16 Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper in the Kitchen

Make the most of your walls and personalize your kitchen with the pattern and texture of wallpaper.

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    Make a Statement

    Go bold with an all-over wallpaper treatment that blooms with a garden motif. Traditional white cabinetry, marble countertops, and open upper shelves prevent the bright blue backdrop from overwhelming visitors. A painted green island and fun fruit artwork pick up the colors of the floral pattern.


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    Mimic Materials

    An unexpected design detail, this romantic gray-and-white wallpaper ushers in an expensive baroque look for less. The shapely swirled pattern, which resembles marble from a distance, echoes the flourishes in the room's chandelier and wall sconces, as well as the curved quartzite backsplash. 

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    Pair with Accessories

    Continue the pattern of your kitchen wallpaper into surrounding accessories, fabric, and artwork for a cohesive design. The graphic wallpaper that surrounds this kitchen's cottage cabinetry continues in the cushion of a curved banquette and highlights oil-rubbed bronze hardware.

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    Continue a Color Scheme

    Butter-yellow cabinetry is the star of this kitchen, but dollops of red-figured pastoral toile wallpaper bring country character to the space. The charming pattern prevents the cabinetry from overwhelming the eye and adds depth to the backsplash and cornice.

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    Outfit Open Shelves

    Shake up Shaker-style open cabinets with a pretty wallpaper backdrop. Cut and measure your favorite design to fit the length of your cabinetry before installing the shelves. The rich espresso detail of this wallpaper increases the depth of the room and emphasizes neutral dishware.

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    Warm Up Whites

    White countertops and kitchen cabinetry can quickly overwhelm a room and make it feel cold. Warm it up in a jiffy with a high-contrast wallpaper pattern that surrounds the cabinets with inviting color.

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    Play with Pattern

    Wallpaper with a whimsical food theme adds charming detail to an otherwise neutral space. Apply it to a single accent wall, or wrap it around a butler's pantry for a bit of hidden pizzazz. The present-day print helps modernize this kitchen's salvaged steel cabinets and milk-glass panes.

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    Quick Tips for Applying Wallpaper

    Learn how to wallpaper with ease with these smart and simple tips.

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    Create Interest

    Play up big scale in a small space to create energy in a room. A fun oversize zebra wallcovering drives the neutral palette in this fun and fresh wet bar area, while an oversize chandelier adds formality.

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    Contrast Color

    Just because you've featured color elsewhere in your kitchen doesn't mean your walls have to play it safe. Upgrade from boring white paint to shiny metallic wallpaper for a look that complements the sleek style of a back-painted glass backsplash.

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    Create a Focal Point

    Make the area behind your island pop with a vibrant floral wallpaper. Buttery-yellow cabinets play off the rich red wallpaper and cool blue island in this historic home for an eclectic look in which each color stands out without clashing.

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    Designate a Workplace

    Create a kitchen desk area that is equally convenient and whimsical with the help of a colorful wallpaper-covered bulletin board. Look for discounted styles and update with the season; the easy revision won't fade and is simple to secure.

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    Decorate a Range

    Show off exactly where you found inspiration for your kitchen design. Here, Parisian character comes from a vintage map that was applied with wallpaper paste and covered with polyurethane. 

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    Marry Styles

    Unite the past and present with a modern kitchen wallpaper. Here, a contemporary geometric design balances a retro pendant light and old-school vinyl bar stools

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    Showcase a Staircase

    Papering a nearby staircase with grass cloth wallpaper infuses an open kitchen plan with organic texture. The neutral backdrop allows custom woodwork and little pops of color to shine.

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    Choose a New Neutral

    Wallpaper with a sophisticated Moroccan pattern adds visual interest to this monochromatic butler's pantry. The fresh stencil helps modernize a soapstone countertop and backsplash with authentic period charm.

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    Dress Up a Backsplash

    Pass up the geometry of tile or paneling for your backsplash -- go for a fluid or organic look with patterned wallpaper. Added to this contemporary kitchen, the damask design of the paper brings sinuous elegance to the hard edges of stainless steel, lacquered cabinets, and tempered glass. Add a panel of clear glass over the wallpaper for extra durability.

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