decided yet, which way to go, but you've given me som things to think about. I don't think I want to go with forica -- I did the countertops in a white, leather-grain formica after installing all white cabinets. I probably have enough formica left to do the area but want a real splash of color now to break it up. I may do a 4" splashboard of the formica, though, and then go with wallpaper above that. I like designer tiles, but they are expensive. If the luan backing will work OK, I might try that. Also, thanks for the idea of contacting the wallpaper company. If I go with wallpaper, I will definitely do that. Thanks again.