How To Choose Wall Art For The Kitchen

Kitchens are the hub of the home, a space where form meets function, and with open plan kitchen-diners, a resurgence in family mealtimes and dinner parties with friends and family - we are spending more time in this room. So, of course, it's become one of the favourite spots for hanging and displaying art. But where to start when it comes to choosing the perfect piece?

0114 Print, Ugly House To Lovely House Kitchen Inspiration
0114 Sheffield Print

Choosing by size

When choosing art for your kitchen, the scale is an important consideration. Large-scale artwork can help create a focal point or establish a mood, while smaller-scale pieces may be better suited for balancing space in the room.

Smaller Kitchens

In kitchens, wall space can be limited, and it's not always easy to find ways to include art in such a small space. But smaller prints are more versatile and easier to have in your kitchen. They look great leaning against a worktop or sitting on shelves, and if you like sharing your home inspo, they bring your kitchen shelfie to life!

Green Lili Check in Botanical Print Kitchen Inspo
Check In Abstract Print ~ @ninageeathome

Open-plan kitchen diners

For open-plan kitchen diners, choose large-scale pieces that are bold in colour or pattern and create a focal point in the room. Large abstract prints, statement canvas art, or lush landscapes work well here.

Top tip: Build your collection over time and choose meaningful pieces - you don't have to buy them all at once!

Green Lili High Spirits & Quiet Mind Abstract Canvas Kitchen Diner
Quiet Mind & High Spirits Abstract Canvas Art

Choosing a theme or style

Whilst showing your personality through your home is important, consistency is key. You may already have a statement wall in your kitchen, particularly if you have an open-plan living space. If so, buy your art to match. Matching your art to your wall is much easier than the other way around.

Try to find a theme that fits your kitchen.

  • Do you have a lot of windows? Look for something depicting nature or water.
  • Is your kitchen small and cosy? Choose small botanical art or floral prints.
  • Is it modern with clean lines and stainless steel appliances? Go for simple and minimal designs with bold colours and shapes without too much detail.
  • Do you love colour and enjoy cooking with friends? Bright botanical prints and quirky quote prints work well here.
  • Do you have an open-plan kitchen diner? Go for a large abstract canvas - it'll be the perfect conversation starter at your next dinner party.
Green Lili Top Of The World Abstract Canvas Kitchen inspo
Top Of The World Abstract Canvas

Cheerful colours and witty words

If you're looking for new wall art for your kitchen, don't be afraid of colour. A light and airy kitchen can benefit from colours that make a statement. Bright, warm colours will create an energetic and happy space that encourages people to spend time there. Reds and yellows are also said to stimulate the appetite - ideal for a kitchen! And if you have a more modern or industrial-style kitchen, colours such as orange or yellow may feel more at home.

Here are a few examples of how colour can impact your kitchen.

  • Blue is peaceful and relaxing, perfect for those after-work dinners.
  • Green is fresh, soothing and serene—a great reminder of nature.
  • Yellow is energising and gives off a happy vibe that makes us think of warm summer days spent outside with friends and family.
  • Neutrals never go out of style and bring warmth to your kitchen.

Whatever type of wall art you choose—whether it's an abstract piece or something with words—colour is what brings life into the room. Use it to tie everything together and make the space feel more cohesive and homey!

Funny typography can help you start your day off right, making mornings a little easier, and putting a smile on your face after a long day at work.

Misty Morning Green Abstract Floral Art Kitchen Inspo
Misty Morning Abstract Floral Art ~ @indigohouse

Beautiful Botanicals

Plants and nature bring positive and creative energy to our every day. It's popular in kitchens as it can set the mood, decorate, make a statement and create focus points—all while adding colour.

If you've limited space for real plants—or, like me, have a habit of not keeping them for too long—botanical wall art can raise your mood and keep you calm and relaxed. Perfect for when things get a little heated in the kitchen.

Beautiful Botanical Kitchen Wall Art Prints
Eucalyptus Plant Pot Print ~ @my_best_laid_plans

Style Guide Top Tips

  • Be consistent with your theme, colour scheme and style. Keeping things consistent allows you to continue to add to your collection without the room appearing overcrowded and unorganised.
  • Start small and build. Kickstart your collection with one piece. Hang it in your kitchen or place it on a shelf and get a feel for how it looks before you add to it. You might find that one print is enough for you. Remember to choose pieces that you love and that reflects your personality!
  • Maximise wall space. There's no need to buy large wall art for your kitchen. Smaller prints are more versatile and easier to move if you have a redesign. If you've got a large open-plan kitchen diner, feel free to go big and keep it simple with one oversized piece.

We hope we've inspired you with our ideas for decorating your kitchen! Remember that the most important thing is to have fun with it and make sure it reflects your personality. The best part about decorating is that there are no rules or limits—there's no right or wrong way to do this.

So what will it be? Will you go bold, bright and colourful? Or maybe something more subtle and neutral-toned suits your style better?

Whatever choice works for you, go for it!

Further Reading

How to choose wall art for your living room