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.