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Andrea Nash's picture
Andrea Nash

My husband and I are currently awaiting the completion of our newly built house.  It was purchased from a builder, not custom, so some of our choices for finishes etc. were limited.  I have been quite busy putting together some looks, and design ideas for the various rooms, and for the most part he, and I are in agreement with one another.  The biggest bone of contention right now is in the kitchen.  The two of us do agree on the general aesthetic, which is 1920's French bistro.  If you have seen the movie Hugo, that's it in a nutshell but with some modern touches sprinkled in.  We have a wonderful deco chandelier for the breakfast area, as well as some beautiful vintage artwork from the era.  We have already chosen our flooring, cabinets, and counter tops from the builders' selections.  We went with dark Cocoa brown cabinets, white-grey Alabastrino floor tiles, and Misty Carrera Ceasarstone (since carerra marble was highly  advised against) counter tops. I had come up with the idea of using a brick veneer as our back-splash (see red highlighted area of kitchen floor plan jpg).  I had sourced it out, and as it was not terribly expensive thought that we could expand the use of it either on the back garden door wall (blue area), or extend it along the same wall as the cabinets around the large window (green area).  The brick can be done in many different custom colour choices.  We had seen it used in a restaurant in all whitish-grey, and considered that it may tie in nicely to the colour scheme of the kitchen.The difference of opinion came recently when I had somewhat of an epiphany.  I really love the idea of incorporating hexagonal penny tile, as I feel that it is reminiscent of the era and aesthetic.  It was not one of the flooring choices however, so I thought about using it instead of the brick veneer as a back-splash.  I feel that it will be more practical in the cooking area, and will compliment the counters and cabinets.Yet I still am in love with the idea of using the brick veneer as well. I  am considering using the brick to create an accent wall, opposite the cabinets (see yellow).  In this location I would opt to use a yellowish-brown brick to add colour, which also lends to the vintage posters we will be incorporating.  Most of that wall is an open archway leading to the family room, which houses a large gas fireplace that came with a faux brick interior similar in colour. My husband is against this new idea, and likes the original plan much better.  He feels that my "plan b" will be too busy looking by using too many different textures etc. I however, think doing the kitchen this way will give some balance to it by bringing focal points to both sides.  I also like the idea of using different textures and materials in a space, as to me it is a big part of great design.  I do not have any actual photos of the kitchen to send as it has not yet been installed. Instead I have sent a mock up showing half penny tile, and half brick as a back-plash, as well as a sort of collage illustrating the general look of the kitchen-to-be.  PLEASE share your thoughts and opinions as I am trying my best to pull off  a dream kitchen for our family to enjoy for many years to come.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Andrea Nash's picture
Andrea Nash

Thanks for sharing your opinion.  My hesitation with only doing the green. or blue wall however is that they are not full solid wall surfaces.  one has a very large window dotted line), and one is simply 20" wide frames surrounding the garden doors.  each of those wall compose a mere 25-30 square foot surface.

dytecture's picture

Hi Andrea Nash, I think the penny tiles will be great as a backsplash between the cabinets.  I would scale down to using bricks on just one wall since it might get too overpowering and make the room dark, so either the blue or the green wall, but NOT both !!!

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