We have soffits above our cabinets that could not be removed and she has soffits too. She painted her beadboard the same color as her soffits to bring the color down...visually I think that was a great idea!
A. Add beadboard painted SW Clary Sage and tumbled marble (like Tara's)
B. Add full backsplash of tumbled marble
C. Other (let me know your idea)
Thanks! Oh and don't forget to go check out Tara's blog Blondie 'N' SC she is a great photographer, has an adorable little boy, and she does some very adorable, creative blog posts.