How to Brighten up a Classic Shaker Kitchen with Floral Wallpaper

Floral wallpaper in kitchen

We have a classic shaker kitchen with painted solid wood cabinets with an inset panel. It’s a very popular kitchen style in the UK as it’s timeless and easy to dress up or down to create a classic or modern look. It’s a great choice if you want a stylish, good quality kitchen.

The previous owners of our house had the kitchen made-to-measure with lovely white quartz worktops and grey cabinets. I liked it but at the same time it felt a bit uninspring and bland.

Floral wallpaper in kitchen

So to bring the kitchen to life and to add a bit of fun, I decided to have the beautifully designed Rabarber (Swedish for Rhubarb) wallpaper on two walls. It’s a gorgeous, botanical wallpaper featuring flowers, leaves and rhubarbs. It’s Swedish design by Boråstapeter. I absolutely love it because I’m partial to bold colours and vibrant, floral wallpaper.

The coloured Mariskooli glass bowls are from Iittala, an iconic Finnish design brand

The wallpaper is washable so it makes a perfect and refreshingly unusual splashback. I wouldn’t have a wallpaper as a splashback anywhere near the tap but it works well under our wall cabinets. This is because the area doesn’t get many spills or splashes.

Floral wallpaper as splashback in kitchen
The rug is from a Swedish brand Pappelina.

The Rabarber wallpaper totally transformed our kitchen. It’s now an inspriring and welcoming space. I find it incredible how a little bit of floral wallpaper can change the look and feel of a room. See AFTER and BEFORE pictures above and below.


I also introduced a few extra pops of colour from Scandinavian design brands to bring more cheer to the room. The Iittala glass bowls on the wall shelf repeat the colours of the floral wallpaper (by a total chance to be honest!). The Pappelina rug comes in a bold, fuchsia pink and breaks up the monotony of the floorboards.

Classic shaker style kitchen with a Scandinavian floral wallpaper

And that’s how our traditional English kitchen became a colourful, botanical haven with Scandinavian touches!

Kitchen island
The kitchen cabinets have been painted with Farrow & Ball Down Pipe and Cornforth White.
Shaker kitchen with floral wallpaper
The Series 7 Dining Chairs by Arne Jacobssen are available from Fritz Hansen. The Conker dining table is from Loaf.

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