reading how these skinny glass tiles are the new subway tiles but normally I'm all like "meh it chops up the space too much". I think limiting the width but extending the height is the perfect rebuttal. Looking forward to the tute!

  3. Wow, your backsplash looks amazing! Very dramatic! I also love the shelves you have in the window. I've always wanted to do that. (And your "Canadian" blogroll is great!)

  4. Thanks! I felt a lot like you do about these tiles. I see it so often in large quantities for a whole backsplash, a whole shower, etc. etc. and I always thought it was just too much, making it all too busy. I still kind of feel that way, but when we struck upon the idea of just doing the backsplash by the stove in a narrow strip, it seemed perfect. I think the way we did it toned down the busy-ness of it. It will be even less busy once we get our range hood on. Also, it helps a lot that these colours don't have huge amounts of contrast in them. No dark tiles white white tiles.

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