I have been itching to redesign our kitchen for some time now, but I'm having a hard time deciding on tile. I would love to carry our hardwood floors throughout, but afraid of water damage and scratches from everyday wear in the kitchen. Right now there is 1970 linoleum that needs replacing. Since our hardwood floors are dark mahogany I think a dark gray tile would look good below the white cabinets in either a brick pattern, diagonal square pattern or herringbone. I just recently painted the white knobs with a dark bronze metallic spray paint saving me lots of money by not replacing the knobs. My next project will be to paint the back splash tile white until we decide to replace it with subway tile.