This is by far my favourite how-to of 2016. If you're planning on DIY'ing your own tile backsplash in the near future, you'll want to check out my step-by-step tutorial. You'll learn the ins and outs of working with thinset and how to work with a patterned tile.
Encaustic cement tiles are a hot look right now. We used a porcelain look-a-like that was budget friendly and easy to work with (they came with 'bump outs' on the side so we didn't even have to use tile spacers!) We're in the process of renovating our laundry room in the basement.
The tutorial walks you through applying a backsplash that is enclosed by two side walls. Below is a brief 10-step description of the process. Be sure to check out my blog at Birdz of a Feather (see link below) for the full details .