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Unread 02-27-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Kitchen backsplash tile layout help

Im going to be laying a mosaic tile backsplash (1"X1" tiles). My question is do I just tile up to area A, continue through to area B, or even go all the way up the wall in area C to the ceiling?

Tiling through to just area B may look weird with no cabinet above it. Thanks for suggestions.
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Unread 02-27-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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No matter which way you go, it's a matter of taste, and in the end the only one with the right answer is you.

That said, if it were me, I tend to agree with ending it at the end of the cabinets. However, I've seen several backsplashes where people have tiled past the end of the cabinets at the same level, and it looked nice..... just not my taste, I guess. As for tiling up the side of the cabinet, then I think it would tend to look unfinished, because then you either stop flush with the top of the cabinet, rather than going all the way to the ceiling, or you end up having this weird stopping point flush with the end of the cabinet to the ceiling, unless you want to tile ABOVE the cabinets, as well!

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I'd stop flush to the end of the cabinet, or bring it over to the end of the wall, at the same level (bottom of the upper cabinet).

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I usually go two or so inches above the level line of the bottom of the cabinet. And I go to the wall, tiling area B. But I like as much tile as possible. In my own kitchen I put tile above the cabinets, too. Overkill to some, but I liked it.

If you can get or make some bullnosed material of the same type as the mosaic, you can use that to cap off the mosaic. I've never been a fan of all those one inch grout lines exposed. I'd rather use 4, 6 or 12" bullnose pieces.

Pencils are also good in this situation. Gives a more finished look to my eye. But like Bill said, it's what is pleasing to your eye or more importantly, whoever is boss in the kitchen/house.
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Unread 02-28-2010, 01:06 PM   #4
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Appreciate the suggestions...thanks!
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