When I was in California, I stopped by Heath Ceramics in Sausalito to see what they had in their overstock room. I brought back a box of their 'poppy' field tiles for the backsplash behind the stove. It was the perfect amount of tile to do the whole 7 foot counter. And the proportion of the tile (2x9) matches the size of the tiled area perfectly. I like it when things work out! Also, the plywood walls and ceiling are very close to being done!