The kitchen is your home's busiest living space, and that can mean there's a tendency to keep design simple and pared down.

However, wallpaper can completely transform a space of dominated by one-colour cabinetry, adding real personality to what has always been a purely functional space. The kitchen is very often the heart of your home - and somewhere you spend a large proportion of your time - so it's important that it reflects your style.

You can go for bold by papering every wall in the room, or choose one feature wall to cover in print to help define a zone in a multifunctional space. Or you can evenuse your favourite wallpaper as a splashback covered with glass.

Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen or if you're starting a design from scratch, these bold wallpaper will help inspirea new approach.

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Faces

(Image credit: Lisa Cohen)

Faces

Like ghosts of scullery maids past, faces gaze down from this kitchen's walls. Get the look: The Fornasetti Tema e Variazioni wallpaper by Cole & Son has been discontinued. Check out the latest Fornasetti/Cole & Son collaboration at cole-and-son.com. For antique French kitchen scales like these, try Sunbury Antiques Market. The glassware and silver is a mix of gifts and antique finds. Try Pitfield London for similar.

Faces

(Image credit: Lisa Cohen)

Faces

Like ghosts of scullery maids past, faces gaze down from this kitchen's walls. Get the look: The Fornasetti Tema e Variazioni wallpaper by Cole & Son has been discontinued. Check out the latest Fornasetti/Cole & Son collaboration at cole-and-son.com. For antique French kitchen scales like these, try Sunbury Antiques Market. The glassware and silver is a mix of gifts and antique finds. Try Pitfield London for similar.

Flower power

Flower power

Get the look: This wallpaper, called Dark Floral, features lifelike paintings of flowers by designer Ellie Cashman, who was inspired by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt.

Flower power 2

Flower power 2

Get the look: A brass sink and taps add a cool edge to the traditional feel of the wallpaper.

Trick of the eye

Trick of the eye

Get the look: This is Drape wallpaper from the Geometric collection at Cole & Son. Using a couple of different wallpapers close to each other tricks the eye, bouncing light around and bringing lashings of personality and humour. The bar stools were bought in a junk shop and revamped with Altfield leather.

Trick of the eye 2

Trick of the eye 2

Get the look: The eye-tricking velvet flock wallpaper has an almost 3-D effect, heightened by the use of another wallpaper pattern in the adjoining space.

Leafy greens and pink

Leafy greens and pink

Get the look: This wallpaper is Sandberg's Malin Black, and the clock is from Graham & Green Brixton. Bright pops of colour in the Bert & May green zig-zag encaustic tiles and pink Siham glazed tiles on the breakfast bar inject energy. Design by pinkhouse.co.uk Photo: Susie Lowe