When designing a kitchen, every tiny detail needs to be considered (try to avoid having your brain explode!) While shiny appliances tend to take center stage, the backsplash is like well-placed accessories on the perfect outfit. Yes, the outfit alone is nice but the baubles put it over the top!
However, as with your clothing ensemble, you don't want the extras to diminish or detract from the star of the show. With this in mind, I set out to find a neutral, somewhat timeless design for my larger-than-life, modern kitchen.
Just for a giggle, we'll start with the kitchen fashion DON'T's:
|Naked Mer-persons. Eeeeek|
|This is Cary, not Tuscany. Source: indesignartandcraft|
|Source: Fruits and vegetables: not in a good way|
Bah-ha-ha-ha! You have to check out this blog. Hilarious! Seriously, I can't stop.
Now let's look at some inspiration.....
I really like this one, but I simply cannot commit to color in something with this kind of longevity.
I like the natural stone in this kitchen, but the inset goes awry for me. Again, looking for "less is more".
|Source: Design Lines|
NOW we're getting somewhere. This is some natural stone that I won't tire of. Now to source it.
Hey, wha-da-ya know!! They have it in stock at Home Depot. Gotta love the Depot.
|Walnut Travertine: Home Depot|
|Sir Walker kitchen Before|
|In the midst of the mess|
|A few neutral glass mosaic square dots to complete the basket weave. Layers are always good in home decor.|
Just waiting for the thin set to dry so I can remove the spacers.
|Sir Walker Kitchen After|
That's the backsplash folks. Beautiful. Timeless. Subtle. Natural.
and let's not forget Fabulous, functional and frugal.
Patrick installed and grouted it in a weekend. Not too shabby!
|Real life mess.|