How to Incorporate Art into Your Kitchen
The kitchen, often considered the heart of the home, is a space where functionality meets creativity. It’s where meals are prepared, conversations flow, and memories are made. While we tend to focus on practical elements like appliances and storage, art can be a powerful tool to transform your kitchen into a truly inspiring and personalised space. Here are our in-house Interior Designer and Head of Art Advisory, Alexandra’s tips on tastefully incorporating art into your kitchen.
1. Consider the Theme and Style
Before you start, consider the overall theme and style of your kitchen. Are you aiming for a modern, minimalist look or a cozy, rustic feel? This will guide your choices in art pieces, ensuring they harmonise with the existing decor. “Is your kitchen traditional? Contemporary? Hamptons style? Use the style as a base and add styling pieces, like artwork, to add interest and accentuate your theme,” says Alexandra.
2. Choose Appropriate Artwork
Selecting the right artwork is crucial. Consider pieces that resonate with you and add a touch of personality to your kitchen. You might opt for paintings, prints, or even photographs. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles and mediums for a dynamic look.
“You might think it’s over the top to hang a fruit painting in the kitchen, but done well, it can be the perfect accompaniment to the overall style of your space,” says Alexandra. Artworks depicting food are the obvious choice because, let’s be honest, do you want to eat breakfast surrounded by nude portraits?
3. Play with Scale and Proportion
The size of your artwork matters. A large statement piece can be a focal point, while smaller pieces can be grouped together to create visual interest. Consider the available wall space and balance the proportions accordingly.
“Bluethumb has a range of small-scale art, perfect for that spot above the fruit bowl or displayed amongst your shelves of cookbooks,” says Alexandra. Refine your search for the perfect artwork by selecting different-sized filters.
4. Utilise Open Shelving
“Who says artwork has to go on a wall? A shelf is the perfect solution when your artwork is too small or heavy for a wall,” says Alexandra. If you have open shelving, she encourages you to use it as an opportunity to display your art collection. Mix some decorative dishes, vases, and plants with your artwork for a curated and visually appealing display.
5. Consider the Colour Palette
The colours in your selected artwork can significantly influence the overall appearance of your kitchen. When the chosen hues harmonise with or differ from the existing colour scheme, it makes a strong impact. Complementary colours create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, while contrasting ones introduce excitement and liveliness.
“For many of us, the kitchen is where we spend most of our time at home, so it’s important to create a space you enjoy being in every day,” says Alexandra. Incorporating art into your kitchen is an opportunity to infuse your personality into a space often overlooked in decor. It is down to personal taste if you want art to add drama and vibrancy to your space.
Whether you’re an avid art collector or just starting your journey, let your kitchen be a canvas for self-expression. With a thoughtful approach to style, scale, and placement, your kitchen can become a space that inspires creativity and elevates your culinary experiences.
Click the image above to explore this week’s Wall Art for the Kitchen curation. Hand-picked by expert art advisors, Bluethumb makes finding the perfect artwork as easy as pie!