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7 different options for kitchen walls

Kamla Villanueva Kamla Villanueva
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Gone are the days when tiles completely cover the kitchen walls from floor to ceiling. Today we'll show you a wide variety of wall options for kitchen panelling, from ceramic tiles to wood to coated wallpapers, acrylics and plastics.

Before we decide on a particular type of wall, there are several questions that you'll need to consider. What color do you want to bring into the kitchen? How expensive or cost-effective is the wall cladding? What type of wear and tear does it need to endure? Do we want to install it yourself or bring an expert to do it for you? We all know that the wall design has a decisive influence on the style of the kitchen. If you are looking for a warm, cozy ambience, you will find gold-plated wood, for fans of modern purism, metal surfaces may be more suitable. 

In order to make the choice a little easier, we have collected seven different designs and materials that will help re-orient you in the kitchen wall design.

Pop of color

White, black, stainless steel and a vibrant splash of yellow. homify Modern style kitchen

White, black, stainless steel and a vibrant splash of yellow.


If you want to bring a little color into the kitchen, you can work with plastic and acrylic colors for the wall. These varnishes are waterproof, fast-drying, durable and easy to clean and are therefore ideally suited for kitchen use. Many modern paints and varnishes also contain anti-mold agents, which is also quite handy. This wall is covered with plastic mustard yellow paint—a warm and appetizing color that is perfect for a kitchen.

We recommend this case are plastic or acrylic paints for its high resistance. If the chosen color is just a clear coating, plastic paint is the better choice as it seals the surfaces better.

Stone panel

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Made of natural and artificial stone, stone panels are a different and daring option for kitchens. In this case, the chosen color is a white, narrow vertical slabs.

As opposed to their appearance, these panels are very easy to assemble since they are pre-assembled in square plates wherein its base is reinforced with a fiberglass mesh which prevents any type of detachment.

Natural stone

White Gloss & Latte Oak Creative Designs Modern style kitchen
Creative Designs

White Gloss & Latte Oak

Creative Designs

Granite, slate, marble, sandstone, quartz natural stone walls in the kitchen are very popular, because they are easy to maintain, they are durable and they have a noble and romantic effect, no matter whether you decide on a rustic or a luxurious look. In these types of wall, we would advise you to leave the mounting of such stones plates to the professionals.


Wallpapers are probably not the most typical wall covering for kitchens, but they are now an exciting alternative for a traditional look. These days, you'll find models that have a special coating, making them durable, easy to clean, and relatively moisture-resistant. The great thing about wallpapers is that they open up a huge range of different design possibilities.

On the other hand, we can combine this type of cladding with ceramic or wooden baseboards as a backsplash for certain parts along the stove.


If you are looking for a simple and cost-effective backsplash for the kitchen, you can opt for vinyl plates. These are easy to apply, easy to maintain, adapt to every budget, and can be individually customized and even personalized, as you can see from our example.


Chalet Gstaad Ardesia Design Kitchen
Ardesia Design

Chalet Gstaad

Ardesia Design

Wood in the kitchen looks natural and cozy. However, it is also relatively sensitive to moisture. Therefore, if you decide on using a wooden wall panelling in the kitchen, you should get an experienced specialist who will install them for you. It is also a good idea to regularly oil or grow wall cladding from real wood in order to protect the surface while preserving the natural character of the material.

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles are still very popular when it comes to lining kitchen walls. After all, they are easy to care for, and they can handle water jets, greasy splashes, upset wine bottles and much more. In addition to this, there is almost a limitless selection of different designs, colors and shapes in tiles for the kitchen cladding, so that every hobby cook is sure to find the perfect tile for his kitchen.

Which type of material would you prefer for your kitchen wall or backsplash?
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