Kitchen Wall Art Made Easy

Kitchen Artwork, why bother?!

We spend hours if not days looking for the perfect colour of kitchen cabinets, worktop finishes, appliances and wall colour… did your walls look like a rainbow with all those samples?! But what about some kitchen wall art to elevate what can be a sterile room to one that’s more homely, better reflects you and your tastes and brings a little joy day to day.

The kitchen is at the heart of most homes. Since the open-plan revolution, we’re spending more time in and around the kitchen, yet the walls are often overlooked and left empty. Time to change that with a small amount of effort for a stunning change.

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This guide will walk you through the how-to of art for your kitchen walls. Size, Shape & Colour will be used to help steer you on your way to elevating those empty walls!

It’s often easiest to pick a wall and go from there but what to do when the kitchen is full of empty walls? Artwork can be used as a focal point, a splash of colour, or the occasional point of interest but don’t worry, this guide will walk you through how to make sense of it all.

For now, spend time in your kitchen area and think about where your eye rests and how the room is zoned e.g. a dining area, reading nook, chimney breast, and of course where the magic happens… both the cooking and the washing up! You’ll find the room’s architecture & decoration will point to areas where the artwork will elevate not only the wall but the whole room.

The slow and steady approach will allow ideas to pop into your head and slowly but surely give much needed clarity. But if you’re still struggling, look for the walls you’ll naturally spend the most time looking at and start there.

Don’t forget, artwork doesn’t always need to be on the wall. A collection of small propped-up frames on a shelf or mantle can look great, or go big with a large portrait picture frame rested on the floor and leaning against the wall. Just make sure it’s practical and walkways remain accessible.

KITCHEN PICTURE SIZE & SHAPE

Hmmmm, do you decide to go large or keep it cute and compact? As with all room decoration, the proportion is paramount.

Choose a shape

Take a look at the wall(s) you’ve already decided on and pay attention to the shape of the space and what picture proportions will best fit. The shape of the kitchen picture will alter our perception of the space with wide artwork making a space feel wider and tall artwork making the space feel taller.

Panoramic – best suited to a wide gap between cabinets, over a low shelf, or hang in a full height area of wall for a contemporary and more minimalist look.

Bluebell woods Sussex panoramic photo

Square – Squares work well on any wall where they’re not swimming in space. The size will need to be large enough to fill at least 50% of the wall area width. Alternatively, pair it with another square print to fill a wider wall or a selection of different shapes and sized prints for a feature wall look.

Traditional photo proportions – We’re talking about kitchen pictures that are in the ratio of 3:2 / 4:3 or how you’d imagine a photo to usually look. These work well in all spaces and come in either landscape or portrait orientation, with the latter being taller than it is wide and vice versa.

Southwick Beach Hot Pipe Photograph

A1 / A2 / A3 – These common paper sizes are often used for poster prints. The same applies to the above information covering traditional photo proportions.

Large kitchen wall art?

You’ve decided on the artwork shape and now will decide on a size that works for the space. Large pieces of art can be daunting but will provide impact, character and beauty to the room. Just one large statement piece may be all you need.

Want to try before you buy? Mark the outline of different sizes on the wall using masking tape or stick pieces of paper together and blue tack to the wall. Find a rough size that feels right and live with it for a week or so and see if it still feels right before you start shopping for your kitchen wall art.

There aren’t any rules here and it’s a personal decision, that’s why there’s nothing to stop you from letting your hair down and going wild. If this is all a bit daunting you may want to play it safe to start with. After all, you can always let your hair down later once you’ve built some confidence!

Choose Your kitchen WALL ART

Now you’ve chosen one or more walls (shelves and or floor!), look for inspiration in your colour scheme or simply take a look around and find art that speaks to you. Art is an investment and can bring pleasure every day of the year for many years to come. I like to have the picture on my phone and hold my phone up and arms-length in front of the wall where it will live. Does it look right, does it need to be bigger or smaller?

Once you’ve chosen, measure up on the wall and use masking tape to mock up an outline. Live with it for a day or 2 before placing the order or buying the artwork. It’s best to know now if something doesn’t feel right, after all buying and owning art should be a pleasure, not a stress.

Tips

  • Working with a neutral colour scheme? Continue the theme with art that uses a gentle colour palette. Or, a neutral colour scheme is a perfect foil for a bold and dramatic piece that adds character and colour to your kitchen.
  • Work with your room’s proportions. Tall artwork will stretch the room vertically and make the room feel taller, wide artwork (such as a panoramic) will make the room feel wider.
  • Do you have a wall without a window? Not anymore! Pick a print featuring a scenic landscape or seascape and use a thin frame to create a window effect without knocking a hole in the wall!

Bring Nature Indoors

Bringing nature into your home has proven health benefits, including lowering stress levels. If you’d like to bring a restorative coast or countryside view to your kitchen walls – browse my exhibition-grade photography prints celebrating the beauty of Britain’s South Coast and get in contact for free advice.

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Matt Goddard

Matt is a professional landscape photographer and the sole content author here. Based in Sussex, he centres his work around his home county and surrounding South East England landscape. Matt has taught photography to over 150 students on a one to one and group basis since 2016. Visit Full Biog
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