We've talked about wallpaper in the kitchen before, showing vibrant, pretty kitchens decked out in paper; as well as smaller installations, like above the cabinets and in a storage niche. And now we're curious: Would you ever put wallpaper in the kitchen? Or does the idea make you shudder? If the latter, you might have your mind changed by something unusual about the wallpaper in the photo above. This lovely kitchen is from a home in Colorado, where the owner knew she didn't want an all-white kitchen. So there are serious splashes of color in the island and wallpaper backsplash. The wallpaper is actually custom and hand-painted (hello, spendy!!) and the designer protected the paper with a ProSeal coating. Supposedly this protects the paper and makes it completely impermeable to stains and splashes — almost as good as a tile backsplash.
I'm not familiar with this coating, but if it's as good as it sounds, it does make wallpaper a slightly more practical option. Heck, it could even be cheaper than tile or stone.