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

Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.