Whenever I share images of my kitchen, I often hear the question “where’d you get your art prints?!” Seems I’m not the only one who loves french inspired, vintage kitchen wall art! So I thought it was time to share all about my favorite vintage art prints for the cottage kitchen.
I first stumbled upon these prints online. We had just finished our kitchen/dining area in the Mountain Cottage, and I wanted some vintage, french inspired art for the bare, cream colored walls. So I had googled something like “french vintage art for kitchen” or something similar.
I wanted to buy something that I really loved, art that had an old fashioned vibe, went well with any color and would hang on my walls for years to come.
In scrolling through the google results, I came across a company that had lovely, french inspired artwork. The fruit, herbs and vegetable displays caught my eye and held my attention.
I soon discovered that the artist had taken her inspiration from vintage garden seed packages. The lovely, scrolling french letters in the background only drew me in deeper.
And in a matter of minutes, I knew I’d found vintage art prints for the cottage kitchen!
3 Things I Love About These Vintage Kitchen Art Prints
Belle Maison Art was birthed in 2011 by a woman named Stacy Powell. And her love of antique and vintage images inspired her to begin creating her own line of art. According to the online site, she gathers much of her inspiration from French flea markets and while she has a wide variety of images on the market, I think her “garden and vegetable” images give the cottage kitchen a perfect, old world vibe!
1: The Images Are Sharp and Clear
When I first ordered my art, I found myself wondering about the images. Would they be sharp and clear? I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of fuzzy artwork! But I wasn’t disappointed.
It doesn’t matter which type of lighting these prints are displayed under; they’re beautiful, distinct and draw attention wherever they’re placed!
2: Canvas Paper Is Heavy and Durable
When ordering my art prints, I had the option between a smooth matte and a light canvas texture.
Naturally I went for the canvas! And then I held my breath until the art prints arrived. Because here’s the thing: I wanted my art prints to last a long time and have that antique feel. I was worried that if they were printed on cheap paper, I would be disappointed with the quality.
Not so! When I opened my package, I was delighted with the thick, canvas textured paper and quality of it. No worries there!
3. The Colors Go Well in a Country Kitchen
Sometimes colors can be difficult to distinguish online. How dark would the prints be? How vibrant would the oranges and yellows be?
And would they fit in my kitchen/dining room with it’s soft colors?
Once again, I was delighted with the results. None of the colors were too buoyant or sharp. The greens had a soft, sage undertone. The reds were dark enough that they were unobtrusive. And the orange and yellows in the vegetables were muted and gave the same vibe you would find on a vintage seed packet.
The Vintage Art Prints I Recommend for the Kitchen
For my kitchen, I chose the french inspired vegetable art prints. But there are many more options available and you can even buy the beautiful art in collections or groupings!
- 1. Vegetable Art Prints (collection of 4)
- 2. Vegetable Art Prints (single images)
- 3. Pink Rose Art Prints
- 4. Golden French Pears
Watch Me Frame & Display Kitchen Art Prints
Tips for Choosing Frames for Your Vintage Kitchen Art
While I was delighted with my art prints, I soon realized I would have to pair them with frames if I wanted to display them in my kitchen.
And how do you pick frames for a kitchen? I didn’t know! So here are a few things I considered that helped me decide.
1. What colors do I have in my kitchen? Picture frames come in a variety of colors. When you make your choice, be sure to take your kitchen colors into account. Gold and silver might not suit your wall paint. And black may be too stark. Always consider colors and you’ll be more likely to get the right frame/s the first time round.
2. Think about the atmosphere of your kitchen. Have you ever come across a lovely picture frame, bought it because it was so beautiful and then discovered it was too ornate or showy for your home? It happens! As you choose frames for your art, think about whether or not it “belongs” in your kitchen.
3. Consider what suits the art itself. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to pairing art and frames. Before you purchase frames, be sure that you feel they belong with your art. And it’ll go much smoother from there!
4. Think about your budget. This one is a no-brainer, right? Photo frames (particularly those with mats) can actually be quite expensive. But you don’t have to buy them brand new. Often you can find what you need at a local thrift store, especially if you know the size of the image, the color and style you want. And don’t forget that painting frames is always an option!
My Favorite Vintage Kitchen Wall Art
When it comes vintage art prints for the cottage kitchen, there are thousands of options to choose from. But you know what? Belle Maison Art still rises to the top for me, like cream in a jar of fresh, chilled milk!
The quality is excellent. And the timeless, antique vibe is unmistakable. I’m always eyeing up more of this art because one day, I’d love to have it in every room in my home!
And now folks? Now you know where it came from!