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ART IN THE KITCHEN?

If you’re looking for a way to personalize your kitchen  why not consider art?  Most of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen and the view is pretty much the same, refrigerator, stove, sink etc.  So where do we add our own unique signature?  The possibilities are numerous.  How about your backsplash, the area between your countertop and upper cabinets?  This is a project you can usually attempt without disrupting your cabinets or counter top.  For example I have a client who decided to tile the area.  She added art by inserting her own artwork in the form of handpainted tiles. 
If you are planning a new kitchen remember that sometimes less is more IF you have adequate storage you might consider leaving some open space for framed art. A single piece of art in a simple kitchen can become a compelling focal point. Not only does this save you money on cabinets but it allows you to change the look and theme of your kitchen when the spirit moves you.
Show off your collection, if you have one.  This homeowner was the proud collector of cookie jars so we designed a space to feature them.  But you could show Fiestaware or handmade pottery.

Colorful paint along with many handmade touches makes this kitchen pop with whimsy and a generally good to be alive vibe!  Photo courtesy of paula@pavelkadesign.com

These colorful handpainted African tiles add a unique touch. 

What creative touches have you used in your kitchen?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave comments.  Tomorrow I leave for New Orleans. I’m going to take lots of pictures and I’ll see you when I get back!
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