3.16.2015

Classic White Kitchen Backsplashes

Subway tile is a good bet for timelessness.
The tiles above in my cousins' kitchen are the rectangular version of this…Walker Zanger Crackle Ceramic.

Think of how long the Paris Metro Tiles have been around.
I have been looking at white tiles for backslashes for two different clients.

 This elongated subway tile, Walker Zanger 6th Avenue, has a more modern look.
 
Here are subway tiled backslashes in some friends' homes...





Here are some good choices...
These aren't white but, I like them


 These are inexpensive Porcelain tiles also from Home Depot.

Marble tiles are also a pretty choice like, Ann Sacks Calacatta Marble.


More from Walker Zanger...






You can also consider a solid marble backsplash for a classic look.





Over the weekend, I was in Los Angeles helping our daughter, Alie with her new apartment.  Trying to get the best look on a budget. It's not finished but coming up next will be some progress shots!

22 comments:

  1. I've always gone with a simple white subway tile back splash, but I love your marble. I also love those from the Tangent collection. Dying to see Alie's apartment!

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  2. Subway tiles are so classic, I love them Mary Ann. So excited to see your daughters place, so fun that you are helping her.
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena


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  3. I love anything white in a kitchen, especially white subway tile!

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  4. Such a great roundup. I am really loving the look of solid marble right now, but the fretwork mosaic has gotten my attention too. We have cinder block walls in our kitchen so it's like having HUGE subway tiles. :) I would like to replace the very old backsplash by our stove, though.

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  5. Love the classic look of subway tiles. Have fun with Alie's place - can't wait to see.

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  6. looking forward to some great candy from your daughter's place :) you know I love me some subway tiles :) think one of the best things we did in our reno was the herringbone pattern. the only person not happy with it was the installer ;) because he thought he would be in and out but alas it took him a bit longer. still in love with it nearly two years later. thanks again :)

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  7. I love the dark countertops in the kitchens you shared above. They appear to be honed granite, but I'm not sure. Could you please share info about the countertops in your cousin/friends' kitchens?

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    1. It's a dark green honed and "leathered" granite.

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  8. You can never go wrong with subway and can't wait to see your daughters apartment!

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  9. We are getting closer to our kitchen remodel and decision making time. Thank you for sharing these beautiful kitchens. I will have a very small backsplash area and I want to love it! But there are so many pretty tiles to choose from! Maybe I will just go with a slab. Beautiful and no grout to keep clean!

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  10. I don't think there is anything more classic than subway tile, white in particular! I feel so honored that you included my kitchen in with these gorgeous kitchens! WooHoo! Now if I could only get my husband on board to remodel our bathrooms, I could use more of it!!! Love the marble tiles too! Can't wait to see Alie's apartment, I know it will be wonderful!

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  11. Love the solid marble. No grout to clean.

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  12. I love the look of subway tile...its classic and goes with so much!

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  13. I had always wanted white subway tile…and finally have it! But ours is the beveled edge and it's even better. Here's the post I had done on it, with some images where you can see the edges:
    http://www.libbywilkiedesigns.com/2011/03/lets-get-down-to-kitchen-business.html
    Hope this link comes through, because I've been having terrible problems with my server and the blog out of service! some of these kitchens are so gorgeous, and I can't wait to see your daughter's…sure it will be perfect!

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  14. MaryAnn - Love this post and oh so timely. I am beginning the process of selecting white subway tile for my own kitchen backsplash. Would you please comment on the finish...matte versus polished? What would the pros and cons of each be? Is there a preference in the kitchen design world or is it simply personal preference? I am leaning toward a beveled matte 3x6 tile. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section of this post. Thanks, MaryAnn. Love your work and receiving one of your blog posts in my inbox!!! Jill

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    1. Jill, that will be beautiful. Matte versus glossy is a personal preference. You can't go wrong either way.

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    2. Thanks for your reply, Mary Ann! You inspired me to get started on my tile search today. Unfortunately, I would really like a matte bevel white 3x6 tile and now can't find it locally (Sacramento). Have you worked with any online vendors that may carry the matte finish? Thanks, Mary Ann! Jill

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  15. I want to hang out in your friends' homes, hahaha! I like the wood topped island in the last image. It's so warm and inviting!!
    www.BundleMeBaby.etsy.com

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  16. Subway tiles are so classic. And marble. These are such pretty kitchen shots Mary Ann. I didn't know your daughter still lived down here. If you're ever down for a prolonged stay we need to meet up :) I'm so glad you got some fun mom-daughter time, I can't wait to see the progress on Alie's apartment.
    xo
    Leslie

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  17. I adore the herringbone pattern as well as the solid marble slab for kitchen backsplashes - absolutely gorgeous!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

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  18. Gorgeous choices..white subway is a classic and I am a huge fan of herringbone, have it above my range. So many gorgeous examples!

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  19. Anything white:). Subway tile can outlast all the trends that's for sure!

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