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Art for a Kitchen: Stylish Prints for Every Home

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Art displayed in a kitchen setting. Print features art by Cornish artist Joanne Short of the Tresco Abbey Gardens

Above: Joanne Short open-edition fine art print featuring the Tresco Abbey Gardens and the view to the coast. Buy online.

Imagine walking into your kitchen and being instantly inspired by the colours, patterns and energy of the artwork adorning your walls. Art for a kitchen can completely transform the heart of your home, creating a vibrant and inviting atmosphere where you’ll love spending time. In this blog post, we’ll explore various styles of art for a kitchen, from contemporary to classic, and provide you with tips on selecting the perfect pieces to enhance your space.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover contemporary, classic and vintage kitchen wall art designs for every home!

  • Transform your kitchen into a reflection of personal taste with custom framing & display tips.

  • Mix and match styles to create an exciting unique gallery wall in any size space!

Contemporary Kitchen Wall Art

Contemporary kitchen wall art is all about adding a fresh, modern touch to your space. With a variety of exciting styles and designs to choose from, including:

  • modern kitchen wall art

  • abstract kitchen wall art

  • minimalist kitchen wall art

  • typography kitchen wall art

You can create a lively and creative environment in your kitchen. Wall art plays a significant role in the kitchen by brightening the space and inspiring cooking and entertaining ideas.

Open edition print of St Michael's Mount by Joanne Short

Above: Joanne Short Framed Open Edition Cornish Fine Art Print. 'View through the Magnolias, St Michael's Mount'.

The right prints and posters can even teach you fun facts about food and drink while adding a touch of humour for your dinner guests to enjoy. Opt for standout pieces with bold colours and striking designs when choosing kitchen wall art. Position your prints away from the stove or protect them with glass to ensure they remain in perfect condition.

Look for inspiration in the works of artists like John Dyer, Ted Dyer, Joanne Short. Their pieces can add a creative and fun touch to your kitchen walls.

Classic Art

Open edition still life prints in a kitchen set by artist Ted Dyer

Above: Open edition prints by artist Ted Dyer

Classic art brings a timeless elegance to your kitchen, featuring well-known artists and iconic works that can also be used to decorate other rooms in your home. Popular classic art pieces for the kitchen include still life paintings of food by Jan Brueghel the Elder, as well as works by famous artists like Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, and Renoir.

The integration of classic art contributes to the kitchen’s sophisticated aura, enhancing the overall design and fostering a harmonious balance. To discover and browse various types of classic kitchen art prints, explore categories and sort through choices on websites such as

Some of the amazing artists whose works can be found at this gallery and are often displayed in kitchens include:

  • Ted Dyer

  • John Dyer

  • Joanne Short

Their artworks can be the perfect thing to add a touch of style and personality to your kitchen.

Vintage Style Kitchen Art Posters

Above: Vintage Style Poster of London, St Paul's Cathedral 

Featuring retro designs and typography, vintage-style kitchen art posters infuse your kitchen decor with a nostalgic charm reminiscent of a bygone era but with contemporary art.

Renowned artists known for creating vintage-style kitchen art posters include John Dyer and Joanne Short. Their artwork can be found online on Common themes and design elements in vintage-style kitchen art posters include vintage travel posters, vintage-inspired kitchen prints, abstract prints, landscape art, botanical prints, and retro typography.

To find high-quality vintage style kitchen art posters for sale, explore online marketplaces, but for a unique selection and art gallery quality look at

Food and Drink Themed Artwork

Food and drink-themed artwork is perfect for adorning your kitchen walls, showcasing delicious ingredients, recipes, and beverages in a visually appealing way. Examples of food and drink-themed artwork include artworks inspired by wine and beverages, vegetables and fish, and even funny and tasteful photography.

'Cat on a Kashmir' open edition print by artist John Dyer

Above: John Dyer Framed Open Edition Cornish Fine Art Print. 'Seafood Salad, Padstow'

Popular food and drink-themed artworks for kitchens feature prints of:

  • fruits

  • vintage kitchen scenes

  • rustic kitchen scenes

  • illustrations of favourite drinks

There are many notable artists who paint in this genre.

Famous artists that create food and drink-themed artwork include:

  • Andy Warhol

  • Roy Lichtenstein

  • Vincent van Gogh

Their captivating pieces can be the perfect addition to your kitchen, turning it into a space where you can find inspiration while you cook and entertain.

The Beauty of Colourful Kitchen Art

Colourful kitchen art can brighten up your space and create a lively atmosphere with bold hues and eye-catching designs. Colourful kitchen art intensifies the room’s appearance, effortlessly adds a splash of colour, and enhances the mood by creating a vibrant and energetic environment.

Still life open edition nprints by artist Joanne Short

Above: Limited edition signed prints by Joanne Short

Different colours evoke different emotions and can create a unique atmosphere in your kitchen. For example, lively and bold colours like red can stimulate appetite and create a joyful and energetic mood, while softer pastel colours can promote a sense of tranquillity and serenity.

By incorporating vibrant art into your kitchen, you can enhance the overall mood and ambience of the space.

Artworks by Famous Artists for Your Kitchen

Adorning your kitchen with artworks by renowned artists such as John Dyer, Joanne Short, and Ted Dyer infuses sophistication and cultural appreciation into your space, transforming your kitchen into a reflection of your personal taste and personality.

Above: New York City Prints. Manhattan Bridge. Art Posters of New York by Joanne Short

John Dyer’s popular kitchen artworks include Cornish and New York prints, art inspired by food, charming vintage-style seaside travel posters, and beautiful paintings of Cornwall. Joanne Short’s artwork, known for its vibrant colours and beautiful scenes, can add an aesthetic appeal to your kitchen by bringing stunning landscapes, coastal views, and floral subjects to the space.

Ted Dyer has painted various kitchen still-life scenes in his artwork, showcasing his unique and captivating style. Decorating your kitchen with artworks by famous artists like John Dyer, Joanne Short, and Ted Dyer can elevate the atmosphere and create a visually stunning environment that you’ll love spending time in.

Customising Kitchen Art: Framing and Display Tips

Customising your kitchen art through framing and display options allows you to create a unique and personalised look that complements your space. The most popular framing options for kitchen art include:

  • Framed canvas

  • Framed prints

  • Gallery-style frames

  • Vintage frames

  • Custom frames

Frames that are perfect for a kitchen environment include natural wood, white and black frames. Other ideas you can consider are steel frames, solid wood frames, and frames made from incredibly durable materials such as stainless steel or marine-grade aluminum. When framing kitchen art, make sure to hang it in a place where it won’t get damaged by water or heat. Leave at least 4 inches between pieces to avoid overcrowding.

To protect your framed kitchen art from cooking smoke and grease, follow these steps:

  1. Use a glazing sheet in front of the artwork to create a barrier - this can be glass or perspex

  2. Regularly dust and clean the frame to maintain the condition.

Choosing the Right Size and Placement for Kitchen Art

The perfect size for kitchen wall art can vary, but medium-sized art ranging from 40-60cm (16 to 24inches) is a popular choice. It can be hung on the wall or placed on picture shelves to suit your space. To find the perfect spot for wall art in your kitchen, consider hanging it at eye level, which is usually around 57-60 inches from the floor, and make sure to leave at least 4 inches of space between frames to avoid overcrowding.

Arranging wall art to create a focal point in the kitchen can be achieved in several ways:

  1. Use a piece of art with heavy visual weight as the middle focal point in a grouping, then build around it with other pieces.

  2. Create a gallery wall with a mix of classy and funky pieces to add visual interest.

  3. Place art on the kitchen counter and lean it against the wall for a more relaxed and unique display.

Remember to consider the surrounding elements and lighting in the room when arranging the artwork.

Open edition of Helford by Joanne Short

Above: Open edition print of Helford by Joanne Short, 'Sailing past the Agapanthus, Helford Village'

Art for Small Kitchens: Making the Most of Limited Space

Strategically chosen artwork for small kitchens can optimise limited space by creating the illusion of a larger area and adding depth and interest. The best types of art for small kitchens include:

  • Prints

  • Postcards

  • Large abstract prints

  • Statement canvas art

  • Lush landscapes

  • Vintage signs

  • Food-themed art

These options can add style and personality to your kitchen while maximizing the limited space.

Art can create the illusion of a larger kitchen space by using certain techniques, such as:

  • Choosing artwork with a perspective or depth, like a landscape or cityscape. This gives the impression of a larger space extending beyond the walls.

  • Using mirrors or reflective surfaces in addition to the artwork, which can create the illusion of more space and light.

  • Selecting artwork with light and bright colours, which can make the kitchen feel more open and spacious.

Mixing and Matching Styles: Creating a Unique Kitchen Gallery Wall

Still life open edition prints by artist John Dyer

Above: Still life open edition prints by artist John Dyer

Creating a unique gallery wall that reflects your personality and taste is possible by mixing and matching various styles of kitchen art, thereby adding visual interest to the room. To balance colour and texture when mixing and matching kitchen art, you can:

  • Pair different colours

  • Mix textures

  • Create contrast

  • Find the perfect balance between your chosen pieces

Trust your instincts and have fun creating a unique and personalised gallery wall.

Creating a unique and personalised gallery wall can be achieved by following these tips:

  • Choose a theme that excites you

  • Incorporate different sizes and shapes to add interest

  • Use a variety of colours and textures to create depth

  • Hang art at different heights to create an eye-catching display

  • Play with scale to create a dynamic look

  • Incorporate personal items to make it truly special


In conclusion, the world of kitchen art is vast and exciting, with countless styles and options to choose from. With contemporary, classic, vintage, food and drink themed, colourful, and famous artist pieces, you can create a unique and beautiful space that reflects your personality and taste. Customise your kitchen art with framing and display options, choose the perfect size and placement, and make the most of limited space. Now, go forth and transform the heart of your home with stunning kitchen art that inspires and delights!

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of art looks good in a kitchen?

Abstract prints, statement canvas art, or vibrant landscapes will instantly elevate any kitchen, creating a lively and inviting atmosphere!

Should you put art in the kitchen?

Yes! Art absolutely belongs in kitchens, just as it does in other living spaces. Whether you have a large budget or a small one, you can find plenty of looks that will work in your own kitchen. From contemporary to traditional landscapes, seascapes and still lives, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Where can I find classic art pieces for my kitchen?

Discover beautiful classic art pieces for your kitchen at The John Dyer Gallery - perfect for sprucing up the room!

What are some popular vintage-style kitchen art posters?

Turn your kitchen into a fun and exciting place with popular vintage-style kitchen art posters. The John Dyer Gallery offers a huge range of vintage-style art posters of not only Cornwall , but also locations Country and worldwide including Liverpool, London, Paris, Provence, New York, Australia and Africa.

What are some examples of colourful kitchen art by contemporary artists?

Be energized and inspired by the range of colourful kitchen art by contemporary artists, from vibrant prints to dynamic pop art, to stunning vintage modern abstract art!

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