Kitchen Wall Art and Décor Styling Tip: If you really want to highlight an art piece, accessorize it! (Yes, you can accessorize a painting!) Hang the art above a shelf or counter, and along the counter place pieces that match the art. In this case, a beachy tray and vases on a weathered countertop bring to life the resort depicted in the painting. Along the side (if you can catch a glimpse of it), an indoor tree echoes the painting's greenery. If you wanted to take the extra step, you could also swap the white wall paint for a pale blue.
The Abstract Painting. Remember, wall art is more about how it makes you feel than what it actually portrays. For this reason, you’ll find that most paintings designed for the home aren’t really of anything; in other words, abstract. So, if an abstract painting of blue and white brushstrokes makes you feel like you’re surrounded by waves, then for all intents and purposes, it is coastal wall art – and perfect for the kitchen! Running with this train of thought – don’t just buy a painting because a salesperson or its price tag told you it’s “coastal;” if the painting doesn’t completely and utterly transport you to a serene spot on your favorite beach, then for all intents and purposes, it’s not coastal wall art!
So, get those tastebuds ready with images of food and drink. Think fruits and veggies, loaves of bread, candy, coffee, milk, wine and dessert. The more food decor in your kitchen, the better!
(Note: Images of food, of course, aren’t always about appetite. Sometimes, the sight of a fresh pineapple or bowl of fruit can also invoke feelings of health and vitality.)
Choosing a Style for Your Kitchen. Will that sleek hanging planter go with your kitchen décor? What about that hip wall shelf set, or those geometric metal shapes? Barring any obvious style indicators (if a sign has the word “farm” on it, you know it’s of the farmhouse style), it can be tricky to discern what will work with your style and what won’t. A simple trick is to focus on the finish; the bolder and darker, the more modern, and conversely, the more weathered and lighter, the more vintage.
What to Look for Before Buying. Whether or not you have the kitchen wall space! The last thing you want is a cluttery feel.
Decoration Rotation.Sometimes, it’s good to mix things up as the seasons change. If you already have your wall decor set with no wall space left over, you can still seal the deal on that sign or tapestry you’ve been eyeing – just take down your current decorations to make room for your new purchases! Then, in a few months, switch it back! Keep the rotations going for an evergreen feel.
Then, there’s the non-sign sign, or “wall art sign,” which is to say, canvas art with words, like these. Such make great options for when you want the words to feel a little more “permanent” or like a part of a greater piece of art – especially if you have the canvas framed or incorporated into a wall gallery.
Since the kitchen is the most frequently-visited room of the house, we can’t think of a better place to incorporate the written word, little friendly reminders to “Gather,” “Love” – or whatever sign you choose!
Mix and Match Tip: Mix and match signs! Nothing’s cuter than a metal sign, wood sign, hanging sign and leaning sign, all in one gallery. In terms of color, opt for different natural finishes like bronzed, gilded and varnished. Experiment with different sayings, subjects and art depictions; to ensure a true “eclecticism,” buy different pieces from different vendors. Shape and size are also considerations; make friends with both the big and small, square and oval! Even the font type, when mixed, can have the chicest impact. One sign in cursive, another in block lettering and still another in “typewriter” type; a mishmash sure to please any font-lover!
Idea #2: Wall Hooks: In the kitchen shown here, plants dangle from wall hooks, a beautiful, creative way to fill up blank wall space. Try using this space for plants you know you’ll need for recipes – like basil, thyme and rosemary. If you have a garden outside, you can even display your “fresh picks of the day!”
Idea #3: Shelves: If you want wall décor that’s chic and also practical, a floating shelf is always a good idea. These will fit mini planters, flower pots and other kitchen decor like jars, bowls, bottles and trays. But even if you place nothing on it, the shelf itself is a standalone decoration; look for ones in a color and material (wood, metal, etc.) to match your style. (If you think you don’t have a green thumb, just place a few potted succulents on a shelf; they’re easy to take care of and the whole aesthetic truly looks beautiful.)
Tip: When hanging stems or bunches of flowers you’ve just hand-picked, bundle them up! Tie a string of twine or rope around them for a chic touch. This will also make them easier to “hang” from hooks – and keep your kitchen counters cleaner (loose stems are more likely to fall/shed).
Not convinced? Here are even more reasons why they work: Clocks come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, styles, materials, finishes and colors, and can serve as an art piece in and of themselves. Place one on a wall above your kitchen table, cabinets or windows – or incorporate a small table clock on a counter for functional decor. Shown here, a wood design with an iron hanging fits right into rustic decor; the bold, black numbers make it easy to tell time from a distance. Whether your style is modern, traditional or something in between, clocks are an easy way to bring familiarity – and make any house feel like home.
Tip: When choosing a clock, you might want to consider whether or not you’re okay with “ticking.” (Some people would rather be anywhere else than in a room with a ticking clock!) If incessant ticking isn’t your style, opt for a silent non-ticking clock or, even better, one without a second hand.
Vintage frames: Frame decor is simple, fun and easy to hang (you don’t need a frame to hang it, because the thing itself is a frame)! To clarify, what we mean here is decorative structural frames; like of the aforementioned pane and door, or even mirror frames – without the mirror. You can also try a gallery of picture frames without the pictures!
Engraved art: Occasionally, when browsing art vendors, you’ll come across the engraved art form; elusive and rare for the simple reason that it’s difficult and time-consuming to create. With the right artist’s skill, talent and attention to detail, however, the product is always stunning. Consider an engraved wood piece, with a carving depicting a landscape or custom lettering, to showcase on your kitchen walls.
On Choosing a Type: Ok, so “wood wall art” can mean a whole lot of different things; one factor to look at when choosing one for your home and especially your kitchen is the type of wood. This can have an affect on the quality and appearance. A panel piece made entirely of particleboard, for example, won’t exactly stun. But solid pine with dark wood grains and rings spews elegance. If ring (rounded) grains aren’t your preference, you might consider strains of walnut or birch woods, both of which usually contain natural patterns of straight lines. In terms of color, darker woods include walnut, rosewood and cedar woods, and lighter woods include bamboo, teak and maple woods.
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