3 Ways to Make Geometric Wallpaper Work in Your Kitchen

published Jul 9, 2015
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When I came across photos of this kitchen, I instantly fell in love. For the most part, I’m a minimalist when it comes to design — I like to add color and texture through artwork or by displaying vintage items on open shelving — but I couldn’t resist the bright and bold geometric wallpaper in this otherwise simple, modern kitchen.

There are a few key decisions the homeowner made that make this wallpaper successful, and that you can use if you want to try this look in your space.

(Image credit: GCDD Group)

1. Limit it to one wall.

If this wallpaper were on every wall in the kitchen, it would be completely overwhelming; that much pattern would just end up making the kitchen feel busy and not relaxing. When you’re choosing the wall you want to wallpaper, go for one that is large enough that your design feels deliberate, but not so large that it takes over the space.

2. Minimize other colors.

It might seem counterintuitive to have open shelving and glass-front cabinets on such a bold print, but the home owners have been very careful about how they stage those shelves. The cabinets are filled with clear glasses, and the open shelves have small, simple items on them as well. There’s nothing that clashes with the geometric pattern.

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3. Keep the rest of the room simple.

By designing the rest of the kitchen in white, stainless steel, and natural wood, the designer really let the wallpaper be the focal point. There isn’t anything else competing or clashing with the wallpaper. If you do have other elements that you want to keep out on your counters — canisters or a tea kettle, for example — make sure they are in a color that matches the wallpaper.

For more inspiration, here are five other kitchens that put geometric wallpaper to good use.