expensive vs inexpensive backsplash tile?

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I’m doing a backsplash for my kitchen - its an odd layout - i’m taking the tile to the ceiling and need a lot of tile. I fell in love with a tile (akdo origins birch) but at $17 a square foot it’s not on the table. So here’s the question….What makes a good knock off tile? Do you want ‘waves’ in the texture? Irregular edges? I am posting the pic of the concept I love and then my kitchen. My goal is to find a tile that matches our paint color (Chantilly lace) so it blends seamlessly and stack it( not brick it) basically just adding texture- not too shiny. I love minimalism - so think plain :) I welcome any and all feedback of tiles you’ve used or suggestions of what I should look for. Thank you in advance

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