There are several ways to create the distressed look. You could start with a few layers of paint, then add a spatter of glaze in areas where wear would naturally occur. Or try light sanding or hitting with a chain to reveal colors below; this creates the look of a piece that has been painted multiple times and years of use have worn away some layers. If you're looking for a simpler process, painting only one coat and lightly sanding in spots to reveal the wood below also works.
Decorative tile in the kitchen is a great way to express your personality and style, but proportion and scale are critical. Tile is a pretty permanent decision; once it's up, it's expensive to change. You or your designer should do color studies and pattern studies, and look at them alongside photos and samples to be absolutely sure you're making the right choices.
The midtone cherry cabinets match the furnishings in the two rooms. The tile backsplash is custom‐cut slate in two different colors that match the original brick in the dining room fireplace. The end result is a kitchen that feels contemporary when someone is looking into the family room and traditional when looking into the dining area.