Ideas for Using Tall Backsplash Area?

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Q: The upper cabinets in the kitchen of my new rental apartment are hung very high. I'm on the short side, so I plan to use a step ladder to reach the cabinets, but how can make attractive use of the big space between my counters and upper cabinets? The walls are tile, so I can't drill into them.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.