Thanks for all of your comments on which way to lay the tile....here's our new tile backsplash.
After posting the question here if we should do straight set or off set tile, the resounding answer was off set. We went with the majority and did an off set tile backsplash using 4 x 16 tile. The whole post, including before and after photos plus some tips and tricks we have learned through our tile experience is at http://www.aswellplacetodwell.com/2012/06/kitchen-tile-backsplash.html
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