Jessica Alba makes a case for hanging statement art in the most practical of spaces – the kitchen

The actress achieved a warm, cozy, and lived-in feel with a colorful accessory – and experts swear by the look

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Jessica Alba's beautiful kitchen is a masterclass in creating a design-led cooking space. It's highly practical (evidenced by the success of her easy rice paper dumpling recipe), but from the Zellige tiles to the dark cabinets, every inch is visually striking. Best of all, Jessica has incorporated one of our favorite timeless decor elements: a large painting in the kitchen. 

Though this decorating quirk has long been controversial, its design impacts are undeniable. Despite the risks, interior designers swear by Jessica's statement kitchen art and encourage us to follow suit.

'I love decorating with art in the kitchen,' says Keira Shultz, the principal interior designer at KSDesigns.

She continues, 'Kitchen artwork adds personality, charm, and warmth to a kitchen. It looks great on open shelves, above a range, propped on a counter, or the wall with a wall sconce above. Introducing artwork into a kitchen adds a layer of thoughtful curation and visual interest to the space.'

Keira Schultz
Keira Schultz

Keira Schultz is an Arizona based interior designer. She has a degree in Textiles from Arizona State University and a degree in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University Magna Cum Laude. She is an Allied member of ASID and an Associate member of IIDA

Aside from visual appeal, this kitchen wall decor idea can help to create a unified aesthetic in your space. Mia Johnson, Principal Designer at Mia Johnson Interior Design, states: 'Art can tie together different elements in the kitchen, contributing to a cohesive and curated design.' 

In an open-plan kitchen to living room layout, this practical application of art can have a particularly impactful effect. 

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Mia Johnson

Mia Johnson is a Michigan-based interior designer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Her boutique firm focuses on making every home look and feel special.

Mia adds: 'It also allows homeowners to infuse their personality & unique style into the kitchen. Art becomes a topic of conversation, nurturing an inviting and possibly lively atmosphere at the core of the home.'

Corner of a kitchen with portrait artwork, high shelf with jugs, light wood wall, black stone countertops, kitchenware, ornaments in natural, neutral color palette on counter

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However, though Jessica Alba's kitchen art contributes to visual appeal, there are some practical considerations to take into account when choosing art for your kitchen. Keira states: 'My one recommendation when selecting artwork for a kitchen is to be mindful of cost due to the exposure to grease and moisture. I suggest artwork framed with glass for better protection.' 

Mia further cautions: 'Ensure the selected art is suitable for the kitchen wall environment, taking into account factors like humidity and temperature fluctuations. It's important to choose art that is easy to clean and maintain, especially in a space prone to cooking-related splatters. Additionally, I'd advise homeowners to carefully consider the placement of art to prevent exposure to excessive heat, moisture, or potential damage during cooking activities.' These tips will ensure your art is as impactful as possible.

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Art can improve almost every space, and the kitchen was just added to the list. Whether you prefer something simple like Jessica Alba's single painting or an entire bright and colorful gallery wall, kitchen art is always a good idea.

Sophie Edwards
News Writer

I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.