Cararra marble and Calacatta marble (maintenance issues), 3x6 subway tile also try 2x6 or 2x8 or 2x4
Neutral palettes: Classic kitchens don't have to be all white. This kitchen mixes stained and painted cabinetry, and even though the "white" cabinets have a glaze, the simple door style (shaker with a bead moulding) keeps it from going too traditional. The subway tile here has a bit more color than the classic white that's so popular, but it's still a classic.
Narrow Island can work