Cement to be?

I hate the waiting game.  Especially when you know you have a lot of work to do but can’t get started yet.  I have so many design ideas for the new house but can’t do a thing about them until we move in!  We need a ton of new furniture, etc., but my hands are tied for another couple months.  All I can do is fantasize and imagine what the space will look like, which is difficult because our design choices are very different from the ones in the model home, which is my only point of reference. 

So you can imagine my delight when I came across this photo online of just about EXACTLY what our kitchen will look like!!  The photo is from Style Me Pretty and the house must be from the same builder because everything in it is exact!  And lucky for me, these are pretty uncanny for the choices I made on finishes!  Literally the only differences are that instead of another cupboard, our hood goes all the way up, and we will have black hardware on the cabinets. That’s it.  So I finally get to see what the kitchen will look like finished!

The original plan was to have a white subway tile backsplash, as this kitchen does.  But then in my escapades on Pinterest I absolutely fell in love with cement tile!  If it wasn’t so expensive the whole goddamned house would be cement tile and we would sleep on a cement tile bed and eat cement tile for breakfast.  I think I must have pinned every black, gray and white cement tile pattern the world has to offer.  

So I photoshopped one of the patterns (very crappily, I might add) into the photo of the kitchen and to my dismay (maybe), I’m not loving it. Could it possibly just be my terrible photoshop skills?  I can’t tell.  But now I’m doubting myself and I have only a couple options.  I could make a choice in the next couple days and have the builder install it for me and run the risk of not loving it, or I can wait until we’re in the house so I can play with it in person, but then I have to install it myself.  

The subway tile is a lot less expensive and I know I won’t ever hate it because it’s so basic, but I worry about the kitchen looking too white or sterile. Every other thing will be white (including possibly the floors) except for the island, cupboard hardware and light fixtures. 

The cement tile is so chic and will really stylize the whole house!  There’s a bit of a Spanish feel in the rest of the house, which I love.  But it’s costly and I’ve never seen it in person.  I would love input!  What would you do?

Here are a bunch of my favorite patterns.

10 thoughts on “Cement to be?

  1. Kelly Iacavone says:

    I love the second pattern! The four corners look like tiny flowers.

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  2. Stephanie says:

    We’re abouttttttt to start a kitchen reno (cabinet delivery next week). Same look, navy lowers and white uppers (trying to convince the hub to do brass or copper hardware) but ANYWAY we’re going with a chimney hood too and I’m thinking about doing white herringbone backsplash (marble perhaps) and cement tile behind the stove. We’ll see if that actually happens……

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  3. _Jubella_ says:

    What if you made the section where the hob will be the patterned tile so its like a feature wall within the wall? It might not work but a thought. Also i follow you on FB and saw a friend of yours put the white tiles but with a darker grout, that looks really good too. 🙂

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  4. I like the plain kitchen. Very sleek. We are redoing a house we just bought that is mid century modern. There is a huge moss rock pillar in the middle of the house with a fireplace. It had a partition wall on it that we tore down. The rock facade was not on that section, only cinder blocks. We did a feature wall with tile in a herringbone pattern. I love having such a large expanse so you get the full effect of the pattern. It is maybe 4ftx12ft. Do you have a wall that you could do that with? Really show off the tile?

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    • Kate Buckley says:

      We have a really long entryway wall that I wanted to do a statement on, but I was thinking reclaimed wood. 🤔 I still have 3 bathroom and a laundry room that I can do some fun tile in so maybe I will.


      • I was going to do a wood wall too. I just couldn’t find space. Our house has too many windows. A good problem to have but difficult to hang art or do much more than paint a feature wall. We also have cathedral ceilings with stained beams so maybe I’m at my wood quota already. Good luck! It is so much fun to plan but a pain in the ass to do. We’ve been working on ours since we moved in before Thanksgiving. The main space is almost done but nothing else. And there is a ton. A fixer upper was what we were after and certainly what we got.

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  5. Felicity says:

    I love the 7th one down due to a bit of colour. I tiled my own bathroom with subway tiles and I’m planning on doing my kitchen the same. I’m too much of a chicken to go bold so I figured plain so I can accessories. They are all gorgeous options though I think your kitchen will look amazing whatever you choose. Loving the cabinet colour you have gone for!

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  6. I live in an apartment with black & white cement tiles as our splashback! I love it!

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