That little space above the fridge is a bad, bad place for cabinets with doors. It’s hard to reach, not very big and whatever gets put up there is unseen and quickly forgotten. It may as well be a storage unit in Poughkeepsie.
Sincerely, just do open shelving and have display items up there. Some nice pottery. A metal rooster. A life sized bust of Colonel Sanders. Han Solo frozen in carbonite. A flashing neon BEER sign. Anything but cabinets with doors that close. Dust it every six months. It’s helpful if all that stuff is dishwasher safe. You’re welcome.
That wall has been pleading with me to affix some kitchen cabinets to it for six months. Welp, it’s a lot easier getting that tile up first, otherwise I’m leaning in under the cabinets and whacking my head on them while trying to put tile up. It’s all about getting the cart behind the horse, even if the horse has been standing out in the road with a harness on it since January.
I do a band of copper with oak trim, which matches the rest of the kitchen and ties it all together. And we found this midnight blue subway tile to go behind it. It looks kind of boring gray without any direct light on it but we have some undercabinet lighting that will make them shine. And at the same time illuminate every little flaw, defect and error for all the kitchen to see. But it will bring out the color! Have no doubt.
That metal edging is called Schluter. If you’re installing tile on a wall, you want Schluter. Gives it a nice finished edge.
I’m sure you’ve all seen plywood kitchen countertops in all the high end designer magazines. It’s the next big trend. Just set them on and leave them rough and unfinished. Poorly fitting, unsanded scraps add a touch of shabby chic.