More often than not, kitchens are filled with cabinets and leave little to no room for wall decor. However, if you're lucky enough to be blessed with an open wall or a large unfilled space, an accent wall is the perfect way to make a statement. Typically painted or decorated in a bolder color or texture than the other kitchen walls, accent features should be the first thing you see when entering your cook space. To inspire a culinary makeover, here are eight kitchen accent walls you won't soon forget.
1. Draw the eyes in.
Darker accent walls are ideal for galley kitchen layouts, especially since the visual effect tricks the eye, making the kitchen look bigger and longer. The eyes are drawn to the back of the room, distracting them from any awkward elements in the foreground. Follow the lead of Agi at 59's eclectic but classic kitchen and hang bold artwork on your blue accent wall.
2. Say it loud.
Kitchen accent walls are the perfect opportunity to make a statement with wallpaper, embracing your signature style and adding a slice of personality. Color queen Sophie Robinson has elevated her country kitchen with a statement print featuring bright flowers, leaves, and rhubarb plants on a dark green background. Complete the look with green cabinets, wood countertops, and a farmhouse sink to boot!
3. Make multiple accent walls.
4. Experiment with different finishes.
Think beyond the traditional eggshell paint finish and go for a kitchen accent wall with a little more depth. Ema Bihor used Fresco Lime Paint in her minimal space. It's a speciality paint product that provides a rich, textural finish with subtle variations of color that look similar to a suede or plaster finish.
5. Use contrasting colors.
6. Think about detailing.
It's the little details that count, and working a floral print accent wall into your kitchen can take it from bland to beautiful. It doesn't have to be the boldest or the brightest to make a difference, either. The classical hand-painted English rose design in this kitchen by The Festive Farmhouse is the perfect soft gray hue, which pairs beautifully with white cabinets, subway tile backsplash, and warm wood shelves.
7. Highlight feature areas.
8. Add a pop of color.
Awkward kitchen designs can be hard to decorate, so instead of one wall, paint an entire corner. Ashley of Sugar & Cloth did just that in her culinary space while adding some extra va va voom thanks to a vibrant splash of turquoise. Paired with a waterfall countertop and bright white cabinets, you barely notice that the corner comes to a dead-end.