Decorating Your Kitchen with Artwork

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Decorating Your Kitchen with Artwork

Staff Writer · Jan 28, 2011

Decorating your kitchen with artwork is not only creative, but it can give your overall apartment decor a finished look. You might not have given much thought to using art in your kitchen, and as a result your walls are bare. Spruce it up with signs, posters and prints that will transform the space into one that will be pleasant to cook and eat in.

Kitchen Signs

If you’re new to the idea of including artwork in your kitchen, the first thing that doesn’t come to mind is using signs. However, these provide a classic and authentic feel that you don’t want to miss. There’s something about the use of words to express yourself, and it’s a unique method for decorating your kitchen. The type of sign you get should match the decor of your apartment. For example, signs made out of wood are perfect for a country home decorating style, but a metallic sign is a better choice for a contemporary style. Some signs are both pictures and words, while others are just the words. Some examples are:

  • Fresh Eggs (with a picture of a hen)
  • Seeds (often includes a picture of your favorite vegetable)
  • Bistro
  • Say Please and Thank You (and many other sayings, no pictures included)

You can even find someone who makes signs and ask them to make a custom one, if you really like the use of kitchen signs and can’t find the right saying or words you’re looking for.

Kitchen Posters

Kitchen posters are a great option for decorating your kitchen, especially if you already have posters in the other rooms in your apartment. You can find posters that match your decorating style, or use your kitchen posters as a way to compliment or accentuate a theme that you want to create in your apartment. It’s great to take advantage of colors with posters to bring neutral walls to life or to match the colors of your kitchen furniture or appliances. Posters are also inexpensive compared to other kitchen artwork options, which is important if you’re decorating your kitchen on a small budget.

Kitchen Art Prints

Art prints are more expensive than posters, and in general they are higher in quality. You’ll pay more for it, but you’ll get richer artworks and when framed, they’ll last longer. Use art prints to make your decorating style obvious. For example, if your kitchen decorating style is Italian, then buy an art print that uses words in Italian and has a picture that highlights Italian cuisine or culture. Hang it on a wall where your family and guests watching you cook can see it clearly, or over the kitchen table if that’s where you eat meals. Neighborhood scenes are popular kitchen art prints, and it can be of a neighborhood you grew up in or one that you would like to visit.

It’s a good idea to try one to two of these ideas for decorating your kitchen with artwork, but not all of them at once. Simplicity is key in the kitchen, and you don’t want to clutter it with too many posters, signs and prints.

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