We are planning our kitchen remodel and keeping/painting some of the elements but replacing a lot of them as well. Our house is a Victorian and I want to choose a backsplash that will add some color as cabinets and counters are likely white (right now Cambria Lumos is the front runner for counters. That could change). My designer suggested a Spanish type tile, but as the backsplash will be to the ceiling with open shelves I think its overwhelming. Other elements of the kitchen include a Big Chill Classic series range in a deep blue custom color called violet blue with a purple undertone (think almost navy with a hint of purple but muted and not bright). I am not married 100% to that color and could go with a French blue or a cobalt in their standard color line. Trim on the range will be brass and stainless. Other existing stainless appliances are staying for the moment. Island is taking on a square shape to better accommodate walkways around the woodstove and give more counter space. Adding a wine fridge to the island and will have furniture style legs facing the sink rather than the range. Bigger farm sink will be centered under the window.
We are removing the upper cabinets to replace with custom open shelves that have a bracket that echoes some of the other woodwork in the house (its a carpenter Gothic with lots of gingerbread). You can also see a powder room from this room that has wallpaper that is a similar color to the range. I have a lot of dishes in blue and white and bright yellow for display on the open shelving. I don't really use my kitchen for much more than entertaining. I probably prefer a backsplash with some sheen to it rather than a matte tile. Its going to the ceiling in keeping with the era of the house. Any thoughts?