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Unread 02-26-2017, 04:45 PM   #1
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backsplash: subway + arabesque (lantern)

I need an opinion and gut check on this layout.

Client would like two 11' subway tile backsplashes (3x6 subway, running bond), transitioning directly to 5x6 arabesque (lantern) fields over both the range and the sink areas, without picture frame, and all with very dark grout. (This sounds odd to me.) Should it transition with a pencil or something, at least, or is this completely a bad idea, aesthetically?

I have not used lantern tile, but assume it has to be cut in half to look decent..as in no small pieces, especially with dark grout.....so....if large cuts don't match with the width of those fields and the cabinet edges above, then what....(30" wide and 36" wide, respectively)?

Is this one to walk away from or strongly advise in a different direction? My skills are there, no problem, but my imagination is giving me pause.

Thoughts? Thanks.
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It sounds sketchy to me too. I'd do a grouted mock up and get signed approval before sticking anything to the walls.

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Pretty unconventional design. To each his own. At a minimum, I'd get a contract signed that specifies the overall design patterns in each area; and lack of transition piece between them.

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I agree with the above suggestions, it customer is willing to pay I would scribe the subway tile to make a seamless transition. It would be time consuming but I like a challenge.
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Thanks very much.

Btw, I omitted the part about them wanting to extend the subway up to the ceiling (beyond the ends of the cabinets), to meet the crown molding on an outside corner (meeting an adjoining room). I informed them about the chance of having slivers of tile with dark grout, unless I split the difference, etc. (I think I confused them, or they thing I'm throwing up red flags on my ability.) Oh well.
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