Kitchen wallpaper is a design choice that is becoming more and more popular as people realise it is an effective and cheap way of injecting style, creativity and personality into the room. It is a powerful tool, as it can make a big design impact in a small space, helping to prevent the kitchen feeling cold and clinical.

 

Wallpaper can be used in hundreds of different ways to achieve different functions. Depending on your needs, it can be used to complement the kitchen subtly, or with a bang – drawing the eye and gaining attention; it can work to create different zones in an open-plan space, compartmentalizing the room and making it clear where the work, relaxation and eating happens; it can work as good distraction from all of the technology on show and the big expanses of stainless steel; and much, much more.

 

One of wallpaper’s biggest advantages is it is cheaper than most other materials, and much easier to put in place. While previously it may have been difficult to clean and protect from wear-and-tear, new developments have meant durable, water-proof wallpapers, sealed to protect them from moisture and make it easy to clean.

 

Here are just a few ways in which you can use wallpaper in your kitchen:

 

Start with baby steps

You don’t have to start out with the whole hog if you’re nervous about using wallpaper. Begin by testing it out in smaller spaces as an accent. For instance, you can put in a strip between the upper cabinets and the ceiling for a bold line of colour. You can also measure wallpaper to fit the inside of your shaker cabinets- this increases the illusion of depth in the room, as well as compliments and show-offs whatever your house on your shelves.

 

Use it to make a statement

Wallpaper is a fun and creative way of adding personality to your kitchen. A vibrant, colourful pattern can be used to make a bold statement and inject some life. The kitchen can often be a slightly sterile, cold room, so wallpaper is a good way of warming up the room and adding a quirk.

 

Try to not overwhelm the room by choosing your other colours carefully and making sure they work with the wallpaper.

 

Contrast colours

One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that you can’t use wallpaper if you don’t have a white or neutral kitchen. This is not true. Play off of the colours you already have, using wallpaper to contrast and compliment your existing colour scheme. It can pick up on subtler colours in the room and play off of them or contrast to great effect.

 

Mimic your wallpaper with accessories

A great way of complementing your wallpaper and using it to its full potential is to choose kitchen accessories and decorations that mimic its pattern and colours. Fabric, artwork and accessories can all be used to reflect your wallpaper and carry on the theme, creating design consistency and continuity.

 

Go minimal

All this being said, wallpaper doesn’t have to be bright or jazzy – neutral wallpaper with a subtle pattern can work to give your kitchen a classy, relaxed and authentic style. Understated and simple, it will still give your kitchen a lift and add something special.

 

Similarly, a large-scale print can be a good alternative to a busy print, helping keep the room minimal while adding a point of interest.

 

Use it to fake other materials

If you’re keen on brick/concrete/etc. walls but can’t afford it, wallpaper can be a very handy, and cheap, way of mimicking them. Plenty of quality wallpapers are made to look exactly like other materials and can work as an effective substitute.  For example, you can use an exposed brick pattern that looks just like the real thing.

 

If you are looking for expert advice on using wallpaper in your kitchen, our expert designers are more than happy to help. Simply book a free design consultation at your nearest Optiplan showroom.

Kitchen wallpaper is a design choice that is becoming more and more popular as people realise it is an effective and cheap way of injecting style, creativity and personality into the room. It is a powerful tool, as it can make a big design impact in a small space, helping to prevent the kitchen feeling cold and clinical.

 

Wallpaper can be used in hundreds of different ways to achieve different functions. Depending on your needs, it can be used to complement the kitchen subtly, or with a bang – drawing the eye and gaining attention; it can work to create different zones in an open-plan space, compartmentalizing the room and making it clear where the work, relaxation and eating happens; it can work as good distraction from all of the technology on show and the big expanses of stainless steel; and much, much more.

 

One of wallpaper’s biggest advantages is it is cheaper than most other materials, and much easier to put in place. While previously it may have been difficult to clean and protect from wear-and-tear, new developments have meant durable, water-proof wallpapers, sealed to protect them from moisture and make it easy to clean.

 

Here are just a few ways in which you can use wallpaper in your kitchen:

 

Start with baby steps

You don’t have to start out with the whole hog if you’re nervous about using wallpaper. Begin by testing it out in smaller spaces as an accent. For instance, you can put in a strip between the upper cabinets and the ceiling for a bold line of colour. You can also measure wallpaper to fit the inside of your shaker cabinets- this increases the illusion of depth in the room, as well as compliments and show-offs whatever your house on your shelves.

 

Use it to make a statement

Wallpaper is a fun and creative way of adding personality to your kitchen. A vibrant, colourful pattern can be used to make a bold statement and inject some life. The kitchen can often be a slightly sterile, cold room, so wallpaper is a good way of warming up the room and adding a quirk.

 

Try to not overwhelm the room by choosing your other colours carefully and making sure they work with the wallpaper.

 

Contrast colours

One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that you can’t use wallpaper if you don’t have a white or neutral kitchen. This is not true. Play off of the colours you already have, using wallpaper to contrast and compliment your existing colour scheme. It can pick up on subtler colours in the room and play off of them or contrast to great effect.

 

Mimic your wallpaper with accessories

A great way of complementing your wallpaper and using it to its full potential is to choose kitchen accessories and decorations that mimic its pattern and colours. Fabric, artwork and accessories can all be used to reflect your wallpaper and carry on the theme, creating design consistency and continuity.

 

Go minimal

All this being said, wallpaper doesn’t have to be bright or jazzy – neutral wallpaper with a subtle pattern can work to give your kitchen a classy, relaxed and authentic style. Understated and simple, it will still give your kitchen a lift and add something special.

 

Similarly, a large-scale print can be a good alternative to a busy print, helping keep the room minimal while adding a point of interest.

 

Use it to fake other materials

If you’re keen on brick/concrete/etc. walls but can’t afford it, wallpaper can be a very handy, and cheap, way of mimicking them. Plenty of quality wallpapers are made to look exactly like other materials and can work as an effective substitute.  For example, you can use an exposed brick pattern that looks just like the real thing.

 

If you are looking for expert advice on using wallpaper in your kitchen, our expert designers are more than happy to help. Simply book a free design consultation at your nearest Optiplan showroom.