Gray/taupe subway tile with dark cabinets

LaraAugust 7, 2013

Hi all

I'm trying to talk my husband into a gray/taupe subway tile backsplash in our kitchen, but he's not convinced. Style of house is Mediterranean, but also with some contemporary incorporated as well, if that makes sense.

He doesn't think the gray subway will look good with the dark cabinets, but he agrees they will look good with the quartz countertops (Silestone ivory coast).

I tried to search for pics of the gray backsplash with dark cabinets on Houzz, but all the pics I see are white cabinets. Has anyone seen this combo done before? Thoughts? Feedback is welcome - good or bad!


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sorry, should have been more clear... the cabinets are dark brown, like a chocolate shade.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 9:48PM
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Could you post a picture?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 10:00PM
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    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 1:13PM
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It sounds like a beautifully sophisticated combo, and I'd love to see it when finished.

You have to be very, very careful with matching their color tones, of course. Have you brought all materials together on location--in large sizes (no little samples!)--and examined them under all lights? This is the time to find out that one turns yellowish in late afternoon and another's unexpectedly pinkish in the morning.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 2:18PM
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You rock nosoccermom! Thanks for the pics! That gives me some great visuals to show DH.

Rosie that's excellent advice. I have some samples but they are all small so will get larger ones.

I've attached a pic of my small samples, and the pic isn't the best clarity. I think I like the gray tiles in some of nosoccermom's pics better, so might look for some of those.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 10:19PM
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I think you need something a bit warmer, and I would look at Daltile Festiva Driftwood, Daltile Architectural Gray --in several of their tile lines and formats--
and at Complete Tile Source NYC at their various offerings (probably at a significantly higher price point than Daltile).

Also check out Ann Sacks Davenport, or Capriccio, to see of those greys work. These are in their basics line, but they have plenty of grays in their Caliper line, which is more expensive. Ann Sacks unfortunately you also have to get through a designer.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 10:36PM
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I like that second picture that soccermom posted. I think if your gray had more white in it, it would be stunning.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 12:01AM
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I agree that a warmer grey (or taupe) tile would look good with both your cabinets and counter. We almost got Ivory Coast Silestone for our counters and I remember it being more tan/beige than grey. The tile that you chose seems to have too much blue in it.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 5:02PM
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On my monitor, your counter sample looks more greige while the tile looks more bluish.

More google images. You can go to google and type in key words, then click on images on top.

You can also try gray/grey subway tile, dark kitchen, etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: gray backsplash --- espresso cabinets

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 6:20PM
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