When one thinks of decorating the kitchen, you often think of new cabinets, countertops, placemats, canister sets and other kitchen accessories.
One area that can get left out is the wall space. Plain walls can make your kitchen look bland and boring, but dressing them up is easy and doesn’t have to cost a lot either.
What is the first thing you notice when you walk into someone's home? The walls, right? Walls enclose the home, giving a thematic impression. So, if your walls are empty you've got to get to work to populate them. Wall hangings can be expensive, but that's only if you purchase something by a famous dead artist. You can create your own artwork without any art instruction whatsoever. First, you have to consider your theme. If you have a country kitchen theme then you will want country style artwork. A modern kitchen theme will look best with prints in sleek frames. A retro look? Then get some vintage style prints of old signs or baking products.
Do you have hundreds of pictures and just don't know what to do with them? If the idea of a personalized kitchen picture wall appeals to you, you could arrange the photos into a huge wall photo collage. Examples include pictures of exotic places, weddings, and children growing up. Although you will have more fun creating your collage yourself, there are companies that will take care of this for you. The cost ranges from about $50 for an 8x10 to $150 for a 20x24 wall collage.
If your kitchen has an outdoorsy, café or nature feel, you might want to consider pressing leaves or flowers and framing your work; the best of these are flat. You basically place the leaves or flowers in a book to allow them to dry flat. They are ready for your wall hanging when they become crisp. This shouldn't take longer than a week or two. After the items are pressed, you will just need to mount the artwork and hang it on your wall.
When you decorate your kitchen with artwork you are only limited by your imagination. Don't be afraid to experiment. As mentioned previously, artwork is easily reversible. So, be imaginative and creative and design your artwork.
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