44 Best Kitchen Wall Decor Ideas

MStarr Design

Becca Brendler for MStarr Design

When it comes to picking artwork for the home, most people focus on their main gathering spaces first. But once the living room, family room, and even the hallway are filled with beautiful pieces galore, you're not off the hook quite yet. After all, don't forget that artwork can truly shine in any room of the house! And this means that it's critical that you don't forget to display it in the kitchen, too.

While the kitchen is a largely functional space. it's also a highly trafficked one and is a place where friends and family frequently gather, meaning that it deserves a little bit of love. If you're going to spend mornings and evenings prepping dishes for the family and loading and unloading the dishwasher, you deserve to do so in a space that's aesthetically pleasing to you. Due to tiled backsplashes and large appliances, you may not necessarily have a ton of usable wall space available for framed pieces, but that's ok. A little art goes a long way, after all.

Note that artwork that hangs in the kitchen doesn't have to be food or drink related by any means. Sure, you can feel free to go that route if you're so inclined, but generally, the art pieces that you may be eyeing for other spots in the house will likely look just as great in your cooking space. Love vibrant colors? Great! Have a penchant for portraits? Bring it on. Below, we've rounded up 44 kitchens featuring fun art choices that will help you get inspired as you tackle your own space.

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    Grab Those Plates

    china plates on wall

    Marian Louise Designs

    Plates are perfect to hang in the kitchen—decorative ones, that is! You don't want any old piece of dinnerware to be displayed on the wall, but if you're a collector or even recently inherited a beautiful set of china from a relative, consider featuring it prominently in your dining space as art.

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    Go Splitsies

    nautical split canvas

    Interior Impressions

    Make a visually engaging statement by displaying two split canvases that form a complete picture. This nautical image blends with the soothing off white walls perfectly. A triptych would also look lovely on a wall like this one.

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    Display a Set of Prints

    matted prints

    JNR Designs

    Maybe you're struggling with how to best fill a large, open wall space. If you happen to own a collection of prints that need to be displayed as a group, this is an excellent spot for them. Stick with coordinating frames and mats for a cohesive look.


    If you're looking to save some cash, you don't need to shell out the big bucks for one of a kind prints—framed pages from an old book or digital downloads can also look fantastic when placed in matching frames.

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    Mount a Mirror

    mirror on wall

    Georgia Zikas Design

    Whether hung horizontally or vertically, a mirror will invite more sunlight into your kitchen and help the space appear larger. Go modern or vintage, just make the style you choose complements your overall kitchen design.

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    Focus on the Fam

    family photos

    Think Chic Interiors

    The kitchen is likely where your family spends the most time all together—so why not honor your loved ones in the form of a little gallery wall that features some of your precious moments together? Focus on your immediate crew or honor relatives living far away—you can feel like you're all gathered around the dinner table together!

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    Pick a Theme

    landscape art

    @purehappyhome / Instagram

    If you're unsure about the type of artwork you'd like to showcase in your kitchen, see if a common theme stands out among your pieces. Maybe you own a lot of artwork that features natural elements, or maybe you have a thing for vintage portraits. Here, landscape art adds lots of calm and color to this kitchen.

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    Gather Together

    cutting board wall

    @myrusticmodernliving / Instagram

    Cluster cutting boards together on the wall, using nails to hang them. These pieces won't take up precious storage space, and they look pretty cool all grouped together! We give this an A-plus for being pretty and practical.

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    Take a Trip

    nyc artwork

    @ginfizzinteriors / Instagram

    Celebrate your love for travel without leaving your own home. Pick a print that represents a favorite destination and allow it to do the talking, like this oversized piece of Empire State Building artwork does here.

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    Or Reflect on a Journey

    travel photo

    @alpine_spaces / Instagram

    Alternatively, honor a favorite memory from a past trip by printing out a photograph you took while traveling and giving it a special place to shine in your kitchen. Utilizing your own is a wonderful way to tackle a blank wall and save money in the process.

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    Go Bold

    canvas art

    Michael Hunter for Kim Armstrong

    Craving some more color in the kitchen? A bold canvas is the way to go. Purchase one from an artist you love, or if you're feeling crafty, you can even grab some paint and go the DIY route.

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    Spell It Out

    hanging sign in hallway

    Michael Hunter for Kim Armstrong

    Hang a sign on the wall that adds a bit of whimsy to your kitchen. Food related phrases like "eat" or "coffee" can be a bit overdone, but we love this vintage looking hotel sign hanging in the kitchen hallway.

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    Try a Combo

    plates and framed art

    JL Design

    We've already highlighted framed photos and plates as separate decor options above, but there's no reason that you can't opt for some of each! This fun half circle plate display adds lots of dimension.

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    Pick Something Yummy

    food art in kitchen

    @sweetvanillajamilla / Instagram

    Make your love of certain foods known by choosing artwork that features drool-worthy meals. This combination has an ideal mix of sweet and savory choices, if you ask us!

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    Think Petite

    art above oven

    @suzannahstanley / Instagram

    A petite art piece can look stunning above the oven, as we see in this space. We're all about unexpected design elements, and this definitely fits the bill. Just be sure it's not an original work that could be harmed by smoke and splattering oil.

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    Hang Shelves

    plate wall

    Tony Soluri for Jessica Lagrange

    If you crave extra storage, opt to hang shelves that can be styled with trinkets galore. There's no reason that your favorite kitchen accessories can't double as art, after all.

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    Think Abstract

    abstract canvas art

    Jenifer McNeil Baker for Maestri Studio

    Abstract art goes well with so many decor styles, whether your aesthetic leans modern, eclectic, or somewhere in between. This piece stands out in a mostly neutral kitchen.

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    Show Off Your Smalls

    small art

    Janet Mesic for M Lavender Interiors

    Kitchen artwork doesn't necessarily need to be large to make an impact. If you have a few small pieces that are just begging to be hung up, consider grouping them together to better fill a wall. Don't worry whether frame shapes or colors differ—the look will be more collected that way.

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    Combine Colors

    beach artwork

    @houseofchais / Instagram

    If your kitchen features a few different dominant shades, look for artwork that features both of them. These beachy scenes touch on the copper from the light fixtures as well as the calming blue from the island.

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    Make a Mural

    green arch wall with art

    @the_mumma_bear_diaries / Instagram

    Invite a new hue into your kitchen in the form of a painted arch or geometric mural, then tie things together with artwork that also features that shade. Here, green is a major go!

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    Go Black and White

    black and white photos

    @_homeonthecorner_ / Instagram

    Black and white photographs of your little ones can easily be swapped out as they grow, making this another sweet, affordable art choice.

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    Say Yes to Saturated

    saturated art

    @erinzubotdesign / Instagram

    If your kitchen features saturated tones, let your artwork reflect that. A muted floral piece looks wonderful in this moody kitchen.

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    Embrace Nature

    landscape artwork

    Urbanology Designs

    Landscape art pieces are always a popular choice for the kitchen. Who doesn't want to stare at soothing scenery while cooking, after all?

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    Grab Your Spoon

    gold kitchen utensils

    Olga Hanono

    Basic pieces like kitchen utensils can definitely be made to look artful if they're hung intentionally and are aesthetically pleasing. In this space, gold serving utensils pop against marble walls.

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    Install a Gallery Wall

    gallery wall

    Rebekah Westover for Etch Design Group

    While we most often see gallery walls in living rooms, they're A-ok to include in your kitchen design, too. This kitchen space spills over into an entertaining area, and the gallery wall can therefore be appreciated by people sitting in either space.

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    Lean With It

    leaning wall art in kitchen

    @fabulouslyexhausted / Instagram

    Don't be shy about leaning artwork rather than hanging it up. Not every kitchen features walls that are easy to nail into, after all. Cluster a few frames together as seen here so that the setup looks intentional.

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    Prop It Up

    art on easel

    Ashley Webb

    If your walls aren't nail-friendly but leaning art isn't quite your style, try a miniature easel. This one looks ultra sophisticated and can easily be moved around if you worry about damage while you're cooking.

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    Get Quirky

    thrifted art

    @dommdotcom / Instagram

    Bring on the quirky art pieces if that's what you're feeling! You never know, a thrifted portrait above your dining table could lead to some pretty interesting dinner party conversation. We love the large gallery wall across the way from the table, too.

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    Add a Portrait Light

    hanging picture light

    @houseofchais / Instagram

    Hang a portrait light above a special piece (or two) that's worthy of some extra attention. Bonus: It'll add a cool, museum-like quality to your space, too.

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    Make It Mod

    black and white abstract art

    Alvin Wayne

    A modern black and white abstract piece is the perfect finishing touch to this sleek kitchen space. Just keep anything super luxe away from your food prep area—you don't want any tomato sauce splatters ending up on the canvas!

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    Break Out the Baskets

    baskets on wall

    Chelius House of Design

    Thin baskets and round trays look pretty on the walls and add textural interest, and they can easily be taken down and used as serving trays when it's time to entertain guests.

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    Paint a Portrait

    face portrait

    Louis Duncan-He

    Or purchase one—we won't judge! Add a bit of intrigue and mystery to your kitchen table by hanging a picture of a face that stands out to you.

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    Install a Photo Ledge

    hanging picture ledge

    mStarr Design

    If you're someone who likes to redecorate and switch around your artwork frequently, hang a photo ledge and use that to display your frames of the moment. This makes it easy to transport artwork from room to room if you wish.

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    Frame a Recipe

    framed recipe card

    @therusticdesert / Instagram

    Go on, get a little sentimental! If you have a favorite family recipe that you'd like to feature in your space, pop the handwritten note card into a frame for all to admire. This is a great way to honor a relative whose cooking you always appreciated growing up.

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    Paint an Accent Wall

    accent wall

    @anna_m_stark / Instagram

    Painting an accent wall will add tons of vibrance to your kitchen on its own. But if you're looking to go the extra mile, jazz it up with an arrangement of pretty plates. Don't hesitate to opt for another bold hue.

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    Think Round

    mirror in kitchen

    @hungermama / Instagram

    A round mirror adds interest above this oven space and reflects beautiful artwork in the background to boot.

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    Be Neon

    neon sign

    @littleeastview / Instagram

    What's more fun that a neon light? This one has a sweet little message and fits perfectly between kitchen cabinets.

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    Embrace Neutrals

    neutral wall decor

    @butiksofie / Instagram

    Artwork doesn't need to be bold and bright to add style, though. If neutrals are more your thing, this setup is a great place to look for inspo.

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    Double Up

    neon lights

    @hardcastletowers / Instagram

    Celebrate a love for neon signs by hanging one up and then opting for a neon sign inspired print to hang below. After all, you can't have too much of a good thing, right?

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    Be Electric

    retro kitchen artwork

    @prettypocketprojects / Instagram

    Keep the retro kitchen theme going with artwork that is all about having fun. This trio of prints is full of electric hues.

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    Honor Your Kiddos

    kid art on wall

    @bejdesigns / Instagram

    Kids' drawings deserve lots of love, too! Create a wall full of little ones' masterpieces, like we see in this kitchen. Children will be oh so proud to see their hard work on display.

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    Throw It Back

    vintage sign

    @thathomewiththepugs / Instagram

    Throw it back to the good old days with a vintage soda fountain sign that will make you want to kick back with a rootbeer float.

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    Be Cheeky

    cheeky kitchen art

    @wilder_eden_design_company / Instagram

    Your kitchen definitely deserves a bit of light-hearted artwork if that's your thing. This sign will make you–and guests—giggle.

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    Catch the Travel Bug

    travel posters

    @rosieandlukegaff / Instagram

    Hang prints from favorite travel destinations in your kitchen for when you're experiencing a bit of wanderlust.

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    Feature a Funny Face

    portrait artwork

    @edwardian_property_parade / Instagram

    Hang just one portrait or a whole wall of them—they're always bound to add tons of charisma to any room.