kitchen wallpaper pin Grey wildflowers wallpaper

We wouldn't any water to seep into the bottom of this pretty grey meadow floral wallpaper, would we?

Does your kitchen have wallpaper yet?

While in former times, you might have been considered crazy to wallpaper your kitchen, today, wallpaper technology has made it a totally sensible and fashionable thing to do. That’s right, practically and personality need not be at odds any longer. However, there is still a right and a wrong way to go about using wallcoverings in a kitchen. Just follow this guide of do’s and don’ts and you’ll be cooking in a patterned paradise in no time!

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Mallard duck diamond wallpaper

This simple mallard duck diamond wallpaper works well with the backplash of white subway tiling.

Wallpaper as a Backsplash

Wallpaper backsplashes are super trendy right now, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it:

DON’T hang wallpaper so that the bottom seam simply ends at the counter – water will seep up behind the paper!

DO use wallpaper as a backsplash only if you are able to run the paper behind the counter or if the counter has a raised back or you are willing to seal the bottom seam with caulking. Obviously, choose a wallpaper with a waterproof surface like vinyl.

Also check out our article, "Can I Wallpaper Over Ceramic Tiles?", for more information about wallpapering over tiles and other slick surfaces.

Retro Black and White Swirl Checker Wallpaper

Give your kitchen a retro makeover with this Retro Black and White Swirl Checker Wallpaper

Washability & Stain Resistance

It is important to look at the care symbols when choosing a wallpaper for your kitchen:

DON’T choose wallpapers with delicate materials that will easily absorb grease and oil, or wallpapers that can’t be rubbed with a wet cloth.

DO choose wallpapers that are at least extra washable, scrubbable or extra scrubbable. These wall coverings should resist staining from most oils and they can be wiped with a wet cloth without getting damaged. Look for these symbols on the packaging:

Wallpaper washability symbols

Check out our article, "Understanding Wallpaper Symbols", for an in-depth explanation of these symbols and more.

Blue chinoiserie crane bird wallpaper

When in doubt, wallpaper zones of your kitchen other than the backsplash with somethign like this blue chinoiserie crane wallpaper.

Surface Types

Beyond the wallpaper care symbols, we need to use some common sense too:

DON’T choose wallpapers with texture or other structured patterns for your kitchen. The oil in the air of your kitchen from cooking will only buildup in the details.

DO choose a smooth wallpaper! The safest bet for wallpaper material you can look for in your kitchen would be vinyl (a non-woven wallpaper), though other materials can also be appropriate. Vinyl is usually smooth, water/stain proof and even sometime fire retardant.

To learn more about vinyl wallpaper, check out our article, "What is Vinyl Wallpaper?"

Plucked dandylion wildflower wallpaper

Go for a ‘Country Kitchen’ look with this plucked dandylion wildflower wallpaper

To Summarize

  • Wallpaper can help you achieve a wide variety of looks in your kitchen
  • Never hang wallpaper where water could possibly seep in through the bottom edge (like ending it directly where the counter meets the wall)
  • Wallpaper can be used as a backsplash as long as it is sealed properly and is made of a durable, washable material
  • Avoid delicate or absorbent wallpaper materials in the kitchen
  • Avoid textured wallpapers
  • Look for vinyl wallpaper!

What are you waiting for? Get some wallpaper in that kitchen of yours! The dos and donts of kitchen wallpaper pin