Now you’ve chosen the design of your kitchen cabinets and worktops, the next thing is to choose the materials and the colors of your walls.
The most common materials for the kitchen walls are paint, wallpaper and tiles.
Paint is the cheapest and fastest way to transform the feeling of your kitchen, however, you need to have good surfaces to paint on (i.e. no holes or cracks which will show through the paint).
If your walls aren’t smooth enough, then you can line the walls with lining paper first (a special kind of wallpaper), and paint on top of that. There are also many decorative and faux paint finishes that look good in the kitchen (and which you can do yourself). Talk to your designer about this.
Regular wallpaper is a more expensive option than paint but it can give just a little more character as it comes in a large variety of patterns as well as colors. When you use wallpapers and paints for your kitchen walls make sure these are specially made for the kitchen as these will be more resistant to humidity and will be easy to clean.
Adding colorful tiles to the backsplash of a kitchen is becoming a popular and easy way to add a new, sophisticated look to the room. Tiles allow the decorator to be creative and experiment with different tones, dramatically livening up the kitchen space in a simple, inexpensive way.
Tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Mark and color in the position of the tiles on your design drawing and calculate the area you will need (in square feet), from which you can calculate the cost.
Choosing a Theme
Check out pictures of kitchens in catalogs and websites to find colors that work. You will want the walls to fit in with your kitchen’s theme, but you will find that most of the time contrasting colors work well.
For example, off-white kitchen cabinets with off-white paint on the walls may look a little bland. The kitchen is an active area of the house which is used mainly during the day (i.e. it might not be the room you choose to relax in), so your decor should reflect this.
But don’t worry too much about the walls. Remember, changing them is easier than changing your cabinets, and sometimes repainting them can give you the feel of a new kitchen!