Subway Tile Backsplash

Exciting news – the tile for our kitchen backsplash is ordered!  My original plan was to wait for awhile to order the tile, even though I knew what I wanted, seeing as the backsplash won’t be going in for a few months.  BUT THEN…The Tile Shop had a mega Columbus Day sale (I’m talking big).  They ended up extending it to yesterday too, but when I went online this morning to get links for the tile I ordered, the sale price is still there, so run and buy it while you can (it’s over 45% off!!).

Anyways, I’ve known since I basically saw the house that I wanted to put in a white subway tile backsplash, it was just a matter of picking the right subway tile.  I’m a big fan of The Tile Shop (and no, they’re not paying me to say that, I really just love them that much) so I really only looked there.  While they can be a little pricier than Lowe’s or Home Depot, their quality is amazing, their return policy is outstanding (you can return basically anything you didn’t use and there is no restocking fee), and they are SO easy to work with.  I use them a lot with my clients, so I’m excited to get to use them in my own house this go round.

I debated between the Imperial Bianco 3×6 Gloss subway tile, and the Imperial Bianco 3×6 Crazed.  Although the Gloss (pictured left), was cheaper (way cheaper once the Columbus Day sale came around), what eventually made up my mind was that I felt the Crazed was a bit too crackly.  I’m going for a mix of old+new in our house, and who knows, the crazed could have turned out awesome, but it just looked a little too old for me.


So, the Imperial Bianco Gloss won out in the end, which means we are that much closer to having a kitchen that looks a little like this:

There’s just one thing: I still haven’t figured out what exactly I want to do for our accent tile above the stove.  I am love-love-loving the herringbone pattern of the subway tile in the photo above, but I wasn’t 100% sure that’s the route I wanted to take.  I thought it might be fun to add a little pop with a bold black + white patterned tile, so I headed over to The Tile Shop in search of some inspiration.  I saw a bunch of beautiful tile, but I knew I hadn’t found “it” yet.
Then, as I was walking around, the Milky Black Hex tile caught my eye, and let’s just say, I was a goner.  The classic lines, the contrast between the black + white, yeah, I was in love.
I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a single border row or some sort of cool accent with this stunning tile above our stove (I mean look how well it pairs the subway tile we bought), but before I get too carried away, I’ll have to sketch out a few scenarios to make sure I’m still in love with it.  So what do you guys think?  Yay or nay on the black hex tile?  What would you do for an accent above the stove?
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