When it comes to kitchen design most of the focus goes on the cabinetry, worktops and appliances while the walls can be ignored. But since we tend to see things at eye level first, kitchen wall decor can have a big impact on your design.
Here are six kitchen wall decor tips to take kitchen walls from plain to insane
1. Colour chart
Choice of colour has the biggest impact on any room, not just kitchens so the colour palette is the key. Of course your client is likely to have a good idea of what colour they want the cabinetry and probably the countertops, but what about the complementary colour in your kitchen wall decor ? This is usually a neutral colour and serves as the kitchen backdrop. And then there is a third colour to consider. A colour that makes the kitchen unique. It’s often a bold and unexpected colour that works with your palette. It gives your design visual impact.
2. Boldly go
Great kitchens that make an impact have a focal point. A focal point visually jumps out at you. Compared to the rest of the kitchen it is bold and unique. Consider multiple kitchen wall decor options for creating a focal point. You could paint the wall the bold shade from the three colour palette. Or you could feature a large piece of art or a photograph on the focal wall. Alternatively, how about using textural or patterned wallpaper or tiles which can give a real sense of character to the kitchen.
3. On the shelf
Adding layers is another great kitchen wall decor option, so why not think about including the latest trend for kitchens in your designs – open shelf and upper-cabinet free walls. The look lightens up the kitchen by creating a visual space. And why not add accessories on your shelves. But remember whilst it is tempting to add a myriad of accessories it is important not to make the shelves feel cluttered. Use a few carefully selected accessories to make the space feel personal so the customer has an immediate connection. Plus, adding a finishing aspirational touch can give your design the edge that makes your customer say yes.
4. Wall of fame
Customer’s immediately feel a connection when you are able to make their design personal to them. And what better way to do this than by creating a carefully curated gallery wall which is unique to them and makes a dull wall interesting. Take the time to find out about your customer’s lifestyle and interests and design a gallery wall that is relevant to them.
5. It’s just an illusion
Wall treatments can be used to make a room appear different – brighter, bigger, longer, traditional… The list goes on.
For a rustic yet refined look how about including a stone wall finish in your design. Different finishes and styles are available and, contrary to popular belief, cooker hoods and shelves can be hung securely from stone. Give a narrow galley kitchen a focal point by painting the “end” wall a statement colour. A contrasting and vivid hue will draw the eye through the kitchen and make it appear longer. Mirrors add light and depth to the room interior so if the room you are designing is small, adding mirrors will expand the space in an instant. And, if your customer is after a kitchen with a traditional feel then incorporating wood in the kitchen wall decor can add to the overall effect. Wood is often seen as not only brilliantly beautiful, but also traditionally wholesome.
6. Keeping it practical
So much goes on in a kitchen and your customers are going to spend a sizeable amount time there so it makes sense to take a practical approach to your kitchen wall decor too! Living walls featuring rows of potted herbs are a nice finishing touch for the foodie fan turned budding chef or why not incorporate a chalkboard wall for a family kitchen or for customers who love to make lists or doodle.
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