I am currently waiting for my cabinets to be built - there was an equipment problem at the shop, so we're a couple of weeks behind. Install should start Aug 5 at the latest.
I was not planning on a backsplash right away, but saw a post on the Home Decorating forum that got me thinking about stencils. Would it look dorky to stencil a tree branch above the stove, and "scatter" falling leaves around the rest of the kitchen? We're an outdoorsy family (I have a bathroom decorated in camo), so it suits us. The cabinets will be light oak; countertops Cambria Somerset, which is a reddish-brown. I would stencil in a color not much darker than the walls (which are tan, BM Putnam Ivory), so it would be somewhat subtle.
I don't know if this is a good idea, or I'm just getting a little nutsy for something to do while I wait for cabinets.
Here is a link that might be useful: tree branch stencil