How to Decorate Kitchen Walls

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Inject a little personality and style into kitchen walls with decor or a decorative finish that complements the room’s overall style. No matter what fuels your passion in kitchen decor, you can find wall art to enhance the look.

Install Shelving

Kitchen shelves serve the dual purpose of storage and displays of brightly colored ceramics or porcelain, decorative dinnerware, rustic antiques or culinary-related collectibles. Think Majolica pottery in an Italian-inspired kitchen or Provincial French pottery in a French Country kitchen.

Display kitchenware in color schemes of all white or use a mix of textures with glass, ceramic, metal, wood and woven accents. Plants added to kitchen shelves make the room feel lively, warm and inviting.

Hang Cookware, Plates or Utensils

Install hooks with toggles and hang a grouping of copper pots on a kitchen wall for brilliant color and shine. Mount a collection of retro bundt cake pans acquired from thrift stores to add an assortment of color and texture. An eclectic grouping of mismatched plates in varying sizes, colors and patterns makes a beautiful kitchen wall art display.

Install hooks under wooden wall shelves to hang large utensils or mount an iron towel rack and hang utensils from hooks attached to the bar.

Wine-Inspired Art

Wine-inspired kitchens often feature framed art depicting a still life of wine and grapes, pastoral vineyards or scrolling wrought-iron grills and wine racks.

For something a little more rustic and original, look for handmade artisanal items, such as wall-mounted wine racks made from aspen logs, or a wine barrel wall plaque made from an authentic wine barrel, personalized with your family’s name soldered or etched into the wood.

A hand-painted trompe l’oeil-style scene of a vineyard or pedestal bowl standing in an alcove with grape clusters spilling over the side makes an impressive wall accent. Hand-painted ceramic tiles featuring wine and grapes make a backsplash or framed wall mural. Although this wall art is certainly more costly, the kitchen is the right room to invest a little more money in.

Textured Walls

Let walls speak for themselves by enhancing the texture with decorative paint or paneling. Bead-board paneling inspires a charming feel in country or cottage kitchens; paint it white, pale yellow, gray or blue. A color wash or sponge-painting technique applied in Tuscan or Mediterranean-style kitchens in warm, earth tones of golden yellow, terra cotta or cream bring to mind the look of aged stone or plaster. Walls covered in sleek ceramic tiles add extra sparkle and shine.

For more of an industrial look, install thin veneer brick panels. Veneer stone panels bring a natural, earthy element to a kitchen wall. The clean lines of bamboo paneling fit effortlessly in modern kitchen designs.

Vintage Accents

If you’ve decided to go Mid-Century Modern in your kitchen with vintage appliances and a chrome and vinyl dinette set, add mod pop art to the walls. A framed print of Andy Warhol’s soup can makes a perfect accent. Vintage tin signage of soda, coffee and Mid-Century diner themes bring a nostalgic feeling to kitchen walls. These accents also work well in a modern kitchen.

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