Beadboard In Kitchens – Ideas, Advice & Options Explored

[Cover image – Nordiska Kök]

If you’re looking for a simple yet effective way to transform your kitchen into a cosy and inviting space, beadboard may be the answer.

In this post, I’ll look at tips and inspiration to help you incorporate beadboard into your kitchen design.

Let’s get into it!

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What is kitchen Beadboard?

Beadboard is a type of panelling that consists of vertical rows of narrow wood planks, each featuring a characteristic ridge or bead along the seam between planks.

This panelling style is traditionally used as a decorative wall covering and can extend either part-way or fully up kitchen walls.

It can add a warm, inviting atmosphere to kitchens and is a popular choice in traditional, country, or vintage-style interiors.

In kitchen design, beadboard is favoured for its textured look and the vertical lines that can visually elongate walls.

It is versatile in terms of finish, able to be painted in any colour to match or contrast with the kitchen decor, or stained to preserve the natural wood look.

Beadboard kitchen design
Image – Nordiska Kök

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How To Use Beadboard In A Kitchen

Backsplash (splashback)

Beadboard backsplash behind range cooker
Image – deVOL

Beadboard can be used as a backsplash in your kitchen, creating a unique and stylish focal point.

You can install a beadboard backsplash behind your stove or sink, or you can cover the entire wall for a cohesive look.

When installing it as a backsplash, it’s important to ensure that the area is properly sealed and protected from moisture, as water damage can cause the wood to warp or rot over time.

Applying a protective finish, such as a clear sealer or washable ‘kitchen’ paint, can help to keep it looking great for years to come.


Beadboard on kitchen island
Image – deVOL

If you have a kitchen island, you can use it to add texture and interest to its sides and/or back.

Rather than using plain end panels, you could use beadboard to create a bit more visual and textural interest in your kitchen island.

You could paint or stain it the same colour as your cabinets or opt for a contrasting look.


Beadboard on ceiling
Image – deVOL

Beadboard can be installed on your kitchen ceiling, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere.

A beadboard ceiling can help visually tie together different elements of your kitchen, such as walls, floors, cabinets and countertops.

Depending on the way you lay the board you can help create the illusion of a longer or wider room.

Cooker Hood

Beadboard on cooker hood
Image – Harvey Jones

Beadboard can be used to cover the hood of your range or stove, creating a custom range hood cover, and adding a unique and personalized touch to your kitchen.

Pros Of Beadboard In A Kitchen

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: It adds a charming, traditional, or country feel to the kitchen, enhancing its visual interest and creating a warm, inviting space.

  2. Versatility: It can be painted or stained to match any decor style and can be used on walls, ceilings, cabinet doors, or as a backsplash. This makes it adaptable to a variety of kitchen styles, from modern to classic.

  3. Texture and Depth: It can add an element of texture and visual interest to the walls or ceilings, breaking up the monotony of flat surfaces and adding character to the space.

  4. Affordability: Compared to other wall treatments or cabinetry finishes, it is generally less expensive and offers a budget-friendly way to add visual impact.

  5. Easy Installation: Beadboard panels are relatively easy to install, making them a great DIY project. They can be cut to size and attached to surfaces with nails, staples, or adhesive.

  6. Enhanced Space Perception: The vertical lines of beadboard can make a space appear taller, which can be beneficial in kitchens with lower ceilings.

Cons Of Beadboard In A Kitchen

  1. Moisture Resistance: Beadboard, especially if made from wood, can be susceptible to moisture and humidity, which are common in kitchens. This can lead to warping, swelling, or mould issues if not properly sealed and maintained.

  2. Maintenance: The grooves can collect dust, grease, and debris, making it more challenging to clean than flat surfaces. Regular cleaning is necessary to maintain its appearance and hygiene.

  3. Damage Potential: It is less durable compared to materials like tile or stone. It can be easily dented or scratched, which might be an issue in a high-traffic kitchen.

  4. Outdated Look: While it can add a timeless quality to a kitchen, it can also be seen as dated or too traditional, depending on the overall design of the home.

  5. Installation Challenges: If not properly installed, beadboard can have gaps or uneven edges, especially in corners or around fixtures. This can compromise the finished look and may require additional trim pieces or caulking to resolve.

Is Beadboard going out of style?

Peronally, I don’t think beadboard is going out of style per se, but its popularity will vary depending on current home design trends and personal tastes.

Beadboard has been a classic design element for many years, commonly associated with traditional, country, or cottage styles. It continues to be favored for its timeless charm and ability to add texture and visual interest to a space.

However, minimalistic and ultra-modern design trends may lean away from the textured and busier look of beadboard.

It’s important to keep in mind that design trends are always evolving, and what may be considered “in” or “out” of style can change over time.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to choose design elements that you love and make you happy in your home, regardless of whether or not they’re considered trendy or fashionable at the moment.

If you love the look and you’re considering beadboard for your kitchen, go for it! 😃

Final Thoughts…

There you have it!

Beadboard can be a versatile and timeless design element that can add warmth and character to any kitchen.

Whether you’re looking to create a traditional kitchen vibe or a cosy cottage feel, beadboard can be incorporated in a variety of ways.

So what do you think, will you incorporate beadboard into your new kitchen project?



Michael from

Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.