dare I backsplash?

When I moved in I decided I would hold off on a lot of extras in the condo so as to save money.  Of course my contractor suggested enough tempting superfluous details to almost double what I spent, but I stood my ground.  Now I'm itching for a backsplash.  I've been doing some research and it doesn't sound too difficult, but I can't figure out (IF I decide to go ahead with it) what type I would like.

My granite will always be black, my wood floors remain dark oak.  I'm thinking maybe I should paint the kitchen white, a pale beige, grey, or some other neutral color and make my kitchen feel more like this:
 Most likely?  This all won't happen, but I must ask:  has anyone done their own backsplash?  I'm thinking maybe that's the place to start.