Introducing wallpaper to kitchen-diners adds warmth and makes it a room you can really live in
Fabric and wallpaper are important parts of any decorating scheme, yet they’re often an afterthought in the kitchen. But, as larger spaces increasingly incorporate living and dining elements, a new approach is needed. One of the biggest trends is the adding of personality and character to what has always been a purely functional space – it’s common to see living room-style furniture, statement lighting and wall art used, as well as fabrics and wallpapers. With kitchens required to function as three rooms in one, careful thought should be given to the scheme as a whole. Of course, the cooking zone still needs to be super-practical, but living and dining areas often benefit from a softer touch. Sofas and armchairs can be protected against stains, many wallpapers gently wiped down, and it’s even possible to use your favourite wallpaper as a splashback.
Wallpaper can prevent a kitchen from feeling hard and clinical. Use it to either subtly complement your new room scheme or to take on a more central design role, drawing the eye and adding impact with a bold colour or design. Wallpaper is also very helpful in creating different zones and moods in an open-plan room.While the feature wall has fallen out of favour elsewhere in the home, it’s still a popular option for a multifunctional space, such as in an open-plan kitchen where it can be used to define zones. Wallpaper helps tie the scheme together and create a visual focus to the room, taking your eye away from the mechanical gadgetry on display. The busy environment of the home kitchen also allows for the choice of wallpapers to be more bold, energetic and fun than in other areas of the home.
A fabulous statement wallpaper in an open-plan space creates a stylish cooking and dining zone for your kitchen.
Why not go girly with a pretty pink wallpaper in the kitchen. Hot pink kitchen accessories maximise the feminine touch.
The shiny jet black kitchen units against the shimmering bronze mosaic tiles make this an unsual scheme for a kitchen, but the wallpaper around the entrance help to tie this weird and wonderful kitchen in with the rest of the house.
Kitchens present a challenging environment; they’re hot, steamy and greasy. The trick is to keep as much of this as possible away from any wallcoverings, which makes dining areas perfect locations. Here, dark wood paired with classic blue-and-white wallpaper is a striking combination.
Pattern continues to be a key trend but rather than choosing one style, try combining different designs for maximum effect. Successful schemes will combine pattern to draw the eye, add interest and soften the look. Instead of wallpaper, fabric has been used to create a patchwork wallcovering. All from the Chivasso collection, prices start at £84.70m, Jab Anstoetz.
Patterned wallpaper is very helpful in creating different zones and moods in an open-plan room.The key to uniting the look is in linking the colours used for wallcoverings to other aspects in the room, such as a fabrics, paint colour or accessories.
Kitchen wallpaper is a fantastic way to define your dining area in an open-plan scheme. Lay a matching table runner for a coherent look.
Add drama to your kitchen by hanging a striking wallpaper. This design is perfect for the latest nature-inspired trend.
Tired of a clinical white scheme? Why not add a glamorous shimmer to your kitchen with a metallic patterned wallpaper?
Pick a wallpaper that complements the rest of your scheme, this black and white floral design looks great against the black units and monochrome tiles.
Go for the vintage kitchen look with an eye-popping retro wallpaper like this one. Team with simple furniture to allow it to take centre stage.
To add a little glamour, why not try an opulent wall covering as a splashback? Avoid the area directly surrounding the oven and instead try papering just one statement wall in an L-shaped kitchen. Use pretty accessories in similar colours to tie in the look.
An effective kitchen-diner is all about contrast. Don’t be afraid to use a very delicate floral or intricate pattern in the dining area; just ensure the look is up-to-date by mixing it with contemporary furniture. Sculptural silhouettes, such as these dining chairs, create a great contrast.
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Borrow a little style-savvy from Scandi interiors with a chic monochrome look. If you are going to choose a statement paper like this one, the key is to keep fixtures and fittings utterly simple so as not to detract from the look.
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For a touch of Americana, why not go for a cheerful gingham? In this playful and pretty scheme, pelmet, tablecloth and wall treatments all match for a cohesive country style.
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Try a rustic approach – this can work particularly well in open-plan spaces or apartments when the aim is for living and dining spaces to converge seamlessly. Painted furniture and light fabrics pair neatly with floral wallpaper for a laid-back look.
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If entirely updating your kitchen isn’t an option, a bold wallpaper can have a transformative effect. If you are opting for something eye-catching like this, trying contrasting it with natural, organic shapes such as simple wooden furniture and striking lighting to draw the eye.
Small spaces are ideal for playful additions. This galley kitchen is enlivened by fun wallpaper and open storage, adding plenty of character and charm.
Botanicals remain a hot trend right now, adding instant freshness and a sense of the natural world. Try using a wallpaper like this in kitchen-diners that face onto the garden so that you are bringing the outside in.
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Wall coverings just get smarter and smarter. This tile-effect wallpaper looks just like a textured ceramic, perfect for packing a style punch on a budget.
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Small kitchens like this one can look super-cute when papered and decorated with pretty pastels, especially in compact living spaces. Just like cloakrooms, larders and pantries benefit from a bold decorating approach, resulting in a jewel-like space.
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