When a client asked for my help in selecting a new tile for their kitchen back splash we had a few criteria to work with: The existing Uba Tuba granite; her husband's desire to have a "subway" type layout; and her desire to go with something not so predictable. We were delighted to land on a stone and metal linear mosaic from Mosaic Tile in Lorton, Va. The "circle" element was just the right added feature to keep this strong graphic layout from going too static. The final challenge was to convince her husband to agree to a vertical installation as opposed to the intuitive horizontal layout. With the kitchen counter extending a stretch of 9 over feet, the vertical positioning of the tile leads the eye up placing more emphasis on this fabulous modern tile work. Both were over the top pleased with the updated look.