Small Ways to Incorporate Wallpaper in a Kitchen

Small Ways to Incorporate Wallpaper in a Kitchen

Leah Moss
Mar 16, 2010

Wallpaper a kitchen? The thought brings chilling flashbacks of a kitchen I once saw that had been decked out in the 70s with black, brown, and yellow tea kettles— yikes! However, modern wallpaper in limited doses is a whole different story. When used with reserve it injects just the right amount of personality to the often overly utilitarian space.

How did I forget this idea in my un-kitcheny kitchens post? When used as an accent, wallpaper invites the coziness and personalities of other rooms into the kitchen. Here are my favorite ideas for working it in...
• 1. Heather's converted tobacco factory loft is one of my favorite house tours to date, and my favorite room is her dreamy kitchen. Heather ditched the idea of standard over counter cabinets for a sleek display shelf with a wallpapered backboard. The paper ties her open kitchen into the rest of the loft seamlessly. To see the rest of her stellar home, click here.
• 2., 3. Wallpapering the backsplash packs a powerful punch. I had a friend employ this trick in her rental by wallpapering thin particle board that she cut to fit snugly between the upper cabinets and counter tops. After papering the boards, she covered them with a layer of matte polyurethane, affixed 3M picture hangers to the back, and popped them into place. The look is especially helpful when trying to distract from a less than desirable cabinet color (picture 3). For more ideas on how to wallpaper your backsplash, read Susie's post on the subject.
• 4. Wallpaper an accent wall to enhance a breakfast nook. It's easy for the breakfast nook to look like an after thought— it's usually the spot where the out-grown dining room table ends up and the chairs that have no home go to be useful. Adding a little pattern to the space is an easy way to give the small (hard-working) spot a little cheer.
•5. The talented Viv of ish & chi added a good dose of pattern and color into her otherwise neutral modern-leaning kitchen by papering the inside of the glass-fronted display cabinet. I love hos it creates an instant focal point and gives the kitchen an unexpected, whimsical punch. Check out the rest of her kitchen renovation here.

(Images: 1: Briana Brough Photography via Apartment Therapy DC, 2, 4: Domino, 3: Design*Sponge, 5: Ish and Chi)

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