Once our countertops (sans the island) were installed, it was time for the backsplash. We love the view into the kitchen. It’s a huge wall with an arch that has become our building love language of sorts. (Workshopping the motto, “Put an arch on it.”) Huge wall means huge statement right?
We went with white subway tile. Why? Because it’s classy. Plus it’s inexpensive. Also 99% of the kitchen I love (i.e. pin) have white subway tile as the backsplash. (Same percentage applies for bathrooms too.) Shouldn’t mess with a good thing.
With just having open shelving on that wall we decided to do something big.
Why stop at the top shelf? Let’s do the whole dang wall. I was worried about the kitchen looking amiss without upper cabinets, but the wall of tile was the cure for that. There will be crown molding at the top, but they have to wait for that until the vent hood is installed.
Love how the tiled arch looks (this picture is without grout). I am slightly terrified that I will hate the open shelving and have this wall of tile that pretty much commits me to the shelving regardless. Only slightly though and I feel like that can be contributed to the several “it’s not my style” comments I got from my mom and sister. True story. The tile guys said they’d never done a job like this and “maybe people will like it.” Nick and I died laughing. Confirmation of what we already knew, we be cray.
We decided to go with white grout. It’s hard to even tell the whole wall is tiled in this picture. Once all the window coverings from the paint are off and the glorious natural light returns, it will look amazing. We thought going with natural grout which is a gray would be too high contrast for such a large area especially since there will be a ton of items displayed on the shelves.
You can see how the kitchen is shaping up in Nick’s coffee station. The natural stained shelves, black granite, white cabinets, and wood floors. The floors still aren’t finished, but I am really loving the lighter natural look in the photo.
Getting really excited friends!