Something like this for the open shelves -- if we do them. Black kitchen countertops crisply contrast a white subway tile backsplash for a look that's fresh and simple. Floating wood shelves bring in a softer, organic note.
The supports are long steel bars that go through the shelves and into the studs in the wall. We predrilled holes for them before we tiled. We used oak planks seamed together to make a solid wood shelf." I love the hanging coffee mugs.