Kitchen Backsplashes: Wallpaper

Kitchen Backsplashes: Wallpaper

Wallpaper in the kitchen? To most, the answer to that question is a matter of taste. But can we agree that most people would contest using wallpaper as a backsplash? “It’s not waterproof”, “It attracts mold”, and “It doesn’t clean easily” are all valid reasons why people argue against wallpaper backsplashes.

But … what if… you put glass, or even acrylic, over that wallpaper? Wouldn’t that make all of the concerns listed above non-issues? I argue that it would.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are some amazing kitchen backplashes made of … you guessed it … wallpaper.


Let’s start with the image that inspired my obsession with wallpaper backsplashes.





And why limit your backlash to wallpaper? A beautiful wall-mural would work, as well. Love this cityscape here.




I mean, I literally couldn’t be more obsessed. Right now, my “backplash” is painted drywall. But I’m thinking sometime, in the next two years, I’ll pick a wallpaper and have my very own wallpaper backsplash.

So what do you guys think? Yay or nay? Great idea, or terrible idea? Dated, or ahead of its time?

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  1. Pam hunsaker
    September 17, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    I had wallpaper in my kitchen and covered it with plexiglass in the backsplash over the stove. Other than that, it was never a problem in the other areas!

  2. Ashley
    September 17, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    I adore the look but if you cook a lot then it’s a disaster. I had wallpaper in my kitchen right now and it’s splattered with wine, spaghetti sauce, soup, etc. it’s likely I’m just a really messy cook but how do you clean it if you accidentally splash food on it? The pics were gorgeous tho!

    • thedan26_wp
      September 18, 2015 / 1:00 am

      Hey you!
      Thanks for your comment! Did you see the part about the glass or plexiglass? That was my solution for the problem of wipeability, mold, grease stains, etc. Otherwise, I totally get what you mean (that poor toile wallpaper) 🙂