7 ways to turn your kitchen into an art gallery

Kitchens tend to be one of the most neglected areas of the home when it comes to decoration. Historically speaking rooms tend to be either decorative or functional and rarely both.

Most people spend a large amount of their time in the kitchen so there’s no reason why the food preparation area of a home shouldn’t be a delightful space that brings joy to its inhabitants.

If you’ve run out of wall space in the rest of your house, there’s no reason not to use your kitchen as a gorgeous gallery to show off your collection of prints and art photography. Here are seven was you can incorporate art into your kitchen.

1. Use your fridge as a blank space

Fridges are often the most misused wall surface in the kitchen. They have the habit of morphing into a mess of takeaway menus and wedding invitations, but your fridge has much more potential than that.

You can attach small artworks to your fridge with double-sided tape or adhesive magnets. You can also cut posters and colourful wrapping paper to size and use double-sided tape to attach it to the surface of the fridge.

Attach small artworks to your fridge with double-sided tape or adhesive magnets.

If you really want to get creative you can buy inexpensive artists prints and decoupage them straight to your fridge door and seal it with gloss top coat. It will be a fantastic focal point in your kitchen and if you get bored of the design you can simply decoupage over the top of it again.

2. Lean your artwork

If you have a small kitchen or it lacks wall surfaces to hang artworks on, a great alternative is to simply lean the artwork against a vertical surface. This works for shelves, floors, tables, bench tops, open cupboards and decorative furniture items.

Leaning your artwork also allows for easy cleaning and is a damage-free way of displaying your art.

3. Use your splashback as a protective layer

Most splashbacks are removable and transparent which makes them ideal faux picture frames for prints and photographs. Simply unscrew your splashback, arrange your art within the frame of the glass and screw the glass back on to the wall.

This is a great solution for artwork that you want to keep protected. It’s also a non-permanent arrangement you can change as many times as you wish.

4. Paint art straight on the wall

If you’re a home owner and you’re handy with a paintbrush, why not just paint your own art directly on the walls? It’s an excellent solution if you have a kitchen with awkwardly shaped walls or you’re lacking decent display space for artwork.

If you’re not terribly artistic you could hire an artist to add a bit of visual interest to your kitchen. Try asking around at an artists’ college for a student that would be willing to do it at a reasonable price.

5. Display your art up high

Use the tops of cabinets and door frames to display your art collections. It keeps them out of harm’s way and draws the eye upwards, which is great for giving the illusion of space in small areas. It keeps them out of harm’s way and draws the eye upwards.

Door frames and cabinet tops are also great places to display art objects, like ceramics and other collectables.

The tops of kitchen cabinets are difficult to reach so it’s a good spot for more valuable or delicate items.

6. Use the walls in between your cabinets

If you have upper and lower cabinets in your kitchen, there’s an expanse of wall in between those spaces that’s perfect for hanging collections of smaller art.

Group prints together in clusters or create a more fluid art scape across the length of the wall.

This is a great tip for older, more run-down kitchens as it adds to the shabby chic appeal of the space by adding artistic chaos. It’s also a good way to cover up walls that have been stained by years of food preparation and could do with a paint job.

7. Mix your art in with display items

If you have designated display areas in your kitchen for items like fancy bowls or vases of flowers, these spaces are perfect for working in a few prints.

Decorative plates look gorgeous next to framed artwork and you can hang prints behind artfully stacked ceramic bowls and mugs.

There are no real rules when it comes to kitchen interiors so have fun with it and experiment with how you can work your art collection seamlessly into the space.

Tip: We don’t recommend putting very expensive pieces, or artwork with high personal value unprotected in the kitchen as the oils and residue from cooking may damage art over time.

Originally published as 7 ways to turn your kitchen into an art gallery by Carly Jacobs. Author at realestate.com.au