Wallpaper | Let Me Count The Ways

Wallpaper is still here!  Yep!  Surprise, Surprise!  It hasn't faded away from the trending pool.  It's still holding it's own on the design spectrum.  So today we're going to talk about all of the ways you can use wallpaper in and around your kitchen.  We understand that tile can get expensive and there are lots and lots of options for color, style, and pattern when it comes to wallpaper so why not put it to work?!  The other nice thing about wallpaper is that it's a much easier change then tile is.  It's more work than paint but there's a lot more visual interest with wallpaper so the price is worth it.

Although we don't recommend paint accent walls anymore, we do recommend wallpaper accent walls.  The reason for this is that wallpaper and paint can still coordinate with overlapping colors whereas a paint accent wall is going to be a completely different color and can easily look like color-blocking.  The kitchen is no exception when it comes to accent walls and wallpaper is an easy option.  Go clean on your cabinets and countertops and throw a little pop in there with a funky wallpaper and you've got a fun kitchen.

A lot of people want to put their wallpaper in a focal area but there's something to be said for a little unexpected punch of pattern in your kitchen.  Areas like the kick-plate of an island or peninsula, or the back of open shelves.  These little spaces are perfect areas to add charm and visual interest without a ton of pattern becoming overwhelming.  Since wallpaper also comes in textures, a little texture could be exactly what your kitchen needs to warm it up a bit.  Grasscloth is so fun and adds a ton of depth!

One of our favorite places to add wallpaper is on the ceiling.  If you have an eat-in kitchen and want a fun way to segregate the dining area, try wallpapering the ceiling area over the table.  This could work for the area over the island too.  Any little focal space can have a little trim added to the ceiling to frame out some wallpaper and without the hassle of a  rug, you've automatically defined the space.

Remember.  There are a variety of types of wallpaper that can work well in kitchens.  Obviously patterns do hide dirt and grease, but vinyl wallpapers are great for wet areas.  They are wipeable and durable!  We just love wallpaper so much that we want to see it everywhere!


Keep it in Focus | The Kitchen Edition

There's usually a lot going on in a kitchen--countertops, backsplash, appliances, lighting, wood stains and paint, etc., etc.  And we've talked before about how a kitchen is becoming more and more of a gathering place.  How the functional pieces in it can be a little more furniture-like instead of so neat and tidy.  Adding personality in a kitchen can bring it to life and make it a really well-used, well-loved space.  But how do you direct your attention.  Where do you put the focus in the kitchen?  You need to have a focal point, a direction, or else your kitchen will feel haphazard and disjointed.  Many people think that the backsplash is the only place that makes sense for a focal point in a kitchen but that's not true.  There are other areas that are just as well-suited for attention!

Yes, the backsplash is an obvious focal point in a kitchen.  But if you're really going to make it a focal point, do it right!  Don't just use a simple tile that only goes up under the cabinets.  Pick something bold and interesting that covers the entire wall!  A good backsplash tile can be the wallpaper of the kitchen, adding color and pattern.  Just be sure to make the rest of the kitchen blend in a little more if you have a bold backsplash tile.  You don't want anything competing!

Another large surface that can be used as a focal point in your kitchen is the countertops.  The can be a great marble or granite with lots of movement that's really interesting or even 2 different materials that coordinate.  A fun island countertop always makes for a great focal point in a kitchen because it's in the center of the room.  Many people go to butcher block but something more bold like a slab of olive wood would really make a statement!

Don't forget about the furniture you have in your kitchen, either!  Many people have barstools or some other small seating--this is a great area to bring in fun patterns and color.  If the seating is upholstered, you've got a world of possibilities with the fabric choice.  Or, if it's a solid material, consider the texture.  Don't be afraid of bold colors, either.  Just be sure the rest of the kitchen doesn't fight it!

Obviously, lighting can create some of the greatest visual interest in a space and the kitchen is no exception!  Pendant lights over an island or bar can absolutely make the space!  We consider lighting to be art so something sculptural could be just what your kitchen needs! If we've said it once, we've said it a hundred times, don't underestimate the power of lighting!  It can be your best friend if you do it right or your worst enemy if you do it wrong!

Finally, don't forget about your walls!  Maybe your kitchen is what it is.  You don't have any sort of special countertops or backsplash material and you really don't have the money or desire to change it.  Well you've still got the walls, don't you?!  Bring in some art to liven up the space.  Make sure it flows with the feel of the kitchen and you've instantly put the fun in functional.  Like we said, the kitchen has become much more of a gathering space so it's absolutely ok to put art in it!