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White Subway Tiles, a story of two shades

As you saw in yesterday’s post, I hit a bit of a surprise road block when I placed elements I liked for the kitchen together and saw that they didn’t necessarily work as I had assumed.

The main puzzle piece that isn’t going to change in our kitchen is the cabinetry, Ikea’s Adele Door style. I don’t want to give up on Ikea as #1. It is really affordable and #2. I like the door style – a classic Shaker. Also, after seeing a lot of beautiful (white) Ikea Adele Kitchens, I figured some small puzzle pieces could potentially change, in order to make the cabinets (one of the bigger expenses) work.

And although it has been proposed that finding a different backsplash could work, I  really love the classic look a subway tile gives. The subway tile I showed yesterday as I mentioned was the subway tile from when we did our washroom renovation in the basement. We found the brightest white subway tile around for that shower. Without thinking, I assumed that the brightest white subway tile from the washroom was going to be the same tile for the kitchen. But as you saw in yesterdays post, the brightest white tile made the Ikea Adele cabinet appear yellow. Bleh.

So last night I zipped over to The Home Depot and picked up three white subway tiles and brought them home. This morning in daylight, it was evident that the Home Depot tiles were better as they made the Ikea Adele cabinetry less “yellow”. As I stare at the computer monitor I wonder if you can see the difference. Sit back a little and book at them. I assure you, they are different. 🙂 So we’ve solved that! We’ll go with the Home Depot subway tiles. Next up, counters. 😉

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    April 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    We also have white cabinets, white subway tile. I love it! Our counters are black honed granite, slightly unfinished looking, except for the Boos Block island.

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    laurie m
    April 25, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Wow what a difference. That would all look lovely with butcher block counters.

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