Want to transform your kitchen into the creative space that it is? These 70 simple, but, Mind-blowing kitchen wall décor ideas can help you do so. When many people think home kitchen, built-in cabinets, countertop, appliances, and sinks are all that come to mind.
Yet, they are so many ways you can turn your kitchen into a culinary atelier where you curate only masterpieces. After all, what better way to harness and boost your creativity than in an inspiring artistic space?
So, we’ve searched for the perfect hacks to help transform your kitchen. Here are 70 interesting ideas to explore for your kitchen wall décor.
70 Mindblowing Kitchen Wall Decor Ideas to Try Out This Year
Here is a lineup of 70 versatile wall décor ideas for your kitchen. We’ve shared a wide selection of options to cater to your needs, whether budget friendly or for small kitchen spaces;
1. Mount Mug and Glass Holder
The best décor idea for your kitchen wall doubles as storage space. You can use your kitchen wall as part of the storage while enhancing its look. A simple metal or wooden mug holder can be mounted to the wall to conveniently hold mugs and glass that you and your family use regularly.
This is also a good idea for people who don’t want to splurge. You can find a simple and affordable mounting holder from the nearest home improvement store and drill it into the wall in just 15 minutes.
2. Or Build A Large Mounting Cabinet For Your Tea Set
If you have adequate kitchen space, you can build a full mug holder and cabinet, running from the top to the bottom of the wall. With this space, you can comfortably fit in your tea set and include all the essential ware you use during breakfast.
It’s like a uniquely elegant coffee station in your kitchen. It’s also a good idea for big families, preventing traffic around the kitchen space.
3. Hang Plant Shelves
Transform your kitchen into a calming rainforest vibe by hanging shelves and filling them up with various indoor plants.
4. Or Set up A Herb Garden
Alternatively, you can use the shelves to hang herbs or attach herb pots for an instant indoor herb garden. In addition to its cost-saving benefits, an herb garden also comes in handy during the cold season when you can’t plant them outside.
Further, an indoor herb garden works great even for urban apartments that lack outdoor garden spaces.
Tip: Make full use of your kitchen space by taking advantage of readily available tools. For example, you can use a kitchen cloth pole to hang herbs.
5. Install Colorful Tiles
You don’t necessarily have to add utility shelves or plants to decorate your walls. Sometimes, select decorative wall tiles will do the trick. Opt for multicolored tiles for texturized and 3D illusion.
6. Fit Clean Stone-like Tiles
Alternatively, you can tackle a cleaner approach and go for single light colored and smaller tiles for a neat finish. This option is also great for achieving a minimalist kitchen setting.
7. Add White Brick Wall
For a more authentic and classy look, replace the light-colored tiles with white finished bricks.
8. Budget Friendly Tile Wall Paper
Tile and brick installation may not be cheap, especially if you go for more premium, better looking tiles or bricks. The good news is that you can achieve the same premium look by opting for cheaper tile or stone wallpaper. You can DIY it or get a professional to assist with a much neater fitting.
9. Add A Rustic Feel with Darker Bricks
You can ditch white, lighter-colored bricks for dark bricks if you want to achieve a rustic feel. the darker brick wall finish also pairs with various design components of your kitchen, whether you’re going for a loft-like, southern country style, or industrial interior design finish.
10. Install Natural Stone Wall
If you want a more fairy tale cottage-style kitchen, adding stone to your kitchen wall is the way to go. Add a stonewall fireplace and rustic wooden furniture to complete the cottage look.
11. Hang Your Pots and Pans
Mount a hook panel and put your favorite copper pots and pans to display. This décor idea also doubles as a convenient storage rack that eliminates the hassle of fumbling around in the cabinet every time you need a pot or pan to cook a meal.
12. Make the Sink the Center Point by Adding Shelves
The kitchen sink is always overlooked as simply a wash place. However, with the right setup, you can make it the center point of your kitchen. You can then use it to transform the look of your kitchen.
Before you even think of it, no! You don’t need an expensive farmhouse to make a statement. Two or three large rustic wood planks are all you need to build and install multipurpose shelves atop the sink.
Next, mix and max a selection of different items, including utensils, serve ware, storage boxes, and plants. You can also add overhead hanging lamps to illuminate the space in the dark.
13. Mount a Vegetable Wall
Mount a mesh metal or wooden wall rack to neatly store pantry vegetables and items. This idea is perfect for smaller kitchens, eliminating the need to create clutter with smaller baskets or trolleys.
You can attach items like garlic, oranges, herbs, and oils. If you love to pickle food, you can also display your jars during the first few days of pickling before transferring them into the refrigerator.
14. Replace A Pantry with Simple Pantry Shelves
You don’t need a huge pantry to showcase or organize your pantry items. You can easily do so with neat wall shelves and let the pantry items naturally decorate the space. All you need are neat and clean see-through jars to store the food items.
Different pantry food items come with varying colors, textures, and shapes, whether rice, pasta, or beans. So, mix and match these different food items or if you are OCDish-like I am, arrange them in a category and let them naturally add color.
For example, you can pair fine powdered foods in a single row. These can be anything from baking flour, rice flour, yucca flour, and gram flour. You will notice that these baking and rice flour have a white consistency.
Yucca flour has slightly browned while some variations of gram flour have a nearly yellow consistency. Alternatively, you can arrange different shapes and colors of pasta, such as linguine, multicolored farfalle, macaroni, and multicolored penne.
15. Put Up A Wall Spice Rack
This is a particularly excellent idea for spice lovers and collectors. Fixing a simple wall rack allows you easy access when cooking but, also gives you the chance to showcase your favorite spices.
Tip: Get a little creative with wall art before installing the racks for a more dramatic finish.
16. Herb Planters and Storage
Do you experience trouble getting your herbs to last longer than a day or two? Do you end up with soggy cilantro and browned green onions? You can curate a wall planter to give you a solution that will give your kitchen a facelift.
Get a rectangular wood panel and drill it into the wall. Next, attach several large mason jars to the panel for a suspended panel vertical garden. In fact, you can use small ring-like attachments with the same circumference as the jars so you can fit and remove the mason jars.
After every shopping trip, remove the jars, add fresh water and insert your herbs. You can even use the jars as planters if you want to set up a permanent herb garden in your home.
Bonus: This vertical garden also emanates a pleasant natural, earthy aroma when you add fresh herbs to it.
17. DIY A Fruit and Vegetable Holder
This idea is excellent for DIYers, allowing you to get creative in the kitchen. All you need is a few scrap wood planks (or get new ones from any home improvement store) and small fruit baskets (old bike baskets).
Drill the panels into the wall, attach hooks, and mount the baskets to hold the fruit and vegetables. This design allows you to remove and clean the baskets to keep them clean and free of any fruit/vegetable juice gunk and residues!
18. Setup A Mini Bar
If you have extra space, set up a minibar or lounge near one of your kitchen corners. Use the extra wall space to mount an open cabinet to store your go-to drinks like whiskeys and wines and a few glasses. This is a perfect space to unwind and chat after a long day.
19. Or Setup A Mini Wine Cellar
You don’t need a large walk-in wine cellar in your home. You can always use the small kitchen wall space to set on up. In fact, you can even integrate it into a mini booze serving area for when you have company over.
Fit in a small cooler for the wine at the bottom, add a few shelves for the glasses at the top, and a marble countertop for serving space. Cover the wall with extra marble or paint it plain white for a crisp, clean finish.
20. Home Bar Wall Décor
A wine cellar isn’t the only wall décor to opt for. if you are a collector, you can also showcase your premium collections with a home bar wall décor. Simply attach a cabinet with shelving and a glass panel. Arrange your favorite collection, a few glasses, and open cork collections for a more classic feel.
21. Cook Book Shelf
Use the empty wall space in your kitchen to add shelves for your cookbook. It’s a great chance to showcase your cookbooks written by your favorite authors and chefs. It’s also a chance to show off your worldly cuisine knowledge with friends who are visiting.
22. Metal Drain
Mount a mental drain next to your kitchen sink for a more organized setup. Once you handwash some of your kitchen items, you can place them on a drain instead of leaving them strewn around the sink or on a smaller overcrowded drain.
23. Near Stove Storage Shelf
A pantry storage shelf next to the stove doesn’t only give personality to the space. It also allows for more convenient cooking. You can place all the necessary cooking essentials near you so you just grab them as you cook.
These include items like salt, sugar, basic spices, cooking oil, and vinegar. You can also place basic equipment like a mortar and pestle and chopping board.
24. Clear Your Countertops By Adding A Wall Appliance Storage
Place a stand with all your small appliances in front of a bare wall in your kitchen to give you convenient access when you need them. Organizing small appliances on a single stand also offers a clutter-free kitchen, especially around the countertops.
25. Hang Decorative Serveware
Whether colorful utensils or multi-patterned plates, hanging serve ware is an excellent kitchen wall décor idea. The serve ware gives a pop of color to the wall and creates a focal point to give the space character.
The best part is you can pick different serve ware designs to go with your particular kitchen theme, be it beach style, farmhouse, or minimalist theme.
26. Design A Basket Wall
You can also take a more creative route by hanging decorative pieces by hanging baskets. In fact, if you are an avid traveler, you can ditch the Target baskets for more ethnic pieces to showcase your worldly travel experience. Try woven Uzbek baskets or support Women’s weaving groups in Rwanda.
27. Put Up Exotic Art Pieces
You can also hang more exotic art pieces you pick up from your trips in Asia, South America, The Middle East, or Europe. If you aren’t as well traveled, Etsy or eBay stores can come to your rescue.
Pick up a few non-flammable rugs, pots, or sculptors that mount easily on the wall to transform your kitchen from a regular one to a sophisticated multi-cultural setting.
28. Hang Your Collector’s Items
Alternatively, if you are a collector, you can use the empty wall “canvas” to showcase your collections. This can be anything from small clocks to wooden boards.
29. Put up Grass Wall
Fill up any empty kitchen wall with artificial glass for a natural ambiance. Add some soft lighting to create a therapeutic and calm kitchen space.
30. Or A Flower Wall
Replace the grass with a floral wall for a brighter and more elegant setting.
31. Add Wall Lighting
Lighting is never a bad idea, no matter the room in your home. It’s a great tool to add if you want to achieve a certain ambiance. In the kitchen, it also illuminates your countertop space for easier cooking at night. Lighting options, such as sconces, double as both light space and also come in varying designs to act as a decorative sculpture.
32. Or Festive Micro-Lighting
Give your kitchen a gleaming look with smaller string lights attached across the bare wall space.
33. Try Neon Lights
Put up neon lights for a retro-classic feel.
34. Custom Millwork
Give your kitchen a more defined look by integrating custom millwork with crown molding around the top and bottom edges to complete the look. Go for traditional millwork to achieve a Victorian look.
35. Mount A Mirror
Yes, you read that right! You can mount a mirror on your kitchen wall for a dramatic look while doubling the size of the room (or at least giving that illusion!). A mirror also does a good job of inviting more natural light into the kitchen.
But, according to Feng Shui guidelines, you should never mount a mirror facing the stove as it is believed to harness negative energy.
36. Build A Traditional Stone Fireplace
Create a homey feel by adding a traditional stone fireplace with a fire pit in your kitchen. This is also a great idea for colder climates, where you can sit with friends to enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of scotch. You can also achieve the perfect cabin-style theme with a traditional stone fireplace in your kitchen!
37. Or, Get A Modern Electric or Gas Fireplace
Get a more modern design to blend with your kitchen décor while keeping you warm!
38. Alternatively, Invest in A Movable One
You can also invest in a freestanding kitchen fireplace you can move around the kitchen space. A free-standing fireplace is one of the best kitchen wall décor ideas that don’t require doing any significant remodel. Placing it against a bare wall creates a decorative and elegant focal point.
39. Add A Bench or Ottoman
You can also DIY a seating bench or ottoman if you have extra space around the kitchen. It’s a perfect place for a coffee break or for lounging as you wait for your stew to slowly braise.
40. Or Design A Complete Breakfast/Family Table
You don’t have to sit at the formal dining table/room for every meal. A family table in the kitchen allows for those quick weekday breakfasts and casual Saturday lunches.
41. Set Up A Serving Side Board
Even simple midweek dinners can crowd your countertops, especially in a small kitchen. So, you can use the extra wall space to place a side table where you can set up completed dishes and serve ware to make it easier to serve meals. After all, the meals also look more presentable and appetizing this way!
Tip: Fit a mini cooler for chilled wine, beer, juices, and water!
41. Install A Faux Door or Cabinet Door
Install a decorative entryway or cabinet door (that leads nowhere) to for fun mystery or illusion of a bigger home.
43. Add a Ladder to Hold Kitchen Cloths and Aprons
Place a leaning ladder on the wall to hang your kitchen cloths and aprons for easier access.
44. Kitchen Towel Stand
You can also put up a stand for kitchen hygiene items, such as kitchen cloths and cleaning products.
45. Hang An Old Surf Board(s)
Complete the beach theme in your apartment by hanging your favorite surfboard(s).
46. Hang an Oversized Art Piece
If you have an extensively empty kitchen wall, you can instantly fill it up with a clean oversized art piece. This kitchen wall décor idea works great for different themes, even minimalist kitchens. You just have to pick the right art piece for your space.
47. Put up Family Photos
Showcasing your family photos shouldn’t be limited to the living or family room alone. You can also fill your empty kitchen walls with photos of your loved ones.
48. Curate A Gallery Wall
Ditch a photo wall and replace it with a gallery wall. A gallery wall allows you to mix and match everything you want to showcase. You can combine mirrors with photos, art, and baskets. The point is to blend different colors, shapes, and textures to achieve a unique artistic design concept.
49. Paint A Mural
A perfect DIY project, you can paint the mural yourself or make it a fun activity with your kids. But, if you want something more artistic and neat, you are better off commissioning an artist.
50. Youthful Graffiti work
Bring out your inner youth by getting graffiti décor for your kitchen wall. It’s also a great kitchen wall décor idea if you are going for a more urban or loft-style big city theme. Hire an artist for authentic graffiti art or simply get wallpaper if you are on a budget.
51. Framed Wallpaper
While wallpaper is a budget-friendly alternative to many wall design concepts like bricks and stone walls, it doesn’t mean it’s not expensive on its own. Filling up an entire wall with wallpaper can still eat into your pockets.
But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have wallpaper altogether because of the high cost. You can instead go for framed wallpaper. It adds life to your kitchen at a fraction of the price without filling the entire wall.
52. Hang Macramé Wall Art
Macramé wall art is warm, elegant, and adds sophistication to any kitchen setting. But, while it comes in various designs, macramé works best with a minimalistic setting. So, make sure you don’t cram it with other kitchen wall décor ideas.
53. Or Beaded Wall Art
Beaded wall art offers a creative way to fill up a bland kitchen wall. Opt for more exotic and exciting wall bead designs like the Maasai or Zulu beads.
54. Print A Large Wall Calendar
Set up a large calendar for the whole family to use.
55. Or a Planner
Alternatively, replace the small refrigerator planner with a larger family planner to eliminate unwanted clutter. The large planner lets you record everything from food guides, meal plans, nutrition info, and fun facts to your kids’ next ball game.
56. Put Up A Giant White or Chalk Board
You can also get a white or chalkboard planner for easier scribbling.
57. Mount A Personalized Map
Paste a personalized map on the wall for a meaningful token. you can add pins to places you have visited or regional dishes you’ve prepared (or plan to).
58. Your Favorite Dishes
Show appreciation for your favorite foods by mounting their frames on your kitchen wall.
59. Outline Your Favorite Recipes
Or, print and frame your favorite or handed-down recipes to easily follow them during preparation and to share them with your guests.
60. Add A Large Wall Clock
Mount a large wall clock to a large bare kitchen wall for a sublet finish.
61. Put Up An Entertainment Center
Set up some entertainment for when you are preparing dishes that require time. You can mount a TV or a smart entertainment system to listen to your favorite podcasts.
62. Two-Color Painting
Sometimes, all you need to transform your kitchen is a good paint job. Try a two-color contrast paint job to create an illusion of different textures and layers.
63. Brighten It Up with Light Colors
Or bring your kitchen to life with lively, bright colors, such as yellow and light pink.
64. Floral Painting
You can also pair the bright colors with floral details to give the walls more life.
65. Add Mosaic Tiles
Get outside your comfort zone and mount kitchen wall tiles with beautiful mosaic patterns.
66. Mold Windows For Better Natural Lighting
If you own a home in a warmer climate and have the budget, mold windows out of the walls facing the outside of the house. This design promotes more natural lighting and creates a more relaxed, and casual ambiance.
67. Turn it into a 2-in-1 Indoor & Outdoor Kitchen
Or go the extra mile to create a mini kitchen-outdoor bar for the perfect summertime party hosting.
68. Mini Toddler Table
Give your kids more independence by designing a dining table for them in the kitchen.
69. Display Cabinet
You can also have an open cabinet design for your kitchen items and eliminate closed-door cabinets altogether. Fill up the walls with cabinets to display your cookware and serve ware.
70. Leave it Blank
Sometimes, an empty wall can be decorative on its own.
Tip: Choose a more radical paint job like black for a dramatic yet, trendy minimalistic focal wall design
What should I put on my kitchen walls?
There are plenty of item ideas to put on your kitchen walls. The easiest and most affordable options are hanging decorative frames or accessories using command strips or hooks to hold them in place. Alternatively, you can mount elegant metal or wooden shelves to add various decorative items, such as cookbooks or plant pots.
What can I put on a blank kitchen wall?
Put something that instantly adds character to the wall. This can be anything from decorative picture frames to accessories like traditional mats or wooden accessories. Alternatively, you can install colorful tiles, bricks, stones, or wallpaper.
How do you decorate a large bare wall?
You can add a variety of decorative items to a large bare wall. These include modern floating shelves, an oversized art piece, painting a mural, or even building a mini coffee bar, to list a few.
How can I decorate my new kitchen?
The best way to decorate a new kitchen is to mix and match. Start with the bare walls, adding tiles, bricks, or stone walls to create a different texture. Combine smaller accessories like display shelves, hanging plants, and some decorative picture frames.
It’s also a good idea to choose an interior design theme. For example, you can opt for a modern southern country style and choose furniture that goes with this decorative style.
Going for the right Kitchen Wall Décor ideas can instantly give this space a much-needed but, effortless facelift. The best part is decorating a kitchen wall isn’t difficult at all. Whether you go for a simple wooden shelf, multicolored tiles, or an oversized art frame, the results simply depend on how well you pair these décor ideas with your kitchen design.