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Art for a Kitchen: Best Kitchen Wall Art Ideas and Inspiration for Every Style

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Art for the Kitchen - John Dyer Gallery

Kitchen wall decor can be a challenge - what should you hang in this often-used space? With so many styles to choose from, it can be hard to decide. But don't worry, we're here to help! In this blog post, we'll give you some ideas for kitchen wall art that will look great in any style kitchen. We'll also provide inspiration for every type of decorator, from the minimalist to the maximalist. So whether you're just starting to think about kitchen wall decor or you're ready to start shopping, read on for the best ideas and advice!

A group of paintings hanging on a kitchen wall

How to Choose Art for Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where we come together to cook, eat, and socialize. Because it's such an important space, it deserves to be decorated with art that makes us happy and reflects our personal style - something warm and welcoming. But with so many options out there, how do you choose the right art for your kitchen?

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you shop for kitchen art:

  • Think about the feeling you want to create in your kitchen. Do you want it to be cosy and inviting? Or bright and cheerful? The art you choose should contribute to the overall atmosphere of the space.
    Painting by Joanne Short, 'Flowers and Flags Porthminster Beach St Ives', warm and cosy atmosphere
    Above: Painting by Joanne Short, 'Flowers and Flags Porthminster Beach St Ives', creating a warm and cosy atmosphere
    • Keep in mind the style of your kitchen. If you have a modern kitchen design with sleek cabinets and stainless steel appliances, you'll want to choose art that complements that look. On the other hand, if your kitchen has more of a rustic feel, you might want to go for something more rustic in style.

    Poster of Holywell Bay by artist Joanne Short, on a rustic wall

    • Bear in mind the colours of the room and cabinets. If you don't want to paint and decorate the room, work with what you have. If you have a neutral background to work with, introduce some colour and fun in your art display.
    A colour scheme of paintings to suit the room
    Above: A colour scheme of paintings to suit the room
    • Think about what kind of message you want to convey with your art. Do you want something personal that tells a story about your family? Or are you looking for something more simple or decorative? The art you choose should reflect what's important to you.
    Original painting by Ted Dyer, 'Start of the Day, Flushing'
    Above: Ted Dyer Oil Painting. Start of the Day, Flushing

    Size and Placement

    Once you've narrowed down your choices, it's time to think about size and placement. When it comes to hanging artwork in the kitchen, there are a few things to keep in mind:

    • Make sure the artwork is proportionate to the space. You don't want something too small or too large for the wall.
    Original Painting of Tuscany in Italy by John Dyer. 'Juicy Grapes and Shooting Stars'.
    Above: Original Painting of Tuscany in Italy by John Dyer. 'Juicy Grapes and Shooting Stars', A large painting on a big wall.
    • Hang artwork at eye level. You don't want to have to strain your neck to see it.

    Walls near the stove or sink tend to be prime real estate for art because they're often at eye level. However, don't feel like you're limited to those areas; get creative and experiment with different placement options!

    Focal Points

    Another thing to consider is whether or not the artwork will be a focal point in the room. For example, if you have a blank wall near the entrance of your kitchen, hanging a large piece of art there would make it a focal point.

    Art for kitchens, Joanne Short painting as a focal point

    Above: Joanne Short original oil painting of Port Loe as a focal point 

    On the other hand, if your kitchen is already pretty busy, you might want to hang a smaller piece or group several smaller pieces together. Ultimately, it's up to you and what you think will look best in your space. 

    Several paintings hung on a big wall

    There are so many things to consider when choosing art for your kitchen—from style and colour to size and placement—but if you take your time and find something that speaks to you, you'll end up with artwork that makes your kitchen feel like home sweet home.

    Art for Kitchens

    Large scale vintage style poster by John Dyer 

    Because the kitchen is one of the most commonly used rooms in the house, why not make it a space that inspires creativity and good vibes? Hanging artwork in the kitchen is a great way to add personality and warmth to the room. Use your kitchen as a gallery wall, hung creatively to showcase your taste to family and friends. But what type of wall art should you hang in your kitchen? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

    Vintage Style posters Posters

    Posters are a great way to add a personal touch to your kitchen décor. Hang posters of images of places from your travels, or even nature scenes that make you feel calm and peaceful.

     Posters of Paris by Joanne Short, hung in a group on a big wall

    Above: Posters of Paris by Joanne Short, hung in a group on a big wall

    Food-themed Art

    If you love to cook, then hanging food-themed art in your kitchen is a must! Look for prints or paintings that feature favourite ingredients, decadent desserts, or colourful fruits and vegetables. Not only will this type of artwork add interest to your walls, but it will also get you excited about spending time in the kitchen.

    'Seafood Salad' open edition print by artist John Dyer 

    Above: 'Seafood Salad' open edition print by artist John Dyer

    Quirky Prints

    If you want your kitchen to have a sense of humour, hanging quirky prints is the way to go. Whatever you opt for, make sure it makes you smile every time you see it and fills you with joy.

     Quirky poster of a seagull bu John Dyer

     Above: Quirky poster of a seagull by John Dyer

    Traditional style prints and paintings

    Traditional style paintings are a great way to add colour and visual interest to your kitchen walls. If you have no idea where to start, look for pieces that incorporate your favourite colours or that feature interesting places you know and love.

    Traditional oil painting by artist Ted Dyer 

    Above: Traditional oil painting 'Tuscan Farm in the Warmth of the Day, Italy'

    Budget and suitability for your chosen kitchen wall art

    Aside from the style and colour to suit your space other things to be considered are:

    Budget

    At the John Dyer Gallery, we have something for every budget, be it a very reasonably priced framed vintage style poster or open edition print, a mid-priced signed limited edition print, and an original painting in oil or acrylic.

    Shape and size

    An important consideration is what is the optimal size and shape work of art to fill the appropriate space. Will a small piece be lost on a big wall? Will a big piece be cramped on a smaller wall? Should I choose an upright portrait-shaped piece or a longer landscape shape? Always consider square too, which can often be the best for all spaces.

    Square John Dyer painting 'Mediterranean Colour, Eden Project'

    Above: Square image as focal point to the room , 'Mediterranean Colour, Eden Project' poster by John Dyer

    Medium

    Bear in mind what medium you are choosing and what would hang in a particular space better. An extremely bright sunny room with direct sun onto the wall may be better with an original painting as it won't fade like a print may. If it is in a position where it could be splashed, then something wipe-clean would be better.

     Glazed image above sink area - Cornish poster by John Dyer

    Above: Glazed image above sink area - Cornish poster of Portscatho by John Dyer 

    In conclusion, there are many things to consider when choosing kitchen wall art. But no matter what style you prefer, if you take your time and find something that speaks to you, you'll end up with artwork that makes your kitchen feel like home sweet home - hanging artwork on your kitchen walls is a great way to create a space that reflects your personality and makes you happy. So don't be afraid to get creative—your dream kitchen wall décor is waiting for you!

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