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What backsplash could tone down the heaviness of my maple cabinets?

last year

My kitchen is very useful and easy to cook in. But the maple cabinets are quite…present and the kitchen feels a bit heavy. (These very dark countertops, eek!) Current trends say, ”paint your kitchen cabinets!” but we want to avoid this. We’ve been designing our home toward a midcentury aesthetic with a lot of natural textures, and I’d like first to get rid of this very noisy tile on the kitchen walls. Given the constraints of keeping the maple and the dark counters, any ideas of what to do with that tile? Anybody have suggestions as to what I should replace it with? Also, any light fixture suggestions? (We have the problem of being able to see while doing dishes at night.) I’m not opposed to funky suggestions! Thanks!

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