How to Wallpaper a Kitchen
If you would like to add pattern as well as colour to your kitchen walls, wallpaper is a great option. In this guide, we explain how to wallpaper a kitchen as well as telling you which type is best and how to style it. Carry on reading to find out.
Before you begin, ensure that you have the following tools and equipment:
- •Your chosen wallpaper
- •Wallpaper adhesive
- •Plumb line
- •Dusting and wiping cloths
- •Step ladder
- •Dust sheets
- •Spirit level
- •Cutting guide
- •Wallpaper smoother
- •Pasting brush and table
- •Tape measure
- •Seam roller
- Using a tape measure, measure the height of the wall. Note it down and add 100mm.
- Transfer this measurement to the back of the wallpaper and using a pencil draw a line across its width. Use the paperweight to stop it rolling back up.
- Make the cut and set this first piece aside.
- Unroll more paper and place the first sheet next to it to match the pattern. Mark out the length and make the cut. It is worth numbering the length and writing which end is the top.
- Mix the wallpaper adhesive and apply to the back of the first sheet.
- Hang the first length of wallpaper in the centre of the wall so that the pattern is symmetrical.
- To ensure the paper is hung straight, line up the edge of the paper with a plumb line.
- Once in place trim off any excess.
- Apply adhesive to the remaining sheets and hang by matching the patterns.
Which is the best kitchen wallpaper
There are many types of wallpaper and to determine which is the best we first have to understand the difference between them.
- •Lining Paper – a functional, non-decorative paper that is applied to walls or ceilings before painting or papering.
- •Woodchip – An affordable wallpaper, covered in small chips of wood, usually painted over to inexpensively update a room.
- •Pulps – The least expensive patterned wallpaper made from basic paper.
- •Washable – A pulp paper covered with a thin transparent plastic layer.
- •Vinyl-coated – A thin skin of vinyl plastic with a paper backing makes this type tough and washable.
- •Vinyl – The next step up from vinyl-coated. It is also washable but even tougher.
- •Embossed and Anaglypta – A coloured paper with a raised pattern. Anaglypta is a trade name for plain embossed patterned paper. This type can be painted over.
- •Flocks – Made using fibres to give the effect velvet.
- •Hand-printed – A bespoke paper which has a pattern printed by hand.
Lining paper is a good idea if you want to achieve a smooth finish before painting and likewise woodchip and Anaglypta can be used in the same way. Considering the amount of moisture and risk of spills in a kitchen it is probably best to avoid pulp, flock and hand-printed wallpapers – however, these can be hung in the dining section of a kitchen diner. For kitchens, we recommend using a paper that is resistant to moisture damage and can be easily cleaned and with this in mind, vinyl or vinyl coated is your best option.
How style kitchen wallpaper
There are many different styles of kitchens and even more types of wallpaper in seemingly endless designs and colours. Consequently, finding the right match can be difficult. There are a few things to consider when styling your kitchen wallpaper.
- •Choose colours that complement features in your kitchen such as your worktop, cabinets, floor and existing appliances.
- •Choose the right shade for the lightness of your kitchen. Wallpaper with light colours or metallic patterns work particularly well in dark room. Equally, lighter rooms can handle darker colours.
- •If your walls are not particularly level, wallpaper with textures or patterns can be used to hide imperfections.
- •Choose a style that matches the theme of your kitchen. Avoid traditional design in a contemporary kitchen and vice versa.
- •Use patterns such as stripes to create an illusion of additional space or higher ceilings. Likewise, intricate patterns will also help to make a small kitchen feel larger.
Can You Wallpaper Kitchen Cabinets
It is not only possible to wallpaper kitchen cabinets, it is easy too. Most cabinets are narrower than the width of a sheet of wallpaper so you do not have to worry about matching the patterns up. To paper your cabinets doors just follow these five simple steps.
- Remove Cabinet Door and take off hinges and handles.
- Prepare the surface by sanding with fine grit sandpaper and then remove any dust.
- Measure the height and width of the door.
- Ensuring the paper is straight, transfer these measurements to the back of the wallpaper and cut it out.
- Set wallpaper on door using an appropriate adhesive.
- Allow to dry before replacing the hinges and handles and fixing the door back onto the cabinet.
Now you know how to wallpaper a kitchen. If, for any reason, you do not feel confident in hanging the wallpaper yourself, we recommend getting in touch with a professional.