If you're planning your kitchen remodeling project, one thing to discuss with your contractor is your choice in wall covering. You might simply want paint on the walls, but there are other options to consider that can add a touch of color or make the walls easier to clean. Here are some ideas for kitchen wall coverings.
If you have a farmhouse or cabin, then rustic wood cladding can give your home a unique look. You might want vertical natural wood panels or horizontal shiplap planks. You may want to combine the wood cladding with a stone backsplash behind the sink and stove to guard against getting the wood wet, which could lead to decay.
If you want color or interesting designs on the walls to complement plain white cabinets, then talk to your kitchen remodeling contractor about choosing the right wallpaper for the job. You want wallpaper that won't peel off when exposed to moisture and that's easy to wipe clean. You could cover the wallpaper with glass tile in the backsplash area so the wallpaper is protected from water while allowing the beautiful design to show through.
Tile is a common wall covering for the kitchen, especially subway tile. However, you don't have to settle for plain white tile unless you have white cabinets and want an entirely white kitchen. Instead, you can use colored tile, and even alternate colors to create a beautiful design in the area under your cabinets and behind the stove and sink. Tile is easy to clean and it isn't harmed by water, so it's an excellent choice for a kitchen, and it can be combined with paint or wallpaper to create a beautiful look.
If you want to keep things simple and affordable, then choose paint. Paint introduces the color of your choice, and you can even have the walls painted to create an artistic design. However, you can also choose a neutral paint that blends into the background and lets your cabinets attract attention. You want high-quality paint for your kitchen so it withstands moisture vapor and doesn't bubble or peel before its time. A high-gloss paint will be easier to wipe clean with a damp cloth when you splash food or beverages on the wall. You may still want to combine painted walls with a stone, metal, glass, or tile backsplash, since those materials are much easier to clean and they protect the walls from water damage.