Look! Wallpaper in the Kitchen

There are times when a clean, simple, all-white kitchen looks like the perfect sanctuary to spend time cooking in. Then, we see a kitchen like this—with wallpaper that doesn't just add color, like a paint job, but texture and fun. What do you think? See more photos, below...

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When we see wallpaper in kitchens, we most often see it as a backsplash, used instead of tile. But we wonder about keeping it clean, especially in a small kitchen, where grease and gunk tends to splatter everywhere. The snakeskin, above, is a vinyl that's supposedly easier to wipe clean.

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You can also cover the wallpaper in glass, like the blue and white panel above...

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...or use wallpaper on an accent wall (keep the cost down).

We think kitchens can sometimes be too streamlined and simple. Why not treat it more like a living room and add some pattern and pizzaz? But what are your thoughts?

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(Images: John Kernick for House Beautiful; Paul Costello and Laura Resen for Domino)

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