This is a perfect combo of my two favorite ideas for that space under the stairs leading to the basement. A reading nook AND book storage and shelves . assuming that there is enough space for this there.
Another example of a backpainted glass backsplash. "Installing a glass backsplash, painted on back in calming blue-gray, creates the illusion that the cabinets are floating for a lighter look." Could put over painted wave back splash.