How to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Wallpaper

Kitchens are often the last room you might think of when browsing wallpaper for your home. So if you’re looking for trendy kitchen wallpaper ideas read on!

Kitchens are often the last room you might think of when browsing wallpaper for your home. Along with bathrooms, kitchens are often subject to the false belief that they are a space wallpaper simply does not belong in – with the daily torrent of steam, heat, and potential splashes, paint or tiles may seem like the safer options if you’re looking for a long-lasting solution to decorate your walls with.

But this couldn’t be further from the truth – with all the advances in modern kitchen wallpaper technology, we now have the freedom to explore a multitude of prints and patterns to decorate kitchens with as a practical wallcovering solution. Versatile, expressive, and with a limitless number to choose from, kitchen wallpaper is a terrific option for anyone looking to take their decor to the next level and transform their kitchen space.

If you’re looking for trendy kitchen wallpaper ideas or need some inspiration, here’s our best kitchen wallpaper tips and tricks.

Get Sample Swatches

An essential when you’re on the hunt for your dream wallpaper – sample swatches. Just as you might paint a bare wall with different shades of paint to get a feel for the right colour, you can also order as many sample swatches of wallpaper designs as you like and hang them side-by-side on your kitchen wall.


This is a crucial part of the process, as perusing different wallpaper through a screen can sometimes give a distorted version of the design – maybe the colour is slightly different in real life, or the pattern is actually bigger than it seems. Even if the design is true to its on-screen image, giving yourself the chance to sample different prints means that you can get a feel for how the wallpaper will look in your kitchen, alongside your other bits and pieces of decor.

Material & Durability

Something to consider with kitchen wallpaper that might not be as much of an issue when papering other rooms – the quality and durability of the particular wallpaper material. Kitchens are, of course, prone to splashes, high levels of moisture, and heat, so your wallpaper needs to be built to withstand those conditions. Our stunning selection of kitchen and bathroom wallpaper is always crafted from the highest quality durable materials, so you can always rest easy when you’re cooking, washing, or cleaning in your kitchen.


There are two main types of wallpaper that we would recommend suitable to use in your kitchen. Keep an eye out for these materials when shopping for your perfect kitchen wallpaper design:

  • Vinyl. These wallpapers are paper-backed with colour and patterns specially printed onto a vinyl surface material, creating a hard, washable wallpaper that is resistant to fading when exposed to light. Vinyl is also resistant to water, meaning it’s great for areas that are subject to steam and moisture.
  • Washable. These wallpapers are made with a thin plastic coating, which covers the design printed onto the base paper. Not only does this offer a greater resistance to splashes and stains, but it means you can wipe down any accidental spillages with a damp cloth and not worry about leaving a watermark on your wall.

Complement Your Kitchen Decor

When you’re browsing through wallpapers, take the time to consider your existing kitchen decor. Look at your kitchen cabinets, the colour scheme, the floors, the decorations – is there an existing theme you can match your walls accordingly to? And if there isn’t, how might a certain wallpaper tie everything together? There’s so many themes to choose from if you’re looking to transform your kitchen, from the classic natural freshness of floral and trail to the rustic, industrial urban appeal of brick and tile


Consider Your Kitchen Size

Depending on how big or small your kitchen is, you might want to focus on a particular style of wallpaper to perfectly complement the size of the space you’re working with. If you have a cosier kitchen, opting for a simple kitchen wallpaper design is best – light-coloured, brightening, or illuminating wallpaper is ideal for creating the illusion of space, as any light will be reflected between the walls and make the room feel far more open, such as with a shimmering glitter wallpaper for a touch of modern sparkle.

You could even try papering the ceiling for an extra light-enhancing layer, or opt for stripes – a vertical striped wallpaper can work wonders for creating the illusion of height in a room.

On the other hand, if you have a bigger kitchen to play with, you have a greater level of flexibility to experiment with bolder kitchen wallpaper patterns and darker colours. You could even opt for a wall mural or a feature wall if you’re looking for a more unusual kitchen wallpaper.

If your heart is set on patterns, go big to give the illusion of a larger room, and small for a more intimate effect.

Think Outside the Box

Wallpaper doesn’t have to be limited to your walls. The beauty of wallpaper lies in its power to transform any surface it’s laid on, such as cabinets, fixtures, and cupboards. You could even wallpaper the inside walls of a cabinet or shelving unit for a pop of colourful pattern every time you open up the doors – there are endless possibilities to explore.


This is also a great chance to bring the theme of your kitchen together, as you can get creative with matching different designs and choosing complementary colours with your favourite patterns and prints.

If you’re feeling inspired and want to explore the wonderful world of kitchen wallpaper, then browse our stunning selection of designs and feel free to get in touch with one of our friendly team if you have any questions.

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