A few years ago when my new kitchen was first put in, I went for a brave, bright paint option on the walls. They are a bright, zingy, chartreuse green and I love them. It’s been the perfect foil for my cupboards, surfaces and various decorative items. The only thing is that we are now 4 or 5 years in and the kitchen is a room that gets a lot of use. The walls need retouching in places and I’m wondering it if it’s time for a whole new look, maybe one that will bring together both the functional part of the kitchen and the dining area and link into the conservatory area beyond.
I’d not thought of wallpaper for the kitchen before, but it’s certainly a good way of getting a great effort with minimal effort, so I’ve been putting some effort into finding the right kitchen wallpaper. Wallpaper in a kitchen adds warmth and style, and makes it a room you could really live in. This has become more important as our kitchens have become larger spaces and we often extend them to incorporate living and dining elements within the same room. To cope with a larger space, a new approach is needed. One of the biggest trends in recent years is the adding of personality and character to what has always been a purely functional space. It’s now common to see comfortable living room-style furniture, with statement lighting and wall art used to create a welcoming atmosphere, as well as fabrics and wallpapers. With kitchens required to function as three rooms in one, careful thought should be given to how the whole scheme will work together and using wallpaper is a great way of achieving stylistic unity.
A brick wall effect wallpaper works well in the functional space of the cooking area, but gives a nod to the building’s construction. You can get the look of bricks, but still benefit from the warmth and insulation plaster and wallpaper provide. Bricks look great in a loft apartment or similar former industrial building, but they also work well in a terraced house and the whitewashed brick look is great especially if your room leads onto and into your garden. With a good quality paper it can be difficult to tell the difference between wallpaper and the real thing. You can opt either for a feature wall or use it as a unifying device to lead the eye from one area to another.