Kitchen Artwork Ideas and Other Wall Decor for the Hub of Your Home

Get inspired by these kitchen wall art and design ideas that make the most of the space available.

Industrial Kitchen

Who says living rooms should get all the fun? When it comes to decorating, kitchen walls tend to be an afterthought. With all the essential appliances and supplies that kitchens hold, it's easy to see why. However, we firmly believe your kitchen should look as good as your food tastes. So we'll show you kitchen artwork ideas you can easily incorporate into your home.

Below are tile designs, framed prints, and functional kitchen wall decor ideas for any style of kitchen. Get inspired by our picks, or find something similar that suits your kitchen best.

Pump Up the Color


Cabinets, typically white or wood tones, take up a lot of visual real estate in a kitchen. Next come the white, black, or gray stainless-steel appliance faces. If you want to inject some color into your cooking space, kitchen wall decor is your next option. Fill the backsplash with bright colors, like this seafoam green subway tile design. You can also hang a collection of festive plates on the wall. Look for artwork or photographs that feature a bold palette.

For an original idea, stretch tea towels in splashy hues across the frames of painting canvases, and hang a trio side-by-side. You can find these wood frames in crafts stores; simply wrap and staple the towels—or other fabric scraps—to the back.

Use Your Words


Since you spend a sizable amount of time in the kitchen, why not have it speak to—and about—you. Make personal statements on the walls with letter monograms or signage that spells out "Welcome to the Smiths' Kitchen" or "Enjoy Leslie's Cooking." You can also order vinyl wall decals in various sayings or write your own and pick the font and color.

For kitchen wall art that's even more customizable, coat a portion of one wall with chalkboard or whiteboard paint, then scribble and draw to your heart's content.

Make Pretty Decor Useful

Kitchen Cabinet Colors

There's a timeless notion that utility items should be pretty and pretty things should be useful. This is especially true with modern kitchen wall decor.

Some ideas include:

  1. Choose a wall clock with a decorative frame.
  2. Create an orderly display out of your utensils using an organizer system. Mount a peg rack and use it to show off kitschy coffee mugs hung by their handles.
  3. Attach pot-hanging rods to the wall, and then hook your shiniest, best-looking saucepans to them.
  4. Open shelves that hold a colorful assortment of pitchers or plates can be an artistic focal point on the wall if arranged and edited carefully.

Add Framed Artwork

wall art

Framed prints and posters you'd traditionally find in a living room also work well as kitchen wall decor. Placement is paramount, with plenty of cooking and cleaning in the space. Hang delicate or paper-based wall decor in places that are out of the line of fire from sauce splatters and water splashes. Consider your soffit (the space between the cabinets and the ceiling) as a prime placement for wall art, too.

Keep Lists Current and Handy

wooden crate decor

If you're a list person, you'll love this tip. A clever kitchen art idea is to hang a roll of kraft paper. Leave 1-2 feet of space below it to allow room for writing grocery lists, important dates, and weekly dinner plans. You can even tie a marker to the roll, so you're always ready to jot something down. This DIY country kitchen wall decor looks right at home paired with a distressed wood shelf and vintage wall clock.

Add Fun Food Art

Small Kitchen

"Donut" take yourself so seriously in the kitchen. Food is fun, so show off your quirky side by framing food-related prints and posters for your blank kitchen walls. This quirky donut artwork looks elegant when paired with a white mat and placed in a sleek black frame. Plus, it pops against the kitchen's emerald green color scheme. Your guests will chuckle at your clever designs and wonder how they can get their own fun kitchen wall decor.

Hang Pots and Pans

wall storage for pans

When searching for inexpensive kitchen wall decorating ideas, look no further than your kitchen cabinets. Bringing gorgeous copper pots and pans from behind cabinet doors can upgrade your blank walls. This impressive collection of copper cookware looks more like art when hung stylishly from three metal bars. You may need to invest time cleaning and polishing old pans, but we promise it'll be worth it.

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