White Kitchens: How to Choose Coordinating White Tile
So I have a running list (several, really) of future blog topics to address. When I feel really confident about the quality of the post, I’ll start a draft to force myself to write it quicker, because my OCD tendencies can’t handle too many things in my “drafts” folder.
So today’s post is from my drafts folder, and was kicked into gear by a question I received from Patrice regarding coordinating white tile with her white kitchen. She asked,
“My two choices are between a whiter white and a barely distinguishable not so white white!! You can see in the photos that the stove is one white, the cabinets are another, slightly darker. (…) is there a rule-of-thumb about picking white tile that I should know?”
In short, yes, there is a rule, but it’s really quite simple: coordinate the undertones, not the exact color.
You see, there are so many different variations of white out there that you will never perfectly match the shade of your cabinetry or appliances…and that’s OK! White on white is still beautiful, as long as the undertones of the whites coordinate.
Now, when I speak of undertones, I’m speaking of the slight tint of warmth or coolness given to the particular white tile. This can be difficult to distinguish unless looking at some white tiles side by side.
For instance, if your kitchen has warmer tones throughout…maybe off-white cabinetry, a bright white tile definitely won’t coordinate as well as a slightly off-white tile would.
If you can’t tell what the undertones are in your kitchen, here’s a good rule of thumb: do you have lots of warm woods throughout the room, or is it decorated with more of a black-white-gray color palette?
Warm woods = slightly off-white tile
Black-white-gray = bright white tile
If you’re still unsure, take samples home. You’ll know when you get home if it blends beautifully or if it seems a little “off” to you. If it seems a little “off”, it’s likely that you’ve mixed undertones.
And if you’re really unsure, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation!
*all images courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com