The idea of a gold tile kitchen backsplash may sound a bit Dubai — but no!
Combined with glossy black cabinets and white counters this gold tile kitchen backsplash becomes a key design element rather than a tasteful background choice. The visual irregularity of the gold-tone tile gives it the elegance and classicism of a Byzantine mosaic writ large.
The kitchen design is credited to the Fresno, California designer Erin Melkonian. I wanted to see more but, sadly, additional photos have not been posted on the designer’s site. Instead, it was pushed out by Arteriors, manufacturer of the stunning, hammered brass Ralston pendant light. “This brass finish is so warm it mimics the look of Italian gold” Arteriors says of their fixture. Perfect choice.
The irregularities in the gold backsplash tile reminded me of the handmade quality of the tile from Ann Sacks that I used in my own kitchen. I loved the way that the same unevenness caught the light. So, lacking the source for this tile I went to Ann Sacks to find something similar. Ann Sacks square Davlin field tile in a 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 format might do.
One more word about using gold to set off black cabinets. While the combination is not often seen in kitchens it’s actually quite logical considering that historical furniture styles include ebonized (glossy black) pieces adored with gilded brass (ormolu). So while cabinet handles dwell in the stainless steel family, the backsplash makes the point all by itself.
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