Our 50's Ranch Renovation | Backsplash Inspo

Trying to decide on tile for our backsplash-I'm finding it surprisingly hard to commit!  I love the classic, all white tile with white grout like the image below. I pulled an image of this kitchen out of a magazine years ago, then discovered I had also pinned it more than once, and then found it AGAIN in kitchen design magazine I had when we were about to start our remodel. It clearly spoke to me and obviously influenced the design of our kitchen overall. I feel like a classic approach like this will look good forever.  

I like how this beautiful kitchen (featured in Aussie mag Inside Out) is a bit funkier while still simple, graphic, and modern. I wonder if installation would be a pain though...

For a while I thought I wanted to do a really bold, graphic, encaustic tile behind the stove. I love the black and white cement tiles like in this LA eatery, Gracias Madre featured on Decor8 a while back. I still love this look, but its a LOTTA look and a big commitment design-wise. 

And then there is this gorgeousness. Perhaps my favorite kitchen, ever. I stumbled across it on photographer Jason Varney's Instagram feed last year and it was exactly what I had had in my mind for my dream scenario, which is to use Heath Ceramics tiles. I love the pattern behind the stove- I think they used the Little Diamond Mix from the Dwell line. Its a strong design without overwhelming the space. The simple offset square tiles (I believe they would be from their Classic Field line) along the counter are modern and timeless. Perfection. 

As of now I've only found 2 samples I like in visits to 3 different local tile stores. And I'm not really that crazy about the finish on them, they are pretty shiny in person. I'm always surprised how hard SIMPLE is to find in home design and decor places. Anyway-I taped them up this morning to see how they look. Kind of impossible to tell here but they are a warm white and light charcoal. We're living on the edge here people, I know.  Quick, someone come decide this nonsense for me! I'm pretty sure my poor mom is over hearing about my tile deliberations. ;)