Plastic Target placemats that I had (and love) reversibly stuck to the oh so gray (read depressing) backsplash.
"Before" photo: You can see how grey the backsplash is (and how much stuff is on the counter.)
One of the goals of The Cure is to get rid of things you don't love or don't serve a purpose. I adore these placemats but when I use them at the dinner table, the kids actually drop food on them (the nerve.) So, I retired them to a drawer where they were taking up space. Now they serve a purpose and I still love them!