A few weeks ago, I started exploring kitchens with character–first admiring wallpapered kitchens and then discussing kitchen islands that break the mold.  Then I got distracted by other pretty rooms and…well, life.  In short, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m excited to pick back up where I left off and praise kitchens that prominently feature art today.

In my observations, there are 3 parts of a home that are typically under-decorated: kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms.  Still, of these 3 spaces, kitchens are usually the least likely to feature art.  Perhaps the flinging of food poses too great  threat.  Whatever the reason, there’s sometimes nothing more thrilling than breaking with convention.  Here are 8 kitchens that do just that…

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

The bohemian thread that defines this home endures even in the kitchen.  Here, boldly patterned tile, a Kurdish rug, and a grandly framed painting impart character in spades.

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

In this polished kitchen, cabinets are painted deep blue, walls are clad in marble, and a still life hangs above the sink–lit by a brass lamp.  Typically, we see a window above the sink, but art seems just as fitting.

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

Miles Redd adorned the subway tiled walls of this kitchen with an oversize print depicting a white tiger.  The striking art is balanced by a burst of magenta, courtesy of the adjoining room.  Combined, the two bold statements set this kitchen apart.

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

In this dramatic kitchen, two paintings preside over an accessorized shelf.  However, the backdrop on which they hang is actually chalkboard paint, allowing for impromptu works of art to accompany them.

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

In Kris Jenner’s all-white kitchen, art imitates life and animates the far wall, where a cluster of white vessels echo those in the foreground.  The painted backdrop is solid green, providing a pop of color.

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

Rustic and elegant, this space feels just as cozy as any living room with a roaring fire.  The brick accent wall is enhanced by an oil painting flanked by antique candle sconces, dripping with oversize crystals.  Pleated skirts and weathered wood contribute to the patina that envelopes and charms this kitchen.

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

Although most of the examples of art in kitchens we’ve seen in this post feature one singular focal point, that’s not the only way to go.  Smaller pieces, displayed en masse can be just as appealing.  This the approach Michelle Adams took in her character filled kitchen.

Kitchens with Character, vol. 3: Art | Motley Decor

An art filled home deserves an art filled kitchen like this one.

Why create imaginary and unnecessary boundaries?  Why not extend your personal style to every inch of the house?  Go ahead: hang some art in your kitchen!