Even in the most beautiful homes, kitchens have (historically had) a tendency to feel sterile. Expensive countertops and elaborate backsplashes can only go so far in imparting personality to a space. Happily, this is changing. More and more, I’m seeing kitchens with character. After all, more and more entertaining is taking place the kitchen. Thus, art, accessories, unconventional furniture, and textiles are creeping in. Notably, wallpaper seems to be an emerging trend in kitchens. Here are 6 reasons why…
This kitchen in Sydney looks both tropical and inviting thanks to vibrant, palm-printed wallpaper hung on one wall. With the white bar and cabinetry, the punch of color and pattern is a welcome addition. Mai Tais, anyone?
William Morris wallpaper gracefully envelopes this Scandinavian style kitchen, offsetting warm wood finishes, mixed metallics, and white subway tile. Both fresh-feeling and traditional-leaning, this kitchen feels like the kind of space outputs raw kale salads and grandma’s famous cookies in equal quantities. Yes, I got all of that from one wall display.
Who can resist a little Fornasetti? Not I. Doesn’t it make the perfect backdrop for open shelving in this neutral-yet-uber-cool kitchen?
This is the kitchen of two artists living in Paris. Not surprising–is it? The gorgeous and elaborate wallpaper was hand printed by the couple and conveys a sense of soul.
A beacon of malachite is visible through a cutout that reveals the kitchen of Juan Carretero’s apartment. The green wallpaper calls to one in a way that makes one understand where Jay Gatsby was coming from when he gazed across the bay at the Buchanan’s dock each night.
Channeling a Moroccan vibe, this wallpaper is easier to install than tile. It also makes ordinary kitchen utensils look like an artistic still life.
Clearly wallpaper is one way to lavish style on your kitchen. This blog post is titled “vol. 1”, because it’s not the only way. I have a few more to share with you over the coming weeks. So please stay tuned.