Kitchens are the heart of the home and therefore it’s important that they express your personality and style. Hanging art in a kitchen is a very simple and creative way to showcase your personality and set the mood for your space.
The advantage of hanging art in kitchens is that it allows you to be as fun and creative as you like and set the tone for your home. It’s the perfect way to fill a large blank wall space alongside a dining area and you can choose an art piece that creates the perfect mood for your kitchen e.g. fun, energetic, calming, etc. It’s also very simple and can be cost efficient.
Tips about placement?
When it comes to placement of artwork in a kitchen there are many areas which you can utilise depending on the size of your artwork and your kitchen layout. Here are a few ideas for placement:-
1) Using the free wall alongside a dining table can create a real impact for a large piece of artwork or picture gallery. Make sure to hang your artwork high enough so that people won’t be sitting against them.
2) If high ceiling you could place art work over your kitchen units which will keep your artwork safe from grime or water
3) For small kitchens some pieces or art work on the counter top or on open shelving can add character and interest.
4) Behind a set of clear glasses on a shelf or glass cabinet
5) If you have many small pieces of artwork then you may like to group them together to create a unique picture gallery.
When choosing your art work it’s important that you consider the colour scheme of your kitchen as a whole. Things to consider are your curtain, blind and upholstery fabrics, your paint colour, the colour of your cabinets and your flooring. There are many Irish artists who would be happy to commission a piece using your selected paint colours. This is a great way to create the style of art that suits your home and the atmosphere you want to achieve.
There are many different styles of art that you could consider for a kitchen area. Take into consideration the location and style of your home. For example a coastal home could look fantastic with a large seascape. Food lovers may like to use food photography and young families may like to display their childrens artwork. Whilst funky retro homes may like to use pop art to express their personality and add fun to the space.
When choosing your frames take into account your existing colour scheme e.g. the colour of your appliances or cabinet handles may help determine the colour of the frame you choose e.g. chrome, black, etc. Likewise the colour of your kitchen cabinets could help determine the colour of the mounts you use within the frame. If creating a picture gallery consider using frames of the same colour to create unity and allow the artwork to shine.
Anything else readers should know about hanging art in the kitchen?
If your artwork is precious or of great value then I would suggest that you display the pieces away from the hob and sink to be mindful of temperature changes. High quality frames may help preserve your artwork.
Continue the tones of your artwork into your kitchen accessories e.g. small appliances, placemats, napkins, vase of flowers etc
Lastly if you don’t have any paintings or prints remember that artwork for kitchens can come in many forms e.g. a stunning extractor hood, good lighting design and bespoke flooring can also create an artistic statement in a kitchen.