How to Select Wallpaper For the Kitchen

Adding a wallpaper in the kitchen is an easy way to bring mood-boosting color and pattern to an often overlooked space. In addition, it’s a more durable option than tiles or paint and can be easily cleaned when grease, food and spillages occur.

As with all decorating projects, it’s essential to consider the practicalities of a new kitchen wallpaper before taking the plunge. First, make sure the chosen design is wipeable and will stand up to frequent cleaning. Woven or fabric wallpapers should be avoided in the kitchen, as they can retain foul smells and aren’t as easy to clean as vinyl options.

Next, select a wallpaper that fits your style. You don’t need to match the entire room, but choosing a similar shade or pattern will create continuity and ensure your wallpaper doesn’t clash with your countertops or cabinets. A striped wallpaper will add an eye-catching focal point, while floral wallpaper can create a warm and inviting kitchen atmosphere.

A wallpaper with a pattern can also be used to line a pantry door or open shelving. It’s an easy DIY project that can be completed over a weekend and will give the storage piece a fresh, designer look.

When selecting a wallpaper for the kitchen, keep in mind that darker wallpapers can make small spaces feel cave-like, while light and bright designs can visually elongate a tiny space. If you have an open-plan kitchen, choose a wallpaper to zone the space and provide visual separation between the cooking area and dining or sitting areas.

For kitchens with a lot of natural light, a neutral or pale wallpaper will create a light and airy effect. This style is also a great choice for smaller kitchens as it can make the space feel bigger.

In a bolder kitchen, a colorful wallpaper can instantly add personality and energy. For a subtler approach, try a grey or blue wallpaper that ties in with your accent colors and furniture. If you prefer a more classic look, there’s also the option to use an all-white wallpaper to instantly brighten up your kitchen.

A textured kitchen wallpaper can add an extra dimension to your kitchen, while a faux wood or stone wallpaper can mimic your countertop materials for a cohesive look. For a simple yet effective kitchen wallpaper, opt for a smooth vinyl in at least a six-mil thickness.

Two-toned kitchens are a huge trend at the moment and wallpaper is a great way to subtly introduce a second color into your kitchen. This blue and pink kitchen wallpaper from KT II Design, Boston, pairs a bold geometric design with a pale hex print for a truly stylish and practical result.

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