Decorative tile treatments notwithstanding, I've long been a proponent of putting the kitchen backsplash to work. Add-on railing systems are a terrific retrofit option, but in a perfect world, built-in storage gets my vote, as it integrates with the architecture of the room as well as the cabinets. This configuration, part of Varenna's 'My Planet' kitchen, keeps things interesting with its composed design and use of materials—embossed lacquered aluminum and oak-look melamine. poliform.it
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.