Tan France's colorful artwork reminds us why some pieces deserve a place in the kitchen

While kitchens' focuses tend to be on appliances, art can greatly enhance the culinary space – here's what experts think

Tan France
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Tan France may be the fashion expert on Queer Eye, but (unsurprisingly), his excellent taste in clothing extends to his interiors. 

The style maven recently shared photos of his home's kitchen, which he shares with partner Rob France on Instagram, and between the chic, black stove, marble backsplash, and black and white tiled flooring, it's a sight to behold. One of the most striking elements, however, is the gold-framed artwork.

Choosing a piece of artwork for the kitchen can be narrowed down, first and foremost, by theme, as experts explain. 

'In my experience, kitchens with lots of windows look great with canvas or prints depicting nature or water to bring the outdoors in,' says Artist and Creative Specialist at Green Lili, Michelle Collins. 'Botanical and nature-inspired prints can also raise mood and provide a sense of calm in cozier spaces with less natural light.'

Alternatively, Michelle says that modern kitchens can benefit from simple and minimal lined artwork, while humorous typography is great for enhancing light-hearted spaces.

Michelle Collins
Michelle Collins

Michelle is an artist and creative specialist at Green Lili, an independent home decor, art & lifestyle brand founded in Sheffield in 2015.

Color is also a huge factor in choosing a piece of artwork for the dining space. Color is a mood-booster, and there fits in seamlessly in a gathering area like the kitchen.

'For an energetic, happy space, opt for bright and warm colors,' Michelle says. 'Reds and yellows can actually stimulate the appetite, and oranges and yellows can create a more homely feel.'

Meanwhile, those who prefer cooler or more neutral palettes have lots of options to choose from, too.

'Go for light blues for a relaxing, peaceful space, perfect for after-work dinners,' Michelle suggests. 'Fresh greens can create a serene space reminiscent of nature and botanicals. If in doubt, neutral colors never go out of style and are perfect for injecting warmth if you’re not as confident using color.' 

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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Finally, consider placement; while our natural instinct may be to fill vast spaces with large prints, putting artwork in tight gaps can actually be a more effective way of displaying pieces.

'Smaller prints are often more versatile and easier to move if you want to redesign,' Michelle says. 'They also look great leaning against a worktop or sitting on shelves and cabinets, especially if you’re in a rental property and don’t want to drill permanent holes into your walls.'

Below, find a few different art prints that suit different kitchen styles.

Hannah Ziegler
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Hannah is Homes & Gardens’ News Editor, with a focus on celebrity style and entertainment content. She got her start in media as a digital editorial assistant at ELLE Canada, and has since written about lifestyle and culture for publications such as Nylon and i-D.

Her love of film is rivalled only by one with a great soundtrack, and she hopes to someday decorate a Nancy Meyers-worthy kitchen.