Would you do white subway tile with this cab/granite?

chloe.chloeMay 5, 2013

So, after much deliberation and scaling down, my husband & I decided to go ahead with the white shaker cabinets that we wanted. instead of choosing a pricier level 3 granite ( black pearl), we decided to go with the level 1 granite that comes with the house. I had posted a few nights ago that I was feeling defeated since getting our pricing back from the builder.....we were way over what we had initially thought. Anyhoo- the level 1 granite that we chose to go with our cabs is uba tuba. When we had initially picked out the black pearl granite, we chose a white subway tile to go with it. Well, I was hoping to still be able to use the white subway but wanted to run it by everyone here. We sign off on all our final choices next Saturday so I just want to make sure I am picking out the right thing. I will try to upload the pic of our cabinets with our granite.

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You probably want to get the white subway and hold it up to your white cabs to make sure they're compatible. There's a lot of "white" out there. And while I'm a big fan of the beauty of Uba Tuba, if it's not what you want, why don't you just get the granite later? I've been told that "builder - supplied" granite is highly marked up - why pay more to not get what you want.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 7:54AM
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I agree with 35ftcabo. Get what you want now.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 9:09AM
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I think those color choices will work really well.

We have very similar white shaker style cabinets. We didn't go with ubatuba but are using Pental quartz coastal grey, which is actually cheaper than your granite choice. It is a solid grey that's a bit lighter than yours.

Our backsplash will be carrera marble tile. We just switched to that from polished white subway tile. We thought either one would have worked.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:08AM
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I wasn't sure about white cabs, white subway, and then black(ish) counters. I looked on Houzz for something similar and came up with these. Click on each photo for a better view. I think I agree that white could be good, but you need to check your specific white against the white of your cabinets.

Traditional Kitchen

Traditional Kitchen by Minneapolis Interior Designer Martha O'Hara Interiors

Traditional Kitchen by Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes

Traditional Kitchen by Providence Architect Union Studio, Architecture & Community Design

Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco General Contractor Mascheroni Construction

Traditional Kitchen by Marriottsville General Contractor Faith Home Remodeling Services

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 12:53PM
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Look around elsewhere at pricing. The Black Pearl is listed as a Level 1 in the link. I see it as Level 2 a couple other places. Apparently builders are known for this.

Here is a link that might be useful: Black Pearl Level 1

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 1:20PM
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I used Black Pearl two houses ago, and it was definitely in the basic level, price-wise. I chose my "special" granite for the island, and used Black Pearl for the perimeter, due to the affordability. Now that I'm picking out granite/quartz again for my new house, Black Pearl is definitely in my Level 1 price range with my builder. I think I'd look into this more before settling on something you don't love. (My rental house I'm in has uba tuba in it... it's very green-ish compared to black pearl.)

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 2:25PM
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