Yes, You Can Use Wallpaper as a Kitchen Backsplash

Tile and stone is not the limit!


Backsplashes guard your walls against kitchen messes. But if you’re bored to death with the standard subway tile, be bold with a wallpaper design of your choice and a little help from your friend, tempered glass.

What you need: Wallpaper (we love this adorable zebra pattern featured on Better Homes and Gardens), a trusty neighborhood glass fabricator and a reliable contractor (assuming you don’t want to handle the installation yourself).

What you do: Ask the glass fabricator for a sheet of ¼-inch-thick tempered glass cut to the size of your backsplash. Have your contractor put up the wallpaper, then cover it with the glass, being sure to seal the edges with a bead of silicone glass sealant.

Why it works: Wallpaper alone is flammable and susceptible to stains. A glass barrier keeps hot oil and tomato sauce off your nice new kitchen feature while still showing off the goods.

What if I get bored with the pattern? Peel away the sealant, then swap out the wallpaper and install the glass once again for a refresh.

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Editor-in-Chief, Avid Reader, Wallpaper Enthusiast

Jillian Quint is the Editor-in-Chief of PureWow, where she oversees the editorial staff and all the fabulous content you read every day. Jillian began her career as a book editor...