Kitchen wall ideas – 22 ways to style up your space

Let these ideas inspire your kitchen decor to ensure no wall is left blank
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  • Adding decor to your kitchen can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming, as it’s such an important space in your home. So when looking for kitchen wall ideas, it’s easy to get a bit lost. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of ideas to inspire you, so that your kitchen can have just as much personality as the rest of your home.

    From paint, to wallpaper, lighting to artwork, there are plenty of ways to fill the wall space in your kitchen, it’s just about having the confidence to go for it!

    And your kitchen wall decor ideas don’t have to become huge projects or costly endeavours, some of our ideas are super simple and can be created in just an afternoon with the smallest of budgets!

    Kitchen wall ideas

    As the heart of most homes, kitchen walls should be just as prominent in our thoughts when it comes to decoration as that of the living room and bedroom walls. Yet our kitchens are often the room we consider least when it comes to wall decorations.

    It’s perhaps thanks to the dominance of kitchen cabinets and tiled splashbacks that many are afraid to add decor to kitchen walls – but we say fear not, it’s all about finding the right balance.

    Our eclectic kitchen ideas are sure to brighten up your blank walls and help add a touch of personality.

    1. Embrace bare brick

    Kitchen with bare brick chimney wall and houseplants adorning fireplace

    Image credit: Future Plc/Veronica Rodriguez

    An exposed brick wall makes for cool decor in it’s own right! Perfect for period and contemporary homes alike, either strip it back to the originals, or if the bricks aren’t in good shape, or you want to make a feature of an internal wall, opt for brick slips. Brick slips are thin slices of brick that can be added retrospectively to walls, to create the look of a bare brick wall.

    To stop your brick wall looking too cold and bare, bring some life to it by hanging and displaying an array of houseplants along it, in a variety of colourful pots.

    2. Make a display of boards

    Pale green kitchen wall with wooden chopping boards hung from hooks

    Image credit: Future Plc/Simon Whitmore

    Got an impressive collection of wooden chopping boards? Then make a display of them to create stand-out kitchen wall decor, plus free up cupboard or surface space. Use screws fitted into wall plugs for your heavier boards, but for lighter, smaller ones, you could just use some transparent plastic hooks, or some brass nails that easily tap into the wall.

    Play around with the orientation of the boards, so some are hung upside down, to create a stylish and whimsical display.

    3. Fill your wall with open shelving

    Kitchen with full height open shelving across one entire wall

    Image credit: Future Plc/Colin Poole

    If you have lots of glaswware, crockery and cookbooks, make a display of them by opting for open shelving that covers an entire wall of your kitchen. Not only will this mean everything you need is easily to hand, but it will also create an impressive display on your wall, and one that can easily be changed to suit your style.

    Worktop to ceiling shelving can easily be built by a carpenter, or even yourself if you’re a dab hand at DIY. Add even more colour and personality to your kitchen wall, think about painting the shelves in bright colours to match your flooring or tiles, or even pop some wallpaper at the back of each shelf too.

    4. Light up your wall with neons

    White painted kitchen with black painted brick wall and neon light hung on the wall

    Image credit: Future Plc/Colin Poole

    Forgo traditional wall lights in your kitchen and opt for something that sparks a bit more personality and fun, like a neon light. Letters, words, slogans or even a line from your favourite song look super cool lit up in neon. Think about choosing your lights in a colour that will really pop against the wall behind it and don’t be afraid to go BIG!

    5. Super-size your shopping list

    Brown paper roll hung from wall in kitchen as giant shopping list

    Image credit: Future Plc/Joanna Henderson

    Make a giant shopping list or meal planner to display on your kitchen wall, by hanging a roll of brown kraft paper. Use a length of dowl or a wooden baton to support the roll of paper and hang on the wall with leather drawer pulls. Position the roll of paper so that it can be unrolled and written on, and use bulldog clips to weigh it down.

    Buy now: Östernäs leather handles, £12 for 2, IKEA

    6. Add wooden panelling to create a feature

    Green kitchen with wooden panelled wall and peg rail

    Image credit: Future Plc

    Another kitchen wall decor idea is to add wooden panelling that can be painted in a shade to match your cabinets. Tongue and groove planks are easy to attach either individually or in ready-made panels. Once attached to the wall and painted, add a peg rail and shelf to create space to display crockery and accessories, giving your kitchen wall a striking new look.

    7. Celebrate the written word on walls

    A grey kitchen with winnie the Pooh quote art work and a bookshelf

    Image credit: Future Plc/Rachael Smith

    The main star of this sophisticated grey kitchen is the paragraph art work. You can never go wrong when quoting Winnie the Pooh and friends – it’s a classic for feel-good and motivational messages.

    An understated piece of text is a great way to add a touch of personality to the walls in kitchens and dining rooms. It’s an ideal conversational piece that works well in the small kitchen above.

    8. Look to a chalkboard to offer flexibility

    A chalkboard wall behind a round wooden dining table

    Image credit: Future Plc/Tom Meadows

    Painting a section of wall with chalkboard paint allows you to create a feature wall, but one that is interchangeable. Use a chalkboard pen to create a menu-inspired artwork one day then fill the space with a motivational quote the next.

    The natural feel of a chalkboard allows the freedom to change how you create a feature wall to decorate your kitchen. It’s a simple way to bring character to a pared-back kitchen scheme.

    9. Frame your favourite wallpaper

    A dark green kitchen with dining chairs around an island with a statement light above it

    Image credit: Malcolm Menzies/ Pluck Kitchens

    This stunning kitchen lighting idea is an artwork in itself and creates a focal point in the kitchen.

    If you’re unsure how to wallpaper a feature wall but love a wallpaper design, try framing small sections instead. Framed samples of vintage wallpaper makes for interesting alternative artwork that can tie in colour choices that feature throughout the rest of the kitchen. Plus it’s a cost-effective way of making artwork work harder.

    10. Welcome a sign

    A wooden shelf below a wine bar sign on a grey wall

    Image credit: Future Plc/David Giles

    A sign toasting to wine is welcome in any kitchen. Turn your bare kitchen walls into a tribute to a wine bar with the help pf a reclaimed or vintage-style sign, as has been done in this Scandi kitchen. A fabulous idea, as building a home bar becomes one of the most popular DIY jobs in recent years.

    11. Captivate with a large wall clock

    A long wooden dining room table next to a huge wall clock

    Image credit: Future Plc

    Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak, a large wall clock helps to keep track of time while adding decoration to walls. In an open-plan kitchen that’s frequented by all the family, a clock becomes invaluable, because they say time flies when you’re having fun!

    This functional but attractive solution helps to ensure time doesn’t get away from you.

    Buy now: Brass Skeleton 80cm Wall Clock, £40, Dunelm

    12. Serve up a large-scale wall mural

    A dining area with a wooden table and spoon wall decor

    Image credit: Future Plc/Dominic Blackmore

    Make a statement by going large with your chosen design. A 3D Trompe L’oeil design will go a long way to add humour and a talking point to a family kitchen-diner.

    Great for a smaller section of wall, a neutral background fills the rest and really lets the images pop, bringing them to life. Stylist tip: Think of your eye line. Position the mural so it sits just above the level of the table, so none of the detail is lost.

    Buy now: Dandy Spoons Wallpaper Mural, from £40, Surface View

    13. Inject personality with photos

    A grey kitchen wall with shelving, photographs and artwork

    Image credit: Future Plc/Lizzie Orme

    Adding a personal touch, such as family photos, is also a welcome way to make any room feel comforting. This kitchen wall in bold blue provides the perfect backdrop for displaying a simple string of printed pictures. The people and places that hold fond memories of fun times and travel offer an ideal conversation starter.

    To add further decoration and colour, the same wall is decorated with colourful cookbooks, retro soup cans upcycled into plant pots, slogan artwork and curios from beach-combing. This is a great DIY kitchen idea that doesn’t cost the earth and offers a montage of memories.

    14. Mount plates to display

    A dark grey kitchen wall with mounted plates behind an island

    Image credit: Future Plc/Mark Bolton

    Plates mounted to the wall can be cool. The roundness of these beautiful plates complements the bulbous kitchen island lighting idea, while the pattern breaks up the plainer elements of the kitchen. These artisan woven plates help add a beautiful element of texture to the wall, with texture playing a key role in emerging home decor trends.

    You can buy smart adhesive discs to secure to the back of any decorative plate, allowing you to hang it with a concealed hanging.

    Buy now: 4″ Disc Adhesive Plate Hanger, £2.94, Amazon

    15. Stick to a theme

    A country kitchen dining area with a glass fronted dresser and artwork on the wall

    Image credit: Future Plc/Polly Eltes

    From the wall decor to the china, create real impact by choosing a theme – such as a coastal one. This popular maritime theme is popular for kitchens, given the seafood element that ties in seamlessly in a room where you prepare and serve food.

    16. Add accent colour with statement wall art

    A wooden bench with cushions against a dark grey wall with a painting hung on it

    Image credit: Future Plc/Mark Bolton

    A single piece of statement artwork can help to add bold accent colours to the space. If your kitchen colour scheme is that of on-trend dark grey or navy, you might be looking to lift the colour palette with hits of bright colour.

    One statement artwork is enough to do that in abundance. As this fine example shows, the expressive wall art jumps off the wall to add an element of decorative flair.

    17. Embrace a gallery wall element

    A light and airy kitchen with a narrow island and small shelves displaying artwork

    Image credit: Futuer Plc/Davide Lovatti

    To give the kitchen unprecedented style credentials a gallery picture wall is the ultimate in wall decor. This can be easily achieved on a budget thanks to the handy IKEA picture ledges. Simply mount one or two together to create a unique display space for all manner of prints and decorative items.

    The beauty of using a picture ledge means you can mix things up and rearrange the displays whenever the mood takes you. As opposed to making holes in the wall to hang each frame independently.

    Buy now: Mosslanda Picture Ledge, £5, IKEA

    18. Make peace with coordinating colours throughout

    A navy blue kitchen with an island and a peace sign on the wall

    Image credit: Future Plc/Rachael Smith

    Even a busy kitchen can still sport decoration on the walls. The key is to coordinate colours to prevent the scheme from feeling overwhelming.

    A fine example is this cheery wooden peace sign which uses mixed materials to effortlessly tie in the colours that run throughout the kitchen.

    From the rusted tone of the exposed brick and leafy greens of the plants to the striking blue on the walls. The artwork adds interest to the wall but offers an element of camouflage due to its coordinated colours.

    19. Mix things up

    A blue kitchen with mosaic floor tiles and white walls

    Image credit: Future Plc/Polly Eltes

    If your kitchen has the wall space to allow it, why not mix things up? Use every wall to add a touch of embellishment with a mix of every element. A style tip is to keep the walls in a neutral shade to stop the space feeling too busy and cluttered. But also to give more prominence to the decorations you wish to showcase.

    In this Shaker kitchen the blue low units and a busy patterned floor help to anchor the room, making sure that the wall decor doesn’t steal the limelight.

    20. Dominate one wall with design prints

    A white kitchen wall with three digital London prints hung up

    Image credit: Future Plc/Darren Chung

    As you’d find in an art gallery, use one plain wall – preferably neutral in colour – to align matching framed prints. Artwork in a kitchen space can welcome a point of interest.

    Using decorative artwork can help to add uncommitted accent colours that can be changed as and when the mood takes you. Art is a great way to coordinate a colour scheme through kitchen accessories, such as tableware or appliances.

    21. Set the scene

    A dining area with a tree and lamppost sticker on the wall

    Image credit: Future Plc/David Brittain

    One way to really use a wall for decorative purposes is with a mural or large-scale sticker depicting a scene. Painting wall murals has become increasingly popular in recent years, with homeowners getting creative with masking tape to do the job. Even using leftover paint can help to make this a budget-friendly option for wall decoration.

    However if you want the look without the effort or commitment of painting a mural, there are many brilliant sticker solutions to do the job – with no mess or fuss. The best places to try for wall sticks are Wayfair and Etsy, both have an extensive range to suit all tastes.

    22. Add cheer with simple artwork

    A sink area with wooden worktop, white shelving and yellow appliances

    Image credit: Future Plc/Jon Day

    There’s no saying the artwork has to be ornately framed to hold a presence. Here, a simple poster adds a nostalgic touch to a corner of the kitchen. The zesty lime print helps pack a punch when it comes to adding accent colours. It ties in with the coloured kitchen accessories too, which helps to lift the brilliant white kitchen.

    This unusual kitchen splashback idea is also like a work of art in itself – decorative yet practical.

    What is wall decoration?

    Quite simple it’s anything hung from a wall that adds a decorative element. Whether it be a piece of captivating artwork, a metal sculpture-style piece, or even a length of fabric like a wall-mounted rug – anything goes. If you can safely and securely attach it onto walls, it can welcome a decorative touch.

    Wall decoration can help to add colour where necessary, it can add a colour inject for an all-white colour scheme or act as an accent colour in a bolder navy kitchen for instance. Wall decoration can help to add texture too, to break up the blank canvas of a bare wall.

    What should I put on my kitchen wall?

    That all depends on the style and scale of the kitchen in question. As we’ve shown from our ideas above, if you can wall-mount it then it’s fair game to consider as kitchen wall decoration.

    But there are lots of ways to decorate your kitchen walls, from panelling, to tiling, painting or artwork. It’s all about getting creative and turning your vision into reality. With kitchens often being the hub of the home, it’s a space you can have fun with and show some personality in too.

    So what are you waiting for, time to get decorating!


    Additional words: Holly Walsh

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