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Tips For Displaying Art In Your Kitchen

Posted on Wednesday 28th July 2021   |   Interior Design

Tips for displaying art in your kitchen

You can easily create a visual feast in your kitchen by adding in some art in custom frames uk – or creating it from pieces you already own. 

The kitchen is the perfect space in which to create some visual intrigue – as it is usually the place where tantalising aromas, sparkling conversation and wonderful flavours occur. This is why it is the perfect room to showcase your favourite pieces of art, or some stylish objects that you use every day. 

In this article, hope to inspire you to celebrate artistic forms in one of the most functional spaces in your home.

Prop photos up on your worktop

If your worktop starts of ends at a wall, why not make use of this space to display some of your favourite pieces? Casually leaning some artwork against your kitchen wall can make the space feel more intimate and cosier. Make sure you place items away from where your hob and sink are though, in order to protect them.

Celebrate the small things

Scale is always an important consideration when it comes to art and placing it in your home. A petite piece of art can make just as much of a statement as a large piece. If you have a tiny piece of art or photograph that you love, try framing it in an oversized mount such as an 8x10 frame to give it some presence in your space – you could even highlight it more by adding a picture light as well.

Use shelving to your advantage

Hanging a lot of pieces of art or photographs doesn’t always mean you have to use a gallery wall. You can use shelves in your kitchen to display your favourite tableware, pots and pans, or even mementos from your holidays. If you really want to add some interest, combine high art pieces with your children’s creation to really celebrate your families' interests. 

Think about colour when it comes to shelving units in the kitchen. If your kitchen is crisp and white, why not add some colour with your shelves – alternatively go for a muted colour if the rest of your kitchen is bright and bold. This contrast will really draw attention to you display.

Use your art to inspire your kitchen design

If there is a particular piece of artwork that you love, why not use this to influence your kitchen design – it works across all art and design styles, so you can get really creative with your inspiration. Bright or muted colour schemes are easily translated into kitchen design, making it easy to continue the tones of your chosen piece of artwork into the rest of the kitchen. You can always add pops of colour with appliances, kitchen tools, table linen and even flowers. 

Cluster your favourite pieces

If you have a lot of pieces you want to display in your kitchen, you need to think carefully about how to display them on your walls. Clustering them together is ideal, if you have a large space to fill, such as at the end of a run of units. If you have a dining kitchen, then somewhere near your dining table can be a good spot – just make sure you hang the pieces high enough so that people don’t knock against the frames when they are sitting down.

To make sure your arrangement is visually pleasing before you start banging nails in, lay your prints down on the floor to visualise the grouping before you hang it. This gives you more flexibility to move things around and get it just right – without having to rearrange your picture hooks on the wall. 

Grids and rows are good too

If you have a series of paintings, photographs or prints that come as a set, or are very similar in terms of colour or theme – then hanging them in a row or a grid pattern can look very striking.

Go large

Now, although we have already said that small is beautiful, large pictures can also look fantastic as well. Pairing a white kitchen with a big, bold artwork can look great – especially if you pick up one of the colours in the piece with your kitchen accessories. 

However, even if an artwork is large, it doesn’t mean it is robust. When hanging any art in the kitchen you need to keep in mind that they should not be hung near your hob, oven or taps as water and steam can damage them. 

Textiles can be art as well

Art doesn’t always have to mean something in a frame – fabric designers have produced some amazing work that can be used in kitchens. Whatever your taste in prints, there are some fantastic fabric designs out there that you could use for cushions, slip-covers on your chairs or even blinds or curtains to add some pizzazz to your space.

Don’t be afraid to be bold in your choice of design and colours for fabrics to go into the kitchen, they tend to be fewer formal areas than dining rooms, so treat them as such.

Appliances can be artistic too

There are some fabulous bold and sculptural kitchen appliances out there that can double as artistic pieces in your kitchen, and they come in a wide range of colours – perfect for adding a statement if the rest of your kitchen is mainly white. 

Think about sightlines

If you have a long space to fill in your kitchen, then a large-scale and colourful piece can be just the thing you need to anchor it. Don’t be afraid to hang big or visually striking pieces that look daunting on the wall of a gallery or shop – they could be just the thing you need to bring some personality to your room.

Think graphic

If you have a modern and minimalist space, why not choose a more graphic piece with striking lines? It can help to draw the eye and is a good conversation starter.

Your kitchen could be your artwork

If you choose your cabinets and doors carefully, then they can work together to create a cohesive and monolithic design that could be considered art in its own right. Emphasize the juxtaposition of dark and light by choosing a light-coloured paint for the walls, and dark wood for the cabinets (such as cherry, ebony or mahogany). And don’t forget to hide your clutter away!

Don’t forget your view

Picture windows are called picture windows for obvious reasons – so if you have worked hard on your garden and love your view why not make the most of it? Highlight your favourite view with large windows or a set of glazed doors – and keep the rest of the kitchen plain and pale so it doesn’t detract from what is outside. 

Do you have artwork in a 6x8 photo frame in your kitchen already? If not, and you want to find out more about the best frames to use, then please contact our customer service team – they are always happy to help. 

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