Could YOU get a contractor to do this?
In House Beautiful this month, one of the kitchens has walls that are fully tiled.
The first thing I noticed was that there was both a full tile at the ceiling line, and a full tile at the counter line. Then I noticed that in a horizontal position, the tiles were either whole or half.
It turns out that the entire tile layout was pre-calculated and that the ceiling height was adjusted to allow for full tiles at both top and bottom and that the window placement was adjusted to allow for whole or half in the brick pattern. No partial cuts, no slivers anywhere.
(This was only topped by an apartment that I saw by Andree Putnam with square limestone floors and each room ONLY had full tiles. The rooms were designed to contain only full tiles and the grid was apparently perfect and unbroken throughout the entire apartment)
I unfortunately notice things like this. I am actually trying to design a small bathroom that is only full tiles in all the right places and hides the cuts in the least obvious places, and it's not easy.
But I have worked with contractors who won't do these things, say you can't do these things or sometimes seem to TRY to mess it up somewhere just to teach me a lesson. (For other clients, that is, I try only to work with a contractor at my own place who likes to do stuff like this, too. And believe me they love to charge a lot for it, too)
If you Wanted to do this, do you think you could Get someone to? The backsplash kinda thing I mean, not the Andree Putnam thing, that's a whole other universe of expense.