I'd love your suggestions for tiles to go with my soapstone countertop. I'm getting 12x12" soapstone tiles from Alberene Soapstone- the Church Hill variety, with soapstone v-cap edge tiles from Vermont Soapstone. The counter will eventually be dark charcoal-gray-to-black. Now I need to choose tiles for the backsplash and pony wall counter. This is the fun part, I feel like a kid in a candy shop! Go ahead- enable me!
The kitchen is a small "L", each counter is 64" long (inside measurement) with 26" deep counters . The east side has the sink and pony wall, with the living room on the other side. The backsplash for the pony wall above the sink can be 4"-6", and the raised counter will be about 16" across the top. The sink will be 33" stainless steel, single bowl.
The south side of the "L" just has a backsplash that's 24" high and about 7-feet long, with wall cabinets above it. It's going to have a 30" inlaid butcher's block, but no stove or anything to break up the countertop (using portable induction hobs for cooking). The refrigerator (white) is on the far end of this counter, in the corner.
The cabinets are going to be a natural unstained maple with linseed oil and beeswax finish- slightly golden but not yellow. They could be painted as an alternative, as long as it's zero-VOC paint (I have multiple chemical sensitivity). Floor is a neutral light beige porcelain tile.
Option 1: Zen - I fell in love with a glossy sage green 12x12 tile called Praga Verde for the backsplash (see photo). But I think it'll be too much to use it for the pony wall and counter as well, and I don't know what other tile to use for pony wall etc. if I go with it.
Black counters, maple cabinets and calm green backsplash would create a peaceful kitchen. What other tile would look good for the pony wall?
Option 2: Mexican - I found these beautiful Mexican Talavera tiles (see photo). My inner child wants these for the backsplash. They'd be fun! But do they really "go" with soapstone, and again, what to do for the pony wall/counter?
Option 3: ???
I hope this isn't too wordy, just wanted to give you an idea of the kitchen. Any ideas?