Large white kitchen...PLEASE help me, I'm driving myself insane!!

maximbellaOctober 2, 2013

Can someone please help me out...I am officially driving myself nuts! I started out know exactly what I wanted (white cabs, calacutta marble countertops, etc.) and have come to realize that probably isn't the best idea with my two little babies (I have enough to stress about...can't add countertops into that). So I know at this point we are still going with white cabs, but that's about it at this point. I have checked out caesarstone frosty carrina and London grey, love both and will probably end up with one of those two. And that's where it ends for me. I would love to do a marble backsplash, but would that conflict with the countertops? Will it be too white - should I break it up by changing the island color? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!!

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We used three countertop materials, Caesarstone London Grey, Caesarstone Pebble and Black Walnut. The London Grey can be shown flanking the range in the pics linked below.

We are using marble that compliments the London Grey nicely for the backsplash. The two materials play nicely together. Marble is not the right material for everyone's backsplash but it should not be automatically discounted for fear it will not work with the countertops. The key is finding a marble that works in harmony with the Caesarstone. Good luck and I wish you the best, enjoy the journey!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 11:14PM
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What are your floors?

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 11:22PM
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We put in a true Carrara marble backpslash (Subway pattern) but went with a Caeserstone Piatra Grey counter, instead of the lighter ones. I (and others we consulted, including the KD) was warned against putting the light quartz next to the real marble, as it would accentuate the man-made nature of the quartz. Instead, we went with a high contrast color, so no close comparisons can be made and the choice looks more intentional. The two happen to also play off each other really well. If we had kept with the London Grey or Super White quartzite, I would have used some sort of ceramic on the BS.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 1:34AM
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Grrrr, my post got lost in space. Anyways....

I am in the exact same boat at you. I love marble, but that just isn't going to stay nice with my family. I am doing London Grey on the island but I can't decide AT ALL about the perimeter. Trying to pick between Piatra Grey and Black, but I don't love either. It is one of many compromises I am making when deciding between pretty vs durable.

I agree that it would take some special marble to work next to quartz without making the quartz look bad. I am thinking maybe some plain subway tile. Sigh!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 1:39AM
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we love our marble!! 2 kids and we throw a lot of parties. the etching does not bother us. would do it again. if you want marble get it.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 3:05AM
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How do you use the kitchen? Are you good about keeping everything off the counters that might stain or etch? I'm not, but a compromise might be to put marble on the island. Less chance that dishes will get left overnight or raspberry jam ends up under the toaster :)

What about a darker wood island with a marble top? If you plan to have seating that would take care of little feet bumping against the island...and it would really set off the marble!

For perimeters, maybe the darker gray with the white cabinets (so you don't look like you ran out of marble and tried to match it). As for the backsplash... consider whether you need something durable, behind the range. You might want to add marble subway tiles around the sink or do something different for the entire backsplash. Just a few ideas...

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 1:45PM
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We love marble as well but for various reasons decided on granite. After some research I found a stone called viscont white that we think is beautiful. This link shows a few examples. Have fun in your search!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 3:13PM
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Do you have samples of frosty carina and London Gray?
We have super white cabinets and we had to change out choice as both of those countertop choices were very warm and looked dirty compared to the white cabinets. We ended up going with misty carrara in the end.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 11:53PM
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lliN - So the London Gray and FC don't go well with Super white Cabinets? I am collecting paint samples now to pain my maple cabinets white and I seem to only like the Super White. All the other BM colors look gray or yellow, etc. and I don't like them. Hmm, was hoping to match with LG or FC.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 9:26PM
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Children will leave their mark on everything, including those lovely white cabinets you're getting.

If you love marble, get it. Enjoy it with your family.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 9:47PM
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My caninets are super white (Shiloh polar white) and yes in my opinion the lg and fc looked dirty against them because they have creamy tones. We ended up going with misty carrara which had less yellow in it. Of your cabinets are a warmer white then you should be fine.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 9:51PM
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Have you looked at Calacatta or Macabus White quartzite? Quartzites are gorgeous and some of them have the look of marble, but I believe they're more durable.


I just got samples of the Calacatta, Taj Mahal, and Perla Venata quartzites, thinking I'd go with the Taj Mahal if we redo our counters. After looking at them for a week I'm now leaning towards the Calacatta if I can convince myself it will work with creamy cabinets. It's so pretty and I love the veining!

The Macabus White is also very pretty, but too gray for my kitchen so I ruled it out. It might be more similar to Carrara.

DH is trying to convince me to choose a quartz, because it would be less costly and maybe more durable, but I love natural stone.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 1:07AM
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Llin, I thought your kitchen cabinets were Shiloh's Whitest White which is their Artic White which is whiter than the Polar White? I love your kitchen by the way. I am thinking of going with the Polar White IF I go with Shiloh depending on if they are able to give me a good price with no blind cabinet and only one cabinet with stiles in the middle. I love the Inset look so much. I fell in love two years ago with the Polar White finish on the beaded inset cabinets on display at a local store so that is why I am leaning towards the Polar White which seemed to look nice with the tiles I bought that do not like anything too yellow.

Here is a link that might be useful: Painted Finishes on the Shiloh Cabinets

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 11:22AM
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