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Best Kitchen Wallpaper Ideas for a Cozy and Unique Space

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Wallpaper possesses the ability to imbue a space with a comforting and homey atmosphere - this includes the kitchen. Depending on the aesthetic you're aiming for, the wallpaper can give off a traditional or classic vibe. You may also consider revamping your kitchen by moving away from its current neutral hues to incorporate more depth. This could mean opting for colorful floral wallpaper across the entire kitchen or simply within a small breakfast corner. Regardless, exploring the best kitchen wallpaper ideas will enable you to find the ideal match, providing the enticing allure and nostalgic charm you aspire to evoke.

First on the list is the Haokhome 93042 Wallpaper, which is an excellent addition to any kitchen since it complements any rustic or farmhouse aesthetic. The second wallpaper is Akea Flat Faux Brick Stone Wallpaper for a brick effect, which is affordable and on-trend, but also complements a mismatched kitchen. Thirdly, the Geometric Hexagon Peel and Stick Wallpaper adds visual interest and depth but also works best for an accent wall as the focal point of a space without being too jarring like brick wallpaper tends to be.

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Best Kitchen Wallpaper Ideas

Start With a Classic Floral Patterned Wallpaper

1) Haokhome 93042 Wallpaper

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A classic floral pattern will never go out of style, regardless of the style you're going for. A rustic or farmhouse-style kitchen with a floral wallpaper design will still look trendy. Of course, my kitchen walls could do with a revival and upgrade from an old and outdated look to a breath of fresh air. Not to mention a burst of color is excellent when I crave transformation in areas around the house.

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A general rule of thumb when it comes to floral patterned wallpaper is colorful flowers like green and white bring about excitement and livelihood in the room. Additionally, bold and bright colors in flowers, like red, give any kitchen an attractive appearance that is very difficult to ignore. They add life to a space and make an excellent substitute for paint.


  • Easy to install
  • Waterproof
  • Renter-friendly
  • Removable
  • Beautiful print job


  • It's very heavy and sticky; you might need to cut it into manageable pieces.

Try a Brick Effect Moment

2) Akea Flat Faux Brick Stone Wallpaper

Akea Flat Faux Brick Stone Wallpaper Roll 3D Effect...
  • Vinyl wallpaper for walls. Each Roll Wallpaper 20.8 inches(W) x...
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  • NOT Pre-pasted. Require Apply Wallpaper Paste(Not Included).

Brick walls give a space just a hint of a tasteful and rustic industrial feel. Your house might not have naturally exposed brick, so your best bet is to use a realistic wallpaper design. Not only is it an affordable way to add brick and an on-trend, designer look to your kitchen, but it also looks beautiful. Brick wallpaper design also comes in multiple colors and patterns, so I don't have to stick to the original red brick theme.

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If your kitchen lacks a theme, red brick wallpaper is an excellent place to start because it easily complements any mismatched pots, pans, and kitchen cabinetry. Not to mention, it gives the room a warm and welcoming ambiance. If you like brick wallpaper, you can consider how you'll feel with brick tiles when the time for your remodels comes.


  • Easy installation process
  • Waterproof
  • Looks real
  • Won't show any imperfections


  • Requires wallpaper paste

Pick Bold Geometric Patterns For an Accent Wall

3) Geometric Hexagon Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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Geometric patterns are hard to ignore because they create a sense of order represented by repeating shapes and patterns. In my kitchen, a geometric pattern adds visual interest and depth and allows it to complement a wide range of décor styles. Naturally, the clean and simple lines of geometric patterns can help to open up a space, in this case, a small kitchen.

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If you're leaning towards a geometric pattern for an accent wall, remember it works best when it's the focal point of a space. You can use it tastefully on one or all surrounding walls as long as you keep all the other furnishings and decorative aspects as plain as possible. Geometric patterns tend to do best with most of my minimalist décor.


  • It can be used in any room
  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Won't leave glue on the wall
  • Doesn't warp


  • The pattern is imperfect, so matching the seams won't be easy.

Classic Gingham For a Farmhouse Aesthetic

4) NuWallpaper Farmhouse Plaid Wallpaper

NuWallpaper NUS2691 Farmhouse Plaid Peel & Stick...
  • Peel and stick to apply, pull up to remove
  • NuWallpaper is safe for walls and leaves no sticky residue behind
  • Easily repositionable while installing
  • NuWallpaper sticks to any smooth, flat surface—perfect for DIY...
  • Ideal for rental or home decorating

Gingham wallpaper is an easy and breezy way to refresh your homes and walls by creating a dimensional look. Its plaid design adds texture and creates a strong sense of structure and stability in your kitchen. It goes with any décor type, including rustic, farmhouse, traditional, and contemporary. Furthermore, gingham not only enhanced my interior space but splendidly transformed it.

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If you don't want gingham on all four walls, you can easily use it as an accent wall or in splashes around your kitchen for a hint of retro. This print has been around for a long time and is easy to work with since it can be dressed up or down. It goes with anything in any kitchen and will still look great in a year.


  • Ideal for renters or home decorating
  • Easily repositionable while installing
  • Looks great if you need a change


  • Shows the imperfections in a wall

Try a Fruit-Themed Wallpaper

5) RoomMates Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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  • 1 roll - 20. 5 inches wide X 16. 5 feet
  • Peel and stick to apply – no water, no paste, no mess
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Fruit-themed wallpaper is a great way to liven up a room, making an otherwise monotone space look fresh and inviting. Additionally, fruit is an iconic symbol of summer. Still, it can work year-round, and they are also a great way to bring a bit of a tropics haven into my home since they are bright and cheery and look great with just about any decorating style.

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Before selecting a style, remember fruit wallpapers have so many different variations that it would be impossible not to find one that fits your personality and style perfectly. Of course, you can choose from tropical orchid scenes, abstract designs, or even cartoon styles.


  • Easy to cut
  • Easy to reposition
  • Suitable for all spaces
  • Strong adhesive


  • Hard to work with

Create a Breakfast Nook With Chalkboard Art Wallpaper

6) Large Chalkboard Wall Decal

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You've probably seen chalkboard art doodles in cute little coffee shops or corner cafes. You can easily replicate the same idea in your breakfast nook for a unique and beautiful outcome. Additionally, you can get readymade chalkboard art wallpaper, or if you have an artistic side, buy plain chalkboard wallpaper and doodle your designs.

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Regardless, chalkboard art wallpaper also has its limitations. It might not look good if you cover an entire kitchen in it, especially small kitchens. Therefore, we recommend it for small spaces like a corner in your kitchen. It also doesn't have to cover an entire wall. It adds a flair of whimsy and could cost-effectively bring life to your kitchen.


  • Practical and stylish
  • Strong adhesive
  • Long-lasting


  • You might have to use smaller pieces to prevent air bubbles.

Experiment With Black and White

7) Erfoni Black and White Wallpaper

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Black and white will always be a timeless choice regardless of the design and where it's used. Therefore, it would look outstanding in a kitchen. However, I had to consider the size of my kitchen since I wanted to use black and white. A small kitchen would also benefit from smaller patterns to accentuate the natural light. Therefore, a bold pattern could still be used for a contemporary and modern look, but not all over the kitchen.

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Black and white also has the potential to create an illusion of depth, which is a great asset for rooms with low ceilings. Remember, before choosing black and white wallpaper for your kitchen, you need to do away with pastel countertops and bright colors or heavy wooden furniture. With black and white, I'd recommend a stylish and neutral palette that you can decorate as you please.


  • Durable
  • Dries quickly
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Consistent design


  • The texture makes it difficult to cut clean lines.

A Touch of Marble Sophistication

8) Caltero Marble Wallpaper

Caltero Marble Wallpaper 15.7" x 118" Marble Contact...
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The sophisticated look of marble is highly sought after anywhere. Wallpaper mimics the appearance of classic marble without the effort and high cost of fitting marble tiling. Additionally, the natural-toned design has a smooth finish adding to its ability to create a classically fashionable and chic décor. With marble wallpaper, it's easy for me to get variations with metallic accents.

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Marble can transform a kitchen into a stylish and modern space, especially if you know to pair it with complementing furniture and the right lighting. Furthermore, marble-type wallpaper can be used in an entire kitchen without feeling too boxy or unappealing. Light-colored marble wallpaper gives off a light and bright look, which is hard to resist; even a peel-and-stick marble countertop looks great.


  • Easy to clean
  • It can be used on any surface
  • Strong adhesive


  • Takes a long to install.

Express Yourself in a Mural Theme

9) DERUN TRADING Mural Wallpaper

Mural wallpapers are great for inspiration and allow you to decorate your walls with any image you choose. If you feel like giving your space a decorative element to add character, murals can enhance your kitchen's decoration more intensely than paint. Additionally, if you want to incorporate depth into your space, I would consider selecting a mural with texture.

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Since murals have large-scale patterns, you can use them to cover up dents in your wall. This is handy, especially if you're a renter and don't want to spend money on painting. A mural wallpaper is easy to install and remove. Lastly, a mural is a way to get that extra design appeal from my chosen wallpaper and still achieve an interesting feature in the kitchen. No more boring walls.


  • Reusable
  • Easy to reposition
  • Sticks well
  • Leaves no sticky residue


  • Easier to install if you have help

Go With a Crisp White Style

10) White Self-Adhesive Wallpaper Film

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  • Application : Table & Furniture Reform, Wall Decoration,...
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  • Quick and easy to install - just peel and stick
  • Feature : Flame Retardant, It has a texture, durable products ,...

You could never go wrong with crisp white wallpaper. Of course, you might think, why not just paint the whole kitchen white? Well, paint takes a long time to dry, and preparing your kitchen for repainting is a long process. Peel and stick wallpaper is a simple process that I can DIY and still create an amazing space. White wallpaper can also open up a kitchen and make it look big.

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Additionally, white is a neutral color that goes with most of my home décor and generates a feeling of cohesion, making even my small, cluttered kitchen look more tidy. Remember that too much white creates a clinical feeling, but decorating tastefully could make your kitchen feel more homely and put together. You can also balance it out with different colors of cabinetry.


  • Durable
  • Flame retardant, therefore excellent for kitchen
  • Well-textured
  • Great for DIY


  • Not easy to apply

Tiled-Effect Wallpaper

11) Livebor Kitchen Backsplash Tile Wallpaper

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Most modern kitchens have tiled walls. Tiled walls are easier to clean, and they are very handy in a humid environment like a kitchen. Therefore, it makes sense that there are waterproof tiled-effect wallpapers. They come in different colors and styles, and safe to say that I was spoilt for choice. Of course, you can always select a style that goes with your décor.

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Additionally, tiled-effect wallpaper is resistant to scratches, stains, and fading, making them a practical choice for high-traffic areas such as kitchens. They also give off a creative flair while offering practicality. Furthermore, this wallpaper type is low maintenance and doesn't get as cold as normal tiles.


  • Waterproof
  • Easy to install
  • Multi-purpose
  • Beautiful


  • Might remove the paint

Try Stripes For Good Measure

12) Guvana Striped Wallpaper

Guvana Stripe Black and White Peel and Stick Wallpaper...
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Striped wallpaper looks great in pastel colors and can elevate any space, especially small kitchens. Installing the wallpaper is very easy as well. Furthermore, stripes come vertically, horizontally, and diagonally with varying widths and colors. If you go with vertical stripes, you can create an optical illusion of height. On the other hand, you might prefer horizontal stripes since I noticed that they create an illusion of width which is the perfect complement for small spaces.

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Additionally, you can use stripes to draw attention to a particular area, like the awkward space around your kitchen door frame. Furthermore, it's easy to decorate around striped wallpaper. Neutral wallpaper goes well with brightly colored furniture in your kitchen. Bright and bold wallpaper goes well with muted tones on cabinets.


  • Easy to remove with no residue
  • Easy to clean
  • High-quality
  • Easy to apply


  • The paper doesn't end with a full stripe

Keep Your Ceiling Interesting

13) NuWallpaper Vintage Tin Tile Peel & Stick Wallpaper

NuWallpaper Vintage Tin Tile Peel & Stick Wallpaper
  • Peel and stick to apply, pull up to remove
  • NuWallpaper is safe for walls and leaves no sticky residue behind
  • Fix mistakes easily by repositioning
  • NuWallpaper sticks to any smooth, flat surface—perfect for DIY...
  • Ideal for rental or home decorating

Applying wallpaper on your ceiling for a flair of whimsy is an excellent choice. The best part about putting wallpaper on the kitchen ceiling is that I can go with any style or pattern I please, and it will still look good. If you have a small kitchen with a lot going on with the walls, like cabinets, paneling, and limited floor space, placing wallpaper on the ceiling is a great idea.

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Any interior designer will agree that wallpaper can transform a space, even on a ceiling. Kitchen wallpaper on the ceiling allows you to be brave and bold without becoming a distraction for the adjacent spaces. If you're looking for inspiration, having nice clean ceiling geometries works best.


  • Easy to reposition
  • Versatile
  • Budget-friendly


  • It's easy to get pockets of air in the wallpaper.

Bring in The Tropics

14) Self-Adhesive Decorative Wallpaper

Peel and Stick Wallpaper Self-Adhesive Removable...
  • Package includes:17.71”x236” self-adhesive Palm Leaf paper....
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A burst of colorful floral wallpaper is sometimes required to bring life to your kitchen. You don't have to overwhelm your kitchen by covering it in tropic-themed wallpaper. These types of bold patterns work well as a backsplash. So it's easier to accentuate some parts of my kitchen for a great look. The space under your cabinets and countertops is one such place.

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A tropical wallpaper with palm tree accents will likely transform your interior into an oasis. It can also be associated with many classic, bohemian, or contemporary decorative styles. Since tropic-themed wallpaper makes a big statement, I'd recommend using it in black and white for an accent wall.


  • You don't have to measure or trim much.
  • Hides dents and imperfections
  • Easy to reposition
  • Beautiful


  • A little thinner than most wallpapers

Go Bold With Intricate Designs

15) RoomMates Persian Ikat Wallpaper

RoomMates RMK12371PL Persian Ikat Peel and Stick...
  • 1 roll - 20.5 inches wide x 18 feet
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A wallpaper with an intricate pattern can be stimulating, exciting, or calming. Additionally, such wallpapers feature flowers, geometry, or ornaments and usually significantly impact the prevailing mood and help create the ambiance you desire. Furthermore, the intricate designs I prefer on the wallpaper are usually presented super realistic to increase their effect.

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Intricately patterned wallpaper usually contains many visual and haptic pattern designs that appeal to different senses and adds an individual touch to every room, making it appear larger or smaller. So like me, if you have a small kitchen, designs inspired by intricate designs should be well-spaced. Large kitchens, on the other hand, balance out intricate designs with their roomy ambiance.


  • Easy drying
  • No sticky residue
  • The design is easy to match
  • Very easy to install


  • The coloring is inconsistent

Factors to Consider Before Applying Wallpaper to Your Kitchen

Adding wallpaper to a space gives it a transformative effect and can turn a bland space into an artful picture of perfection. After settling on wallpaper as your agent of change, there are some factors to consider before installing it.

a) Waterproof Wallpaper

Generally speaking, the first factor you should look at is if the wallpaper is waterproof or scrub proof. This will guarantee its durability and stay on your walls for longer. As long as it’s waterproof, you can be assured that you’ll have a wall covering that’ll stand up to the daily rigors of the kitchen, especially in a large family where you cook a lot.

Waterproof Wallpaper

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Humid areas like the kitchen require waterproof wallpaper. In this case, traditional wallpaper just won’t cut it. Therefore, vinyl and non-woven or paper-based wallpapers are suitable for kitchens as long as a sealant is applied to them. This will ensure that you can wipe off splashes that occur from cooking.

b) The Size of The Wallpaper Pattern

Wallpaper designs with large and bold patterns make a room appear bigger. This is especially helpful if you’re working with a small kitchen. An oversized pattern expands your space even if used on a single wall. Furthermore, if you go for a large pattern, ensure to partner the pattern with neutral tones to accentuate your feature wall and make it stand out.

The Size of The Wallpaper Pattern

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If you have been considering a small pattern for your wallpaper, it might be a good idea to hang up a sample before covering your dining area with a pattern that will make you dizzy every time you look at it. If you still like it by the end of the day, you can consider making it a permanent addition. However, it would be best to pair it with large geometric prints.

c) Theme and Color Scheme of Your Kitchen

Your kitchen’s theme and color scheme plays a pivotal role in the type of wallpaper you choose. Remember, while wallpaper is transformational, it often comes as an afterthought since the kitchen is already painted and furnished. Therefore, most of the time, people work with an existing theme.

Theme and Color Scheme of Your Kitchen

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The theme and color of your kitchen should go with the wallpaper. Therefore, you will want to have wallpaper consistent with your kitchen’s style. It could be contemporary, traditional, rustic, or casual. As you consider the overall theme of your kitchen, remember the style of a room should reflect your style.

d) Layout of The Kitchen

The overall layout of your kitchen might determine whether or not you choose to have wallpaper. On that note, you should know that if your kitchen is arched on the inside, it might be very difficult to lay the wallpaper. Aside from the overall shape, you might also want to consider the openings like available windows.

 Layout of The Kitchen

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If the windows take up too much space, such as no wall space, will the remaining space benefit from wallpaper? The same applies to large pieces of art. If you’re okay seeing a sliver of your wallpaper, it might be a good idea to go with a bold pattern and design.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Best Kitchen Wallpaper

i) What is the best wallpaper for a kitchen?

Three main types of wallpaper are recommended for use in a kitchen. They are vinyl, Novamura, and washable wallpapers. Vinyl wallpapers are the most common and highly recommended. They are paper-backed with colors and patterns printed onto a vinyl surface and stuck on the wall using wallpaper paste.

ii) What color wallpaper to choose?

Choose wallpapers with colors in the same color palette as your furniture. This will make the room look more cohesive and beautiful. If you like to change the color of your walls often, choose neutral wallpapers, such as gray, beige, or white. Neutral wallpapers will look good with any color palette.

iii) How do I choose a good wallpaper?

A good wallpaper should be a good match to the other décor in the space. An element should tie everything together to create an intentional, cohesive look. Soft, cool colors feel more tranquil and relaxing, while warm colors feel livelier and more energetic

iv) Is wallpaper better than paint?

Yes, it is. Wallpapers can last up to 15 years and have high sustainability and reliability. Whereas wall paints tend to get damaged easily. Paints can last on a well-prepared surface for 5-6 years but still needs to touch up every year or two.

v) Is wallpaper cheaper than painting?

Higher cost: Wallpaper has a higher upfront cost than paint. It’s more expensive per square foot, especially for quality, durable wallpaper. Hanging it yourself is a great way to cut costs if you can pull it off.

The Bottom Line

Wallpaper can give any space a feeling of modernity and sophistication. That being said, your kitchen is where you prepare and eat meals. Therefore, there must be harmony and tranquility depending on your selected wallpaper. The best characteristic of any wallpaper should be its ability to match other design elements in a room easily.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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