The homeowner loved glass tile and wanted to reuse the existing countertops, white cabinets, etc. with a minimal update in the kitchen.
Beautiful, handmade glass tiles are expensive, so I didn't go all the way up the side walls. I used a larger solid green glass tile at the base all around the cooktop to protect the walls and make it easy to clean. I bordered that with the same glass listelle to end that tile and then did the mosaic above on the back wall only as a feature. The dark green at the base marries the granite and tile together visually and sets off the mosaic. It really added some life to this kitchen and made it an inspiring place to cook.
Tile from Walker Zanger, http://www.walkerzanger.com/