Monday, April 22, 2013

Art for the Kitchen

I wanted our new kitchen to feel open and airy so I opted against putting cabinets on the sink wall.  

My first thought was to hang open shelving on the wall. Our carpenter cut pieces of pine which I stained and distressed, trying to achieve a reclaimed wood finish. But as soon as they were up I knew they were wrong...they made the space feel too heavy and cluttered. They came down the next day but now I had this empty space between two windows that needed something
Art was the solution. I love antique floral botanical prints so how perfect would vegetable or fruit prints be in a kitchen?

Here is the empty spot where the shelves were removed--after spackling and painting the holes in the wall. Looks rather barren, right?

I checked out art.com and searched for fruit and vegetable prints. The ones I gravitated to were the giclée prints.  Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed onto the paper’s surface creating natural color transitions. There were SO many beautiful choices it was hard to pin one down. Here are some I considered...
The carrot and orange prints would pick up the orange paint color in the dining room buffet.
I also loved the plum and potato prints.
But in the end I was drawn to this print: varieties of Chard. The size fit well in an Ikea Ribba frame with a bit of cropping.
I was at Ikea last week and the only color they had in stock that day was this chrome finish.
A can of metallic bronze spray paint to the rescue.
The color picks up the bronze tones on the drawer pulls.


I'm still deciding on window treatments but stay tuned for the kitchen reveal soon!

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