I chose this question to answer because black is a very popular countertop choice, however your options are few if you choose not to install hardwood. Here was my response to Amy's great question:
If you install a 'neutral' cream or travertine tile, your kitchen will look like this (minus the cherry cabinets). Wood is the ONLY option here if you don't want something that doesn't look like the photo below. Otherwise the tile needs to have some black in it and I can't even imagine what that would look like.
I know Amy is talking about blue countertops but there's lots of black here too so choosing a floor that in no way relates to the countertop is bad. Especially travertine which in actual fact, will always have some pink beige in it just like you can see here in the above picture.
Then, picture these cabinets in white and you have three unrelated colour combinations that do not coordinate with each other.
I am not even going to mention the 'creative' backsplash tile with green undertones that you can see here. Can you just repeat the mantra SUBWAY TILE
after me one more time, haha.
Okay, so yesterday I was on the phone with Cindy, we were choosing colours for her new home and she included some pictures of the show house with the following finishes (below).
Cindy chose hardwood floors for her kitchen (Hooray!) but I thought I'd show you the model home photos she sent me because the floor tile actually does relate to the black countertop.
Can you also see how it's greener than the pink, tumbled marble backsplash? Wouldn't you be SLIGHTLY upset if this was your brand new kitchen?
In actual fact, I think this model home decorator did the best job she could to take the attention away from the mis-matched undertones and onto something designery and pretty.
None of this is my taste but it does help distract from all the bad tile.
The best tile floors for a black countertop would be something like this (below):
Kitchen from Cashmere Mafia
It repeats the white cabinets and black countertops and gives you a classic look and feel which is always the direction to go in my opinion.
'I don't want the same kitchen as everyone else!', is such a common statement that I want to address that next:
The kitchen with the red wallpaper in the model home is certainly not like 'everyone' else's but do you love it? Choosing red for the walls at least solved the problem of choosing one neutral that would possibly work with the floors but then not with the backsplash or vice versa.
So if you go out of your way to make sure your kitchen or bathroom doesn't look like all the ones you see on Houzz and Pinterest, you will surely end up with something unique with finishes that clash.
The reason the 'different' kitchen you're planning is 'not the same as everyone else', is because it's not pretty enough to be pinned over and over.
Take my advice and choose a pretty, basically white kitchen, install hardwood floors if you can and I promise you, your kitchen will, in your neighbourhood, not look the same as everyone else's.
Because most everyone else, has the kitchen we've just talked about.
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