Glossy or Matte Tiles for New Kitchen?

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Q: We are building a house for the first time and I didn't anticipate all the decisions and second-guessing of our decisions. My question is this: we are doing a white kitchen, with white Craftsman cabinets and Kashmir granite countertops. For backsplash, we chose classic white subway tile with light gray grout (thanks in part to Apartment Therapy's roundup of white tile/gray grout photos). I've decided against beveled, and the size will be standard 3x6. But do we go with matte or glossy subway tile?

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Photos of the model home are shown above. Again, our kitchen will be white, not dark as pictured, and we are doing a stainless range hood, not a furniture hood. Also included is a photo of the look we are trying to achieve in glossy. Can't decide if the kitchen looks too bathroom-esque in glossy. Please help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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