Let me be clear, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the existing backsplash, but it was super vanilla and I figured now was my opportunity to make a change, if ever! The cabinets and quartz countertops are new (5 years old) so they were definitely staying. I selected a white tile in 3" x 12" with a textured glossy look. I wanted the classic look of a French bistro kitchen and have no qualms about selecting a white subway tile patterned backsplash. People often think this is a safe choice, but when you are spending your own money and want to live with something for a very long time, this is a timeless choice! We extended the backsplash above the cupboards and also extended the range to the ceiling to draw the eye upward. I explored the idea of a custom range hood that would compliment the cabinets, but space was a problem and we would have had to purchase a brand new range to fit underneath the custom hood, so it dropped low down on the priority list! Lastly, if you've been following Rainsford Company for some time, you'll know that I have a serious love for Mark D. Sikes design. When he launched his lighting collection, my heart beat fast and I had to have the classic pendants! They add serious glamour to the kitchen and I love how the gold finish ties into the gold coffee table in the living room and black and gold mirror in the back room off the kitchen. I am still considering switching the hardware on the cabinets, but after searching high and low for the right hardware that would fit the existing spread, I realized I am happy to keep the mixed metals in the kitchen for now (or maybe forever!).