Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
I spent yesterday fixing my mistake on the big wall of tile. I got the bottom two rows of running bond tiles removed, moved the dividing line up, and filled in below with herringbone. Removing those tiles made a mess of my wall, so it required lots of repair and patience (which I had in short supply yesterday). But it’s done.
I love how this looks with the dividing line higher. It’s now around 60 inches. With it lower, it didn’t quite cut the wall in half, but it was a bit too close to the middle for my liking. And really, you never want to cut a wall right in half with any kind of wainscoting. It should always be very obviously higher or lower than the middle.
As I was working on this wall yesterday, I gave some thought to the kind of artwork I’d like to put on this wall. Then last night I started searching online for some inspiration. Have you ever searched for “kitchen artwork” online? A search like that results in lots of cutesy stuff — images of forks and spoons, cute little food-related sayings, images of fruit, wine glasses, tea pots, etc. Not quite what I had in mind for my kitchen. All that cutesy stuff may have been fine for the condo, which was a lot more lighthearted in colors and decor, but this house is shaping up to be a bit more refined and…well…mature, I guess you could say. So the cutesy stuff won’t do.
So then I just started searching contemporary artists. I came across two whose work I really loved. (I probably could have found more, but I was limited on time.)
The first one is Kellie Morley. She doesn’t have anything currently available in the colors that I need for my kitchen, but she does have plenty that evoke the look and feeling that I like in abstract artwork. My absolute favorite is this one called A Night On The Town.
Again, the colors are wrong for my kitchen, but I love the overall look of this painting. And in the right colors and size (which obviously is NOT shown below), I think something like that could be very pretty in my kitchen.
And now I’m wondering…are artists okay with their paintings being hung in a kitchen? Or is it insulting like hanging a painting in a bathroom? Hmmmm…
Anyway, the second one that I really love by Kellie is called Spring Blossom. And again, the colors are wrong, but I love the style of the painting.
Kellie has more beautiful paintings available, which you can see here.
After looking at paintings, I then had a crazy idea. You know how I’m kind of obsessed with trees and birds? I mean, I had a huge tree with birds painted on the wall of my condo kitchen.
Obviously something like that is a little too playful for my current kitchen, plus I can’t really paint on a wall of tile. But I thought, what if take that general idea, but upgrade it somehow? I could make it more dimensional…and gold. With maybe some silver thrown in. So I searched for “gold tree wall art” and found this…
Oh my gosh, I love that!!!! Now I know many of you will probably hate it. It’s vintage, and I assume it’s from the 60’s or 70’s, and items from those decades often bring about strong dislike with many people who remember using them or seeing them back then. But I personally love it.
Of course, where am I going to find something like that that’s big enough to make an impact on my rather large, blank wall?
It doesn’t necessarily have to be that big, and the shape is all wrong for my wall, but I would want it to be big enough to really make a statement. So that means I’d either have to commission a metal artist to make one (and I can’t even imagine how much that would cost!!!), or I’d have to make it myself, which would probably take me a year to complete.
But I love the idea. Absolutely love it. Probably the main thing I like about it is that it’s not rectangular. The free form design is a great juxtaposition to all of the rectangular shapes in the room, including all of the wall tiles.
My search for tree artwork also led me to artist Christine Krainock. What I love most about her work is the dimensional quality that she creates by using a palette knife. She has one or two available that would actually work in my kitchen as far as the colors go, but I haven’t checked the sizes yet. And then she has others wtih the look I love, but not quite the right colors.
My favorite one by Christine is this red tree painting…
And a close runner up is this tree landscape…
She also has this abstract painting that is completely unlike any of her nature paintings, and while the colors are completely wrong for my kitchen, I’m mesmerized by this painting.
So that’s as far as my search for artwork took me last night. And again, the option I’m loving the most is the gold and silver tree idea, just because I love the free form against all of the rectangles in the room, but I have no idea how I would go about it. And since it’s one of those things that would either cost quite a bit to commission, or take forever for me to make, it would be a gamble. Could you imagine spending all of that time (or money) and then not liking the end result?
But this wall definitely needs something. I don’t want to look at a big blank wall of white tile.
If you have any brilliant ideas for me, I’d love to hear them!
And please…no shelves. I will not, under any circumstances and for many reasons, be installing shelves on this wall. 🙂
And also, I really am curious about what artists think of their work being displayed in a kitchen. Anyone know? I’d ask my mom, but she’s not your typical artist. She has one of her own paintings (and it’s one of her favorites) hanging in her bathroom right above the toilet, and then four more on another wall. 😀
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StaceyAugust 5, 2014 at 9:42 am
I personally dislike the idea of any artwork. I think the clean look of the tiles is what balances your cabinets in the kitchen. Your cabinets are the star and it is possible to have too much of a good thing. By the time you add hardware, accessories and any other decorative touches, I think you will find that the artwork is unnecessary. I think the breakfast room is where the artwork can shine when it is completed.
Lynn VarneyAugust 5, 2014 at 10:25 am
I totally agree!!! I am not fond of any of the abstracts and “loud” things you have chosen. I think it detracts from the beauty of your cabinets and other kitchen beauties! You don’t want that to be the focus of your kitchen do you?
PamAugust 6, 2014 at 11:25 am
Oh no, not abstract art. That’s totally wrong. Finish the kitchen then see what is needed, but certainly nothing as loud as that.
pamelaAugust 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm
Try the painting you like, cut in three canvas
TraceAugust 5, 2014 at 10:39 am
I completely agree! The wall is beautiful just as it is! Everything in a kitchen should be washable and usually artwork, ie paintings and such, are not…live with it once it’s finished, and then take another look..
[email protected]://buildingsandcastlesinthewind.blogspot.com/August 5, 2014 at 11:38 am
Kristie, I like the idea of leaving the wall blank and letting the subway tiles shine…but if you want to do the tree, couldn’t you buy (not knowing how expensive they are) 2 and spray one silver and then manipulate and inter mingle the two until you achieve the look you like????
LindaAugust 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm
I agree. The wall and cabinets are your real artwork.
BeckyAugust 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm
That wall is art. I vote no art on top of it. Why no shelves? I don’t think it would work there but I was just wondering why you don’t like shelves.
JosephineAugust 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm
I think it would have been nice if you had made a mural with tiles. Either tiles already designed, or if you had hand-painted some at a ceramic studio.
LynneAugust 7, 2014 at 12:03 am
I agree that the breakfast room (which really is your dining room) is best for artwork. However, I have a perfect watercolor by a local artist that would be excellent there but it is too small. It is just the right composition and is a water landscape, which is something I can see there. It is an abandoned whitewashed rowboat that is moored in the edge of a calm lake of green water with surrounding vegetation. It is so peaceful and pleasant. Maybe you could look for something like that – ?
Janet BAugust 5, 2014 at 9:42 am
My first thought regarding the artwork in the kitchen is the greasy film that gets on everything in the kitchen. It starts looking like fur after a while with the dust on the greasy film. I can see a cleaning nightmare on that metal tree/leaves art work.
BeverlyAugust 5, 2014 at 10:08 am
That was my feeling exactly.
It’s the same reaction I feel when I see copper, or worse yet, glass vent hoods. One can spend absolutely all one’s time cleaning, I guess.
Pity, because I think the gold tree limbs are quite pretty.
Lynn VarneyAugust 5, 2014 at 10:27 am
That was my first thought on the metal artwork also. The grease in the air of a kitchen would be very difficult to clean.
[email protected]/August 5, 2014 at 11:40 am
I think the tree could easily be taken down and hosed off in the sink occasionally to keep it clean.
AvonelleAugust 9, 2014 at 10:53 am
I have a beautiful and vibrant painting, just above my stove… Oil paintings aren’t that difficult to clean, at all. And as to a metal tree (I’m loving that idea) ~ cleaning would be quite easy, at the car wash! Or, a quick soak in hot vinegar water in the bath would also do it!
I also feel that leaving it for a period of time after you’ve finished with ALL the other projects will help you to get a FEEL for what you need and not be putting something up, just to HAVE something there….
I love watching the process and progress! Great job!
Judy stkinsonAugust 5, 2014 at 10:52 am
That’s the first thing I thought when I saw the metal tree with all those tiny leaves to dust and clean. Not fun!
MelissaAugust 5, 2014 at 9:43 am
My favorite is the last abstract painting. So unique and professional. Obviously the colors are brighter than what you usually go for.
I will say that my mother had a very similar vine/flower type brass wall hanging in one of our hallways growing up and we would ALWAYS get our clothing snagged on it. I remember ruining my new outfit for the first day of school one year. And, my brother actually gave himself a metal “papercut” on it once.
KimAugust 5, 2014 at 9:43 am
Love how your kitchen is coming along. What about something like Lauren Liess did in her kitchen? She did a collage (over her sink, but you get the idea) with vintage style prints and frames. Very cool and unexpected in the kitchen. (And not forks and knives – haha).
Kim in HoustonAugust 5, 2014 at 9:47 am
I also think the wall is fine without any artwork because that tile wall is too pretty to cover up. Maybe you can accessorize the counter tops. If you do go with art, I’d go with the green tree art. So beautiful and looks so nice with the green cabinets.
KrikitAugust 5, 2014 at 9:48 am
For me, it’s too soon to tell what could be placed on this wall and enhance your overall kitchen look. I’d have to ‘sit’ with your completed kitchen for some time before I would even want to attempt it. Kinda of like I need to spend time with a new puppy or kitty before I can determine its name, because I want to see what personality emerges first. 🙂
Carol FAugust 5, 2014 at 10:09 am
I agree with Krikit, I would wait and spend time with your new kitchen.
Lynn VarneyAugust 5, 2014 at 10:28 am
I agree! I would wait until kitchen is completed and then live with it blank for awhile.
PhoebeAugust 5, 2014 at 9:48 am
I like the idea of a metal tree, since it complements the gold leafing very well AND it is asymmetric and can fill your wall better (the painting is either off-center with the top or the bottom).
There’s rolls of metal you can actually cut with a pair of scissors and shape the way you want – I’ll have to do a bit of search to find what I mean in US terms though…
You’ll have to be careful to clear any doors though, or they will crash the tree and get crashed…
I’ll try to be back with some kind of link soon.
PhoebeAugust 5, 2014 at 9:54 am
Ok, so I haven’t even begun searching, but maybe you could incorporate your different metals/colours too, not just gold, like this: http://www.earthhomewares.com.au/garden-wall-art-lacquered-leaf-tree.html (I don’t like its’ shape, but it shows that a mix of colours can work).
PhoebeAugust 5, 2014 at 11:25 am
Ok, I’m back – I will assume you don’t want the common mortal versions of metal trees, like these:
You can instead make your own tree using rolls of metal and maybe wire for the trunk and branches:
and here’s an example a kid made (his leafs could use some embossing, but I do love the trunk and branches): http://www.serendipityrefined.com/2013/05/how-to-make-four-generation-family-tree.html
There’s embossing tools and tutorials on youtube. The whole process isn’t that terrible or that time-consuming, and if you were making leafs you could work on a few of them while resting each night, instead of completing the whole project at once.
MelissaAugust 5, 2014 at 9:52 am
Random, but I saw this and thought of you Kristi http://www.pinterest.com/pin/127930445639997505/
DebAugust 5, 2014 at 10:02 am
I personally would wait before I make any decisions on the artwork. However, my thoughts are that once you have the kitchen finished, you will find that you don’t need much on that wall. I like the abstract art, but not sure if I like a large piece on that wall. I also love the gold piece, but it seems to be overwhelming for that space. Your cabinets are going to shine, and sometimes I know I can overdo things. I’d keep it to a minimum once the cabinets are in. Just my thoughts though. It’s going to look beautiful!
CatherineAugust 5, 2014 at 10:05 am
I am also concerned about keeping the metal tree clean, but here’s an idea (for what it is worth) Take some fake, plastic leaves and spray paint them with different metallic colors, gold, silver, bronze etc and shape them into a tree. Would be cheaper than commissioning and artist,,,
LisaAugust 5, 2014 at 10:12 am
Check eBay! 🙂 a few years ago my mom wanted a three dimensional tree for over here sofa. There were so many great vintage options on eBay!! I ended up finding the perfect tree and a really cool three dimensional butterfly sculpture for another spot in here home! 🙂 good luck!! I’m so loving the direction you’re going!
CarolAugust 5, 2014 at 10:13 am
I thought that the tree landscape picture looked cool…like you were looking out a window. It added depth to your wall:)
MelissaAugust 5, 2014 at 10:17 am
After reading the comments I sort of agree with the others…that you may want to let your beautiful cabinets center stage while still being able to layer more interest….
…since your home is shaping up to be a little more “mature” with a transitional style with mixed metals I think that perhaps hanging brass and stainless pots could be really beautiful
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/395190936024942308/ or maybe even a rack sort of liek this
AltaAugust 5, 2014 at 10:22 am
I vote for waiting until the cabinets are all painted and the floor is finished before deciding on artwork for the big wall. I think the different patterns of the tiles on that wall are interesting enough without adding anything else, at least for now. Once everything else is completed, the perfect artwork will appear!
And, I like it better with the dividing line being higher too. Like you, my eye likes a definite difference between the bottom and top areas of wainscoting. I don’t think it looks bathroom-y, as another reader commented. Many vintage kitchens were tiled floor to ceiling, and this works perfectly with the style of your kitchen.
As far as having paintings in the bathroom, why the heck not? It MIGHT be questionable in a kitchen with all the grease buildup that occurs there, but I’d be perfectly comfortable with paintings in the bathroom, and depending on where it was located, the kitchen as well. (I wouldn’t hang a painting right above the range, for example.)
I’ve learned to trust your eye, as well as knowing that if something isn’t right, you’ll not stop until it is! Good job, Kristi!
Onward and Upward!
Sharon B.August 6, 2014 at 12:08 am
Ditto everything Alta said!
Jean ReevesAugust 5, 2014 at 10:23 am
I personally LOVE the gold tree however I think it’s too soon to be trying to decide on artwork for your space. I think we, those of us determined to see things in their finished state before they are actually finished tend to get ahead of ourselves. Loving your kitchen however I think you should wait, finish your projects, get a feel for your space. Sometimes & I mean sometimes less is more. With all that green I’m liking something Irish inspired. What about a black & white with a splash of color? I dunno guess I’m all over the place.
DAFAugust 5, 2014 at 10:23 am
Perhaps ceramic made to look metallic would make it cheaper. I found this on Etsy and I think you could work with the artist: https://www.etsy.com/listing/168418242/hand-sculpted-gold-ceramic-leaf-garland?ref=sr_gallery_23&ga_search_query=ceramic+leaves&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
I know you like yourself some tress, but perhaps just some large falling leaves, or would that just be strange?
LizAugust 5, 2014 at 10:30 am
I like the dimensionality of the gold tree. For me, except for the red tree painting, the shapes of the rest of the art makes hanging it seem uneven (which I believe creates tension in the viewer) because of the spacing of your cabinets. Now I definitely think you need something on that wall & I totally hang art in my kitchen. I am an artist & I think it’s great when people hang art anywhere and everywhere. If something speaks to you while you are on the john (in an art way not in an actual voice way b/c that would be weird) then yay for art. Hang it in the closet if it makes you feel good while you’re picking out your zoot suite. Finally an easy idea for the dimensional wall art would be fake plants & spray paint. It would be less expensive and could be replaced if it got filmy. I’ve also see ppl do amazing thinks with branches stripped bare (if bark) and painted. Very modern, clean & still organic. Anyway, that’s my few cents. Love your blog!
CherylAugust 5, 2014 at 10:30 am
Personally, I don’t care for the wall of tiles. It’s too stark and so sterile, like an operating room. I would rather have seen a background color with the “tree” painted on the wall. No worries about greasy films on metalwork to clean. Just sayin’!
Angie KingAugust 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Well . . . . I didn’t want to say it, but I’ll 2nd that . . . I don’t really like a wall of tiles . . . . I LOVE your green cabinets!! If I were going to do tile with your lovely cabinets I would not have gone white white . . . but that’s me – and they are yours – so I think you’ve done a fantastic job and your quality of work and tenacity AMAZES me!
So, with that said . . . I do think all of that white is too much – needs something but I don’t like the abstracts . . . . my advice? Just don’t rush into anything!! You’ll know when you see it!
LindaAugust 5, 2014 at 10:33 am
You need to Google metal tree wall art and there’s a bunch of great looking stuff, I can see you doing a little gold leaf on the edges of the leaves too…
And… you could always do your own abstract with the colors that work for you… for goodness sake, it’s an abstract and you’re so very talented… you could totally do it!!
Ellen BandhAugust 5, 2014 at 10:35 am
I don’t care for any of those. I would wait until you are finished with the rest of the kitchen before I did any accessorizing. Your kitchen looks awesome. You do a terrific job with everything you do. I envy your skill with woodworking.
Kellie MorleyAugust 5, 2014 at 10:36 am
Thanks so much for the mention! If you decide to do an art piece for your kitchen, I’m more than happy to paint one for you in the colors you’re looking for…I’m also painting away this summer, so I will have many more pieces available in the near future on my site.
Also, I’m never offended if people put my work in a kitchen or bathroo. Art makes you happy wherever you are in your home! 🙂
Best of luck with your decision, your kitchen is coming along very nicely!
janpartistAugust 5, 2014 at 10:40 am
First off if someone purchases my artwork I don’t care if they hang it in the bathroom or on the ceiling or whatever. If it speaks to them then far be it for me to get all uppity over where they want to hang it.
I see two of your choices in your kitchen, the tree landscape and the metal branch in a much smaller version than what you photo shopped-maybe even the size that the original one is.
KarenAugust 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm
I thought much the same: The golden tree is really pretty but should be much smaller in your kitchen – as in the original photo perhaps?! I really likes the picture with several trees, too, because you get a feeling of a window there.
JoAugust 5, 2014 at 10:48 am
Don’t like the artwork…the painted tree is beautiful…or maybe a Tuscany print….just a painting alone is to sterile looking….needs something else with it….
CarlaAugust 5, 2014 at 10:49 am
I think you could build the tree in wood and then gold leaf it.
dianeAugust 5, 2014 at 10:53 am
The gold tree is perfect. Simple and complements without competing. I would not worry about grease build up because Kristi is not an enthusiastic chef. 🙂
Maggie K.August 5, 2014 at 10:57 am
Hi,, Kristi, Perhaps a plate wall? Can be as abstract, traditional or retro as you please. They can be art pieces or collectibles or your own design. I am twice your age and I admire you, your talent, your drive and the devotion you show in all you do and in your relationship with Mr. Matt. Stay well and be happy in your work!
AmandaAugust 5, 2014 at 11:01 am
That looks awesome! I’ve always liked the look of artwork or photos transferred directly to the tiles themselves. Once they’re sealed, they would be easy to clean.
SheriAugust 5, 2014 at 11:09 am
If you are going to use something abstract, I think you are perfectly capable of creating a piece in the right size and colors. But, since things in the kitchen need to be wipeable, why don’t you try something along the lines of the painted glass backsplash that you wanted?
TracyAugust 5, 2014 at 11:10 am
What about instead of artwork make a large chalkboard and frame it with the same green as your cabinets and possibly some gold leave on the frame? I like it without any artwork. Actually I would have liked the entire wall better with herringbone tiles. I’m sure whatever you come up with will dazzle us.
Angie KingAugust 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm
Nooooo! Kitchen is way too sophisticated for a chalk board!
TracyAugust 6, 2014 at 5:58 am
No is not in my vocabulary. lol There are ways to make a chalkboard look sophisticated. It’s all about the framing. Besides contrast is good. Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Ultimately it’s a matter of personal choice and what will be pleasing to the person looking at the space everyday.
ClaireAugust 5, 2014 at 11:19 am
I like the warmth and depth of the gold tree. Most of the painting options you’ve shown are landscape orientation, but the space seems to want something portrait. I think I’d try to find a gold-framed mirror in an interesting shape – a smoky, highly-antiqued mirror would look amazing and you wouldn’t really see a reflection of yourself in it.
MicheleAugust 5, 2014 at 11:19 am
Having just spent a significant part of my day yesterday cleaning the greasy film in my kitchen, I am totally opposed to hanging any of those lovely artworks in that area. They are quite lovely, but need to be in another area. There’s a very practical reason why cutesy poster type art is found in kitchens. It’s disposable if necessary.
The other commenters who remarked that the subway tiles are the focus have a good point. You have created a very clean graphic look with the tiles, and they should be allowed to shine without interference. Also, I see the point of those who said that you must be careful not to try to do too much in that room.
Love your aesthetic and the impulse to spread art throughout your living space. I certainly support that. Just remember that editing is important.
MonWAugust 5, 2014 at 11:21 am
While I like the looks of the tree sculpture, I’m wondering how happy you’ll be with it after you’ve put holes in the tile to hang it and discover how challenging it is to keep clean.
Oh yes, 2 years ago, we were looking at art for the nook walls. Cutesy chefs, modern coffee cups….. everything looked identical, no matter the store or price point. We too could have identical artwork to every coffee shop in town. We went with some botanical prints of beverage plants- coffee, tea, cocoa, mate’ and then added in some prints of the beverage pitchers we had all framed locally and well away from the stove area. Far less cute and with coupons, far more in our price range. (I’d show you the link to the prints, but they are no longer on allPosters.com. Artist is Eric Barjot, and these are more Old World still life in darker colors. Found them: Eric Barjot darker prints- Coffee Pot, Hot Chocolate Kettle, Caffe Lait Carafe, and Tea Pot)
I’m still dithering over another piece for an empty wall between two doorways. Butcher diagram prints of the cow, pig, chicken, lamb, and deer. Size and framing costs are the holdup.
Definitely, finish the kitchen before choosing art. Daydream for now.
If you are still hung on the metal art, watch your thrift stores, craig’s list and Ebay for options. I could see a grouping of molds in brass or whatever for that wall- sticks to the kitchen theme, easy clean and endless shape options.
Kristi CAugust 5, 2014 at 11:34 am
I really like the metal tree artwork, although I’d say about 30 percent smaller than what you pictured would look best to my eye. As others said I think busier artwork detracts from the lovely tile, but the metal tree for some reason in my mind (probably the primarily gold color) really looks nice. And maybe it’s just me but I think the shape of the tree in the photo is just right for that wall. It follows the general flow of the wall but yet breaks up the rectangles with the fluid lines.
Good luck with your art hunt, I’m sure whatever you chose it will be lovely!
MaryAnne LoobyAugust 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm
WOW, I don’t know when you posted this but you sure got a blast of responses in a hurry. I am going to pretend that it is my kitchen. First and foremost, I would run crown molding across the top of the tile. Either that or some kind finished band, maybe like the break between the two designs. It looks unfinished to me. Will anything be added at the sides? again, I am thinking like the the thin line of tile. (remember, this is my wall). I would want the wall to actually looked framed. As for artwork, I am a huge collector. However, most of my collection is architecture, or flowers and an occasional person. I have a stunning original piece, done in oil, of a local Dominican man in a straw hat holding his chicken under his arm. It is the purest depiction of a typical farmer or market man. It is very rustic, yet it is in a gold frame. It would be way too small for your wall. Of all the things you showed us, I love the piece with the trees. I was instantly drawn into in to wander among them. I dislike all the abstracts. I think they are too feminine and belong in a bedroom or ladies room. Now close your eyes, are they closed? I HATE THAT GOLD THING. Ok, open your eyes and keep reading. I too think you should wait until you finish the kitchen, and accessorize it. Get everything in place and then look at your wall. I can think of a ton of great things, but most of them are more rustic and will not work in your kitchen. You are right, it is becoming very grown up, as is your living room. You have never said what style you lean towards, but from what I can see it is a relaxed traditional look. If you do decide to put something up on the wall, you might want to think about something round, to soften the edges of all the rectangles in the room. What about a huge round clock? You can find great ones on the flash sales or overstock.com and yes they will probably all be bronze or black, but who cares? You know how to use a sprayer, and there is always gold leaf. If you hang a painting you will have to be very careful about the size. You do not want a rectangle, ( you first example was the wrong size) the best size, IMHO is the one with the trees, it is also the best example, however, as much as I like that painting, I truly dislike how all of the paintings cover the dividing line in the tiles. I would go with a large round clock above the line, of course this would be in my kitchen. If not a clock, then a mirror to reflect the light. Yep, that is what I would do. Hey, another suggestion, what about a wall (again above the line) full of traditional plates. You can’t do white, which is what I like to do, but maybe brown transferware to pick up the floor. They are not hard to hang, some gorilla glue and heavy duty paperclips. Ok, here is another great Idea and you can do it on the cheap. Straight across or in a pattern on the wall, 8×10 botanical prints. If you go to the GraphicsFairy you can down load tons of them for free. You can also do bird prints, but I think the botantical, especially those related to the kitchen (as in herbs) would be special. Her botanicals are so beautiful and old looking. You can buy stock frames at michaels, or acmore or hobbylobby, which ever you have. If the color doesn’t work, you know what to do. OK done giving ideas, got work to do. Blessings
Pat WoodardAugust 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm
I like your ideas too..I had already started mine and didn’t get it finished until I read yours..we are pretty much thinking the same way..
LindiaAugust 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm
I totally agree with MaryAnne’s thoughtful analysis and ideas. The only other idea I have is that if you like trees and paintings with dimension- and you live in Texas where there are huge open spaces with gigantic trees- you can take your own picture of a tree… maybe one at the top of a hill, something old, sprawling, and beautiful. Output it to canvas and add paint for dimension and then seal it so it is wipeable. I also agree that I might have a problem with the picture crossing the dividing line so maybe a panoramic that runs horizontally above the line? Or, what about a ceramic or stone animal head ala Antique Farmhouse? Something that is obviously not a real trophy (yikes, never!) but instead is fun and/or rustic? 🙂
MarySueAugust 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm
I’ve been reading all the comments, and I have to say I really like this idea of framing your own photograph of a tree. I also love the idea of a large round clock hung above the dividing line. And I do like the brass tree sculpture, and agree that the shape of it is right for the space, just would need to be a bit smaller than the photoshopped version. What a gift it is to have all these readers to give you so many great ideas!
SGoopAugust 8, 2014 at 8:26 am
I also had the same thought about the large round clock. Perhaps in a brass or gold finish to match the sconces on the wall of cabinets.
Pat WoodardAugust 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm
I would leave the wall like it is until you are completely finished with the kitchen and then decide. I personally think that what you have shown takes away from the tile wall and cheapens the beautiful green cabinetry…
Pat WoodardAugust 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm
I looked back through the pics and I liked the large gold leaf pieces because it covers most of the tile that divides the top and bottom…I do not like where the paintings is part on top and part on bottom..I can see the metal gold pieces looking very elegant and blending well with cabinets and wood flooring..what ever you decide I usually like it when you have it all done..
SherryAugust 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm
First let me say I don’t care so much for the pictures on the wall. Some type of metal or wood might look nice however I agree with others who say wait and see how it all comes together first. I do like the free form of the tree rather than the restricted shape of the prints.
Now with that said. I LOVE this guy’s art and just bought a print for myself.
Art can be so personal though so to each his own.
The wall may look best naked and allow the tiles to be their own art. I feel like that wall needs minimal if anything on it.
With all that said. I can’t wait to see what you do. 🙂
Love your work.
JoanneAugust 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm
I love the peaceful effect of the green trees landscape. It perfectly compliments your kitchen.
Although hanging art that goes over the molding part doesn’t bother me any, if it did you you could put your perfect art to span a few canvases like this one does so that some are above the molding and some are below: http://www.ioffer.com/i/original-art-hand-landscape-wall-oil-painting-handmade-470799442
Or, have you thought of custom vinyl art like Uppercase Living offers? You could do a large tree in whatever color you want, etc.
DebAugust 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm
Get our your gold leaf girl and create your own 🙂
or maybe this could be where your glass could come in with some gilding
or an mdf tree gilded in multi-metal tones
Hope these inspiration links work for you…Have fun…look forward to seeing what you come up with
MichelleAugust 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm
Oh dear, no paintings please! Your gorgeous cabinets want to dance, they want to shine, they want to be the prima donna!
The metal branch was by far best of the choices. Obviously, probably out of the price range are the beautiful works by Gurtan. This one in particular though looks very replicatable with simply bending wires and a few metal leaf leaves. http://www.secretcove.com/g12.jpg
You won’t want anything too expensive as things hanging in kitchens get very dirty. Enjoy the hunt! Hope you find something to your taste!
MichelleAugust 5, 2014 at 4:31 pm
Whatever you do end up putting on that wall needs to be hung high. Crossing the junction where the tile styles change is jarring to the eyes.
TerriAugust 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm
I personally do not care for the art work. None of them have anything to do with a kitchen so they look out of place. Just my thoughts.
MaryAugust 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm
I apologize if this has been mentioned before, but I haven’t read all the comments.
I love the idea of the metal artwork. You need to look on Etsy or eBay for work by C. Jere. It’s pretty popular & easy to find. A vintage piece like that would be perfect for your home.
MaryAugust 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Whatever you decide to hang, you could use 3M hooks so you don’t have to drill into your beautiful tile.
Jennifer schenkAugust 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm
Maybe just a pretty gold mirror…not loving the idea of actual artwork…
SueAugust 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm
Hmmmmmmmm. Interesting dilemma. I truly love your tile wall the way it is but if you feel you need artwork on it, I did love the tree landscape (2nd from the end) with maybe a metal frame around it? It would kind of play off the metals you’ve already incorporated into the kitchen. The other thought I had would be some kind of artsy clock on that wall. I am not a decorator (obviously) so these are just my random throughts as I read your post.
AllisonAugust 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm
I absolutely love this artist: http://www.amazon.com/Tord-Boontje-Garland-Light-Silver/dp/B000FBSTCK/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1407270175&sr=1-3
Those garlands, while intended to wrap around a light, could be manipulated around larger coiled painted wire to give you a tree without having to hand fabricate each leaf and piece. AND the garland comes in brass and silver, so you already have built in color options. You can order just the shade without the light for a little cheaper.
My sister has the light and I just love it. Lots of beautiful little details.
Mary Anne LoobyAugust 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm
I apologize, when I was writing earlier I was in such a hurry that I lost my train of thought a few times. When I mentioned the oil that I have of the Dominican man I meant to continue the thought by saying with you being in TX maybe youcould find something original and representative of Mexican life. I have no idea what it islike where you live, but often times street fairs etc will havesome really good artists. Good luck. Blessings
SheilaAugust 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm
I love your talent and most of what you do, but am not feeling the artwork on that wall. Maybe it’s the size shown? IDK but I’ll add my name to the list that think the kitchen doesn’t need a piece of art as the focal point…. it’s already beautiful and unique!
Catherine CogburnAugust 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Don’t forget your app “Waterlogue”…. Played with a photo of a tree? I found a Groupon for printing a photo on canvas, big, for $40…
Genelle McDanielAugust 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm
I truly love that you moved the dividing line up. However, every piece of artwork you have shown absolutely dwarfs that wall and detracts from all the beautiful tilework and cabinetry you have done. I’m convinced anything you put there now will be changed once you finish your breakfast room. You need to treat both rooms as one, and the busyness of artwork on that tile wall will cause a problem with the breakfast room. You have to pull something from the kitchen into the breakfast room. The metal tree might be perfect for the wall in your breakfast room as it will draw some of the metalic interest from the kitchen into it. Just my humble opinion.
Kimberly ~ SerendipityRefinedAugust 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm
I agree with not covering it up with a painting. However, given that this is a kitchen wall, what about hanging a grouping of brightly colored plates in different colors and/or patterns? You could change them from time to time. Even a collection of different sized/pattered plain white plates might be fun but truly, the wall is gorgeous just as it is!
Mary CallahanAugust 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm
Love, love, love the birds and branch. Not sure how it works on tile, but personally I love that look.
Anything you do will be beautiful – no doubt.
SandyAugust 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm
I wonder if you have considered accenting the wall with a gold pencil or chair rail in venetian marble sort of or in Giallo Reale or along that line? Maybe sporadic shiny gold accent subway tile interspersed sparingly or for artwork really simply framed large white matt art with gold frames could be nice. You could hang them from the ceiling s as not to permanetly damage the tile. The content could be bold abstract with lots of color but the matt should then be quite big and white with gold or black frames. In a seriesmof two or three maybe? Really totally subjective and depends completely on your taste in art throughout the rest of your home. I would be hesitant to put up an expensive original piece though for risk of damage from cooking grease and dirt over time.
DebraAugust 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm
Love the tile wall unadorned. I agree that you should finish the cabinets and floor before contemplating art work. Your cabinets and pulls and lighting make a strong statement. Maybe leave the tile alone so your eye has a place to rest.
KatieAugust 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm
Love following your work and watching your progress. Many of the abstract painting examples you posted reminded me of an artist from my hometown (Franklin/Nashville) who has a similar style with gorgeous work. She has great lines with the added texture and dimension that comes with using the knife. Her name is Deann Hebert.
GayleAugust 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm
It always amazes me to read the comments you get when you ask a question- to answer this one- if an artist would be upset if their art was in a kitchen or bathroom- my opinion is an artist would be happy you like their work, and would love you to showcase it anywhere in your home.
As far as my opinion of your choice of artwork, “you pick” because I have learned so much and liked so much of what you’ve already done! To me you are awesome! Stop second guessing your decisions after all we all are here because we like them in the first place.
ps, please no plates on the wall…………..yuck! lol
AnnAugust 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm
I’d like to join the chorus and say no to artwork in the kitchen. You have a fine balance as it is and art will make that wall too busy and take the focus away from the cabinets. Save the art for the breakfast room.
PeggyAugust 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm
I love your kitchen, but I don’t like the artwork….I would try a large clock!
Daphne O.August 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm
I think a vintage starburst clock or a mirror would look great there. https://www.google.com/search?q=vintage+large+starbursts+clocks&client=safari&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=1pDhU–EO9SlyATMn4GIBg&ved=0CEYQ7Ak&biw=320&bih=529
CathyAugust 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm
Seems to me if you spend $$ on a piece of art the artist should be thrilled whether it hangs in a garage or basement.
Secondly, art is even a more personal a choice than the color of your cabinets or the house you buy.
( I bought the house I could afford, not my dream one. ) So regardless of our opinions, you have to pay for it, you have to see it, you have to live with it.
All that said, leave it blank for a year and shop around. Like the floor, you might change your mind.
Art.com has some great posters that might be a good interim idea that won’t set you back too much.
LinzAugust 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm
Clock or plates:-)
Julia SchrockAugust 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm
I personally do not like the art work for in a kitchen, esp. with your cabinets! I do love the idea that Daphne O. has above. ^^^^^^ The idea of a starburst clock or something that doesn’t distract from the tile is intriguing to me. Or consider these instead?
Or…maybe bring in some wood elements to tie in your wood floor instead. This kitchen reminds me of yours! How about a large piece of “driftwood” or branch. Varnished to a beautiful natural shine? http://www.pinterest.com/pin/374784000213724592/
Or something like this, with gold leaves instead?
Gloria S.August 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm
I think your idea of putting something on that wall is correct. But remember not too low. You do not want to be bumping into huge spiky metal leaves on the lower part of the wall or scraping your arms on the metal, however I do believe you need something. I know you are not timid in your designs, so why not play up to your green cabinets and blue dining chairs? I would also suggest waiting, but keep looking, so you won’t leave a stone unturned! I love color and I know you do, too. Keep up the good work!
Glenda RowlandAugust 5, 2014 at 11:01 pm
I love the gold metal tree and think it would look great on that wall. If it gets dirty, you can clean it. It does not appear to be that close to the stove so I would not worry about it. A small door stop could be placed low so the refrigerator door does not bump into it. You should not second guess yourself and go for whatever makes you happy. It is your kitchen and if whatever you choose, makes you smile, then go for it.
CamilleAugust 6, 2014 at 12:08 am
I’m partial to a plain wall, since the tile is so lovely. If you do want something, I love the sculpture idea. Carrying the gold into the wall. The paintings compete too much with your bold cabinets and the wall, I think. I’ve seen those wall sculptures in thrift/antique shops. They are I think earlier than the 60’s and 70’s – I think they were more popular in the Hollywood Regency era. I definitely don’t think you need to commission one! These are some examples from ebay:
Mark TisdaleAugust 6, 2014 at 1:28 am
Personally I’m alright with my artwork being displayed wherever the customer enjoys it. It might not be where *I* would put it but I suspect if they are paying for it, it’s where they’d most appreciate looking at it, y’know? If it’s a kitchen then perhaps they spend a lot of time in their kitchen. If it’s over the toilet, well, maybe I don’t want to know that story… LOL Seriously though, some bathrooms are so luxurious and spa-like these days – it’s not like they hung it in the back of a closet.
I think the metal tree sculpture is my favorite of the ones you shared. I think that could be awesome on that wall and after seeing the beautiful projects you’ve done before, I bet you could create something similar! Not the same but with your own style. Maybe a twisted wire sculpture of some sort?
LezAugust 6, 2014 at 1:47 am
Hi..love the wall , to cover it up would be wrong. People may think you don’t like it so let’s cover it up or let’s hide a mistake. I would leave it alone wait till the breakfast room is completed and see if then you need to link the two.
Kristi LinauerAugust 6, 2014 at 11:19 am
I love the wall, but it’s still just a wall. A wall, whether tiled, covered in Venetian plaster that took a week to do, or painted with just regular paint, is still just a wall and a backdrop in a room. That’s how I see it, anyway. 🙂
SuzanAugust 6, 2014 at 4:56 am
Well I’m going to go all rogue here and say I love the tree landscape one against the wall !!!
Sally A.August 6, 2014 at 5:05 am
Just some more ideas…what about a big clock? With your talent, you could even make it yourself for cheap! I also liked the idea of maybe several unframed mirrors or plates?
Also, I’m so glad you brought this up because I was just wondering this morning about how does one hang things on tile?
I love the tile so much I’m going to do it in my kitchen too! (someday). Keep up the great work!!!
Beth BarvinekAugust 6, 2014 at 6:45 am
I Wouldn’t hide the tile with any art . you could hang pots above with a really pretty copper holder if you wanted to balance out the space but dont put anything directly on the tile
KellyAugust 6, 2014 at 7:10 am
Well, you have had an overwhelming response but I will add my two cents anyway. You have soooo much going on in this kitchen that I think any piece of art is going to be lost. If the wall was just painted drywall, then a piece of art would be necessary. However, since you have tile going in two directions and you have the divider line……..you have enough going on.
MindyAugust 6, 2014 at 7:17 am
Love all the ideas you presented. I keep thinking with those green cabinets an equestrian vibe. 🙂
Jo KornelsenAugust 6, 2014 at 7:21 am
Have to agree with most of the comments on no art work Wait till everything is done and then take another look at possible options.
VeronicaAugust 6, 2014 at 7:25 am
I like the idea of two pieces of artwork similar to what Cameron Diaz has in her dining room. I like how the dark frames ground the space and the free-flowing forms in the art contrast with the rectangular tiles. I think the colors in the artwork would look great in your kitchen too.
VeronicaAugust 6, 2014 at 7:26 am
I don’t think the link to Cameron Diaz’ dining room worked in my previous e-mail so here it is again. http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/homes/cameron-diaz-manhattan-apartment#slide-3
Angela NAugust 6, 2014 at 7:31 am
What about a larger scale brass architectural clock? Or maybe a wall mounted pot rack with beautiful vintage pots? Here are a couple ideas…
I also like it plain. Its so pretty!
CindyAugust 6, 2014 at 8:47 am
Please no artwork, the tiles are gorgeous as well as the cabinets and very classy. The art just seems to clutter and detract. I love what you have done so far keep up the great work!
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kateAugust 6, 2014 at 10:44 am
I have to giggle a little at the “I won’t ever install shelves comment.” Kristi, what did you say about subway tile just a few months ago…lol!! 🙂
GuerrinaAugust 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm
I’m sorry, Kristi, but I just got to this post and I don’t care for any of the ideas you showed. Thinking living with it blank for a bit would provide time to enjoy kitchen and eventually find the perfect solution. I love it blank, personally! Your kitchen it elegant, luxurious … no place to clutter or detract from the cabinets which I should hate because I am not a “Green” person, but instead I am in love with them!
Sherry LeggettAugust 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm
The tree landscape immediately made me think “Wow, that’s perfect!”
I agree that the last one that mesmerizes you is gorgeous; you could pick that one up anyway and decorate another room in the house around it. For instance it would be stunning in an office or bedroom. If you love the art but he colours are not right you could look for photos taken by the Hubble telescope. This one reminds me of gazing into the wonders of the universe, maybe you will find another universe photo with colours better suited to your kitchen. Any art you can frame you could frame under glass, no problem cleaning. Another thought would be an idea similar to your herringbone lamps, you could paint the “tiles” in the colors of choice and cut leaves instead of trectangles and make your own tree.
arlene MangoAugust 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm
I agree with whoever said green chalkboard. I would use 4inch ornate gold frame. But to be truthful, I know you want to be finished but what about storing all the ideas for art till you are completely finished with your kitchen AND breakfast room. The impulse faries are visiting you again and yo know where that leads. I myself have been visited by them many times in my 68 years and had to rework many projects or just live with them. Which makes no one happy. I know when we creative types get an idea we want to fly with it, but youv’e worked too hard to deal with too much more of that. And of course you know I love your work. Arlene
TracyAugust 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm
Thank you Arlene. I mentioned it.
LoriAugust 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm
What about plate rail type shelves to display your dishes or other art…every changing. http://www.simplicityinthesouth.com/2013/04/how-to-build-gallery-wall-shelves.html or http://tidybrownwren.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-to-build-floating-shelves-out-of.html
Gilmer GalAugust 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Kristi, look on ebay and some of the online stores. I have this exact same sconce that I would be glad to sell, since I don’t use it in my house. Anyway, don’t mean to get a “deal,” but just an idea. Online there are many metal wall hangings. And would be less to buy there in the vintage items than commissioning an artist. BUT, I also have a friend in Dallas who is a metal sculptor, and he could possibly make one that you design. Joseph Simmons Metal Art. He’s LinkedIn. Anyway, just a thought. http://www.ebay.com/itm/INCREDIBLE-XLRG-ITALIAN-MADE-TOLE-GILT-3-CANDLE-HANGING-WALL-SCONCE-38-Wide-/261226389084?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd24e5e5c
ChezzAugust 7, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Prolly way too late to get read.. I’ve been playing catch up.
I saw two shutters, or similar, in the cabinets color and finish, with some gold leaf, spaced apart a little, as if there’s a window there …. maybe and a gold and silver delicate leafy branch wound across and between them.
Came to me the second I looked at your options.
But I agree with several others, art is very personal.
Just do what you love and fits within the practicals that YOU are ok with (grease cleaning, etc)
Looks so gorgeous.. All of it.
KarenAugust 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Totally LOVE the gold leave art, but like others my first reaction was WAY TO HARD TO KEEP CLEAN!! Here a thought, as artistic as you are, why not paint or have someone paint (MOM!!!) a golden leaf painting and then coating it for easier cleaning.
Lisa GarberAugust 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm
I think this may be my first comment ever although I have been following you for a long time! Have you considered some of the Etsy “steampunk” wall art sculptures, maybe with industrial elements or reclaimed jewelry?
BetsyAugust 15, 2014 at 10:51 am
For what it’s worth, I am an artist and I don’t care one iota where people hang my stuff. I don’t consider it an insult at all to see my work in a bathroom, kitchen, porch, etc.
BetsyAugust 15, 2014 at 10:58 am
You might like several here: http://www.polyvore.com/metal_bird_wall_art/shop?query=metal+bird+wall+art
The really simple one with the black outline could be good, especially if you go with the black door frames (don’t know if you decided on that yet or not).
I actually purchased the set of 3 from Target ($30) for a project. I needed only 2 of them, but painted them white for my needs, and changed the color of the birds. I ended up selling the 2 for 30 bucks and keeping the last one for myself, so I made out pretty well!
TinaAugust 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm
A huge clock would look wonderful on that wall.