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Eye-catching stacked pebbles fit with the natural lakeside style of this kitchen and also protect the wall at the beverage center from errant splashes. The homeowners opted not to grout the stones so they would appear more natural.
Tuck an alcove between studs and behind the range, then line it with tile to create a backsplash that doubles as storage. In this kitchen, dressed in soothing gray and blue, hexagonal marble tile and blue linear glass tile converge behind the cooktop.
The mere fact that most cabinets are made of wood can make them feel heavy within a room — a visual effect this small kitchen couldn’t afford. Installing a glass backsplash, painted on back in calming blue-gray, creates the illusion that the cabinets are floating for a lighter look. The black granite countertop with a 3-inch-thick edge is designed to transition smoothly to the backsplash, while layering the glass and stainless steel yields a luminous result that interacts beautifully with the room’s natural light.
A mix of metals, warm woods, and pristine white cabinetry and countertops lends a cottage feel and a sense of old-meets-new in this kitchen. On the backsplash, tiny glass mosaics in a herringbone pattern introduce soft blues and grays. A few rows of white subway tiles offer a transition from the white quartz-surfacing countertops that are reminiscent of marble, but more durable. A shapely hood composed of two metals stands out on the muted backdrop of mosaics — chosen for their colors reminiscent of coastal Maine sea glass.
Give a small kitchen grand style by extending the backsplash from the countertop to the ceiling. These glass mosaic tiles repeat tones from the cabinetry, the wood floors, and the granite countertops. The treatment serves another visual purpose: with no room for upper cabinets to the left of the hood, the mosaic tiles visually balance the expanse.