Wall art doesn’t always have a place in the kitchen. Depending on the size, structure, and design of the kitchen, your walls may already be chalk full of other kitchen elements so there might not be room for an artistic splash. And that’s perfectly o.k. However, my guess is… if that was the case… you wouldn’t be reading this article.
So let’s just assume that there is one bare spot in your kitchen that needs a nice piece of suitable art to fill it. What should you put there?
With all things art, the choice of kitchen wall art is just as subjective. However, there are some unwritten rules when it comes to art for the kitchen that differ slightly from art for practically any room in the house. And there are a couple of solid reasons for that.
- The kitchen is the hub of the home and is likely to be seen by ALL of your guests. Unlike bedroom wall art, which can be limited in visibility to you and those who are invited into your bedroom. Therefore, wall art in the kitchen needs to be suitable for all guests, and all ages.
- The kitchen is where you prepare food. The unique flair for the arts that you have can work perfectly in other rooms of the home, but there’s something about mixing certain visuals with food that don’t go quite right. This also means that you should pay attention to how easily the wall art you choose can be cleaned. This is especially the case if the art is hanging somewhere it could get splattered with grease, flour, or other cooking ingredients.
What Kind of Art Usually Goes in a Kitchen?
In the kitchen, there are a few tried and true wall art themes that work well, in most cases.
These popular kitchen all art themes include:
- Food & Drink – from fruits and vegetables, to spices, to coffee – these pieces of art are almost edible.
- The Art of Cooking – this kind of art takes an artistic slice of cooking life, including utensils, pots and more
- Inspire My Cooking – Sayings & word art are another popular item to hang in the kitchen to help keep your spirits up while you’re slaving over a hot stove
- Just a Dash – Sometimes the perfect piece of kitchen wall art is just a splash of color or design that adds interest without a specific focal subject
That’s not to say that you have to stick to these popular kitchen wall art themes. But if you’re unsure, these are usually a pretty safe bet.
We’ve browsed our own collection of products as well as some of our retail partners and picked out a few of our favorites from a variety of different kitchen wall art styles. Hopefully these can help provide a bit of inspiration!
Food & Drink Inspired Kitchen Wall Art
The first set of inspiration centers around food and drink, a very popular theme for kitchen wall decor. From lively lemons to warm and rustic vegetables to comforting coffee, anything food related usually does quite well in a kitchen.
Welcome Lemons Wood Kitchen Wall Plaque
This charming wood sign will add a tasteful touch of charm to any kitchen. The sign comes ready to put on your wall with a saw tooth hanger. The sign is hand distressed to add to the vintage appeal. The image is printed directly onto the wood in a UV based archival quality ink to ensure fade resistance and last a lifetime.
Fat Cat Coffee Co. Graphic Art Print
It doesn’t have to be actual food to fit in the kitchen. Something food inspired or connected – such as this Fat Cat Coffee poster – works just fine. Especially if you’re a cat person. This stunning print design created by Wild Apple will provide just the right touch of feline-infused coffee art for your modern or urban kitchen.
Coffee Typography Vintage Sign
Coffee. Need we say more? With bold typography and lightly weathered details, this artwork pays tribute to our favorite beverage on any wall. Printed on wood, this accent brings a rustic touch to your decor
Organic Vegetables 2-Piece Kitchen Wall Art Set
This two piece set of wall art features vibrantly colored farmers market signs, with vegetables. Made in the USA, it is printed on paper and framed in a solid wood frame, with acrylic glass. The acrylic glass is a great addition for kitchen wall art because it makes it far easier to clean.
The Fine Art of Cooking
Everyday kitchen items become art in this collection of kitchen wall art pieces. These artworks celebrate the items that help us make those delicious meals and sweet treats.
Let’s Eat Utensils Graphic Art Print on Wood
Bring some cute to your kitchen walls with this gourmet graphic art! “Let’s Eat,” this piece says in spray-painted robin’s egg blue stencil letters, while three silverware silhouettes spread over the background.
Salt and Pepper and Utensils 2 Piece Kitchen Wall Plaque Set
Spice up your kitchen walls with this ornamental plaque that perfectly capture feelings, themes and thoughts that cross your mind while cooking. It’ll certainly inspire your inner chef.
Measure Equivalents Cheat Sheet Kitchen Art
Do you ever find yourself struggling with basic measurement conversions, such as “how many tablespoons are in a cup??” If so, this measurement inspired kitchen wall art piece is practically perfect for you!
9 Piece Kitchen Art Print Set
A fun collection of cooking-inspired wall art pieces that you can hang all together or scatter throughout the kitchen wherever you need a touch of art. The rustic chalkboard look and natural wood frame would look equality at home in a farmhouse, industrial, or mid-century modern kitchen. Now THAT’s versatility!
Silverware Kitchen Wall Art
A charming idea for the kitchen, this piece features a collection of elegant silverware with the phrase “Waste not want not” printed across the bottom. A saying frequently repeated to us by my mother when we were children. And she was usually in the kitchen when she said it.
Kitchen Rules Knife and Form Wall Art
Whether you need to remind some untidy family members of the law of the land or are offering up a touch of simple charm and effortless whimsy to your space, this eye-catching textural art piece ties the heart of your home together in classic style.
Inspire My Cooking
It’s nice to be surrounded by a little bit of inspiration when you’re cooking. And where better to remind yourself, your family, and your guests about the important things in life?
Live, Laugh, Love, Coffee Canvas Art
Perfect for the coffee lover in your home (in this home, that would be me), this piece celebrates your deep appreciation for caffeine. A bit of a mix between the food & beverage inspired art and the inspiration-inspired art, so it’s kind of perfect!
Today Inspirational Textual Art on Canvas
This lovely textual wall art piece would fit perfectly in the kitchen (although it would be equally at home in other rooms in the house as well). There is something nice about art that has a message that is clearly articulated and encouraging.
2 Piece Kitchen Textual Art Plaque Set
Bring a charming touch to your kitchen or dining room ensemble with this lovely two-piece textural art plaque set. Made in the USA, these two lithographs are printed on MDF fiberboard and feature a fun typographic motif that lends a whimsical touch to any display.
Kitchen Rules Textual Art Print
Lending additional layers of color and texture to any ensemble while ridding your home of boring empty wall space, wall art is a must-have for your home. Take this one, for example, The perfect pick for bringing some textual interest and a bit of whimsy to the heart of your home, it showcases the rules of the kitchen in black print against a neutral beige background.
Chalkboard Kitchen Signs 4-Piece Art Set
Showcasing a chalkboard design, these whimsical black & white art pieces add an element of fun and a pinch of personality to your kitchen
Life is Not Measured Textual Art Plaque
Reclaim it! Enjoy this wood lath stenciled art. Twice loved expressions of happiness. The expressions are printed directly onto the wood.
Just a Dash
Like spices, sometimes you just need a dash of color in the kitchen. These kitchen wall art pieces are eye-catching without having a particular kitchen or food related theme or saying. Perfect for when you want something that works well in a kitchen without being too literal about it.
Twenty Seven Birds Jennifer Lommers Art Print
Depicting an image of twenty-seven colorful birds, this beautiful art print from Jennifer Lommers showcases bold hues of coral, blue, and green, so it’s sure to make a statement on any wall in your kitchen.
Lilies Graphic Art Print
This piece showcases a floral motif with vibrant hues of red, yellow, blue, and green. Perfect for adding a splash of color to your kitchen walls.
Family Joy by Megan Duncanson
Featuring an abstract tree set against a bold, dusky sky backdrop, this piece brings a bit of surreal style to your kitchen walls, while its geometric details complement trellis rugs and spotted pillows around the kitchen.
Turquoise Succulent Wrapped Canvas Photograph
A photographic print of the heart of a turquoise succulent. This piece is printed on wood wrapped canvas and is perfectly at home in modern and contemporary kitchen.
Picking the Right Wall Art for the Kitchen
In the end – as with everything home decor related – the final choice is yours. We’ve only provided these ideas and inspirations to help guide, but certainly not to dictate, your decor choice.
Just try to remember the three simple rules while picking kitchen wall art.
- Is it suitable for all visitors?
- Will people be able to look at it without losing their appetite?
- Can it be cleaned easily if it gets splattered on?
If you can answer yes to all of the questions above, you should be just fine.