Living in Italy

Italian Home Reno | Kitchen Backsplash

Italian Home Renovation Blog Series. This week, kitchen counters and backsplashes. Which would you choose?

Happy Friday my friends! Today I’m jumping right in because I’ve got an update about my favorite part of our home renovation, the kitchen! I know that’s a lot of exclamation points, but I can’t help myself. I’m that excited about our home renovation in Bardonecchia, Italy.

Last week I promise a glimpse of what that splash of Aegean Blue will look like in our kitchen and here it is! Or rather three possible versions of bright kitchen happiness.

Italian Home Renovation | Kitchen Counter & Backsplash

When I asked for a tile backsplash in the kitchen, our architect expressed a little… concern that the kitchen could feel a bit busy. She suggested we reconsider the countertop I had originally picked out.

Here’s a shot from my iPhone (please forgive the image quality) with the “Extra White” countertop sample next to our Aegean Blue cabinet color, wall color, and floor sample.

Italian Home Renovation Blog Kitchen Counter Samples
Kitchen Counter Faux Marble Samples

So now, we’re considering three options. Option one shown below incorporates large format tiles and a gray countertop.

Italian Home Renovation Blog Kitchen Counter Small Tile Backsplash
Kitchen Counter Large Format Tile Backsplash + Gray Countertop

In this option, there are six large tiles in total for the backsplash. Each tile has four unique patterns to mimic the look of smaller tiles.

Option two in the photo below brings back the white faux marble countertop but takes out the tile backsplash in favor of resin paint on the wall. Arguably the cleanest look of the three.

Italian Home Renovation Blog Kitchen Marble Counter Resin Backsplash
White Marble Counter Resin Backsplash

Option three brings in a small format tile with gray countertops.

Italian Home Renovation Blog Kitchen Counter Small Tile Backsplash
Small Tile Backsplash + Gray Countertops

What do you think? Big tiles, no tiles, small tiles? Gray or white countertops? Too busy? Aegean Blue too bold? I’ve got a few ideas myself but I’m curious to see what you think. Feel free to share thoughts in the comments at the bottom of the post.

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PS: I’ve talked about the little differences between Italian and American homes before. Like garbage disposals being illegal in Italy and widely used in America. Next week, I’ll be sharing one giant glaring difference. A revelation that shocked me so much that I walked out of a kitchen showroom thinking “oh my lord, what am I going to do?


  1. Love the bright color. I had painted backsplashes for years. Redid them with mini tiles about five years ago. I much prefer the tile but it’s yet another thing to have to pick out and it’s not easy to change if you decide you want to change colors.


    1. Welllll…. it actually is (hehehe) I don’t want to give it away but we had a few requests along these lines ;). I’m with you on the cleanup. I make SUCH a mess, I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of a resin paint backsplash. I need easy clean materials. Hope you’ll join me next week to hear more about what we decided!

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    1. You like!!! I actually thought of you the other day when I walked by a store window and there was a COBALT blue jacket in the window and I thought, now that’s the blue I was trying to think of! Hope you’re doing well and staying warm.

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