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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Let's Chat | To Tile or Not to Tile?

In February we hit the one-year mark in this new house...and while it feels like our momentum has slowed down lately (thanks to Summer break), we have made good progress in making this home 'us.' (See all the spaces we've worked on so far here.) I also have to remind myself it's not a race. There is no timeframe or deadline. #TypeAcalled #shewantsherpersonalityback

We were fortunate to have a full month of renovation time before moving in, and the Kitchen needed the most dirty work, so we tackled it first. (See the full renovation and reveal here.)

One of the issues with the original Kitchen was it lacked a focal point. But since budget didn't allow us to change the layout or footprint of the room, we built a large vent hood (we have 10-foot ceilings), and swapped cabinets for drawers on the cooktop area...hence giving the area more impact and visual weight (see those steps here and here).




But when you pull back and view the room as a whole, it still lacks a focal point. No question it's completely transformed, and we are over-the-moon happy with how it turned out...but something about it still feels a little unfinished.


I feel guilty even saying that out loud, because really, who remodels a kitchen and still feels dissatisfied?! I couldn't quite put my finger on it, so I went back to my initial inspiration pics...the images of Kitchens that made my heart soar, and I pinned to my inspiration boards over and over.

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Notice what they all have in common? Not just bold backsplash tile, but bold backsplash tile fearlessly installed all the way to the ceiling! (Read about our decision to go bold here.)

So that got me thinking and scheming. #notusuallyagoodthing What would our Kitchen look like if we continued the tile all the way up?! Well, thanks to the magic of Photoshop...it would look like this!

(Thank you, Kristen, for the awesome rendering!)

Talk about #bamwhat, right?! But is it too much bam? Is it more like whaaaat?!?!

Our Kitchen doesn't have an obvious stop and start point for tile (we struggled with that when installing the backsplash initially), so I'm not sure if tiling just the back wall would work. I'm pretty certain I wouldn't want to tile above the cabinets on the other two walls.





I'll save your scrolling finger and show you the Before & (possible) After one more time...



So let's chat...should we go bold all the way and carry the tile to the ceiling? Or is it bold enough already and I need to get over it. I love hearing your thoughts and ideas, so what do you think?!

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213 comments:

  1. It's definitely a neat idea, but unless this is your forever home and you plan on living here for the next 20 years, I feel like it could be a turn-off in terms of resale. It would be a lot of work to take down and could be considered too personal of taste. If it's your forever home, go for it!

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  2. I'd go for it! Looks great, if you did decide to sell retiling isn't the most expensive job in the world for a new buyer if the rest of the kitchen is in great shape.

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  3. Well, not to be a #jerkface who wants to give you even more work...BUT...here is my opinion. If it were me I would actually go bold on the one wall and take that tile all the way up to the ceiling but I would then remove it altogether on the other two walls and go with either no tile just paint or a really simple coordinating backsplash like a subway tile. Love you and hello, you are talking to the queen of changing shizzz up!!!

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    1. Yep!! I agree with above commenter!!

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    2. I agree with Julia too!

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    3. This was my instinct, too!

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    4. This is a great idea Julia! It would make the fully tiled wall really pop out.

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    5. My thoughts too! At first I was like "Yes! Absolutely!" until I realized it wrapped around the rest of your kitchen so much. I think it would be too much with what you already have in the rest of the room. So, if you want full wall I think it would have to go around the rest of the room, and I'm guessing you wouldn't want to do that. I'm wondering if you could do something to make the hood stand out a little more... maybe add some contrasting strips of trim? I have in mind something like your second inspo photo that looks like strips of metal. Pam DIY'd something similar- http://simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/diy-metal-range-hood.html

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    6. Yes agree completely! Makes the most sense to do one whole wall of the tile- then contrast others with simple backsplash! (But Of course you need to do what is best for your budget)

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    7. This idea for sure! You're looking for a focal point and this would certainly get the job done without looking like too much.

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    8. Yes! Add another +1 for this idea.

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    9. I also think this would be a great idea...

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    10. I also think this is the best idea. I love the tile all the way up but it would be too busy in the other walls and there is the noticeable stooping points that would look weird if you didn't continue it up as well

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    11. I agree with the above or I would do a darker paint above the tile.

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  4. Go for it! But I like Julia's idea. Do one wall full tile and more simple backsplash on the other two.

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  5. In the picture where the tile goes half way up the wall, the RED RUG keeps pulling my eye back down to the floor. Have you considered taking the rug away and re-evaluating the space? With the tile all the way to the ceiling, the rug gives balance. I love the look of the full tile though....

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  6. I hadn't thought about it before but I agree with Julia's comment - tile up to the ceiling with the bold tile and maybe switch out the current tile on the other walls for subway tiles instead. I do think it'd give you the impact you want by going to the ceiling...but for me it's a lot of busy on the other walls too. But go with your gut!!

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  7. In the picture where the tile goes half way up the wall, the RED RUG keeps pulling my eye back down to the floor. Have you considered taking the rug away and re-evaluating the space? With the tile all the way to the ceiling, the rug gives balance. I love the look of the full tile though....

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  8. I do like the fully tiled wall, but then the vent hood appears to be a really big white box on the wall. Maybe it needs some trim/scroll work on it? I can't wait to see what you decide!

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  9. Funny - I did not notice tile "issue" at all in inspiration pics - but they all have a dark wood element either on ceiling or in shelving. Maybe start with placing a few wooden bowls, dark baskets on top? just to see if you like the vibe
    also I agree on the red rug

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    1. Looks like this will post from my hubby's google... oh well. This is actually Rachel W. I agree with Cassie. Looking at all your inspiration photos I didn't see the tile, I saw the dark wood elements. You seem to really only have it on the floor. COuld you create faux beams? Add more wood accessories or shelving? The full wall tile looks amazing but I think you'd still feel that missing warmth of the wood.

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    2. I agree with Cassie and Rachel. I didn't see the tile going all the way to the ceiling. I saw the wood beams, open wood shelves, and wood island on the inspiration pieces. I like the idea of beams in yours. Love, love, love your tile and just used it on the floor in my new bathroom with the walls also painted SW Repose Grey.

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    3. Agree, the thing I noticed was the wood elements in your inspo pictures.

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    4. Agree with the wood elements as well! I love the tile but I think its the wood you're missing :) it would add some warmth to your room!

      P.S. Long time reader, first time poster :)

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    5. I also saw the wood, not the tile. Have you thought about "facing" the hood with some dark, distressed wood? Maybe something that would match the flooring. It would then become the focal point....and would pull your eye up from the beautiful wood floors!

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    6. I totally love your kitchen. As I glanced through all the photos, I was sure that you were missing the natural wood element. Imagine my surprise when you said it was the tile you were missing. Glad to know that I wasn't the only one who noticed the wood. Although your kitchen looks wonderful the way it is, it may look even more stunning with some wood beams or some open wood shelving. Not sure where you could put them, but just an idea.

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    7. I agree with adding some wood. Maybe a wood element added to the front of the hood? Something as simple as an architectural fragment. Or cladding it in salvaged wood with a somewhat dark gray patina or finish to tie in with the gray/charcoal already going on? Would be worth a try before committing to the tile! Love your kitchen, btw!

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    8. Or, after reading all the comments about the red rug bringing the eye down, how about bringing a pop of red to the hood? Through an architectural fragment or sign or some other decorative element?

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    9. That was my first thought too- that what all the inspiration rooms have in common is wood- wood beams, open wood shelving. I was surprised when it said tiles up to the ceiling! I think so much tile would be a bit busy, but adding wood beams would be awesome. Maybe expensive!

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    10. I, too, saw the warm wood element, not the tile as being the missing link. What about a warm copper toned or wood stained hood? Margaret

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  10. I guess you have enough tile for the job? Is it still available? If so, I think that wall would look great all the way to ceiling, but it is a problem with the other walls with the tile only going part way! I'm not a designer, so I would enlist the help of a trusted kitchen designer and do exactly what you are doing, through it out there and get opinions. Maybe adding glass cabinets to the other two walls to ceiling.

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  11. I don't think that the tile is the issue. It's beautiful as a backsplash. Carrying it up to the ceiling seems too busy. Creating a focal point from the range vent hood would draw your eye up and create interest. If the hood was covered in an interesting grained wood it would bring in some warmth. Another thought is metal..like copper or brass/gold finish which would also create a great focal point and some definite wow factor.

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    1. I agree with you about the vent hood, Ellyn! That's exactly what I was thinking!

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  12. What about just tiling to the ceiling in back of the vent hood? Your eye would be drawn to that area making it the focal point. I love the pattern and boldness of your tile but feel that tiling to the ceiling on that entire wall would look too busy. Good luck with your decision. You have a gorgeous kitchen no matter what you decide!

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  13. I agree regarding the red rug. I also noticed the wood in the inspiration photos. You should try adding wood for warmth. I did not like the tile up to the ceiling. I felt like it was too much. Leave the tile and add wood...my opinion.

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  14. I seem to be in the minority, but I really like the full wall of tile. Definitely not on the other walls though. And I do agree with the other commenters that part of the issue is the plain jane vent hood. It takes up a lot of visual real estate but has zero pizazz. JenW

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    1. I agree with this comment...that was my initial thought also! But I would say I have to agree with the others that the dark wood elements in the inspiration photos really pop and look nice!

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  15. Love your kitchen! Tiling the whole wall on that one side would look amazing. Adding vertical trim to the vent hood and also painting it the same color grey as your island would give it even more punch.

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  16. P.S. I'm not sure if it's just the angle of the shot...but the tile beside the fridge, behind the coffee station, really bothers me. It looks like a few tiles were installed and centered, leaving blank drywall to either side? It sort of looks like an afterthought to me or like the installer was trying to minimize cuts.

    And THANK YOU for enabling anonymous comments again! I read your blog every day (and love it!!) and often want to comment, but don't have any of the accounts previously required to do so. :)

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  17. I'm on the fence about the tile. I agree the rug pulls my eye back down but I do love the rug at the same time. The inspiration pictures have a rustic wood element that you are lacking. Exposed beams would be perfect if possible. I also agree if you took the tile to the ceiling then maybe take it down on the other walls.

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    1. One other idea to bring in the wood element is to consider some open shelves in place of some of the cabinets. Whatever you do will look amazing. Trust your instincts. :)

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  18. Hi, How about titling the one focus wall all the way to the ceiling then paint the another walls above the cabinets a dark navy to match the back ground in the title. That way the pattern would not overwhelm the kitchen and it would be a bit cheaper on the budget.

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  19. What about painting the top part a bold color, maybe a rich black? For some reason I think that would look more dramatic than an entire wall of tile, but that's just me! Love your kitchen!

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  20. What about painting the top part a bold color, maybe a rich black? For some reason I think that would look more dramatic than an entire wall of tile, but that's just me! Love your kitchen!

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  21. At first I thought Noooooo, but then the rendering looks great! Have you thought about going back to painting the hood a different color to make it stand out? That would be a lot less expensive and easier to change down the line. Your kitchen looks amazing as is!
    Beth M.

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  22. I am not loving the tile all the way to the ceiling. I had the exact thought of Ellyn W. I would do something with the range hood itself to create a focal point. You have the perfect blank canvas right there. When looking at the other photos, they seem to have a standout range hood as the common denominator. I would find some sort of metal work to put on there or some other sort of finish for it. Your kitchen is beautiful as is so if you choose to leave it alone it won't be as unfinished as you feel it is.

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    1. I love this idea, paint, natural wood she'll around it, or even copper would add so much warmth and complement the tile

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  23. I say no. The backsplash, in my opinion, is very busy and too busy all the way to the ceiling. But, it's also totally not my style. I would paint the hood.

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  24. I think tile all the way up would look too busy. I would paint the hood a darker color and that would be your focal point! Black would look great!

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  25. Do it, it will look great. I would also darken the lower cabinets, I think they need to provide more of a contrast.

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  26. I agree with previous comments on the vent hood. Maybe it needs a little something? I think tile to the ceiling is too busy. I like the rug though:)

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  28. I say go for it, love the look of the tile to the ceiling. Only thing I would change is paint the range hood a light grey. Love the red rug, maybe add a few red accents on the counter

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  29. Have you seen Chris Loves Julia's kitchen? The FIRST thing I thought of when I saw your post, was ART on the range hood. You could totally photoshop a few options first to compare before pulling the trigger. And it's less permanent than tile if you decide you want to go to the ceiling later (though, that's not my preference). Here's a link to CLJ: http://www.chrislovesjulia.com/2016/07/art-parade-on-the-range-hood.html

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    1. I am in total agreement here - some art on the hood would totally add some pizzazz & color to the view!!! When you're viewing the kitchen from the counter side, you can't see the red rug, and so the view really lacks some color. More tile would just be more black & white in the view. But, some bold art would definitely solve the problem - and based on your formal living, I get the vibe that you're totally about the bold colors! I would find some artwork that included some of the red color - that would help to balance out the red rug when it is in view. (I know some people said it stuck out - the art would help it to feel more cohesive.) A gold frame would look awesome with it. And, I would think this would not only be the least permanent option, but also the easiest & most budget-friendly option. :) And hey, if you don't like it, super easy to change!

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  30. What about all the way to the ceiling just behind the vent hood (stopping at the windows)?

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  31. I say paint the vent hood a dark charcoal color. That would bring in a focal point without the expense of tiling.

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  32. I think you're on to something. I like the look of the tile going up to the ceiling. It draws the eye up.
    I like the red rug, also.

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  33. I agree about changing the red rug, and I love Julia's idea about focusing the tile on one wall only. That is what I would do. I would also probably paint the walls that dark bluish grey (or even black... maybe) to make the cabinets and trim pop and make that white area above the cabinets look more finished. You could try painting first to see how it looks before you decide to do something more expensive and labor-intensive with the tiles.

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  34. Yes! Do it on the vent hood wall and leave the rest as it is. Do it because you love it and it's not that much more. Do it because you know you already want that. Do it for the rest of us who aren't brave enough!

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  35. I think the full wall of tile looks incredible! I say DO IT! You have to love the home your in, and not be focused on resale (having said that, you do have a whole heck of a lot of people who follow you because of your style). And on the topic of style - I see you as someone who has a bolder approach than most. I think most people will tell you to keep it safe - but that doesn't mean you should :)

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  36. Go for it. I think it looks great all the way up and I don't think you need to change the backsplash on the other walls.

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  37. I agree with the comment about a wood addition. That's what is missing. I'd also add a black item on the front of the vent hood. It will make it pop!

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  38. I would only tile the one wall with the hood all the way up. Just my opinion, but, if you chose this option I wouldn't do anything to the hood. I think it would look too busy. Not that you asked.... But I have to agree with the comments about the red rug. It's very distracting and takes away from the focal point of the beautiful kitchen. I move rugs around all the time. You should consider getting a more neutral color rug and could use the red one elsewhere in your house.

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  39. Here's what I would do.....add additions to the cabinets that make them go all the way to the ceiling, then tile fully around the vent hood. You could also change the color of the vent hood to wood, or even copper. Keep the red rug...it's awesome and getting rid of it is madness!! :) With all that said, you have awesome style and your kitchen looks great just the way it is. GOOD JOB!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing! :) I know that taking the cabinets to the ceiling on the opposite walls is more labor/money, but I think it would help balance the tile to the ceiling on the focal wall (it seems that is how many of the inspiration photos have done it)... Also agree with the wood tones. Trust your gut my friend, you will make it amazing! <3

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  40. I would take this in stages, seeing what you could tweak which would give you the look you wanted. I do agree about a lack of focal point and I think your beautiful hood and range is the natural choice. First, I would tile all the way to the ceiling on either side of the vent hood, stopping either just before, or just after, the two windows. I would also add some dark elements in terms of accessories to the room. I would not remove the patterned tile on the other walls, because I think you need a tile backsplash on those counters and I think it looks cheap and unfinished when there is not one. After doing these steps, then maybe evaluate of you need to paint dark above the cabinets/backsplash. I think not, but see how you feel after making these small changes.

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  41. I like the tile all the way up but I agree with some others that maybe do that on one wall only. I think dark wood elements would also complement the space and colour scheme. Good luck, I look forward to seeing the results.

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  42. Hmm...I LOVE your tile as a backsplash, but I'm not in love with it once you take it up to the ceiling. I think you were on the right track in your original design with making the vent hood the focal point. So you could go one of two ways...you could paint the walls above the tile a much darker color to make the cabinetry and hood stand out, or you could go with a different color or treatment on the vent hood.

    No matter what you do, I'm sure it will turn out amazing - your entire house is gorgeous!

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  43. Have you considered painting the hood? I noticed in three of your inspiration pictures the hood is either painted a different color or made from a different material all together. I think the tile is absoutely beautiful, but creating a contrast with the hood may provide that missing focal point that you are looking for and still complement that gorgeous tile.

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  44. Do it! Tile the whole wall!

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  45. Do it! Tile the whole wall!

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  46. The first thing I noticed was the wood detail in your inspiration photos, then I noticed the tile. If you want to stay with the same tile, I would do it everywhere. If a potential buyer doesn't like the tile, they won't like it if it's halfway up the wall or all the way up. I say if you love it, go for it! Whatever you do it will look amazing!

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  47. Yes! I have thought since the beginning that I love the look but would love it even more if it went all the way to the ceiling!

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  48. Go for it! Why play it safe?! Also, several of your inspiration photos had natural wood (shelves, beams). Maybe incorporate that somehow?

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  49. I think you could tile all the way to the ceiling or you could tile partway to the ceiling (ending somewhere between the height of the top of the windows and the height of the top of the cabinets). I would do it on all the walls, though. I think it would look great to have at least 6 inches of tile above all the cabinets because there is so much empty real estate between your cabinets and ceiling (thanks to your beautiful high ceilings).

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  50. What about just painting your hood something bold?

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  51. Great ideas Cassie! Those glossy deep green cabinets are gorgeous and very grown up! That's a kitchen for serious cooking and convo, in that room, I'd have to speak with an Italian accent at all times, haha. For your kitchen I agree with the other suggestions, change vent hood to be similar to the metallic tone of hardware on lower cabinets. Rug is great, adds warmth, and provides interest. I think changing the vent hood will anchor the colors better too, currently the two colors dominate, which gives it a 'one note song' look, with the vent hood metallic you'll have three tones (with the rug four, but I don't find it distracting at all, as it's an accent color) which will appear more balanced. I like the other commentor' idea of adding a bit of oomph to the windows that bank the vent hood too, I think if you did vent hood and gave them a little boost you'd have the interest you're seeking. Love the concept photos but I don't know if you'd like the same effect in your kitchen because your cabinets will appear they're "floating" mid-wall, which could look choppy, most of concept photos had cabinets that were ceiling height, same as tile.

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    1. I agree that tile above the cabinets emphasizes the shortness of the cabinets on the wall, thus I don't recommend adding tile above them.

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  52. Paint the hood to match the butler's pantry and call it a day. Your husband will thank me. :)

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  53. It's gorgeous! In each of your inspiration photos, I notice the dark wood beams. Personally, I'd like to see beams or other wood elements. I don't think more tile will create a focal point, but if you love it, I know it'll look beautiful! The red rug does pull my gaze, so maybe test it with and without before tiling completely!

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  54. Either way is beautiful, but in my opinion (for what it's worth, lol) some rustic wood beams on the ceiling would help add visual interest to the upper half of the kitchen, right now all the interest is on the lower half. Also I can envision a line of beautiful white platters running vertically up the vent hood. Love your blog!!!

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  55. Tile up that one wall, add wood beams, remove red rug, add yellow somewhere. Tile only backsplash on other areas.

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  56. I think you need some wood elements in the kitchen. Either in the form of beams on the ceiling or some wood shelving. Or even a wood countertop on the bar. As for the tile....do what makes your heart sing every time you walk in the kitchen.

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  57. What about painting the hood in a navy or black lacquer? That would be the focal point!

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  58. I don't usually comment, but I LOVE the tile all the way to the ceiling! It's already bold, but because the wall & cabinet colors are so close the top 1/3 is sort of blah after the exciting tile. I love love love the continuity of going all the way to the ceiling - it really punctuates the room more. I think the problem now is it looks a little half-finished. It should go all the way up (no, i don't feel strongly about this at all). I love the idea of adding some warm wood accents as well.

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  59. Love the red rug! You need to paint the hood glossy black and add some dark wood items of interest around the room (dough bowls, paddle cutting boards, etc) I would try those simple changes and then reevaluate the tile situation!

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  60. I'm so glad you had this thought because YES, that's exactly what it needs! And I do think the tile should go to the ceiling all the way around. It will be an initial investment, but there's no point in going 3/4 of the way and being dissatisfied - you should love this baby!

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  61. One thing I kept noticing in your inspiration pictures is the use of wood, especially beams on the ceiling. Is that a possibility for your space?

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  62. I like the entire wall - all your inspiration photos have it - but also note -they don't have a bold rug pulling your attention - I think go all the way up but get a different rug. I also like the idea of that being the only wall with the tile - a true focal point.

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  63. Go for it! I think it would look great going all the way up!

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  64. Some interesting ideas suggested here. I agree the hood needs some more interest. Right now, the tile is pulling all the weight. I like painting the wall above the tile also. Not a fan of going all the way up with tile. In your examples, most with full wall coverage were lighter or simpler tiles. Yours are very strong and expressive and full walls of that is a little much. What about some interest on top of the cabinets? Baskets or breadboards or artificial greenery? Something simple, repeated. Most of the kitchens you showed had cabinets all the way up to the ceiling (not too realistic with 10 ft ceilings ... unless you're a basketball team!).

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  65. I think it should go up to the ceiling. I think it would look amazing. Obviously, though, y'all have to live with it, not me! Go with your gut.

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  66. I think it would be stunning either way. What if you add something to the vent hood? A wreath or something and see if that adds some pop before committing to tiling the whole wall?

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  67. The major issue I foresee is finding enough tile in the same lot as the initial project. If you don't get an exact match, you'll have spent all that time and money for a great big eyesore and that's the last thing you want. Just think about it before you pull the trigger.

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    1. I was thinking this same thing. Even if the dye lot is the same they could look different due to aging of the existing ones

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  68. My opinion:
    A: Tile up the center between the two Windows and let that be your focal point. Leave the rest alone
    B: Leave everything alone and paint your hood a darker color. I noticed in your pics that many had darker hoods which became a focal point

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    1. Agree! I feel like that will be the focal point you are looking for, rather than the whole wall. I think that will be too busy. And a darker hood, maybe with more metal or wood accents. That's what I noticed from your inspo pictures.

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  69. I think it would look very strange - just one wall completely with tile and not the rest - the borders would be to harsh.
    What about doing some window accents - or even lining the Windows with dark colours - because thats the best Thing about the tile going up all the way - the tall Windows do come out so much better.
    so what if you accented the Windows somehow?

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  70. Ahhh you've got a tough decision!! Can't wait to hear what you decide to do!

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  71. I think it would look awesome to tile it to the ceiling on the one wall and maybe paint the walls a darker color above the tile/cabinets on the other walls, like a dark grey.

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  72. I also think some contrast with the cabinets or hood would help- maybe some cabinets can be darker so they can add interest and pop. May be cheapest solution!

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  73. I love the tile, but due to the added expense... Maybe try just painting the upper portions a darker grey, possibly the background color of the tile? Try photo shopping the image... or if you decide to paint and you don't like it... it's a cheap fix... much less than tiling.

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  74. First off, I think your kitchen is fab as is, but if you're looking for a change I'm in the "ditch the rug and tile only one wall" camp. I do love the rug and it's totally "you," but I think it competes for attention with the tile. Also, I like the impact of one fully tiled wall instead of several. Either way- it's gorgeous. Can you come redo my kitchen?!

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  75. Paint above the tile a darker but complimentary color. And if you don't like it you can undo it easily. Maybe paint the hood also. I think your eye doesn't like the contrast between the tile and the white space above. It is too jarring. A medium or lighter grey maybe.

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  76. My vote is to keep the existing tile and add some wood beams on the ceiling to balance the space. An open plan kitchen needs to flow with the surrounding rooms as well as provide a visual pop.


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  77. First off: Wowsa!!! Gorgeous!!! Second of all: You need to do you in your own home. Forget what we want and go for it. Third of all, you asked for my opinion and I sure do love to give it! So thanks for the invite haha! I love the idea of going to the top BUT I have a sneaking feeling that those tiles might lose their enchantment one day - like the paneling of the 70s or hunter green, navy and burgundy of the 90s, of gold and black everything of just last year. The half wall is so nice and I wonder if you could accomplish that feature with...... A snazzy range hood! Maybe it's the big white blank spot that is the range hood. Imagine if you covered it in a rich, wonderful stain, painted it a happy yellow, or went with a metallic finish like hammered brass or stainless steel? Just my two cents... might be fun to photoshop as well!

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  78. Hello. Love your tile, but it needs to be broken up. Could you photoshop your hood black? That may be just enough contrast....It's hard to say without having a full photo of the room. I agree. I love the red rug, but I am not sure it's correct for the space. It is really competing with the tile. Just my 2 cents...
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  79. I have always thought that tiling all the way to the ceiling would make your kitchen really great. It's a much more classic look. I really like your range hood darker, as well. I like some of the ideas about painting a darker color above the other cabinets in place of tiling if you don't want to tile all the walls, but that idea of replacing the other walls with white subway tile seems like the best, but maybe most expensive idea. No matter what, you do what makes you happy! Sometimes asking for advice opens a Pandora's box, take the ideas you like and disregard the rest!

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  80. I think cabinets need to go to ceiling like your inspiration photos plus add the wood beams.

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  81. I think some studding along the vent hood like in the second inspiration pic would look nice and add more interest up there. Also ditch the red rug; I love it but I agree with other comments that it pulls the eye to the floor and doesn't really "go".

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    1. I also like another idea someone else said - paint the hood black; would definitely create more of a focal point.

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  82. I'm obsessed with how it looks tiled all the way up!! SO SO SO fabulous!!

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  84. Could you wrap the vent hood in hammered copper?

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  85. Something with the vent hood, for sure. Easier fix and I think it'll make a big impact. Color, texture or art.

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  86. I love the tile up to the ceiling but if you're going to do it on the main wall you need to do it above the cabinets on the other walls where there is already tile. OR remove the tile from the bottom other two walls and paint them another color if you want more bold (as Julia suggested).

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  87. Add in segments. Tile to the top of the hood vent wall. That's going to be awesome as evidenced by your inspiration photos. Try another rug. Bring in some wood from the garage, see if you like it.

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  88. Go for bold. It adds allot of personality to the space. As others have said tile on only one full wall might be the way to go.

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  89. add the tile - it looks awesome!

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  90. Tile all the way up on the wall & remove tile from the other walls to replace with simple non-patterned white tile to tie with counters. Add wood accenting somehow in the room. Maybe change hood color or add a texture to hood.

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  91. I never noticed any "problem" with the way it is now, but the photoshop version with the tile all the way up the wall is stunning!! If you feel like that would be too much, some of the suggestions in the comments are great too...wood beams on the ceiling, art on the vent hood, and/or tiling up to the ceiling on the wall just adjacent to the hood rather than the whole wall.You have great taste! JH

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  92. One other difference I think is that your upper cabinets are much shorter than most of the inspiration photos. But I do like the kitchen as a whole.

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  93. Do it! I think it would be such a bold and lovely statement!!

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  94. I see beams in all of those photos and it would definitely add a little more dimension and leave the tile the way it is! I am sure whatever you decide will look great!

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  95. I don't think tiling up to the ceiling is actually what you need as a focal point because in truth that won't be a focal point at all, just more height for the eyes. However, all of your inspiration pictures have a wooden component (beams, wooden vent hood, collection of wooden cutting boards). That would create a true focal point. Try adding that in Photoshop and see how you like it. Good luck!

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  96. Great suggestions, and both are great looks. Another thought: add small decorative cornices (so as not to block light) to the two tall narrow windows. Could play with wood, color, or patterns and might make the hood/wall stand out more. (also far cheaper and temporary). :)

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  97. I wouldn't tile to the ceiling. That would make it too busy. If you paint the hood darker, like in picture #4, that would bring the stove area forward as a focal point (and would be a heck of a lot cheaper than tiling). ;)

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  98. I love the idea of the tile all the way up, however, I'm not sure I could see it over all of the cabinetry...it might be too much of a good thing. Here's what I would consider. You could carry the tile above the hood, and create your own stopping point with a small bullnose piece that would be even with your window trim. Or only tile to the ceiling on that one wall. Or perhaps you could paint the hood a darker color with a color you pull from the tile to give it more weight and presence. Lastly, you could paint the wall area above the tile to lessen the contrast between the tile and the current wall color. It will be great no matter what you do!

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  99. I see it and it looks like it need a lid, like either paint the top a dark color that matches the tile (you could even do this before tiling just to make sure) or taking the tile to the ceiling. I think it balances out the dark floor. You won't mess it up! Go with your gut!

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  100. I vote a resounding YES! Tile to the ceiling. We tiled our backsplash to the ceiling in the kitchen (albeit, it's white subway tile....we have crazy patterned tile in the laundry though, and I love it), and I never looked back. I love the cohesive look and the fact that there isn't a blunt line that runs across the kitchen where the tile stops. Just my opinion, but I think the rendering is a big WOW!! Love it!

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  101. Have you considered adding something more decorative to the hood that would act as a focal point? Perhaps something made of black iron?

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  102. I'm sure someone above already mentioned this, but what I notice in the inspiration images is the natural wood elements (beams, shelves, etc.). Maybe a pop of wood tones on the vent hood or somewhere else would bring it all together without having to add more tile and figure out where to start/stop. I could also see hanging some sort of art piece or wreath (boxwood?) on the front of the vent hood to make it a stronger focal point.

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  103. Paint or put something on the vent hood.

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  104. I think the scale is off between your hood and upper cabinets. Extend your cabinets all the way to the ceiling and leave the tile as-is.

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  105. The tile would look awesome!!

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  106. Definitely all the way up! What a difference it makes in the whole feel of your kitchen!! I'm loving that look!

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  107. for me it looks a little disproportional(sorry),hood is too big (tall) for your cabinets and may be this is what feels off to you. Try covering top portion of your photo to the top of the windows and see if it feels different. Adding height to the cabinets or scaling down the hood, after you completed renovation probably not an option.May be painting hood black and adding some kind of metallic treatment on the bottom and top (just like on your second to last inspo photo)will help bring balance and focal point back.And I would tile all the way because it seems to suite your personality best!

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  108. I agree with the suggestion that it should be just one wall of patterned tile if you're going up to the ceiling. But removing tile from the adjacent walls and re-tiling with subway is probably not what you want to do! I like the idea of dark wood shelves but the windows on either side don't really make that feasible. Remember your post about painting the vent hood? http://www.hisugarplumsblog.com/2015/03/new-house-to-paint-or-not-to-paint.html#/
    Maybe you should do Iron Ore on the hood, but maybe also on only the cabinets under the cooktop? (the part that stands proud of the other cabinets) When I looked at the inspiration pics, I saw a darker vent, but also an dark stainless range. The dark cabinets might just mimic that look.

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  109. Hi Cassie, I would focus on the vent hood rather than the tile. It's the item that seems a little off to me. (sorry don't mean to be rude.) To me it needs to be clad in something different. Perhaps some type of metal.

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  110. Just my opinion, but I think going with the tile all the way to the top would be overkill. I think it is perfect now.

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  111. I thinking the tile would be too much given it is throughout your kitchen. In my opinion the windows and vent hood are your natural focal points. I would suggest painting the window trim black or a darker color and even adding additional trim around those two windows to draw the eye and break up the neutral cabinets. Also adding in a natural elements helps to soften the hard surfaces. Refacing the vent hood with either wood or copper. If that isn't in the budget then perhaps a more muted Turkish rug?

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  112. It will look great either way, but part of what might be unsettling you is the sight lines. The cabinet bottoms, the tile and the vent hood are all at different heights. If you follow the different heights across the wall you end up doing a zigzag with your eyes. Taking tile or a dark paint to the ceiling will eliminate one of those lines, but is it also possible to raise the vent hood line so at least the trim of the hood is the same as the upper edge of the cabinets? Also perhaps a window treatment that takes your eye to the ceiling would also help smooth out all the various heights on that wall. Just a thought, I am sure it will be beautiful no matter what you decide.

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  113. It will look great either way, but part of what might be unsettling you is the sight lines. The cabinet bottoms, the tile and the vent hood are all at different heights. If you follow the different heights across the wall you end up doing a zigzag with your eyes. Taking tile or a dark paint to the ceiling will eliminate one of those lines, but is it also possible to raise the vent hood line so at least the trim of the hood is the same as the upper edge of the cabinets? Also perhaps a window treatment that takes your eye to the ceiling would also help smooth out all the various heights on that wall. Just a thought, I am sure it will be beautiful no matter what you decide.

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  114. Do it!! I think something else that is pulling from the bold backsplash the way it is is your red runner. Take the backsplash to the ceiling on that wall and keep the other two walls as is. Then change out your runner to something a tad more neutral in color. Love following along on all of your remodels!

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  115. I think it would look ahhhhmazing on the main wall with the range hood, but I'm not sure about the other walls. On all but one of the inspo photos, the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling or molding. I would worry that it would be too much above your cabinets. But then, that's also an opportunity to do some styling up there! I'm sure whatever you choose will look incredible...it always does! :)

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  116. What about having your carpenter add some molding/trim to the range hood or even a mantle-type shelf where you could add accessories? I think the tile would be too much on all three walls.

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  117. I like it as is and I wish I had your budget! But if you must, remember, if you give a mouse a cookie....

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  118. need more modern cabinet fronts to go with such a modern tile.

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  119. Save your money for new cabinets (taller and better lines) in the next 5 years. More tile will not help this, it's all about the proportions of the cabinets being off (they are not tall enough for 10 ft ceilings) and they are out of date in styling. I'm not trying to be mean as my cabinets are also this way, I painted them and am getting a few extra years out of them but will eventually need new higher quality ones to make my kitchen what I want it to be.

    I'd also take the red rug out, not working with everything else.

    Your kitchen is good the way it is until you can upgrade cabinets!

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  120. I honestly didn't care for the tile at first but I think it took on a totally different look going all the way to the ceiling. It made a huge difference and I would love it going to the ceiling. Do it! 😉

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  121. Love your tall ceilings! I think that painting the hood black and adding some brass flashing might do the trick ;)

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  122. First, I'd try changing up the hood, if it still feels unfinished you can always go back and add tile. I'd get your talented Photoshop friend :) to do a mock up of the hood in black with gold detail. I'd place it horizontally at the top (below the trim) and bottom of the hood and avoid any more long vertical lines. I'd also add interest to the back wall by changing out those two cabinet doors and replace with simple glass panels - super easy and inexpensive. Good luck!

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  123. Lots of comments here! Paint the hood charcoal, there is too much white in the room in contrast to the dark tile. Add a rustic wood trim on base of hood. Add more rustic elements, such as wood beams, but you would have to carry them into the next room due to the open concept. Continue the tile all the way up on the one back wall as the focal point, remove from other walls. Plain white subway tile on other backsplash areas. House of DeBlasi - Interior Design

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  124. It's the vent hood. It needs interest such as wood tone for warmth or maybe a stainless steel hood or possibly just adding some type of molding to make it interesting.

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  125. Well I'm not telling you anything you haven't already heard (well over 100 comments, what?!!!) 😳 But my first thought was to tile up the range wall and switch out the other walls backsplash to something simple and white (OR) add wood beams on the ceiling and maybe over to the eating area. This is still the most awesome kitchen ever even if you don't change a thing.

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  126. Your house - do what makes you happy but if you plan on selling anytime in the next few years I would not recommend it. I've seen plain tiles to the ceiling but not such a bold pattern. The bold pattern is a very personal style.

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  127. What if you painted it the same color as your cabinets?? Or even a color maybe?

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  128. Tile all the way for sure!

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  129. I like the tile to the ceiling, but it can look a little "busy"- and you have to think about resale and your ROI on any home project (and hassle factor). You don't want to later have to "un-do" too much tile if the general feedback from buyers is they don't like it... And potential buyers may not be able to actually figure out specifics... Rather you get general comment that they "just don't like it." My personal opinion is to make the vent hood your focal point-not necessarily with a different color- but maybe a hand painted scroll design- or look for an piece iron work (tall and narrow) to hang on the front of the vent hood (Hobby Lobby is a great place to find), that way it is a true focal point (anchor to the room your eye will go to) and easy to change or remove -plus it can personalize the kitchen. Beautiful kitchen!

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  130. I think the tile position is perfectly fine. Up to the ceiling would definitely add visual impact on the main wall, but wouldn't look right when taking the whole room into context. I actually think it's the vent hood that's the problem. It's kind of underwhelming (sorry!). It would do so much for the space to beef it up a bit more. Take it from window edge to window edge AND paint it in a contrasting color and possibly add wood/metal edging to create even more of a centerpiece.
    P.S. I just love your blog, it's the first one I read in the mornings!

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  131. You wanted opinions and sugarplum, you got them! Looking at the photos a day later, I think painting the hood black will get you all the focal point you need. Try mocking that up and see if you like it. One of your inspiration kitchens had a black hood and it was STUNNING!(I'm assuming black is the tile color...) I'd probably go with an arrangement of breadboards on top of the cabinets to add a touch of wood. Heck of a lot easier than tiling. Or ask a pro, WWKD? (What would Kristen do?)

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  132. I think it's a little too much to go all the way to the ceiling. Maybe you can find a black decorative medallion that is similar to your tile pattern and hang it on the hood? I'm not sure if that's even possible. lol

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  133. I wouldn't tile the whole wall - that would be too much. But, I would paint the oven hood a bright, cheery color!

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  134. I love the tile in the other kitchens. But now that some of the others mentioned it, I think the red rug could be a distraction. And I think the wood looks great in the other kitchens. I think I might try that. Just a thought. I love your kitchen. And if there is a possibility of resell, there is that to think about.

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  135. I think your cabinets should go all the way to the ceiling, which removes the tile visibility issue altogether. Then on the stove wall, go for it, run that told all the way up. Consider adding stained wood open display shelving somewhere nearby, for contrast and texture.

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  136. All your inspirations pictures have a full wall of tile - also - note, none of them have a bold rug. I love the rug, but not in that space - it fights too much with the tile. How about changing the rug and perhaps tiling just behind the vent - would get your closer to your inspirations photos.

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  137. The thing that pops out to me in the photoshopped picture with the full wall of tile is how short it makes the upper cabinets look. The tile above the cabinets accents the fact that they do not go up to the ceiling. I beleive in all the inspiration photos the cabinets reach the ceiling. Just something to consider.

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  138. Hi Cassie I just wanted to say that your style is beautiful. BTW I have that same tile in my bathroom on the floor. I think it looks absolutely wonderful all the way to the ceiling. I also thought, when I first saw it many months ago that that is exactly what it needed. I think the rug is fine and the other walls too. You seem to have enough light in the room and the ceilings are tall. I say go for it. You went for it in the living room which by the the way is gorgeous. It's you. Thanks for reading. Teri

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  139. What about painting the hood a darker color? That would then become a focal point.

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  140. To the ceiling! It looks incomplete. Do it! Do it!

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  141. I love the idea of a full wall of tile but it may make the other partial walls seem out of place. Could you paint the above the tiles a dark colour (the black in the tile maybe) That would add the 'wow' to the wall. I also noticed all the inspiration rooms had warm wood tones. Could you add some warmth by changing up the range hood? It is always easy to spend someone else's money ;) I love the red carpet but it may compete too much with the tile. That could be the way it photographs rather than how it looks in real life.

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  142. Beautiful tile, and love that you went so bold. But in my opinion, the 'tile to the ceiling' trend is a phase, and in a year or two you'll regret it. If you are still looking for a focal point, I would instead suggest that you paint your hood a different color. It's an easy change, that you can update/modify very inexpensively over time. Go bold with a bright color, or paint it black to go along with the tile. I think that gives you the focal point you are looking for, without the long term commitment. My two cents for what it's worth!

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  143. Beautiful tile absolutely, and I LOVE patterns. But when patterns are repeated it become too much & boring. It would be cool to combine different patterns on the same surface, but not on everything. Just the same way when we arrange our pillows, they have to pop - not blend with the others.

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  145. Something to think about...

    One other thing all of your inspiration photos have in common is that the cabinetry stops on the focal wall and does not wrap around a corner like yours does.

    This allows their walls to be one cohesive unit with cabinets bookending the design. I think you would NOT get the same effect due to your upper cabinet layout and it would feel oddly unfinished. I didn't get the impression that you were planning to tile the ENTIRE kitchen all the way up as you did not photoshop the other walls. But if you are...that is another thing altogether (a little overwhelming IMO).

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  146. I don't think the tile is what finishes the kitchens in your inspiration photos, I think it's the beams. I say go with dark stained beams and see where you land after that.

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  147. As if you need another opionion....haha! I haven't read all of the comments, so forgive me if this has already been suggested. If this were my kitchen (and I wish it was - gorgeous!) I would consider extending the cabinets to the ceiling - maybe with glass front doors to display pretties, but still keep an airy feel. Then you could tile all the way up, but it would be much less surface to tile, and wouldn't look too busy. Can't wait to see which direction you go!

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  148. I think the tile is gorgeous. But for an easy fix, what about beefing up the bottom trim on the hood to make a shallow shelf, and putting a pretty, colorful tray or artwork there to draw the eye to the hood? Or adding a wood or colorful monogram to the hood?

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  149. I love your tile, (we actually considered it for floor tile for our kitchen remodel!), but I don't think taking the tile to the ceiling is the right choice. Especially not on the other walls! When you look at the inspiration photos they have so much more warmth. I agree with the commenters who suggested adding wood tones, doing something to the vent hood, or even painting the cabinets. The cabinets have such a cool undertone that I don't think they add the warmth that you're feeling in all the other photos. I love the red rug, but I totally understand the suggestions to remove it, because it's bright red next to such cool cabinet color is such a stark difference. I think darker/warmer cabinets or adding some natural wood elements like others suggested would be better than taking the tile to the ceiling. I can't wait to see what you do! Honestly this is the first time I've clicked over and read your blog in what seems like months, because all the fashion posts don't interest me at all. I miss the home decorating posts! :)

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  150. I'd also consider changing out the hardware, the chrome is contributing to the cool look of the cabinets. None of your inspiration photos have the shiny chrome hardware.

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  151. My vote- in a perfect world: take tile all the way up. Remove from sides. A stripe of black or charcoal on the hood, remove red rug or bring in 2 more red elements to tie it in better. Add beams for more coziness.

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  152. I love your kitchen. Your colors, your tile. You did a beautiful job. That said...you did asked for opinions (and probably regretting that now!) When I first saw your reveal I wondered why you chose to pick where you picked to stop tiling on the large wall. Now that I see your dilemma with the other walls I can see why it was a tough call. But like you, it does feel just not quite finished.
    If it was my decision I think I'd try a few smaller scale options first.
    - tiling on that wall just to the top of the cabinets to make the range hood stand out a little more
    - paint the hood a different color to create some contrast for it.
    - Hang something interesting on the front of the hood...a boxwood wreath, a piece of art, something unexpected.

    I think I would try these easier, unexpensive and less committed options first to see how I felt before committing to something a little more involved.
    Buts that's just me. :-)

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  153. Read a few comments & I, too, saw the wood elements in your inspiration pictures as well as molding or texture on the hood - it actually surprised me that you zeroed in on the tile. You have great taste - excited to see what you do?

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  154. Omg, just like others, "yours has no wood" is what caught my eye as I compared pics!

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  155. If it were me, I would start with tiling to the ceiling only on the sliver of wall between the skinny windows where the vent hood is. In my (inexpert) opinion, it's the break in the tile on that wall that interrupts the flow. That wouldn't take much more tile and I think it'd make a difference. I think tiling over the cabinets, etc. would be way - way - over the top. Best of luck. It is already beautiful.

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  156. Apologies if this has already been said above (too many comments to read through!) but 2 things: First, if you didn't have the same tile all of the way around your kitchen, then I'd say go for it. But with the same bold tile on every wall in the kitchen, it will stop being a focal point. 2. I think your runner is competing for attention with the tile as the focal point. Regardless, your kitchen is beautiful. :)

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  157. What about tile to ceiling on focus wall & add wood ship lap (wide planks but thin enough not to add too much depth) to bar area peninsula?

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  158. I would tile the walls where there is a distinct tile line, so the "hood" wall and the wall to the right. I think you will have a much cleaner and finished look that way. The tile is stunningly beautiful, so it will just finish it off. Best of luck, we just moved in June and need a lot of work ourselves.

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  159. I'm a +1 for a dark charcoal paint above the tiles on each wall. I think the white above the tiles is what stops the eye more than anything. Paint would be an easier alternative all around.

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  160. I love the idea of fully tiling the one statement wall, but you what I thought you were going to say all of your pins had in common!? Dark wooden Beams! That will also absolutely pull your eye up!! Can't wait to follow along with more kitchen reno!

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  162. First of all, your kitchen is just beautiful. Secondly, I have a dark hood in an all white kitchen and just love it. My island is also black soapstone and it adds some dimension and visual interest to have the contrasting colors. I can't find a way to post a picture on here, but if you email me at judithperdue@yahoo.com I will forward my kitchen pictures to you to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

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  163. There was one other thing I noticed in most of the inspiration photos: wood beams. You could add wood beams to the ceiling. I am pretty certain you also had a rendering with the hood painted dark gray or black....might be a cheaper and easier place to start...

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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