I agree with lala either bring it forward or have a concrete worktop or something and go with an industrial feel . Don't tile it. I would probably come right in front of it and then build a very slim floor to ceiling shelf unit over it for spices etc very narrow with the exposed steel as the back and the shelves matching the cupboards.
Could you not just bulk out the bit of wall in between the cupboards and the counter? So instead of bringing the entire run of cupboards forward, you could slot plasterboard in front of the RSJ just in the space and then plaster that? You would lose counter top space, but I don't think you would notice it particularly to look at.
Personally, I would make the RSJ the same width as a whole number of tiles, to avoid cutting and then tile over it. But it sounds like the RSJ bump bothers you more than me.
I also LOVE the open shelving idea. But it doesn't really allow for tiling.
Hi - why not ask the kitchen company for a pair of doors small kitchen doors so it looks like a hatch - or ask them to make open shelving there between the worktop and the underside of the cupboards . (For mugs etc)
To flatten that wall it would need that run of units pulled forward of the protrusion first - would mean your sink run would be shorter by that same amount - or the peninsular would be over into the dining space by that same amount - - but it means beefing up the wall - so I can see why they didn't suggest it - because unless they knew how much you don't like it - it's a lot of expense just to make that little bit of wall disappear !
If you look on my pro page at ECW's design - it has the shelving between the wall and base cabinets - those are deeper base cabinets below - but you could get the same effect by pulling the base cabinets out ! www.houzz.com/pro/oneplan/oneplan Hope that helps !
Could you have a "feature area" (eg a magnetic blackboard sheet to stick shopping lists to) to put just on the bit that sticks out? Or a frameless mirror? So that the sides and back of the area are tiled but the front bit that sticks out has a different plainish surface on it that doesn't interfere with the pattern. Those are very patterny tiles and anything complicated will distract from them.
It is not really obvious how much the rsj juts into the room. I would avoid making a feature of it and simply tile over it. The pattern of the tiles will distract the eye.Alternatively level out the whole back wall between the cabinets with plasterboard and battens. Just the bit that will be tiled. This will mean losing worktop space but I don't know how much.
Kitchen design is here. If you look on the wall at the back you can see a piece of the wall which sticks out onto the kitchen counter, this is the steel support for the RSJ (kitchen is in the extension part of the house) so it cannot be removed but I am not sure the tiles will look right going over it.
Do you have any ideas how I can make this bit of wall into a feature?