We moved into our house 6 years ago (no, I can't believe it's been that long, either). We have left all the walls off-white (hanging colourful art on them, for the most part).
The wall behind the cooker had been getting a little grimy...it turns out that curry, spaghetti sauce, and white walls are not a good combination.
I pinned a few kitchens I liked on Pinterest, and then my mom and I picked out some red tiles when she was here last year. Our neighbour next door is a builder, so we asked him if he could recommend a good tile-guy. He said he wouldn't recommend anyone but would definitely do the tiling for us.
Fast forward a year (um...summer, sailing, our New York trip, Christmas, and a LONG winter got in the way).
Here's the before. Perfectly reasonable, if somewhat uninspired. The counters and cabinet surrounds are "cherry" and the cabinets are a creamy yellow-white.
Here it is, in progress:
And the other side:
We. Love. It.
I think it looks brilliant - it matches the red KitchenAid exactly.
What? You don't decorate around your stand mixer? Why ever not?
The tiles have a little bit of texture - they're not completely flat. It gives really nice depth to the kitchen. We only did the one wall - I think going all the way around the room (or all the way to the ceiling) would have made the wall close in somewhat.
Just in time for my mom to see them in person (she arrives Wednesday for our annual Adventure Week)!