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Design Trends: Colorful Tile and White Kitchen Cabinets

By Kali |

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From subtle to bold, we're sharing our favorite ways to pair colorful tile with white kitchen cabinetry. (If you're considering the flip side of this, you should check out last week's blog that covers more colorful cabinetry pairings). 

Take a Subtle Approach: 
Just a bit of color and contrast can go a long way. Paired with white cabinetry, even a lighter glaze color has a chance to stand out. 

Pairing cool elements with cozy touches, this bright and inviting kitchen gets an airy uplift with our Oyster Shell glaze, a subtle green-grey that offers the perfect hint of color: 

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Tile Shown: 2x8s in Oyster Shell // Image: Scott Chernis Photography 

Mosaic sized tiles and our soft grey, Gypsum, provide the kitchen below with another point of interest in this light-filled kitchen: 

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Tile Shown: 2" Hexagons in Gypsum // Design + Image: Jennifer Chong 

Be Bold: 
If you're the more daring type, going for a bold contrast between your tile and kitchen cabinets offers a whole lot of wow factor. 

A swatch of saturated Navy Blue tiles in a straight set pattern offers a counterpoint to the white cabinetry and soft pastel details: 

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Tile Shown: 2x8 in Navy Blue in Studio 125 MPLS

Going for a coastal look? Nothing says coastal quite like the combination of blue and white. We love how the vibrant blue tile contrasts with the bright white and dark wood finishes in the 2016 Coastal Living Showhouse. 

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Tile Shown: 4x8s in Hawaiian Blue in the Coastal Living Showhouse 

Pattern Play: 
White cabinetry can allow your tile (and other design elements) to really shine. From a traditional herringbone to the striped backsplash below, playing with both color and pattern in your kitchen is always a good idea. 

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Tile Shown: 2x6s in Caribbean and Crater Lake with 6" Hexagons in Crater Lake

Shape Up: 
One of our ceramic tile shapes will certainly serve up something special in the kitchen. 

Our braid pickets in a soft, soothing green

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Tile Shown: Pickets in Sea Glass // Design: M. Walter Designs // Image: Chase Daniel 

Why stop at a single color? A blend of your favorite shades can lend itself to an inviting and lively kitchen: 

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Tile Shown: Ogee Drops in Azurine, Boundary Waters, and Sugar // Design + Image: Kristen Peña

Have we mentioned how much we love hexagon tiles in the kitchen? Because we really do. Let this classic shape stand out in the color speaks most to you. 

Elana Jadallah, brought the sea inside her Hawaiian home with our color Aqua. This tropical blue gets the spotlight with rustic wood open shelving and sleek cabinetry: 

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Tile Shown: 4" Hexagons in Aqua // Image + Design: Elana Jadallah  

Choosing to go for a more saturated tile color for your kitchen can seem intimidating, but when paired with lighter elements, it becomes much more approachable: 

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Tile Shown: 6" Hexagons in Navy Blue in the Wit & Delight studio kitchen 

Inspired by these kitchens? Order color samples online now. Need some help? Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly. 

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