Need help deciding on kitchen backsplash


Old 12-06-14, 09:47 AM
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Need help deciding on kitchen backsplash

I have to get my backsplash done before tomorrow. I already have the tile, I just need help choosing a design/layout that will look the best.

I have 4 different design ideas right now. I'm not sure the best path to take.

I have 12 x 12 glass mosaic tiles and 6 x 6's (actual size is 5 3/4 x 5 3/4).
Plus I also have 1' 12 x 12 mosaic tile to use as accent squares.

Backsplash height is approx. 15 1/2" and I planned to leave 1/2" gap from countertop and top of cabinets for caulk, as well as caulking the inside corners.

Any ideas on designs?

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Ideas I had for backsplash and tile color we chose.

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Old 12-06-14, 10:41 AM
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I love your color choices for the tile.

Some quick thoughts/ Questions:
1) the most important opinion regarding style/patterns is you/your family etc.
2) do you have enough tile/materials/tools to do whichever of your possible patterns that you decide upon?
3) how much experience do you have with tiler installation? IMO, the nicest pattern is your 2nd one:glass top and bottom, with "diamonds" in the middle. Keep in mind, that this pattern will
involve a bunch of cuts to produce the half diamonds. Do you have access to/own a tile saw?
4) I'd suggest reconsidering the 1/2 inch gaps top and bottom-that would be too wide a gap to caulk. My suggestion would be to make those gaps the same size as your grout lines, then fill with color matched caulk.
5) Before you make a final decision I'd suggest dry fitting a section of the wall -or even temporarily glue/thinset them to a sheet of plywood cut to fit a section of the backsplash (then clean the backs of the tiles before using on the wall.) Sometimes, what looks great in isolation looks "less great" on the actual surface/location.

Good luck with your project, and please let us know what you decide.
Old 12-06-14, 01:48 PM
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I meant 1/8" gap for caulk to match grout joints, not 1/2".

I have a bit of experience and I have tools that I need. Grinder, tile cutter. Wet tile saw.

What size notched trowel for the different tiles. Will 1/4 x 1/4 u notch work?

Do I need to flatten down the ridges? Can't really see through tile anywhere.

Also what about the small accent squares I was thinking of doing?
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