In this kitchen, a sturdy stone backsplash brings a hint of the outdoors inside. A greenhouse-style window behind the sink provides a sunny spot to place potted plants and herbs. Large metal tiles built into the ends of the cabinetry add another layer of character. The taupe hexagon tiles are a fresh departure from standard tiles, but still keep in step with the kitchen's neutral palette. Hints of black, such as the listello tiles on the backsplash and the cabinet hardware help soften the presence of the black countertops.