Backsplash: Finding a White that matches counter and cabs.

MIssyVAugust 15, 2013

Hello all! I had taken a hiatus from Garden Web, as we came to a halt in our kitchen remodel. I really had put finding a backsplash for our kitchen on the back burner, until today, when I was at ReStore and stumbled across 3x6 subway tile for 7 cents a piece. Yes, I said it, 7 CENTS A PIECE!

So, for $14 I picked up those bad boys and hauled them home! Here is the dilemma .... they match perfectly to my cabs, but look maybe a tad too creamy next to the granite? My cabs are linen white and read more creamy than I had hoped for, but work with the bianco antico counter tops that shows more white than cream.

My question is, how do you pick a "white" backsplash? Do you shoot to match the cabs or shoot to match the granite? Or aim for the middle?!

I just got home with my deal and have a few lined up on the counter, will continue to look at them for the next few days in different light and maybe make a board so I can see them actually stacked from counter to cabinet with grout color.

Thanks all!

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I generally go for "looks good with" rather than "matches". Trying to match can be tricky because the light source isn't always the same and what is a perfect match in daylight could be an unpleasant "just missed matching" under artificial light.

I think various whites that look good together also add a bit of depth. I have a really high level of color discernment whenever I take that test that gets posted on here occasionally, so I don't think it's that I can't tell the difference between shades, --apparently I see it but it doesn't bother me.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 2:57PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Matching looks flat, like you took a gallon of paint and painted everything in the room. To add depth and interest, you vary the shades and sheens.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 2:59PM
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Well, they are matte 3x6 subways and the granite is polished, so I am mixing sheens.

I think I am just going to take some time with them sitting out and go from there. While its a fantastic deal, it doesn't matter if it doesn't fit perfectly in my kitchen :)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 3:34PM
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