We spend more time in our kitchens than any other room of the house, so adding some artwork can help make sure it’s a room that you feel at home in. When it comes to finishing touches in the kitchen, a few paintings or photography can make a big difference.

Here are 5 things to consider when adding artwork to your kitchen:


Using art is a great way to tie the colour themes throughout the rest of your house to your kitchen. Kitchen cabinets tend to be made in neutral colours, so you may have free reign when it comes to the colour of your artwork.

Why not bring the colours of your garden inside and use greens in your artwork to create a seamless transition from outside to in.

kitchen artwork

Using a splash of yellow in your kitchen will bring some extra energy to the room and make sure the sun is always shining when your cooking, even when the weather outside doesn’t agree.

You could even bring some blue into your kitchen which would transform your kitchen into a soothing, relaxing space that lends itself to winding down at the end of a long day.

It doesn’t take a lot of colour to really elevate a white or neutral kitchen. Pick a couple of colours and use them sparingly. Anything you add will really stand out and give a high quality, restrained look.

Theme & Personality

It’s worth considering a unifying theme for your paintings and photography. Why not use them to demonstrate your love of food or even take your own food photography to display? The artwork in your kitchen can express your relationship with cooking, showing visitors your favourite cuisines, culinary travels and even providing you with inspiration when you’re struggling for that perfect meal.

artwork Theme

One of our kitchen projects was home to an artist who worked with our design team to build the whole kitchen around their artwork and personality just like this and whilst you may not want to design your whole kitchen around one piece of art, they can definitely work together.


Wall space can be limited in the kitchen and everyone’s space is unique, so recommending certain sizes and shapes of artwork is impossible. Instead, spend some time finding art that fits and really complements the space that you have. There’s such a variety of art out there that you’re sure to find something that fits perfectly.

The size of the art that works can also depend on the size and style of your kitchen. For larger and more minimalist kitchens, using a few large statement pieces of art can really enhance that wow factor. Using larger pieces may be more expensive, but it will add to the impact of your kitchen without taking away from the look you’ve worked so hard to create.

Whereas if you have a smaller or country style kitchen, using plenty of smaller pieces of photography can help create that homely, lived-in effect. Smaller paintings can be more accommodating and can be moved around the kitchen and replaced more easily.

You don’t even have to be limited to traditional artwork, try framing recipes or using your most interesting, aesthetically pleasing kitchen equipment. Hanging pans or displaying pots and jars is a great way of lifting your kitchen.


When it comes to practicality, both minimalist and extravagant approaches can be practical depending on your personal style. Just remember that you still have to cook and any artwork shouldn’t be intrusive.

If you don’t want art to be intrusive, you could even incorporate it into the functions of your kitchen. Adding a chalkboard to your fridge or cabinet can provide art that is useful and personal to you.

Make sure that you don’t position artwork anywhere that it could be damaged, splashed or become a hazard. Temperature changes in kitchens can cause picture frames to warp, so invest in high quality frames to preserve your artwork and keep away from steam.


Again, the positioning of your paintings just depends on the space you have in your kitchen. You could place artwork on any large white wall space or hang it above your cabinets if you have high ceilings.

For large wall spaces, you could choose a single larger artwork, or an arrangement of smaller pieces. Just make sure that whatever you choose fills the available space. If you don’t have any available large wall space on your kitchen, placing artwork in the entrance to the room can be a good alternative.

artwork positioning

For placing art above cabinets, it’s better to go with smaller artworks that can be taken down and cleaned. Why not mix in some plants, jars or any other interesting objects that you love and have been waiting to find a home for.

If you fancy being a little more adventurous, you could even put artwork on open shelving or in glazed cabinets with your glassware for that lovely little surprise touch.

Inspiration and Examples

Our clients have made great use of artwork in their kitchens. Here, artwork is placed on the feature mantle above the oven for an interesting focal point to the room. It draws attention without distracting from the rest of the space, for a refined look.

kitchen artwork example

Here, we’ve designed the whole kitchen around our client’s own painting. Grey and black are the focus of the kitchen, with a splash of vivid yellow for that something extra special. The artwork and the room really work together to create a beautiful and unique space.

kitchen artwork painting

In Summary…

Adding artwork to your kitchen can be easy if you take the strengths and limitations of your kitchen into consideration. Done well, art can make your kitchen the perfect place to eat, drink and socialise whilst looking homely and interesting.

If you’ve been adding artwork to your kitchen, get in touch and share your photography with us on Facebook and Twitter or if you’d like to find out more about how we can transform your kitchen, don’t hesitate to get in touch.