White kitchen, what countertops?

IliNSeptember 10, 2013

I am really stuck with what countertops and backsplash to use! I think part of my problem is that I HATE our new wood effect tile. We chose it for durability but now that it's in, I don't like it and wish we'd gone for wood...
It's quite red and it's making it hard to pair with anything!
I was going to go for Caesarstone london gray or frosty carrina however now that the cabinets are in, those choices look dirty against the super whiteness.
My ideal top would be carrara marble but I do not want to deal with the maintenance. So it will either be Cambria Torquay or just Caesarstone super white or maybe gray or dark gray. Would love your thoughts!!
I really do hope I end up loving the tile but for now I think it spoils my kitchen. :(
Here are some pics:

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IliN

Here are the choices...

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 2:40PM
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kksmama

My wood floors are quite red, and I couldn't use the grayed wood stain I wanted for my island. I chose something warmer, more mocha than espresso, and went with black and white counters and am still worried about it all tying together. I think you will want to think about warm rather than cool tones for your countertops and it will be fine. Or go all white and use your b/s or just accessories to work with your floor. I don't think it is the material; is is the warm/cool problem.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 3:24PM
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teachertile

I wouldn't go white. I prefer any of the gray tones over the white. Then you can do a more interesting backsplash.
Have you considered any other countertops? Like kksmama said, it will come off looking cold with the countertops choices you have now. I would look into something a little warmer.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 3:33PM
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rosie

Sorry you don't like your floor and the problem it's causing your decor. If I were you, rather than introduce an off white or gray that would become a third "color," warm or cool compared to the floor, I'd go with a white very similar to the cabinets for the counters. Fortunately for me, I really like white counters on white lowers anyway.

At that point you would have white and the wood-toned floors, only 2 large-scale surface "colors," not 3, as you worked with the backsplash, wall color and accessories to create your picture.

I've been there, though, and I wouldn't choose any colors or materials I didn't genuinely like in an attempt to "serve" floors I didn't like. That's exactly the dynamic that's gotten me whole rooms that just didn't work for me. Instead, I'd try ignoring the floor and seeing if I couldn't fix attention in areas above it, always keeping in mind that the floor could eventually be changed out if I never came to like it.

Regarding throwing a bone to the floor's actual color to integrate it, you might also bring in a couple of strong pieces of art that you really like as an experiment to see how they affected the dynamic in there. For instance, something with the cools and grays you like set off with a small but enlivening splash of red.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 3:49PM
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IliN

Thanks everyone, the problem with the warmer, countertops is that they look yellowish against the white cabinets. They cabinets are shiloh arctic white so they are very 'cool' themselves. Which is why anything that looks warmer looks dirty against it.
I love this look here
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/74098356341868625/

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 3:50PM
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Gooster

Sometimes when something is too new you will not like the change. When all the pieces are together, especially the counters, BS and wall color, your view of the floor color may change.

My wood floors are slightly red (which was minimized when they were patched out and refinished), and I have a slightly greyed white cabinet and slightly red cherry island. I ended up choosing Caesarstone Piatra Grey blended with a Carrara backsplash, table, and shelf (Raven has a similar warmer undertone). My walls are BM Spa, which has a green undertone. You can see pics of the combo in the link below.

I also considered Super White marble/quartzite, soapstone, Pietra del Cardosa, Costa Esmerelda granite, and Isla Bela granite. If you are open to greens, the Costa Esmerelda is lighter than the greys and yet would work well with red tones. I originally thought I was going to get Super White and then I switched to London Grey, only to realize it looked a bit dirty, as you said.

Here is a link that might be useful: Reveal, scroll down for pics

This post was edited by gooster on Tue, Sep 10, 13 at 23:34

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 3:53PM
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Linelle

I like the three grays on the bottom row. I would not choose either of the whites. I have white cabs, a dark gray Caesarstone counter, and a red oak floor that is quite warm, but lighter in tone than your floor. I like the warmth of the floor with the white and gray.

I'm sorry you hate your floor. I would be reluctant to allow something you dislike to dictate what you choose for your counter. What if you continue to hate your floor and replace it? Then does your counter dictate the floor? Can you live without a counter for a bit, put plywood down so you can use it and seriously consider whether the floor stays or goes?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 3:54PM
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herbflavor

wood effect tile? this is a newer offering...I like it...we stopped in a new Tim Horton's while on a trip and they had it on the floor-it was nice I thought. Don't go too contrast-y against the white as it accentuates the cold white effect. I'm liking the solo gray on the top row-far right-or some color[green?] with that kind of intensity-a little soft-maybe taupe-or something with copper in it. If you get a patterned granite it will deflect from the cold white-just stay with light to medium intensity.Maybe warm grays or putty/oatmeal-I think I'd get some movement in the counter selection. Your kitchen looks great.Tile will need mats/runners-you are far from done-it'll be a good floor!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 4:16PM
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eclecticcottage

I guess it depends on the look you're going for, but when we were remodling our Old House to set it up to be a rental (not meant to be a low end rental, more middle/upper range), we were going with white cabs, black counters and wood or wood look floors.

These were some of my inspiration pics I pinned:

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 4:37PM
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pricklypearcactus

While I like some white on white kitchens, I usually only like it when it's white marble or granite with some interesting veining/pattern/texture. For your kitchen, I like the far left gray the best, but I like all of the other grays as well. Your white samples seem fairly solid, but maybe I just can't tell from the picture resolution. Do you have an idea of what backsplash you want?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 4:44PM
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ellendi

First off, it's not even clean off yet. Clean it up and I think it will grow on you.
Since your floor is a "mock" wood, I view it as a neutral, the way I would a had wood floor.
You are right about the bright white needing a cool color, but I also agree wit the above poster that a green would be nice too.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 5:03PM
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SaltLife631

Caesarstone Pebble 4030!!!

We have London Grey countertops and Caesarstone Pebble countertops. If I am not mistaken one of the gray color samples you have is Pebble. We could not have been happier with our countertop choices. We had a beautiful calacatta gold slab reserved but for our purposes we are glad we didn't go that route.

Below are a few links of Caesarstone Pebble installed:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0716551315341.html
(fellow GW'er AlabamaMommy's unreal kitchen!)

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg081425281125.html?6
(my own kitchen sorry we don't have better pics yet but they are on the way)

http://www.houzz.com/photos/882844/Soothing-White-and-Gray-Kitchen-Remodel-traditional-kitchen-chicago

http://www.houzz.com/photos/571998/Cherry-Hills-Remodel-contemporary-kitchen-denver

I hope this helps and good luck!!!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 5:25PM
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SaltLife631

Duplicate

This post was edited by SaltLife631 on Tue, Sep 10, 13 at 17:48

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 5:26PM
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lcskaisgir

Since you mentioned you like marble, have you seen these by Caesarstone? I don't know how to do multiple pics so I'll post one in this posting and then post the other next. This first one is called white quartz #8141.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 5:41PM
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lcskaisgir

Here's the other one...it's called Calacatta Classic #5181

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 5:44PM
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rubyclaire

I like the darkest grey sample you have displayed. Your kitchen is lovely so far!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 6:41PM
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IliN

Wow thank you so much everyone for your responses!! Super helpful and I am glad you like the tile.
lcskaisgir those 2 look really interesting, I will ask my contractor to bring me some samples! I can't seem to find the Callacata anywhere, do you have a link?

SaltLife631 pebble looks good too, I will try a sample of it as well!

My contractor is taking me to a marble and granite factory tomorrow to have a look at the large slabs. I will keep you posted!

This is what the tile looks like finished in our bathroom:

This is my fave so far.It's the polished lattice by chroma and has a little bit of warm vein.

another view

Here is the dark one. I fear it's too modern for my cabinets?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 7:10PM
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lcskaisgir

OMG...I'm dying as I look at the pics of your cabinets! My cabinet order goes in next week for Shiloh beaded inset white cabinets too! Mine will be Polar white. I hope I like them as much as I like yours! I see something in your photo of your sink cabinet that I want to ask my cabinet guy about...the leg detail. I always thought that if you did one of those that it would eat up cabinet space all the way back through the cabinet but I see that it does not. My floor is wood and it is almost the exact same color as your tile. I like it because it adds warmth to the white and stainless elements.

I included the link to the caesarstone calacutta.

Now that I look closer I see that this is a website for Caesarstone Australia! I wonder if it's available here?

Here is a link that might be useful: caesarstone calacutta

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 7:49PM
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lcskaisgir

And, I forgot to mention, your floor looks absolutely GORGEOUS in the pic of the bathroom where you have it all cleaned up :)

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 7:52PM
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cbusmomof3

I love your tile and any of your choices will look great! You're just not used to the change.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 8:07PM
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IliN

lcskaisgir

You will love your Shiloh cabinets!! I am very pleased with how robust they feel and the beaded detail is stunning! The legs we just added on top of the cabinet. Just wanted a bit of a focal point. The polar white will probably be easier to match up with countertops!! The arctic is quite cold but I do love it.
Our kitchen designer has been amazing, constantly at the house helping me choose everything.
I feel soooo much better about my tile now!!! You are right I am just used to wood like we had in our previous kitchen but I will get used to it. I just have to remind myself how much I HATED having to be careful all the time and shouting at the kids about ruining my floor in the kitchen! The rest of my house is hardwood so enough wood to worry about :)

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 8:35PM
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Holly- Kay

Your floor is beautiful. When it is all finished you will appreciate the whole look. It really takes time to get used to changes. I hated my dark, reddish floors and was ready to have them torn out before they were even completed. Now I love them. I wasn't crazy about the stain color or glaze on my cabinets and now I love it!

Relax, I know your kitchen will be lovely!

Btw, I love the color of paint you used in you br, what is it?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 8:43PM
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IliN

That's good to know Holly!! I hope I feel the same way in a few months!
BR colour is Healing Aloe by BM. I LOVE it!!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 9:01PM
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IliN

Gooster your kitchen is beautiful!!! The dark tops looks gorgeous and I LOVE the marble backsplash tile!!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 9:06PM
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aries61

IliN : Very nice kitchen. A couple of questions if you don't mind answering. What is your ceiling height and what crown molding did you go with? I like what you did with the sink cabinet, what size is it? Last question, is there a reason you went with a island that matched your cabinets instead of doing some other color? Thanks

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 11:11PM
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IliN

aries61

So sorry for the delay replying, I lost my post and only just found it again!
Our ceilings are standard height, I think 8ft?
I will measure this sink and let you know.
I was thinking of doing a different color island however i did not like any of the options so we went with white.

So just wanted to update, I am totally used to the tiles now and really love them!! Very hassle free.
Still haven't chosen our countertops.
I think it's between Caesarstone misty carrara and ocean foam. What do you think?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 11:24PM
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susanlynn2012

I love the cabinets so much and I love the floors! They look so real and will easy to keep clean. Can you post these counter choices again with your cabinets so we can see them and help you make a decision?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 11:48PM
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calumin

For our white cabinets, we went with Coastal Grey by Chroma (Pental) for countertops. It's kind of like the dark sample you had in an earlier photo. That combination worked well for us. We then used large Carrera marble tiles for the backsplash.

I kind of like the contrast of the grey to go with the white cabinets.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 12:13AM
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aries61

IliN :. Thanks for answering. I'm 99% sure that I'll be going with Shiloh, except doing a raised panel instead of a flat panel. I have a small peninsula that I was thinking about doing in a stained finish instead of painted, but not real fond of any of there stained finishes. Was maybe thinking the new Silas finish, but only have seen it on cherry and don't like it. I'll maybe order a sample of the Silas in maple to see how that looks.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 9:54PM
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swfr

I was going to suggest Piatra Gray Caesarstone but see that Gooster beat me to it. But that's okay because it gave me a chance to see Gooster's kitchen again which I am obsessed with!!! I love the PG color with white cabinets so much. That's what we're ordering and our island will be cherry with a frosty carrina top.

I encourage you to give Piatra Gray a test run-- it has warm tones and is just so pretty.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 11:11PM
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susanlynn2012

Ilin, which door did you choose from Shiloh? I love it with the beaded inset. I also like how one of the wider doors that would have a stile in the middle, you instead have a skinnier cabinet next to it. That was my problem with Shiloh is that I am keeping my same layout and three of my upper cabinets (39" wide) would have a stile in the middle which I dislike as I have that now. I really loved the Shiloh Polar cabinets and if I find a good kitchen contractor to install them and if they can get rid of the stiles, maybe I would consider them again. I love recessed doors and drawers like yours. I was going to go with the more plainer recessed door and drawer in 2011 and then Skeeter passed away. I grieved so much for my little dog and I needed to get through my busy season to have time for the renovation. Then I had major surgery and it set me back again. I am now not sure I can live with the stile in the middle despite loving the inset cabinets as I do not have many cabinets and need the room. I just love the Shiloh Cabinets so much and every time I see a picture of them, I fall in love.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 1:03AM
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susanlynn2012

Ilin, which door did you choose from Shiloh? I love it with the beaded inset. I also like how one of the longer doors that would have a stile in the middle, you instead have a skinnier cabinet next to it. That was my problem with Shiloh is that I am keeping my same layout and three of my upper cabinets would have a stile in the middle which I dislike as I have that now. I really loved the Shiloh Polar cabinets and if I find a good kitchen contractor to install them and if they can get rid of the stiles, maybe I would consider them again. I love recessed doors and drawers like yours. I was going to go with the more plainer recessed door and drawer in 2011 and then Skeeter passed away. I grieved so much for my little dog and I needed to get through my busy season to have time for the renovation. Then I had major surgery and it set me back again. I am now not sure I can live with the stile in the middle despite loving the inset cabinets as I do not have many cabinets and need the room. I just love the Shiloh Cabinets so much and every time I see a picture of them, I fall in love.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 1:04AM
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IliN

Aries, this was the reason I went all white, I didn't really like any of their glazes and their gray was more beige-y.

Gooster Swfr, I will check out the piatra gray thanks!

Lynn so sorry to hear about your dog and I hope your back is better! What area do you live in? I have a great kitchen designer/contractor and the work has been fantastic. We are in the MetroWest area of Boston.

Everything is done now apart from countertops, tiles, plumbing and electrics!! Crown moldings and hardware is in.

Here's some pics!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:20AM
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IliN

Painted stonington gray, added restoration hardware gilmore pulls and crownmoldings and base boards. And the tile has been grouted and looks fantastic!

My husband wants to do Misty Gray CS everywhere.
I am thinking maybe Misty Gray for the island and one of the darker ones for the perimeter?
What do you think?

Misty gray

Tile choices, from Ann Sacks

Here's my inspiration pics:
All misty gray:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/82786/White-Beach-Kitchen-traditional-kitchen-other-metro

http://www.houzz.com/photos/3415446/Rennes-contemporary-kitchen-other-metro

Ann sacks tile:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/74098356342729948/

Here is one with a gray perimeter:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/882838/Soothing-White-and-Gray-Kitchen-Remodel-traditional-kitchen-chicago

What do you think?
Thanks so much!!!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:35AM
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sjhockeyfan325

Before I even looked at everyone's suggestions, I immediately thought dark grey. Now that you've suggested it, I think the Misty Grey on the island with a charcoal grey on the perimeter would be gorgeous!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:57AM
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ivaniphone

re: Backsplash

Since your floors have red in them, I'd pick one of the first 2 backsplash tiles on the left. Either the one with a green undertone (left most) or a tan understone (next to it) but not the blue-ish one.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:57AM
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IliN

Thank you! Do you think the dark gray will look ok with the greenish tile?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 3:13PM
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aries61

IliN: If you get a minute, can you post a more closeup picture of the crown molding that you went with? I'm trying to decide which one. Also, can you post a picture of the front of the sink cabinet ? Did you get a chance to measure the sink cabinet. Do you have anywhere posted, a layout of your kitchen cabinets? Just trying to get a just of the different sizes that you used.

Thanks. Sorry to be a pain.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 4:45PM
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leighj

I love your floors. I saw this picture today on Pinterest I thought I would share with you as it seems similar to what you may be going for. Even has the same tile floors. I think the white marble counters would be really pretty.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 8:23PM
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IliN

Mareluce, thanks for the input, I agree!

Aries, I just measured the sink cabinet and it's about 32.5 inches. Hope that helps!
Here are some photos of the sink cabinet and also the crown molding. It's different than the crown molding in the kitchen as we added that after but it doesn't bother me.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:33AM
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IliN

Mareluce, thanks for the input, I agree!

Aries, I just measured the sink cabinet and it's about 32.5 inches. Hope that helps! I have a kitchen plan somewhere, i'll try to find it.
Here are some photos of the sink cabinet and also the crown molding. It's different than the crown molding in the kitchen as we added that after but it doesn't bother me.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 9:36AM
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lcskaisgir

Ilin, is your sink cabinet a regular base cabinet that they just attached legs to after the cabinet was installed or was the cabinet ordered to specifically accommodate the legs?

Thx! The cabinet guy and installer were here yesterday doing final tweaks for my cabinet order and I have to go in today to pick out crown molding and then the order will be placed. I might like to add those legs!! I love the way that looks without having to clip the corners of the cabinet.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:29AM
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IliN

The legs were added after and came separately but I'm not sure if he ordered the cabinet on special order to fit them. I'll ask when he comes over.

So my husband wants to do misty carrera all around. He says its Gray enough to be different than the white. What do you guys think?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:18AM
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IliN

lcskaisgir

I just asked my contractor and they did custom make the sink cabinet to fit the faux legs in the front. Hope that helps!
Just ordered misty carrara for all the countertops, almost there, just need to pick my backsplash now!!! Probably the pale green ann sacks?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 2:56PM
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lcskaisgir

Thank you for finding out for me! I was in the showroom today and showed my cabinet guy a pic of your sink cabinet and that's what he figured. I like your counter choice. Can't wait to see it all completed:)

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 5:16PM
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susanlynn2012

I love your counter choice! Please post pictures when it is installed.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:26PM
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heidia

I see what you are seeing-the misty carrera has a warm green/yellow hue next to the cool blue hue of your white cabs. That said, natural stone and marble is actually warmer than we think once installed as well, but as a whole it look okay. I do think it will be okay once installed. From a totally 100% color geekery point, the three darker greys would look cleaner with the white shade of your cabs. But still, I really think that if you installed the misty, it would work-whatever you do, get a countertop you love by itself. :) THis is going to be a gorgeous kitchen!!!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 7:52AM
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IliN

So we laid our earthwerks accuclick fake wood flooring in our basement and thought of putting a sample upstairs on top of the tile and it looks sooooo much better than the tile so now we are back to thinking that we want to change the tile again! Ugh. It's already laid and grouted. What are our options?
Obviously the best looking result would be to rip it out and lay wood but that would be way too expensive. Option number 2 is to lay down some sort of good quality engineered wood ontop and then add trim around.... It would need to be a super thing one though.
Are we crazy? I just feel the tiles really let me awesome cabinets down :( They don't compliment them at all ....

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 4:11PM
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susanlynn2012

LLin, I wish your contractor was closer to me as that is so great how he was able to make the cabinets less wide and have usable space next to the cabinet in a skinnier cabinet version to eliminate stiles. I live in Northern, NJ which is a little less than 1 hour from NYC.

I like your floors and I feel when everything is all done, you will love your kitchen floors also.

Any pictures of your basement floors?

Which counter did you end up choosing.

My little Skeeter is still so missed despite 1.75 years having passed. After my additional extension deadline, I will get back to my kitchen and replacing all of the floors downstairs as I had water damage from a burst water heat pipe on 3-20-13 and finally the insurance company is settling with me. Skeeter was a little Maltese who was 12.75 years of age that was deaf but smart and lovable. His best weight was 7 lbs. but he died at 6.2 lbs. His seizures kept getting worse and I was not able to revive him on 12-30-11. He would want me to finish my kitchen. I wish he would have been with me a few more years. Our "Furkidz" do not live long enough.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 5:00PM
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lcskaisgir

No crazier than the rest of us! I'm so sorry to hear that you are hating your floors. How frustrating to be getting so close and to not like something as major as your floors. Are your counters installed yet? Maybe after everything is in (counters, etc) you won't notice how much you hate the floors... Is it the color of the tile or that it is tile and not wood?

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 5:01PM
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susanlynn2012

I was posting to a post regarding inset versus full overlay and saw that you finished your cabinet counters.

llin- Link to counters on her beautiful inset Shiloh cabinets.

Did you keep your floors? Can we please have more pictures of your kitchen including the floors? Thank you so much. I think you will learn to love the floors.

Here is a link that might be useful: llin- Link to counters on her beautiful inset Shiloh cabinets

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 5:46PM
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IliN

Thanks for listening guys Counters are installed we went with Misty Carrera by Caesarstone.
My electrician managed to put a dent in them already and I also noticed a couple of tiny chips when I scrapped a plate and pot on the edge. The rep is coming out to check them. They really should be more durable (I had the same in my old house just a different color)

It's nighttime now but I'll take some good pictures tomorrow with my proper camera with natural light. I love how it's all come out but shame about the floor. Funny thing is I hated them and my husband loved them so I started loving them too and then he has now changed his mind so I'm back to square 1!!!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 6:37PM
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gr8daygw

why don't links work anymore on GW?

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 8:28PM
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romy718

Cabinets are beautiful. Crown molding is beautiful. Countertops are beautiful. In the pics you've posted, your floor looks beautiful. All your details (apron valance in front your sink ) your kitchen looks beautiful. Can't wait for your reveal.

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susanlynn2012

1st Link llin posted but it will only work typing into the optional link URL

Here is a link that might be useful: 1st Link llin posted but it will only work typing into the optional link URL

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 10:34PM
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susanlynn2012

Another Link of the Misty Gray Counter llin posted

Here is a link that might be useful: Another Link of the Misty Gray Counter llin posted

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 10:36PM
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susanlynn2012

Ann Sacks Tile Link- Must type the link in the Optional Link URL in order for the link to be clickable.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ann Sacks Tile Link

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 10:37PM
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susanlynn2012

Gray Permeter - Gray & White Kitchen

Here is a link that might be useful: Gray Permeter - Gray & White Kitchen

    Bookmark   October 7, 2013 at 10:39PM
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agk2003

have you seen silestone lyra? we got a sample of that and frosty carrina this weekend and much preferred it to the frosty carrina due to the whiter background and more pronounced "veining."

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 11:47AM
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Monomoy

We went with the Jet Black Mist Granite in a leathered finish....really happy with it. Subway tiles in soft color combo.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 4:01PM
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IliN

Beautiful Monomoy! Love your subway, very different!

Ok so here are some updated pictures.

Whole kitchen, iphone pic so I could fit it all (there is also a large pantry room to the right which I will post in the final reveal)

and here are some clearer ones with my proper camera

You can see the floor a bit better here

and I think this is the tile we are going with (without the white bit at the bottom). It's a Mexican hand painted tile. This is the 2x8 size. Debating wether to go with 3x6 or this one? Thoughts?

So we still kind of hate the floor, I think it's because I miss the warmth of wood. Seriously considering ripping it out and laying hardwood. I hope I grow to like it!!!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 8:55PM
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lcskaisgir

Your kitchen is looking soooo beautiful! I wish you liked your floors though:( I think they look gorgeous, though I can't "feel" them which it sounds like might be more of your issue with them. That tile is so pretty too. I love the 2x8, its just a little less ordinary than the 3x6 size (that tile is anything but ordinary...just talking about the size only). Is it gray? Can't wait to see it completed! Are you liking the cabinets, counters, and everything else?

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 9:38PM
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romy718

Love the tile (and your whole kitchen). I was trying to make the same decision about tile size, looked at a million pictures and my feeling was the 2x8 seemed more contemporary, the 3x6 more traditional. I ended up choosing 3x6 because my kitchen is more traditional. Also, the sample I had was 3x6. Maybe if I had a 2x8 sample? It's so hard for me to visualize how the end result will look. The 2x8 sample looks really good. That tile is going to look awesome, whichever size you pick. The colors are great & will really look nice with your grey walls. Hopefully someone with "vision" will weigh in.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 12:15AM
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IliN

Thank you so much lcskaisgir and romy!
I think I am leaning towards the 2x8 too. I don't know if it's just because this is what I have on the sample. I was so stuck on the traditional 3x6 before! The tile itself is very traditional so maybe even in the 2x8 it will be ok?
Any designers around?
Thanks!!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 7:35AM
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romy718

You might get more input if you start a new thread, "backsplash tile, 2x6 or 3x6, opinions please". Include some pics of that beautiful new kitchen.

This post was edited by romy718 on Thu, Oct 10, 13 at 9:23

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 9:21AM
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IliN

Great idea, thank you!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 10:17AM
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susanlynn2012

Llin, Which dishwasher did you get that does not stick out as you have gorgeous inset doors? I am wanting the inset cabinets but did not realize my 4 year old Dishwasher will stick out as it is a KitchenAid dishwasher with the top silverware tray. Now I wish I bought the Bosch and was not convinced by the salesperson to get the KitchenAid.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 12:09AM
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juddgirl2

I actually love your entire kitchen, including the floors! I hope you grow to love them. They don't look too red at all on my monitor - just a nice, warm brown color. It all looks very beautiful together.

I like the tile backsplash you've chosen too.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 1:49AM
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susanlynn2012

Llin, I went back to a different post and saw you are using the Whirlpool dishwasher which looks beautiful and KitchenAid is made my Whirlpool. How come your dishwasher does not stick out like mine does? I want to go with inset cabinets but maybe I have to go with full overlay due to the dishwasher I have if mine is longer than yours?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 10:23AM
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