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What colour kitchen cupboards/worktop/tiles with this floor?

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spaghettina Sun 12-May-13 17:41:58

We're moving to an apartment with this multi-coloured floor throughout.
There is no kitchen so we have to install one from scratch (this is Italy where people take their kitchens with them!)

As we can't afford to change the floor, I'm trying to plan the kitchen to match - or at least not clash horrendously - with the floor. The grey in the floor is quite bluish, the beige is yellowish, and the pink is salmony.

It's going to be a simple, traditional painted wooden kitchen, with a quartz worktop.
The walls are white, we could paint them but it'd be cheaper more simple (and in keeping with the local style) to leave them whitewashed.

It's a small galley kitchen, quite light (North East facing I think) as it has French windows at one end. Window frames and shutters are also white at the moment.

So far I'm undecided between cream units and a mid-grey worktop, or warmish mid-grey (like Parma grey?) units with a lighter (cream or pale beige??) quartz.

We're planning to put tiles above the worktop but not sure what we should go for there - we'll avoid patterns I guess, given the floor. confused

What do the wise women of MN think?

spaghettina Tue 14-May-13 11:35:34

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YoniOneWayOfLife Tue 14-May-13 11:37:33

Have you rried Google images? I'd say white/cream units with a light quartz top - but try google images to see. You'd have to describe that floor though hmm grin

spaghettina Tue 14-May-13 15:01:59

You're right, quite hard to describe isn't it...Very southern Italian, and although it looks pretty kitsch in the picture, it fits right in with the architecture and general style there.

Thanks for the tip!

Francagoestohollywood Tue 14-May-13 15:15:08

That kind of tile is actually rather sought after if it's original.

I'd go for white units and mid grey worktop. Or, if they are indeed old, I'd go for ultra modern, like steel units (ikea has nice ones)

spaghettina Tue 14-May-13 22:55:19

Thanks Franca smile

White and mid grey was my immediate thought too, to keep it light.
(I was thinking of modern units to begin with, but it's not really "me")

The tiles aren't original, I think they were put in about 15 years ago, but apparently they're considered quite desirable anyway, locally. Apparently they come from the Lecce area but are hard to come by now.

Either way, they're like that in the whole apartment, which rather limits our choices in decor - no patterns, but maybe that's a good thing!

Francagoestohollywood Wed 15-May-13 13:14:22

They look like they are graniglia tiles, or am I wrong? Graniglia tiles were typical of various areas in Italy, with different details depending on the area.
There are some amazing graniglie still in production but they are £££!

Yes, they certainly call for bright white walls etc!

Rulesgirl Wed 15-May-13 15:19:11

What about wooden units with grey worktops and yellow tiles (if you want to be colourful). Lovely tiles by the way.

benlinus Fri 17-May-13 08:38:08

yes this is the graniglia tiles, Attivissimo s.r.l., a company established in 2000 and manufacturing high quality monolithic wall and floor “Graniglia” (Terrazzo tile type) and “Pastina” tiles of low thickness.Graniglia tiles were typical of various areas in Italy, with different details depending on the area.The materials employed may be of different variety: high quality marble fragments, coloured glass, granite and semi-precious stones, bound with white cement of high resistance.

spaghettina Mon 20-May-13 22:24:41

Yes, they're graniglia tiles (had never really heard of them before I saw this place).
Glad you like them Rules! and thanks for all that info Benlinus.

Think I'm going to go for grey worktops, still not decided about the units but probably white.

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