Need help with floor tile for new kitchen

novamomFebruary 27, 2014

Hi everyone, I found this forum a few weeks ago when we decided to start our kitchen remodel and it has been very helpful so far.
We are remodeling our townhome kitchen which is the original cabinets (23 years old).

We already ordered the cabinets: Linen White Shaker style by American Woodmark.

We also picked out our granite slab: Alaska White.

For the backsplash, I think we're going to do the Rixi Grazia crackle subway tile in the Mandorla color.

However, I'm having trouble with the floor tile. We had picked out a wood look porcelain tile that is one of the colors in the granite but I'm afraid it's going to be too light. Almost every picture I see of a white kitchen has dark wood floors. Our living room which connects directly to the kitchen has dark hardwood floors that we put in less than a year ago which is making my decision even more difficult. I definitely don't want hardwood floors in the kitchen which is why we went with the wood look porcelain but should I look at a slightly darker color? Or maybe something completely different?

I need advice and suggestions.

This picture shows part of our granite slab with the 6x24 floor tile and the subway tile for the backsplash. The white cabinet door is not our door but a sample from a different company I took with me just to compare.

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novamom

Here's another photo with the whole slab.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 8:46PM
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jellytoast

I like the flooring that you picked out, but you might want to compare it with something a little darker just to see if you like that better. I like the idea of a lighter porcelain against the dark wood that you already have on your other floors. I don't have white cabinets (light cherry), but both my backsplash and floor are light tile ... I like it.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 9:12PM
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novamom

Thanks for your feedback.

I would love to hear more ideas or suggestions.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 3:02PM
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may_flowers

I don't like wood-look tile right next to hardwood. I'd use a large format square or rectangle tile.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 3:17PM
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jellytoast

That's a good point, may_flowers. I ruled out wood-look porcelain in my kitchen for that very reason. Not to say it couldn't be done successfully, but I didn't know how to pull it off.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 4:18PM
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may_flowers

Same here. I think you'd be setting them up for comparison by putting them side by side, when the purpose of the wood look is to fool the eye.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 4:22PM
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novamom

I think my main issue is the color of the tile with the white cabinets. Will the light color tile look good (not necessarily wood look)?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 5:45PM
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jellytoast

I don't think you need dark flooring just because you have white cabinets. If you google "grey tile with white cabinets" you can find examples of various shades of grey tile paired with white cabinets (found several on Houzz right off) to see what appeals to you. Personally, I like it, but I'd also like it if the flooring was just a tad darker, but not so dark that it clashes with the adjacent dark wood flooring.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 7:05PM
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