For those of you who want the backsplash to be the focal point...
I ran across this image at Houzz today. Interestingly, it turned out to be from my locale here in Anchorage. The granite here is so evocative, it almost seems to be a landscape.
Which got me thinking about a kitchen I saw a while back, which was actually an Asian landscape in tile across the entire backsplash. I've been searching for a while for the picture, but I'll keep looking. It was quite spectacular and in great taste.
Anyway, I got to thinking that perhaps it would be fun - and inspiration to at least some - to start an idea thread here to contrast with the subtle-subway-tile-to-highlight-counter-as-focal-point movement (which I actually like, BTW) with one that reverses the order. This time, backsplash rules, counters take a backseat. My example is not a great way to kick that off, as the counter and backsplash are actually the same material.
Any eye candy you'd like to share, either of your own kitchen or inspiration photos?