Once Melanie had settled on cabinets in Sherwin-Williams' Mindful Gray and walls in White Duck, she spied the colorful subway-inspired tile on modwalls.com. Handcrafted by a company called Clayhaus, it ran about $30 per square foot. So she and Bill, experienced tilers, laid it themselves to make room in the budget.A modestly sized hood from Kobe helps keep the kitchen in scale; larger hoods can become outsized focal points. This one protrudes from surrounding cabinets, which keeps them cleaner. A cupboard conceals the exhaust pipe and provides storage.