Art for Every Space: The Kitchen

By Anya Shor


Artwork in kitchens seems to, most often, fall into one of three categories: non-existent, kitchy relics depicting some form of fruit and vessel, or posters you had when you got your first pad, that you still love but don’t have a cottage to relegate them to.

The purpose of the room should never determine the subject of the art displayed, particularly in the case of kitchens. Kitchens are, after all, the most multi-purpose room in the house. It’s not just a place to cook and eat it’s a place to gather, to study, to make crafts with the little ones, to feel warm. And, as it is often noted, most parties do, in fact, end up in the kitchen.

So why not let the artwork reflect that?

This is a great example of a contemporary kitchen with the key combination of white marble, stainless steel and wood. It’s sleek and minimal. A bold graphic painting gives the room a needed splash of visual interest. In movies, at least, a fair bit of canoodling happens in the kitchen too, no? The black and white print reminds us that romance often starts with pasta.


Wheeler Kearns Architects, via


Everyone loves a wall of smalls. The problem is where to put it? The wonderful thing about smalls is that each one is a little world unto itself and it helps to be able to get close to see the individual beauty of each piece. The kitchen is a perfect place for such a wall. Whether it’s a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine, it’s a room where we can actually take a moment to look and contemplate. A wall of smalls is particularly effective when it’s all works by the same artist. That means they are usually all roughly the same size, palette, and idea. The repetition makes for great visual impact.


Wall of small artwork, via


Photography can look very modern in any room. If an understated approach is more your style, you can’t really go wrong with a classy black and white print in a simple black frame. If you already have an existing collection of small to medium sized prints, hang them randomly throughout your kitchen and family room, but if you’re looking to make a statement with a singular piece, go for the largest print you can find for the biggest blank wall in the room.


Photography in the kitchen, via Elle Decor


Contemplate pop culture over a cup of tea with Andy DeCola’s large, bold, graphic canvases. They’re the perfect focal point for a modern kitchen.


Graphic canvas, via


Our favourite choice for a wall of smalls is Winnipeg artist, Adrian Williams. A founding member of the Royal Art Lodge, you’ll impress your in-the-know arty friends. Each piece is created on old book covers and pages. Both young and old will find something to relish in each of these small gems. They look dynamite floating in simple white frames.


Art for small white frames, via


Keeping kitchen utensils and appliances at hand is convenient for the avid cook but can create a fair bit of visual clutter. Balance it out with these quiet, contemplative landscapes on an opposite wall.


Image of a shoreline by Per Kristiansen,



Topics: All About Art, Kitchen, Art, Artwork, Decorating

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