Recently, I received this question from one of my lovely readers:
“I’m trying to come up with a color of floor tile that matches a kitchen with Volga blue granite counter tops, white cabinets, very light grey walls, and stainless steel appliances.
I don’t want wood floors in the kitchen or anything that looks like wood. I think too many people have that look and it’s worn out.
I know that a white floor would look really pretty but I don’t want to have to scrub the grout every week. So I wanted to know if you thought that a neutral cream or beige travertine tile would match.” Amy
I chose this question to answer because black (Volga blue granite has a lot of black among the blue) is a very popular countertop choice. However, if you choose not to install wood flooring, your options are limited.
Here’s my response to Amy’s great question:
“Dear Amy — if you install a ‘neutral’ cream or travertine floor tile, your kitchen will look like the one in the picture below (minus the cherry cabinets). Wood is the ONLY flooring option to coordinate with Volga blue counters if you don’t want something looks like this. If you are committed to a kitchen floor that’s tile rather than wood, the tile needs to have some black in it and I can’t even imagine what that would look like.”
I know Amy is talking about blue countertops but see how much black is in this granite (above)?
Choosing a floor that in no way relates to the countertop is bad. Especially a travertine tile, which in actual fact, will always have some pink-beige in it just like you can see here in the above picture.
Now picture these cabinets painted white and you have three unrelated colour combinations that do not coordinate with each other— pink-beige travertine floor tile, blue/black granite countertops and white cabinets.
I am not even going to mention the “creative” backsplash tile with green undertones that you can also see here. Can you just repeat the mantra SUBWAY TILE after me one more time, haha.
My consultation with Cindy yesterday is another example of this same issue. Cindy and I were choosing colours for her new home and fortunately she had made the choice to have wood floors installed in her kitchen (hooray!) so it made choosing the right colours easy.
She included some pictures of the kitchen finishes the developer decided to feature in the show house. You can see that the floor tile actually does relate somewhat to the black countertop:
However, the question is, do you love it? Or can you see why I wrote this post about porcelain tile and how it’s mostly botchy and bad and dates almost as quickly as accent tile does?
Can you also see how the floor tile is greener than the pink tumbled marble backsplash? Wouldn’t you be SLIGHTLY upset if this was your brand new kitchen?
I do think the show home decorator did the best job she could to take the attention away from the mis-matched undertones and onto something designery and pretty. None of the decorating is my taste but it does help distract from all the bad tile.
The best tile floors for a black countertop would be something like this (below):
It repeats the white of the cabinets and the black of the countertops and gives you a classic look and feel. That’s always the direction you want to go in my opinion.
“I don’t want the same kitchen as everyone else!” is such a common statement that I want to address that next:
The kitchen with the red wallpaper in the above show home is certainly not like everyone else’s but do you love it? Choosing red for the walls at least solved the problem of choosing one neutral that could work with the floors but then will not work with the backsplash or vice versa.
If you go out of your way to make sure your kitchen or bathroom doesn’t look like all the ones you see on Houzz and Pinterest, you will surely end up with something unique, but with finishes that clash.
The reason the “different” kitchen you’re planning is not the same as everyone else, is because it’s not pretty enough to be pinned over and over.
Take my advice and choose a pretty, basically white kitchen, install hardwood floors if you can and I promise you, your kitchen will, in your neighbourhood, not look the same as everyone else’s.
Because most everyone else has the kitchen we’ve just talked about.
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