Hot Design Trend: Kitchen Wallpaper

Kitchen Wallpaper

This year, kitchen wallpaper is tops on the hot list for designer wall décor. Although cabinets are the dominant feature in most kitchens, wallpaper accents and borders can add a unique and stylish element to the room. Today’s styles are not your grandmother’s flocked wallpaper. Instead, you can choose from an almost-infinite selection of colors, textures, and décor styles. There is indeed something for everyone.

Why Wallpaper is Today’s Big Thing

Designers are constantly challenged to find new ways to add the ‘wow factor’ to clients’ homes, but without a ‘wow’ price tag. Wallpaper in the kitchen is one of the best ways to affordably crank up the volume on style. Faux finishes and other paint techniques are popular, but wallpaper can do much more than paint, and often for a lower cost. Quick and easy to install, even for a DIY decorator, wallpaper options are virtually unlimited.

Contemporary Kitchen Wallpaper Trends for 2014

Pantone has declared Radiant Orchid as 2014’s Color of the Year. Unfortunately, a Radiant Orchid kitchen isn’t attractive to most of us. The good news is that any bold color can find a happy home in your kitchen with wallpaper. Designers suggest soothing neutral tones as the basis for the kitchen, with pops of accent color. Wallpaper is the perfect vehicle for adding these color accents, and it’s simple to replace when a new color or pattern catches your eye. Pair your colorful wall accents with gray tones and sleek, shiny white appliances, and you’ll be right on point this year that will stand the test of time.

How to Choose the Perfect Wallpaper for Your Kitchen

It may seem daunting to choose the right wallpaper. After all, there are so many to choose from! After you’ve selected your color family, consider the type of pattern or print you love. Perhaps you prefer a rich texture but in solid color such as grasscloth. Designers suggest using a small geometric pattern in the kitchen, because you’ll likely be working with limited space. Remember that darker colors shrink the space while lighter colors make it appear larger. If you haven’t looked at wallpaper lately, you may be surprised to find beaded papers, metallics, cork, birch and other wood grains and even delightful hand-painted patterns.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of choosing a wallpaper, start slowly by browsing online for design ideas, or by scheduling a consultation with an interior designer. Check out one of the online wallpaper showrooms or a supplier in your area. You can order samples of your favorites (usually in 8” x 10” pieces), then tape them up for a few days to try them out. You may discover that kitchen wallpaper is exactly what you’ve been looking for!

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