7 Ways to Add Art to Your Kitchen

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If you like to cook, you probably spend quite a bit of time in your kitchen. So why shouldn’t it have a little art to liven it up, just like any other space? We’ve rounded up all kinds of examples of art in the kitchen. Maybe they will inspire you to add something that will glam up your space — or just a little piece that will make you smile.

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1. Hang art on the walls (if you have the space).
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer, but if you have a stretch of wall in your kitchen unoccupied by upper cabinets, this would be a great place to add in some art. The owners of this Paris apartment, spotted on Trendhome, made room for a super statement-y piece above the oven. I’m guessing they probably don’t cook a whole lot. But at least it’s behind glass, so protected from occasional grease spatter.

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Decorator Lauren Liess hung some of her favorite vintage oil paintings in her kitchen, right above the sink. Here’s what she has to say about it:

Water splashes up on the middle painting every now and then when things get crazy in the sink, but on a daily basis, it stays dry. Once I sprayed chunks of something up at it from the sink somehow and used babywipes to clean it and it wasn’t a big deal. I love my artwork but none of it is priceless and I see it and enjoy it more here than I would anywhere else.

Good point.

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2. Hang art right next to the kitchen.
If you don’t have space in your kitchen for a big piece, you can always hang one right next to the kitchen. Bonus points for matching the artwork to the stove. Spotted on Escapade.

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3. Stick some in the space above your upper cabinets.
If your kitchen is tall enough, above the upper cabinets is a great place for art to go, safely out of reach of water and grime. Jeff has taken this one step further in his Jersey City abode, and added a deep ledge above the cabinets to accommodate a whole collection of stuff. The ledge wraps around the side of the lower cabinets, a nice finishing detail for a free-floating kitchen.

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Here’s another example, from a London apartment spotted on Design Sponge. (Those with 8 foot ceilings need not apply.)

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4. Add art between the upper and lower cabinets.
For all of us plebians out there with our normal, run-of-the-mill kitchens and their cabineted walls (and normal ceiling heights), there’s the option of simply adding a smaller piece between the upper and lower cabinets. Photo from Sketch 42.

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Knoxy added some art to her kitchen above the kitchen sink.

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5. Hang art on your soffits.
Like these long, narrow pieces in a kitchen from Design Milk.

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6. Mix in art on your open shelving.
Another argument in favor of open shelving! Image from Style at Home.

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7. Hang art on your cabinets (if you’re feeling really wild).
Ok, so this old baby portrait (spotted in a kitchen from Design Sponge) is hanging on what looks like a range hood, and not a cabinet, but you get the idea. If you have cabinets that you don’t use super often, or a lightweight piece of art that can be easily secured to the door — why not?

(Image credits: Escapade; Trendhome; Lauren Liess; Pablo Enriquez; Design Sponge; Sketch 42; Adrienne Breaux; Design Mlik; Style at Home; Design Sponge)

Updated: 26.10.2014 — 09:53