How do I choose a kitchen art?

We often shop for artwork to fill out a gallery wall in the living room or create an eye-catching display in an entryway, but hanging art in the kitchen? It isn’t as common—but maybe it should be! Whether you’re adding a few pieces that compliment your kitchen decor, or going totally avant garde, there are endless ways to incorporate kitchen wall art that really speaks to your personality.

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No matter your style, budget, or kitchen setup, we bet you’ll find at least a few looks that you’ll potentially want to copy in your own space. The moral of the story? Art belongs in kitchens just as much as it does in living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.

Just check out these 21 stunning spaces below that perfectly incorporate kitchen wall art. 

1. A Classy Gallery Wall

There’s no rule saying a gallery wall has to be in the hallway or living room. This nautical-inspired gallery wall serves as a place of visual focus in this stunning kitchen by @vintageartemporium

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Credit: @stayinginstudio

2. Funky Vibes

This funky kitchen wall art is unexpected, yet simply perfect for the space. We love how @stayinginstudio surrounded it with lush greenery for a balanced look. 

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3. Dramatic Focal Point

This bold, dramatic oil painting of a pear by @njfineart manages to “pair” (get it?) perfectly with the surrounding black cabinets, drawing the eye to the back wall and creating a cohesive look.

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Credit: @littleloves.ink

4. Fresh and Clean

There’s something about lemons that reminds most people of cleaning. That makes this pretty lemon print by @littleloves.ink the perfect choice for kitchen wall art. We love how it’s colorful but not overdone, and how it gives a rustic farmhouse vibe. 

5. Pretty Pops of Color

Every kitchen needs a dash of color here and there; after all, who doesn’t need something to look at while doing dishes? We love this pretty pair, by @murus.art, where the bright colors pop against the neutral background. 

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Credit: Lana Kenney

6. Opt for Photography

Black-and-white photography may not be the first style on your mind when it comes to art for the kitchen, but we have to say that the oversized picture above looks good, particularly with the dark cabinets. If you’re a photography fanatic, you can even consider printing and framing one of your own shots! This example is a portrait, but you could always use a vacation shot or a landscape.

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7. Bold and Graphic

Go bold with a graphic print like the custom made Drunken Sailor themed chalkboard this Toronto couple hung in lieu of cabinets on a blank wall in their kitchen. You could keep chalk art confined to a board, as seen here, or even paint a whole wall with chalk paint. It’d be the perfect place for the grocery list! We’re majorly digging their teal pantry cabinet as well.

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Credit: Cathy Pyle

8. Small but Mighty

If you’re on a strict budget or decorating a short-term rental, a printout or postcard may be the best option when it comes to kitchen wall art. The display in the UK kitchen shown above demonstrates that even a small piece can shine when styled nicely—bonus points if you also select a punchy quote.

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Credit: Lana Kenney

9. Go Abstract

Have a wall or two that flanks your cook space? Consider framing out your kitchen with an abstract print or set of prints, as seen in this bright and sunny kitchen in Cape Town. Don’t be afraid to go abstract. Here, the blue and white print complements the orange leather stools at the kitchen island.

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Credit: Sandra Rojo

10. Shelf Help

Here’s a simple, subtle shelf display that caught our eye in this Barcelona kitchen. This charming setup is great if you like to rotate your kitchen wall art out. You can change pieces up whenever you want and don’t have to worry about additional wall holes beyond hanging the shelf itself.

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Credit: John D’Angelo

11. Contrasting Details

A graphic print hung over subway tile makes for the perfect finishing touch in this redone Michigan kitchen. While snazzy appliances and gorgeous tiles may be all the rage, don’t forget about smaller decorative elements like artwork when designing a space!

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Credit: Courtney Ann Photography

12. Say Yes to Sunshine

Get happy! Julia Dzafic’s sunny kitchen feels even brighter, thanks to the Gray Malin print that she chose to display beside her counter. She has another, different style of piece from the photographer hanging up in her nearby dining space, which helps keep the room cohesive without being too uniform.

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Credit: Jeva Photography

13. Create a Peaceful Scene

Andrea Denes also opted for a beachy print in her kitchen, and we don’t blame her—who doesn’t want to dream about a tropical getaway while tackling meal prep and other chores? We love that she used her range hood as a ledge; it’s the perfect spot to showcase a special picture or photo.

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Credit: Kristie Barnett

14. Artsy Antiques

Blogger Kristie Barnett dramatically made over her kitchen, which now features tons of gorgeous green. A vintage-looking piece of art complements her color scheme and adds an antique touch to the room.

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Credit: Christy Harper

15. Rustic Charm

Blogger Christy Harper’s farmhouse kitchen looks like somewhere we would want to spend a ton of time, and the rustic kitchen wall art above the oven makes the space feel even more welcoming and sweet.

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Credit: Erin Kestenbaum

16. Gold Accents

Blogger Erin Kestenbaum redid her kitchen as part of the One Room Challenge this past fall, and she included a gorgeous nature painting in her final space. A gilded gold frame makes the piece look gallery-like and extra special.

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17. Boho Beauty

Go boho with wooden art pieces and hanging baskets, which can also be used for entertaining when necessary, as seen in this space designed by The Stella Blue Gallery. Could it be any more homey?

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Credit: Winkie Visser

18. Haute Plates

Did you think kitchen wall art only meant framed pieces? That’s totally not the case. If baskets are boho, then ceramic plates and bowls are quirky and eclectic. Just look at this Dutch kitchen nook. All of the plates and little dishes hanging on the wall echo colors used throughout the room, from the hot pink tapers and blush colored vase on the kitchen table to quilted pillows on a bench and even the backs of the bold, modern dining chairs. It’s more than okay to get creative with your “art” choices.

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Credit: Lana Kenney

19. Collage Effect

If you have a sideboard or buffet in your kitchen, you can do what these South Africa-based homeowners did with their record player cabinet—set it off with a large-scale collage or mixed media piece of artwork hanging above it. Remember that if you have other kitchen wall art mounted around the room, matching the frames might be a good strategy for creating balance and making sure the overall look is visually cohesive.

20. Cute but Classy

Some bunny—Blanc Marine Intérieurs, to be specific—knows how to mix both modern and traditional elements to create an absolutely gorgeous space. The rabbit photo caught our eye, but the gorgeous rug and stunning brass lamp have us swooning, too.

21. Elevated Artwork

Hanging artwork high up above kitchen cabinets will make ceilings seem higher and doesn’t look half bad, either, based on this space by Theresa and Cheryl. Anything you can do to exaggerate your home’s good bones, do it.

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