I think that wall art adds an element of the unexpected in kitchens. Often in kitchen design, walls are consumed by cabinetry, windows, open shelving, tile, etc., and there is little space left for anything else. Either that, or kitschy (sometimes cheesy) art prints of food, fruit or wine end up being hung on blank walls to occupy the void. So is there a happy medium--a place for great artwork in the kitchen that doesn't come across as too literal? I hope so, because that's what I'm looking for. Here are some great "art in kitchens" images I found as I started the search:
I absolutely love these prints, and even though they are very literal, their style makes them unique and very appropriate. I like how they add a modern pop of color to a more traditional setting.
Canadian House & Home
This large floral painting by Bobbie Burgers looks like it was not only planned into the space, but gave inspiration for the design direction as well. I love how it connects the outdoors, the yellow range, and the rusticity of the island table and makes everything look so cohesive.
Again, this is a literal take on something found in the kitchen, but the application makes it unique. Its size and scale is unexpected in this tiny kitchen, and the high contrast is perfect with the existing color scheme.
Canadian House & Home
Keeping with the black and white theme, this framed chalkboard looks classy and compliments the kitchen's scheme. Additionally, it becomes a forever-changing piece of art. Great idea.
I've tossed around doing a collection of family photos on my blank wall, but thought that there wasn't enough context for it in the space. However, this dining corner is perfect for the gallery of photos, and I love how the frames are eclectic and carried up over the window.
I've posted this kitchen before--its always been a favorite of mine. Designed (and lived in) by Canadian designer Lynda Reeves, I like how she's added framed abstract art right next to the range hood, and then repeated it again over a desk in the corner. The artwork brings a sense of sophistication to the space.
This vintage sign is also a clever idea, and is non-traditional and unexpected in a kitchen space.
There are a ton of ideas out there, and I also did a short search to see what other "unconventional" pieces might be interesting:
Vintage botanical prints
Not-so-vintage (but very affordable) framed botanicals from West Elm
Affordable framed abstracts from West Elm
Original art hardware drawings from Restoration Hardware (there are over 1000 to choose from!)
I also love this vintage eye chart--it would add a nice graphic punch to any wall.
Well, those are my thoughts for now.....I'm not sure I've figured out the perfect solution, but at least I've started thinking about it. I'm tired of staring at that blank wall!