The kitchen keeps begging me for a backsplash.
It happens every time I wipe spaghetti sauce off the wall. Or water. Or coffee. Or any of the other things that I’m constantly wiping off the wall.
So, really, I’m begging for a backsplash. For my own sanity. It’s just simply more practical for cleanup – especially by the sink and the stove.
I also think adding a backsplash will make the room look a little more “finished” and “put-together.” Give it a little polish. And I have been hanging onto a Home Depot gift card for this exact purpose.
But, now the questions are …. Which tile? And how to install?
I was originally thinking it would be best to tile up to the ceiling. Without any uppers, there’s not a natural place to end the tile. And there’s really not much wall once you account for the windows.
The inspiration never leads me astray, am I right?
The only downsides – more work, more tile, and the possibility that the ceilings/windows aren’t perfectly level, causing a headache for installation.
None of these issues concern me, clearly. (Poor Ryan.)
Other possibilities … Stop the tile at the bottom of the range hood, similar to this look from Fixer Upper.
Or add a large piece of trim as a stopping point, like this look from Simply Fabulous Chic.
As for what tile to choose, the simplest option is probably the top contender – white subway tile with grey grout, just like what we chose in the last house.
It’s a classic look for a budget price. And it’s something I think I can happy with forever. And it’s something I almost always love when I’m looking for inspiration.
When all of my Pinterest boards are full of white subway tile, it must be a good sign. (Check out the original kitchen plans here – we are pretty close.)
I’m still deciding on a pattern – maybe something different than the basic brick pattern?
However, I’m also pretty smitten with something a little more statement-making. Like this barn quilt-inspired cement tile from Cement Tile Shop.
It is incredible, but I think it may be just a bit too much for our kitchen.
So, that’s a bit of what’s going on in my mind right now.