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The New Art Gallery: 12 Favorite Kitchens with Paintings on Display

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The New Art Gallery: 12 Favorite Kitchens with Paintings on Display

February 13, 2018

Some of our favorite kitchen spaces feature artwork casually propped on a countertop or a shelf (no need to confine art to the more formal rooms of the house, or even hang it). Here are a few favorites from our archives.

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Above: A distinguished portrait is on display amid wooden spoons and pans in a stylist’s endlessly changeable cottage kitchen. See Kitchen of the Week: A Blank-Slate Queensland Cottage Kitchen for a Stylist for more. Photograph courtesy of Kara Rosenlund.
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Above: A portrait fills the space above the refrigerator in Kitchen of the Week: A Modern Kitchen in a North Carolina Log Cabin. Photograph courtesy of Fuzzco/Serious Buildings.
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Above: A modern framed piece gets its own shelf in Kitchen of the Week: A Shaker-Inspired Kitchen in East Dulwich.
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Above: Remodelista reader Danielle Arceneaux’s DIY Kitchen Remodel for Under $500 (go to the post to see the Before). Photograph by Manuel Rodriguez via One Kings Lane.
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Above: Botanical-esque art creates some height when placed on a high shelf. See more of this project at Sonoma Farmhouse by Houseplans.
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Above: A small painting is tucked on a shelf (and echoes the room’s palette) in Kitchen of the Week: An Industrial Yet Romantic Swedish Kitchen. Photograph by Anders Bergstedt for Entrance via Lovely Life.
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Above: Julie created a vignette of art and white-toned ceramics in her Mill Valley, California, kitchen. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista; see more in Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.
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Above: A painting on the counter of a London chef’s kitchen from In the Kitchen with Skye Gyngell, London’s Chef du Jour. Photography by Alexis Hamilton for British Standard.
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Above: Art hung in an unexpected place: in the space under the overhead cabinets. For a look at the full kitchen, see A Food Blogger’s Rustic DIY Renovation in Portland, OR, Dark and Moody Edition. Photograph courtesy of Eva Kosmas Flores.
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Above: A kitchen in Paris by architect Philippe Harden, a portrait propped on the wood counter picks up the color scheme of pale blue and olive green.
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Above: An eclectic piece of art leans casually on the counter in an otherwise moody kitchen. See Master Mix: A Shoppable Apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden for more. Photograph by Johanna Bradford, courtesy of Artilleriet.
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Above: In Kitchen of the Week: A Historic Kitchen in Shropshire, a ledge built onto the vent hood provides a stately place for the homeowner to display her artwork.

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N.B.: This post in an update; the original story ran on January 14, 2010.

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Frequently asked questions

What is 'The New Art Gallery: Paintings in the Kitchen' about?

'The New Art Gallery: Paintings in the Kitchen' is an article on Remodelista that explores the idea of hanging paintings in the kitchen as a way to add personality and creativity to the space. The article features several examples of kitchens with artwork on display and provides tips and ideas for incorporating this design trend into your own home.

Why would someone hang paintings in their kitchen?

Hanging paintings in the kitchen can add visual interest and personality to the space. It can also serve as a creative expression and can help to make the kitchen feel more like a home and less like a utilitarian space. Additionally, art can be a great conversation starter and can help to create a welcoming atmosphere when entertaining guests.

What types of paintings work well in the kitchen?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to selecting paintings for your kitchen. However, it's a good idea to choose artwork that reflects your personal taste and style. Some ideas include abstract paintings, still life works, and landscape paintings. Ultimately, the key is to choose artwork that you love and that complements the design of your kitchen.

How should paintings be hung in the kitchen?

When hanging paintings in the kitchen, it's important to consider the lighting and other design elements of the space. For example, you may want to hang a larger painting on a wall with high ceilings, while a smaller painting may work well in a nook or above a window. It's also a good idea to hang artwork at eye level so that it can be easily appreciated. Consider using a mix of sizes and styles to create a visually interesting display.

Can paintings in the kitchen be damaged by cooking fumes and grease?

While it's possible that cooking fumes and grease may damage artwork over time, there are steps you can take to protect your paintings. For example, you may want to hang paintings in areas that are not directly above the stove or where cooking occurs. You can also use a protective coating on the artwork or have it professionally framed to provide additional protection.

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