Backsplash dilemma!!!
lcondreay
July 18, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Help! Our cabinets ended up being creamier than expected and the tile white than expected....what can I do to help make this transition softer? Maybe yellow under cabinet lighting????? Does anyone know how much it would cost to retile this large of a space? I feel sick to my stomach.
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0825sam
I'm not sure how to tone down the contrast but you may also find that you need to live with it a little. Did it just go in today? If you search houzz you'll find examples of cream cabinets with a true white backsplash.

July 18, 2013 at 5:52PM     
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0825sam
I think you hardware will help too because it will set off the cabinets more so it won't seem as much like two big expanses of white that aren't the same
July 18, 2013 at 5:53PM     
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lcondreay
Yes, just went in today or earlier this week. I have no idea what kind of hardware to put on the cabinets either. Do You Think I should just deal for now?
July 18, 2013 at 5:56PM   
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Paul L. Johnson Interiors
Agree with sam0705. Looks like the protective material is still on the floors, there is no hardware yet, and no accent appointments. To me, the photo he provided really dolls the example up, and makes it work.
July 18, 2013 at 5:59PM     
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0825sam
I think I would live with it a while and see how it looks when the kitchen is all finished and decorated.
I like the black hardware in the photo I posted if that fits with your style.
July 18, 2013 at 6:00PM     
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0825sam
In this photo they play off the cream and white contrast. Since the white came out brighter than you anticipated maybe adding some bright white accessories here and there will help tie it together. Here they also use white opaque glass lighting.

July 18, 2013 at 6:04PM   
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R H Kitchen and Bath Ltd
Live with it for a while. If you still hate it try tinting the white grout in medium cream color or greyish cream color. it might help. If you search houzz for a white back splash with cream grout you will see lots of photos
July 18, 2013 at 6:12PM     
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lcondreay
Thanks guys! Maybe I will just wait until it's all done. The floors will be super dark wood and then I'm putting these pendants over the island so maybe it will help soften it.
July 18, 2013 at 6:26PM   
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giniaginia
Its nice. Its a perfect backdrop for a few awesome things. Get you pulls on the cabinets, some great looking pendant lights you won't even notice it. I'm more concerned about what goes above those cabinets?
July 18, 2013 at 6:27PM   
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lcondreay
I know! This is the model picture do I am hoping I can find some accents like this.
July 18, 2013 at 6:29PM     
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lefty47
HI -- I think it looks nice . Cream and white look good together . Just paint the wall the same white as the tiles or match paint to the cabinets. Then it will look like you meant to do that ! Then add some colorful counter top décor . Then after you have lived with it for awhile and it still bothers you - then you can change it .
July 18, 2013 at 6:34PM   
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giniaginia
That looks nice. Those pendants look a little small?
July 18, 2013 at 6:36PM   
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lcondreay
I was thinking about painting a really soft/light gray. The pendants from the model house weren't my fav. The mercury glass ones are 7" in diameter and 9.5" in height...are they still too small?
July 18, 2013 at 6:43PM   
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Amy Wax
Not to worry, I think you can work with it. Your eye is naturally drawn to where there is the most contrast. What is lacking is contrast right now. I would suggest adding dark hardware, a bronze or black and using the same color as an accent. Black canisters on the counter.. That kind of thing. You will find you are less focused on the white vs cream if you have other decorative elements in the room.
July 18, 2013 at 6:49PM   
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lcondreay
Maybe I can make it work then. Ill live with it for a bit and then decide!
July 18, 2013 at 7:02PM   
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Wyland Interior Design Center
Consider painting the crown and light valance molding white to match tile. You can also add white decorative corbels like photo #1. Then.....Add mural, maybe a something from Stone Impressions, selecting something on a travertine tile that is a similar tone to the cabinets. Stone Impression can add white paint to some of the areas for a slight upcharge. You will need to have some type of tile rope of chair rail to frame around it, like the examples below.

The tile mural can be glued over top of the existing subway tile with a 5 minute Two Part Epoxy Glue. Use masking tape to help hold the tile in place until the glue cures, about 24 hours. Wait until cured to grout. Once glued it won't come off, so make sure you have exactly where you want it placed.
July 18, 2013 at 7:17PM   
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Wyland Interior Design Center
You could also glaze the cabinets with an off white glaze or caramel glaze, it will tends to make the cabinets look more an off white. Here is an examples of some of my kitchens with glazed cabinets.
July 18, 2013 at 7:23PM     
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July 18, 2013 at 7:28PM   
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