Hello, Darkness

Heya, A couple of weeks ago, we snatched up some uber affordable subway tiles for our kitchen backsplash (in a weak attempt to compensate for my expensive taste in all other areas of the kitchen design).  I picked a warm white to match with the cabinets, walls, and countertop.  White overload, right?  Well, that's where all the kitchen 'jewels' will come into play: smokin' hot pendants, bursts of color from the glass cabinet display,  and....DARK grout for the backsplash.  Dark grout on light colored tiles has been trending for a while now, and I've been itching for a chance to do this in my kitchen.  Not a strong enough argument?  How about this:  light grout colors stain and dirty easily. Dark ones won't.

Still not convinced?  I think these kitchens will change your mind:

S.R. Gambrel Kitchen photo 2

S.R. Gambrel via Cococozy

S.R. Gambrel, Kitchen

S.R. Gambrel via Cococozy

White Subway Tile with Dark Grout

via Restless Oasis

White and Brass Kitchen, House and Home

via House and Home

White subway tile kitchen

via Sketch 42

 Last weekend, I spent some time figuring out which tile pattern to use and came up with a few options.

Option 1:  Herringbone pattern.  I'm sorta obsessed with this pattern, but I ended up nixing it for 2 reasons: 1. high level of effort required and 2. tile waste due to all the angled cuts near the edges.  So sad right now.

Subway Tile, Option 1

Option 2: Classic subway tile pattern.

Subway Tile, option 2

Option 3: Classic pattern, with a twist.  Each row is slightly offset from the other.

Subway Tile, option 3

I think I'm leaning towards option 2, but what do you all think?  I'd love to hear your comments!