55 Eye-Catching Kitchen Accent Wall Ideas

Kitchen accent walls can either contribute to the room’s current style or bring something different and unique to the room. When you first enter a kitchen the wall you see directly across from you is often the best for creating visual interest.

Kitchen with concrete distressed wall and track lighting fixtures

Kitchens with decorative features such as windows, archways, or architectural elements are well-suited for accent wall designs. There are many ideas you can apply to your own kitchen depending on several factors, from the general ambiance to the budget you have for its construction. Here are some creative kitchen accent wall ideas for inspiration. [toc]

Accent Wall Colors for the Kitchen

Yellow glass below upper cabinets

One of the ways you can differentiate kitchen accent walls is through the dominating color they showcase. You can match the accent wall colors to the theme you have going in the room.

Matching the walls to the dominating color of the kitchen decor and accessories can offer great results and a cohesive design.

Blue Wall 

Blue is among the accent wall colors that can boost a room’s vibe from boring to chic and stylish real quick.

Blue painted doorway

The blue accent wall in this kitchen brings a unique popping element that gives this room more texture. The blue stands out amidst the white and black in this modern-designed space. 

Blue rectangular tile

The blue kitchen backsplash in this luxurious home showcases something light and fresh to look at. With the wooden flooring and cabinets and white countertops, the sky blue walls are fresh on the eyes without looking out-of-place in the design. 

White and blue triangle wall

If you want something edgy for your modern design, why not try blue and white geometric patterns? This blue and white backdrop offers something quirky to this straight-laced white room. 

Kitchen with interesting wall accents with cement, slab and painted brick

A blue backsplash will always look wonderful in a room with a blue-and-white color scheme. This is contemporary style houses several blue and gray elements that work excellently together. 

Blue above counter backsplash

This modern kitchen has a black-and-white color scheme that looks incredibly elegant. The blue accent wall further adds to its luxurious and chic charm. 

Black Wall

Black is a classic yet bold color you can always match with any other color, especially white. The shade screams beauty and elegance, even when used in the cooking area.

Here are some ideas you can use for a black accent wall in the kitchen. 

Black subway tile and chalkboard

The black subway tile is made from black brick tiles, giving the room a vintage hipster twist especially when coupled with a coffee shop chalkboard, wooden shelf, and large counter.

The blackboard element and its white chalk writings round up the entire design and add character.

Spacious kitchen with ceramic flooring, black and gray fabric wall

This transitional design features a beautiful black patterned wallpaper with unique patterns. It also stands out in this white-dominated design with the black countertop and backsplash rounding up the entire look. 

Modern design and black soapstone countertops and black geometric shape wall

This modern U-shaped layout features a number of contrasting unique materials and finishes. The light wood cabinets is offset by the dark soapstone countertops and modern geometric tile accent wall.

Black illuminated wall and glass window

This trendy kitchen showcases a white and black color scheme, along with its white marble countertops and tables and black cabinets and walls. Its illuminated black panels is made from dark acoustic tiles that contrast elegantly with the white floor. A picture window provides the ultimate backdrop of the outdoor garden and landscape.

Red Wall

Red is a bold color you can always use to spice up a room. And yes, you can also do that in your kitchen! Here are some great red accent wall ideas to try out. 

Red and beige wall

This small kitchenette has a bold red painted backdrop that gives it a beautiful twist despite its simple design. 

Bright red cabinets and wall with white island

White can be paired with any color and it can balance bold colors like red. This is what this kitchen showcases with its white cabinets and countertops coupled with the bright red accent wall. 

Red island and wall

The red accent island and backsplash in this room go well with the light color countertops. The color is then paired with white cabinets and wooden flooring, along with its homey table and chairs. 

Red backsplash

This modern kitchen shows a bright red backsplash coupled with wooden cabinets and flooring. Brown and red look wonderful together, a good contrast to each other.  

Yellow Wall 

If your kitchen feels gloomy and needs a pick-me-up, a yellow accent wall is a great solution. Here are some ideas you can apply.

Yellow slat wall

This modern kitchen interior sports a bright yellow accent wall that matches the countertop. The wooden slats vertically positioned also give the room texture. 

Yellow raised edge wall

This modern kitchen has white walls with a popping bright yellow paneling that gives the room a twist. While the layout may have a minimal design, its yellow chair rail adds luxury to the entire vibe and appeal. 

Kitchen with orange refrigerator appliances

This kitchen showcases all-white walls, floors, and ceilings, which perfectly showcase a clean and sanitary feel. The Scandinavian design has checkered tiled walls that add to that simple and clean vibe. 

While not a wall per se, the bright appliances create an interesting backdrop that showcases another way to get the look of an accent color.

Kitchen with brick and square tile with yellow cabinet doors

This open-concept room features a brick pattern that runs to the adjacent room. This brick pattern is also displayed on the island and its backsplash showcases small dark-colored squares. The yellow cabinets create a focal point that draws the eye and makes a statement. 

Green Wall

Green is a fresh and earthy color that can transform your flat white kitchen into a room with a cool and refreshing vibe. If you want to try it out, here are great green accent walls to use.

Kitchen with green painted wall

This simple white kitchenette showcases a green accent wall with indoor plants rounding up the whole earthy look. The hanging lights also add brightness and elegant appeal to the walls. 

Kitchen with aqua herringbone tile

This simple kitchen offers a clean and fresh look with white and green walls positioned side by side. The colors look excellent in contrast with each other and the indoor potted plant on the side somehow rounds up the entire look.

The accent wall also has this adorable light green hue and tiling pattern that gives it a unique appeal. 

Blue backsplash made of glass

This modern kitchen features a large island and green-tinted glass lined up below the cupboards that act both as an elegant accent wall and a backsplash.

The green in this kitchen is further supported by the three emerald green vases at the center of the countertops. The light aqua hue of theglass tile matches elegantly with the walnut and cream cabinets. 

White kitchen with green glass backsplash

This small white kitchen is installed with a bright green backsplash that acts as real attention grabber. The green backsplash stands out when surrounded by the white elements in the room, from the white countertops, chairs, and cabinets. 

Gray Wall

Gray is a neutral and elegant color you can always use if go for subtlety and don’t like big bold colors.

The color can also easily be paired with other colors and act as a good backdrop. Use this incredible color with these gray accent walls. 

Gray cement wall

This gray textured finish is made from concrete, making the room look incredibly rustic. It is also a great backdrop for hanging shelves, jars, and indoor plants.

Gray textured wall

This modern minimalist kitchen showcases a simple gray full-height backsplash that adds to the room’s elegance. The white cabinets and walls allow the grey textures and other elements to stand out. 

Minimalist gray wall

In this modern kitchen, the gray paint adds a new texture to the white and brown color scheme of the room.

The gray tone is a great background for hanging decor and other artwork you might want to install. 

Kitchen with polished concrete slab

This contemporary white kitchen has a light gray backsplash that also resembles a concrete finish

The hanging LED lights on top of the backsplash brighten the countertops, making them stand out between the white cabinets and dark gray hanging shelves. 

Corrugated wall with basin sink

The corrugated metal panels make an exciting addition to this modern rustic-themed kitchen space. Adding open shelving with strip lighting adds visual interest and helps light up the countertops.

Shiplap Wall

A shiplap is a wooden board similar to generic wood planks but it naturally slides and laps on top of each other once installed side by side, whether horizontally or vertically.

It can be used for exterior siding but also works as a backsplash material. Here are some ideas you can use for shiplap walls for your designs.

Black range hood and wood shiplap wall

This kitchen has a white shiplap backsplash. This shiplap is made from pieces of shiplap horizontally installed on top of each other.

White beadboard wall and open shelving

This white-dominated kitchen has shiplap paneling that becomes a perfect backdrop for hanging shelves with decor and utensils placed on them. 

Kitchen with vertical shiplap wall

This sweet and chic kitchen has wooden countertops, light blue cabinets, and white shiplap panels that look wonderful with each other.

The pieces of shiplap are arranged vertically, making the design look like its ceiling is higher than it really is. 

Kitchen with horizontal wood grain wall

In this minimalist kitchen, the white shiplap planks are arranged horizontally, making a good backdrop for the hanging cabinet.

There is an excellent balance between the white and brown wood, from the white and brown cabinets and countertops to the white flooring and brown chairs. 

Kitchen with board ceiling and wall

Brown and green are nature’s colors, which when used indoors can transform it to look like you’re outdoors. This retro kitchen does that, with a brown shiplap binding everything together, from the flooring to the ceiling. 

Stone Wall

Stone can also be used as cladding in the kitchen, and depending on its design, it can add elegance and boldness to the room.

If you are looking for some ideas to use, here are some ideas to consider. 

Home bar kitchen with raised stone on one wall

This stone cladding looks rustic and elegant at the same time. The brown bricks look incredible with the wooden countertops and brown stools. 

Kitchen with stacked stone fireplace wall

This modern open dining and kitchen features luxurious stone panels that house a modern fireplace. The rectangular chandelier hanging on the ceiling brightens up the dining area. 

Kitchen with stone wall and grey island with white base cabinet

In this luxurious multi-use room, the stone feature stands out like a creative artwork with its thick black border.

The gray stones on the feature partition match and gray countertops and look good with the white flooring, ceiling, black table, and hanging lights. 

Wallpaper Wall

If you have a limited budget and don’t want to spend too much on your walls, here are some ideas for wallpaper you can use.

Kitchen with wallpaper and strip light on wall

This modern kitchen sports white and wooden cabinets, black countertops, and quirky geometric shapes flooring. The wallpaper has a pattern of tree branches and trunks, adding a natural design in a rather modern setup. 

Black brick with white grout wall

This kitchen’s black brick wallpaper matches the black loft-style storage leaning to it. The wooden and ceramic dishware adds character to the entire appeal and vibe. 

Kitchen wallpaper as backsplash

The wallpaper backdrop sports black flowers on a white background, supporting the white countertop and the black cabinets underneath.

Kitchen with wallpaper covering one wall

In this kitchen, the wallpaper has leaves and fern patterns with green, brown, and black colors on it. These colors are supported by several indoor plants inside the space, adding to its natural vibe in general. 

Simple kitchen with patterned wallpaper

The artistic wallpaper used for this room offers a subtle sweetness to this homey style. The cream color of the backsplash adds brightness to the room without having to overwhelm the eyes.

Wood Wall

Wood is a classic material used for the construction and renovation of the home, and yes even when it comes to accent walls. Here are some kitchen wood accent wall ideas you can use for inspiration. 

Wood plank wall in kitchen

This modern kitchen has white countertops and hanging cabinets, as well as wooden flooring, countertops, and walls. The wooden plank backsplash matches the entire vibe going in the room. 

Wood paneling wall

This modern kitchen is dominated by white and dark brown colors, which look great together since the combination of light and dark colors balances the entire vibe. The wood paneling stands out because of all the white elements in the room. 

Wood panel wall

The wooden panels in this modern luxurious design match the wooden flooring. The dark color of the countertops and cabinets allows the accent to stand out beautifully. 

Wood wall next to stais

This open-floor kitchen has a modern vibe going, with all three areas (kitchen, dining, and living room) connected to each other without walls dividing them.

The wood-grained boards can be found on the side of the staircase, matching the color of the wood flooring.

Tile Wall

Tiles are affordable and easily customizable, which is why it is a great material to be used for backsplash and walls. If you need inspiration for a tile design, here are some ideas:


Green glass tile mosaic wall

The glass tile walls in this open plan follows a modern picket style in green color, providing an interesting contrast to the color of the entire dining space.

The green color looks clean and luxurious, giving the area an elegant look. The white offers a bright backdrop and, combined with pendant light fixtures and recessed lights, helps illuminate the space.

Kitchen with diamond shaped tile up the wall

This kitchen interior is filled with gray colors in classic style, with a trendy geometric accent wall in tiles. The pattern repeated on this tile is a hexagon shape, which is designed creatively and elegantly in blue, green, and white colors.

These colors and the geometric pattern look wonderful with the general theme and color of the room.

White subway tile wall

These glossy white subway tiles bring a classic look to the interior of this modern kitchen. It matches the color of the white countertop and somehow lightens the entire cabinetry area. 

Chalkboard Wall

Are you looking for something quirky and unique to add to your kitchen? One of the cool elements you can add is a chalkboard accent wall. You can use the board to unleash your creativity, write notes to family members, save a shopping list, or feel like you’re in a rustic coffee shop.

Here are some trendy chalkboard accent walls you can try for your home. 

Kitchen and dining space with chalkboard floor to ceiling wall

This spacious open dining area showcases a chalkboard accent wall that gives a trendy and unique look to the area.

Kitchen with chalkboard backsplash, herringbone floor, and chairs

This modern kitchen is surrounded by white elements, from the table and chairs to its walls and cabinets.

Its chalkboard backsplash brings something quirky into the mix, making sure that the style does not look too formal or cold. 

Galley Wall

A galley kitchen refers to a long and narrow layout bordered by base cabinets and hanging cabinets. These kitchens tend to be smaller because of their narrow walkway that appears like a hallway.

If you have a galley layout and need inspiration for an accent wall, here are some ideas you can use. 

Kitchen with pale green wall and butcher block counters

This galley kitchen has a minimalist style dominated by white cabinets and shelves, as well as wooden countertops.

The accent walls can be found on both sides of the floor plan, which appear to be made from white brick tiles, supporting the clean and bright look of the room. 



Galley kitchen and blue painted wall

This basic galley kitchen is spruced up with its blue paint with white door and trim. The blue color in the design is a classic and calming choice that can help energize an otherwise cramped space.

Kitchen with tile wall, black cabinets, and white solid surface counters

Compared to others, this galley is wider and more luxurious. The featured design is found on the right side of the galley, with a bright orange tile scattered with several hexagon shapes. 

Galley kitchen with farmhouse brick backsplash

In this elegant kitchen galley, the accent wall is a brick design, matching the color of the wooden countertops.

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