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Whether you’re planning a dinner party, or a coffee meetup with a few friends, your kitchen is a crucial space to decorate. Now that the world is slowly opening up again, redecorating your interior should be at the top of your to-do-list. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t fret! You can transform the look of your entire space with a simple piece of wall art. Kitchens are often forgotten when it comes to adorning the walls. Instantly upgrade your cooking space with these expert kitchen wall ideas.

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Designing the Room: Cooking with Style

Kitchen Accent Wall Ideas: Shapes & Layouts

Empty Kitchen Wall Ideas: Wall Art Size Guide

Selecting Your Aesthetic: Kitchen Style Ideas

Color Scheme Concepts: Choosing Your Palette

Go Beyond Kitchen Décor: More Design Topics

Designing the Room: Cooking with Style

Not only is it important to create a welcoming space for your guests, but you want to feel inspired in your kitchen. Add style and spice to your cooking space with a simple canvas print. A vibrant piece of artwork can give your kitchen a brand-new look without breaking the bank. Wall art is low-cost and low-commitment. You can swap prints depending on your mood and the season.

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Kitchen Accent Wall Ideas: Shapes & Layouts

Let’s start with canvas shapes. Match your style to your ideal layout using our guide below:

Classic & Traditional: The Single-Panel Rectangle or Single-Panel Square

Sleek & Ideal for Narrow Spaces: The Single-Panel Vertical Canvas or the Single-Panel Panoramic Canvas

Multi-Panel & Modern: The Triptych Tri-Panel Canvas or the Symmetrical Five-Panel Canvas

Striking & Stylish: The Split Two-Piece Canvas or the Four-Panel “Wave” Canvas

Funky & Eclectic: The 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas Set

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Kitchen Wall Ideas: Pro Tips

If you decide on a single-panel piece, consider a framed print! A frame can help protect your print from getting damaged by steam or smoke in the kitchen. Read more about framed versus unframed prints from our guide below:

“Unframed canvas is artwork that is not set into any frame. Because of frameless borders, these artworks can adapt to any style. Unframed canvas prints are loved for their sleek and modern look. The minimalist look blends well with contemporary furniture and virtually all interior styles.

Framed artwork looks complete and polished. Because of the small gap between the canvas and the frame, the canvas print seems to be floating inside the frame, giving your artwork a truly unique look. One of the best benefits of framed artwork is that it looks very light and unbulky, which results in a clean appearance.”

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Empty Kitchen Wall Ideas: Wall Art Size Guide

Selecting your ideal canvas size requires a bit of math. Don’t worry, we’ve broken it down for you in our ultimate wall art size guide:

“Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.

For instance, if your blank wall is 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, multiply 9 by 0.6 to get the low end of the ideal height range. Then multiply 9 by 0.75 to get the high end of the ideal height range. Do the same for your wall's 5 feet width. The ideal height of the canvas would be 5.4 feet - 6.75 feet and the ideal width would be 3 feet - 3.75 feet.”

Kitchen Wall Ideas: Pro Tips

When in doubt, go bigger rather than smaller! To support the notion of selecting a large canvas print for your kitchen, check out this excerpt from our guide to large wall art:

“The kitchen is often the most used room in your home. It is the place where you and your family spend most of the time together. So, it’s essential to decorate it in the best possible way! What could be better than large framed wall art to decorate your kitchen and dining space? Update your cooking space with a selection of expansive prints and large wall ideas.”

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Selecting Your Aesthetic: Kitchen Style Ideas

Consider combining style with functionality. Artwork can give your kitchen a facelift without affecting the practicality of your space. Choose a statement piece that will draw the eye to your print and distract from any surrounding clutter.

Beyond Kitchen Wall Ideas: Pro Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for designing a modern kitchen:

"First, you need to understand the current contemporary style features. Contemporary style is known for blending both aesthetics and functionality. Highlight strong and sleek forms, minimal accessories, and open space.

Consider the following trends:

-Simple geometric: From architecture to furniture, balance the look of harsh, straight lines with few curves: circles, orbs, cylinders, waves, etc.

-Sophisticate Neutral Schemes: Choosing neutral colors allows your lines and shape to take center stage. Also, you can add interest by combining neutral shades with soft pops of color.

-Clean Space: Keep accessories simple, few, and well-chosen. Wide and open spaces without visuals obstacles are key."

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Color Scheme Concepts: Choosing Your Palette

The best color of wall art for your space will depend on your pre-existing appliances and décor. If you have a predominantly cool-colored space, add a piece of artwork that complements the overall tone. For homeowners with wood-heavy kitchens, add a warm-toned print.

Grey Kitchen Wall Ideas

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with grey! Taupe, grey, and charcoal are modern shades that will add a contemporary touch to your kitchen.

Beyond Kitchen Wall Ideas: Pro Tips

Interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares a color-specific design tip:

Yellow, with its radiant charm, is the color of pure sunshine. When the summer season rolls around, this sunny color is always at the forefront of design trends. Yellow is said to represent happiness and a love of life and learning. This color exudes individuality and the desire for creativity and new ideas. Using yellow in your kitchen will instantly invite warmth, happiness, and love into your home."

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Go Beyond Kitchen Décor: More Design Topics

Looking for more kitchen artwork ideas? We have several articles that detail the top wall art for your cooking space. Learn how to further curate your culinary space with wall décor here. For easy and creative kitchen décor ideas, check out this clever piece. Our inspiration blog is full of expert design tips for every room in your home.

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