Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Decorate An Old World Kitchen With Antique Art


My philosophy: I fully believe in having art in every room in your home. Therefore art belongs in kitchens just as much as it does in living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms especially if your kitchen is old world in style. 
At present it is trendy to decorate with art in the kitchen....but that is not why I am doing this blog post. It is a classic look that never really goes out of style, depending on your art of course. Remember trendy art will eventually look outdated where classic art will not. 

It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of a home where people tend to gather to cook, to eat, even to play games so having a comfortable, neat, and cozy kitchen is essential. Since it is a place where a good amount of family time is spent, it is the perfect place to hang some great artwork. Art in the kitchen can transform this room from purely functional, to a charming space full of warmth. And kitchens should be warm and inviting. Who wants a sterile kitchen?

I prefer oil paintings as they automatically warm up a space and give instant old world flavor. Yes, you will have to occasionally clean them with mild soap and water. But that needs to be done no matter what room they are hung in. Whatever YOUR preference is, start collecting some art for your kitchen.

Art is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when decorating your kitchen. And unfortunately, after all the other elements have been placed, art is not even given a second thought. Most homeowners fail to understand that beautiful antique art can make all the difference when it comes to making your kitchen feel like the "heart of the home" that it is.

This second image of Chateau d'emallevlle gives a better view of the lovely old oil painting featuring game and produce.....perfect for an old world kitchen.

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An old world kitchen should be decorated and designed in a way that instantly evokes a sense of feeling welcome, cozy and warm. Art will help with the warm up!

A lovely old world kitchen by designer Axel Vervoordt. Investing in beautiful artwork for the kitchen might not be your first thought when collecting art. But, since we spend so much time in the kitchen, it's makes sense to display your art where people tend to gather.

Even antique art is not so serious anymore making it unnecessary to relegate it to only the formal rooms of the home. Kitchens and bathrooms are perfect spaces to display art. In fact in today's interiors you don't even have to hang your art.


Leaning artwork gives it a more casual, yet elegant, feel and a room like the kitchen benefits from this warmer look. You will see more of this trend in art display in some of the following rooms.

Art creates character in a way that not much else does. Add some to your kitchen by all means!!

James Farmer Designs

Look for places that allow you to work some larger-scale artwork into your kitchen. Large pieces have a way of helping make a small space look bigger.

Timothy Corrigan

I love antique oil figural landscapes because it feels like extending the space to the outdoors. This one pairs itself beautifully to the gardens outside of Timothy Corrigan's Restored 18th-Century French Chateau du Grand-Luc.

Lisa Farmer-Eye For Design

The following three pictures are from my kitchen last Christmas. I have used several oil landscapes plus samplers down the hall leading to the kitchen. This way the kitchen is connected to the art filled area leading up to it.

Lisa Farmer-Eye For Design

I love this big oil painting I found at auction. It has alot to do with warming up the space.

Lisa Farmer-Eye For Design

I have a heart for oil paintings but you can certainly use other types of art. The bottom picture here is actually an antique needlepoint picture of a French woman, her children, and sheep I found at auction and adore. Antique watercolors,lithographs, chromographs, engravings, will also work wonderfully in a kitchen.

When treasure hunting for kitchen art try look for antique oil pastoral settings featuring sheep.... 


Kristen Buckingham

or even cows. These look especially nice in an old world kitchen.

Or try antique oil paintings with a food or drink theme.....perfect for the kitchen.

The bowl of peaches in this old oil works well colorwise with the great old copper cookware.

This old world kitchen has a lovely oil painting of produce hanging above the door. Don't be afraid to hang your pictures high!! It will make the eye travel up and your walls will seem even taller.

Antique oil portraits bring instant old world charm to every
interior......why not the kitchen!!

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Oil portraits in the kitchen of the late Joan Rivers.

Or you can always use them all together like this great mix of landscape, food themed still life, and portraits which is leaned and showcased on a beautiful brass and marble shelf.


With all the necessities of a kitchen, like appliances, backsplashe, and cabinets, it can be hard to find a place to work in some art. This homeowner did not let limited space stop them. Try some of their ideas.

Kitchens don't have to be large to be transformed into a beautiful space with a collection of antique prints or paintings. Smaller kitchens usually have a cozier feel anyway and the art just enhances the warmth.

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No window above your kitchen sink? Make use of the space and hang a beautiful old painting to give you he feel of outdoors. Maybe a landscape or floral like this one.

Create an interesting art display by working a small framed piece of artwork into an open shelving display or even on the top of any ledge you might have in your kitchen.

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The farmhouse kitchen, has always been a classic old world look and is trendy today as well. An oil painting above the stove and another leaned casually on the counter enhances the authenticity.

Ginny Magher

A stunning old world style kitchen featuring antique art.

Gold framed art is lovely against white or cream walls of the kitchen. Works well with the soft glow of copper!

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If your kitchen cabinets don’t stretch all the way to the ceiling use the top for a display of leaning art.

I love the oil painting of rabbits above the fireplace in this colorful art filled kitchen by Bunny Williams.

Designer Megan Pflug

Dark kitchen counters and walls are popular but a few well placed paintings (especially in gold frames) can really supply the charm factor.

Even a small piece of antique artwork can make the most sleek and modern kitchens feel instantly more cozy.

If you like alot of art try a gallery wall grouping of interesting pieces. Also  a great way to bring color to your kitchen..

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Or if your preference is for just one piece of art to display, invest in quality that will retain it's value.

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You have heard the old saying "the little are mighty". Even a small piece of antique art can shine in the kitchen when styled nicely.

If you want your old world kitchen turned into an aesthetically pleasing and charming family space instead of opting for a purely utilitarian look, antique art can transform it instantly!!

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In the event that I have not credited the correct source of an image, please contact me at lisafarmerdesigns46@yahoo.com and I would be glad to correct it.

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