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makemynemusic's picture

Hello everyone. I need help. Unfortunately, I've had to work with existing white 6x6 gloss tiles, only removing the first row of tiles that featured a rather dated pink border tile. I've chosen a 1" x 1" pearl grey glass tile, with tiny white striations throughout. Should I just use the glass tile, or should I use a white tile at the base of the counter to tie in the vast white expanse above? The white border/glass tile combo actually fits the space better, allowing for consistant 1/8" grout lines. The solo glass combo would leave 1/4" at the bottom and the top. Would the thicker grout lines look odd? I've been staring at both for 2 weeks and I don't know which to go with. I am concerned that the white border is a bit of a more 'dated' look. I've chosen a relatively light grout in "oyster grey". Please help me! I've added some pics.

Sorry about the novel...just at my witts end!

Thanks in advance.

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makemynemusic's picture

Great! I'll check out some local stores on the weekend. I think I've decided to stick with the white grout on the white tiles and use the grey grout on the darker tiles.

I'll post some pics when I'm done.

Thanks again!

makemynemusic's picture

Thanks for all the advice, folks. DBD, Thanks for trying out the mock ups! I actually only bought a few of the white tiles to see how it would look. I really like the idea of using a metal trim, and I can't believe this didn't occur to me until today, I'm going to have to incorporate some sort of transitional piece anyway, due to the difference in thickness between the white tiles and the new glass ones. - thank goodness for Design Inc. re-runs! Would these trims be available at tile shops? The big box stores only seem to carry the stone trim.

Also I had planned on using the oyster grey grout on the grey glass tiles. The grout for the white tiles is bright white. Do you all think it would work to use the two separate grouts? I'm leary of using a much lighter grout on the grey tiles as I don't want a stark checkerboard effect, and worry that a darker grout on the white tiles will look too busy.

Thanks again, everyone.

MargieLS's picture

Good morning!
Just go with the new tiles at the counter level keeping all grout lines the same. This will prevent it looking like an afterthought. Keep all the grout the same colour too.
Good luck!

makemynemusic's picture

I've since found 2 x 6 tiles that if I do go with the white, I think would look better allowing for an extra row of the glass tile accent. I am also regrouting the existing tile to freshen up the look. The second smaller pic features the 2 by 6 tile.

Once again any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks, K.

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