Need advice on kitchen colors

I chose these cement tiles for my kitchen floor. Please advise on the possible color palette for kitchen cabinetry (I want it white and with distressed finish but what shade exactly? white, ivory, off-white, cream?), countertop (white marble? black seems to be too much of a contrast for me), backsplash (white arabesque tiles) and wall paint (I like warm yellow or olive perhaps?). I want a classic, country feel in the kitchen with a Tunisian flare. This is my first house, wouldn't like to mess it up :) . Thanks in advance for your ideas!
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  • Elizabeth Montijo Elizabeth Montijo on Jun 02, 2015
    As I look at your tiles I see that the white in the tile isn't snow white but, a warm white. I'd go with that. As far as countertops are concerned, black, in this case, seems a bit dramatic. Black can also consume a lot of visual space. An option that might be better for your purposes would be a marbled gray. I've included a picture so you can get a better feel for what I mean. The color will "marry" the warm and cool colors of your tile and harmonize well. I would include elements of the glorious rustic red and turquoise in the tile elsewhere in your kitchen. A kitchen is the perfect place to be bold with your use of color. There's no rule that says wall have to be all the same color, either. I've included a couple of photos to convey that feeling too. :) Keep us posted on how i's going!
  • Audrey Audrey on Jun 02, 2015
    I would match the white in the tile, for cabinets and counters, to keep it light and airy.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jun 03, 2015
    The tile is gorgeous, but the colours are very strong. You will have to incorporate some of these in walls, etc. or everything above the tile will seem to just float away. I'd do the cabs the same soft white as in the tile. Countertop I would do in a green tone. You could use a much lighter version of the blue for walls. A colourful plate with red in it, an ivy (real or artificial), etc. could be placed on top of the upper cabinets.
  • Ellen DeVilbiss Ellen DeVilbiss on Jun 03, 2015
    Both Elizabeth Montijo and Marion Nesbitt have sound advice. Your color scheme is set by the colors of your tile. Match its white, walls the next lightest color, accents of the others. However you mentioned marble as a countertop. Don't do marble. Use a silestone or granite type. Gray with flecks of color. Marble is soft and stains. Silestone is a Quartz composite and absolutely no maintenance. I love mine, and I thought I was just settling for what we could afford when granite was too pricey.
  • Cheryl Clark Cheryl Clark on Jun 03, 2015
    I agree Audrey, match the white for your walls, and then bring in splashes of the other colors with décor.
  • Xie Xie on Jun 03, 2015
    I would definitely match the white to the tile. I would also paint the walls a much lighter shade of the green or perhaps an accent wall or two. I would accessorize with pops of blue and red. :)
  • Beverly Hoffman Iniguez Beverly Hoffman Iniguez on Jun 03, 2015
    How large is your backsplash area above your stove? These same tiles would look great as the backsplash if it isn't a very large area!
    • Inesa Chatti Inesa Chatti on Jun 04, 2015
      @Beverly Hoffman Iniguez I was thinking about that but eventually decided not to. Dont want to overdo with all that bright color. Besides the backsplash is not the same hight all the way, would have to cut the tiles and the beautiful design on it would be lost
  • MaryStLouis MaryStLouis on Jun 03, 2015
    On the cabinets, I would go with a white close to the color in your floor tile. Instead of marble counters think about gray Quartz or cement to act as a neutral against the star of your show, that colorful tile. If you will have an island you could paint the island cabinets a soft teal blue to coordinate with the flooring. To keep the effect light and airy a soft gray or yellow on the walls would look modern and bright without overwhelming the eye.
  • Cynthia Starnes Griffin Cynthia Starnes Griffin on Jun 03, 2015
    Take a tile to your local paint store. Find a yellow that exactly matches the yellow in the tile and then choose a shade 2 or 3 shades lighter. You can do the same with every color in the tile till you find a wall shade you like. The blue grey in the tiles would make for a lovely silestone countertop. These tiles are vibrant and beautiful, don't be afraid to go bold with your wall color, after all, it's only paint, you can always repaint.
  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Jun 05, 2015
    Antique white or maple color cabinets, olive green on walls, and a brownish marble with gold color. Use turquoise color accessories
  • Debigray Debigray on Jun 08, 2015
    Beautiful Tile, if you chose to go with white cabinets maybe bring out the blue in the tile in your cabinets hardware. I would stay with a neutral counter top. If you have an island paint it to match the blue in the tile. Really depends on what your favorite color is. If you stay neutral with the cabinets and counters then you can use the tile colors to give pop in your accessories. Like Red/Orange Canisters. I think the olive green would look awesome as it too is a neutral color for the walls.
  • Linda Linda on Apr 05, 2020

    What about alabaster white?

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