Wallpaper guide for the kitchen: 15 tips for choosing and 50 photos

Wallpapers are good because they do not require careful plastering of the walls, as is required for painting, they hide small irregularities, and also allow you to correct some room imperfections, for example, a low ceiling or a small area. They are also simply beautiful and capable of transforming even the most boring interior. On the other hand, difficult kitchen conditions and frequent cleaning will, unfortunately, not withstand every wallpaper. In addition, this material has a weak point – the seams, which over time begin to peel off and wear out. How to choose wallpaper for the kitchen so that they are beautiful, practical and serve for a long time, we will tell you in this material..

Overview of wallpaper types

There are different types of wallpapers, but only the following are suitable for decorating the walls of the kitchen:

  • Vinyl (paper / non-woven);
  • Non-woven (for painting);
  • Glass fiber (also for painting).

Let’s take a closer look at each of these types..

Vinyl wallpapers

They consist of two layers – a decorative top layer and a base. With the choice of the base, everything is simple: it can be either paper or non-woven. The latter is suitable for decorating kitchen walls much more.

  • The non-woven base greatly simplifies wallpapering process, after all, the glue is applied only to the wall. This means that its consumption is halved, and the canvases do not stretch or shrink when they dry (joining the pattern becomes easier). In addition, the non-woven base better levels out small irregularities and cracks in the walls, and also allows you to peel off the wallpaper easily and without residue..

Depending on the top decorative layer, vinyl wallpapers are divided into 4 main types:

  1. Foam vinyl paintable wallpaper;
  2. Compact vinyl;
  3. Hard vinyl;
  4. “Kitchen vinyl”.

Wallpaper for painting made of foamed vinyl is not suitable for finishing the kitchen, as it is not sufficiently resistant to rubbing with a brush, shock, and scratches. But the rest of the types are worth taking note..

  • Wallpaper made of “kitchen” vinyl is attractive because it can withstand wet cleaning with a brush and even cleaning agents. However, such a “super washable” coating is airtight, which means that a favorable environment for mold can form under it. If the walls of the kitchen were once affected by a fungus, the room is poorly lit, it is damp, pipes often leak or windows sweat, then this option will not work. If you still decide to choose them, then the walls should be pre-treated with an antiseptic primer..

Kitchen Vinyl Wallpaper

  • Compact vinyl wallpaper is great for the kitchen, as it can withstand light damp cleaning, shock and scratch resistant, its pattern does not fade in the sun, and its service life is about 10 years. In addition, the price of compact vinyl flooring is not high (compared to hard vinyl), and the choice of designs is very large. But they also have a typical disadvantage for vinyl – the lack of breathability. Choosing such wallpaper, you should, firstly, treat the walls with an antiseptic primer, secondly, often ventilate the room, and thirdly, make sure that it is not damp, the pipes do not flow, and the windows do not fog up.

Wallpaper compact vinyl in the interior

  • Solid vinyl wallpaper is the best choice for the kitchen if you want to glue the wallpaper with a pattern, not paintable. After all, their properties are almost perfect – they are beautiful, durable, withstand wet cleaning, resistant to UV rays, and most importantly, they have micropores that will not let the walls “bloom” due to, say, accidental flooding. The only drawback is the high price (from RUB 2,000 / roll).

Wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen

Swedish hard vinyl wallpaper

See the material on the topic: Decorating the walls in the kitchen with vinyl wallpaper – 6 steps from purchase to gluing

Non-woven wallpaper for painting

The term “non-woven wallpaper” always causes confusion among buyers and even some sellers. So, for example, non-woven wallpaper is often called any wallpaper on a non-woven basis (be it paper or vinyl). And also such a name stuck to the wallpaper for painting made of foamed vinyl based on non-woven fabric, which we talked about a little earlier. But, strictly speaking, non-woven wallpaper has the right to be called paintable wallpaper, consisting of 100% non-woven.

Non-woven wallpaper for painting

  • Non-woven wallpaper for painting has no relief and looks more like paper. And this is paper, only improved by adding polymers that bind cellulose.

Why are they needed if they do not have any decorative effect, even in the form of a relief for a simple mat? They help out when the walls want to be painted, but the base is far from ideal, or, for example, when cracks are expected to appear due to the shrinkage of a new building..

  • It is very easy to glue non-woven wallpaper, but the joints of the canvases can be noticeable even after painting. Are the walls painted on a smooth non-woven material or on a putty wall different? Yes, quite a bit, but they differ due to the translucent texture of the non-woven fabric. Water-based paints are suitable for painting filiseline wallpaper. You can repaint them 4-5 times..

See the material on the topic: Non-woven wallpaper in the kitchen: help for the buyer and step-by-step instructions for gluing

Glass wallpaper

There is no more durable wallpaper than fiberglass, made from a mixture of quartz sand, soda and lime.

  • Glass fiber is more resistant to mechanical damage than paintable vinyl, and unlike smooth non-woven wallpaper, it has a beautiful relief or pattern. By the way, due to its structure, glass wallpaper visually aligns the walls with small differences. They are not afraid of wet cleaning, they are fire-resistant, elastic and well hide defects in the substrate. And glass wallpaper can be repainted up to 10 times, that is, twice as often as wallpaper for painting other types.

Glass fiber

And some more useful information. Some fiberglass wallpapers are already available in color, but they can still be colored and desirable. Paints should be water-based (acrylic, water-based, water-based).

Buyer information

  1. Before paying for your purchase, be sure to make sure that all rolls come from the same batch (the batch number is indicated on the package). Otherwise, despite the same article, color and collection, you will receive wallpaper of a different tone, which will be very noticeable when gluing the canvases to the wall. By the way, the different colors of wallpaper from different batches is not a marriage, but a technical feature of production.
  2. Wallpaper should always be bought with a 5-10% margin, which will come in handy in case of damage to the canvases during gluing or in the future for local repairs. If you buy wallpaper with a pattern, do not forget to take into account the rapport (the step of repeating the pattern).
  3. Keep in mind that it is not necessary to glue wallpaper behind the kitchen unit. But it is desirable that the wallpaper goes 10-15 cm behind the cabinet.
  4. When choosing kitchen wallpaper, read their labeling on the packaging. It is important that they are:
  • Lightfast – look for a sun sign, and preferably a sun with a plus, if the wallpaper is very bright or dark;
  • Moisture resistant – look for at least two waves (they say that the wallpaper is washable and can be cleaned with a damp cloth), or better with three waves (super washable, which can be washed with a mild detergent);
  • Friction-resistant – the wave with the brush means that the wallpaper can be washed and rubbed with a brush.

Wallpaper marking

  1. When choosing wallpaper glue, be guided by whether it is suitable for your primer and wallpaper type of your choice.
  2. Remember that in the bright lighting of the store, the displayed samples look a little lighter than in real conditions on the kitchen wall of an ordinary city apartment..
  3. When decorating a kitchen, you can combine two types of wallpaper (for example, super-washable “kitchen” wallpaper in the cooking area and hard vinyl wallpaper in the dining area). Thus, it will be possible to both save on materials and reduce the load on a more expensive coating..
  4. If you like wallpaper that is not durable, then just glue it on one wall, away from the stove. For example, in the dining area. The rest of the walls are best just painted with a suitable shade or combined with other wallpaper..

See also: We create a unique design in the kitchen – we combine the wallpaper correctly

Photo gallery and design tips

  1. Wallpaper with a large, dark or bright and / or very variegated pattern is best glued to only one or two walls. Otherwise, the space will “overload” and visually decrease. It is also desirable that the interior of the kitchen with bright wallpaper is decorated in a neutral way..

Wallpaper on the accent wall of a small kitchen

Dark brown wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen

  • Wallpaper with flowers in the interior of the kitchen
  • Wallpaper with flowers in the interior of the kitchen
  • Wallpaper with flowers in the interior of the kitchen
  1. Walls small kitchen it is best to simply paint over the wallpaper in one tone with light paint or decorate with wallpaper with a small, dim and unobtrusive print.

White wallpaper in the interior of a small kitchen

Light wallpaper in the interior of a small kitchen

White wallpaper in the interior of a small kitchen

Light wallpaper in the interior of a small kitchen

Kitchen with wallpaper

  1. If the ceiling is not high, you can visually “raise” it with wallpaper in a vertical strip or in a diagonal checker (diamond pattern).
  • Striped wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen
  • Striped wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen
  • Striped wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen
  • Striped wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen
  • Striped wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen
  • Striped wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen
  • Striped wallpaper in the interior of the kitchen
  1. You can even decorate an apron with wallpaper, albeit in combination with a transparent tempered glass screen as shown in the photo from the next selection (scroll through!).
  • Transparent glass apron in the interior of the kitchen
  • Transparent glass apron in the interior of the kitchen
  • Transparent glass apron in the interior of the kitchen
  • Glass screen on the wallpaper in the design of the apron
  1. The pattern and color of the wallpaper should overlap with the apron (see photo example below), curtains, flooring or other interior elements.
  • An example of a combination of an apron and wallpaper
  • An example of a combination of an apron and wallpaper
  1. Of course, the wallpaper has to be matched to the style of the kitchen. If her the interior is decorated in a classic style, choose canvases with vertical stripes, with heraldic, traditional floristic and plant motifs.
  • Wallpaper on one wall of the kitchen
  • Wallpaper on one wall of the kitchen

If the kitchen is modern, then wallpaper with geometric patterns, abstractions and stylized plant patterns will do..

Wallpaper in the interior of a modern kitchen

Modern kitchen interior with wallpaper

  1. The most versatile wallpaper prints are checked (vichy and tartan), stripes and rhombuses..
  • Wallpaper in a cage in the interior of the kitchen
  • Wallpaper in a cage in the interior of the kitchen