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Black and White Wall Art for the Kitchen

Candice Bergen Quote

I didn’t like the white walls in the kitchen until I added our big black and white print. Now the walls look intentional instead of forgotten. I would love to recreate the print for you as a free printable for download (it wouldn’t be difficult), but it doesn’t feel right. I know the quote can be attributed to Candice Bergen, but I don’t know who created the print, or when. Instead, I’ve rounded up a few options for black and white wall art that would feel right at home in my kitchen — and maybe yours, too.

Black and White Wall Art for the Kitchen


  2. Like Ron Swanson, I want you to give me all the bacon and eggs you have. (Wait, wait…)

  3. Butcher Prints (set of 3)

  4. This cute flag conversions tea towel, designed by Shanna Murray is no longer available, but the idea of framing it was so cute that I still wanted to include it here.

  5. This conversion tea towel could be a good substitute for the last one.

  6. This triangle tea towel would also look fantastic on display in the kitchen.

  7. These pretzels are making me thirsty. (Maybe he had a different interpretation!)

  8. Kitchen Cooking Print

  9. Newgate Bubble Clock

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  • 22209
    February 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Hi! How do you like that stool? I need a couple of bar stools and I think that one is my current front-runner (discovered via this blog — thank you!), but I’m having trouble biting the bullet on the price especially without knowing how comfortable it is. So, I’d appreciate your thoughts on it! Thanks!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      It’s neutral — neither comfortable nor uncomfortable. I do wish the floor didn’t slope considerably there though because the stool is a little slippery and you can feel yourself sliding forward a bit.

      • 22209
        February 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

        Great to know — thank you! :)

  • Meagen
    February 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you so much for including my, Bacon & Eggs and Pretzels posters :) I love your blog :)

    • Making it Lovely
      February 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Aw, thanks! You had a bunch of great prints to pull from, but those two seemed best suited to a kitchen.

  • Megan
    February 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I love all of those prints! Now to convince my husband to have white walls… :)

  • Amy
    February 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Very cute post! Thanks for sharing. I’m always looking for new artwork ideas.

  • Katy Dennison
    February 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I WANT THEM ALL! What a great post, I love every single piece – especially love the idea of framing the conversion tea towel so I don’t have to google every. single. time I need to convert. Thanks!

  • Tricia
    February 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    All fantastic! I’ll be taking this idea and running with it. Thinking about the pretzel one for my hubby for our anniversary! He’ll laugh and laugh…

  • Cottage katie
    February 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    The quote is lovely! On a side note I adore those old hardwood floors. The skinny planks are not seen too often anymore, people want the 10″ wide barnboard style planks. But I still love the little skinny guys!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      I love the skinny old planks. I think the proportion is much better than the wide style for our smallish house.

  • emily
    February 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for including my project in this awesome round up. I do love graphic black & white!

  • Megan @ Two Live Colorfully
    February 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    This is the greatest collection!!! I laughed pretty hard at that Ron Swanson quote!

    I’m getting ready to put some work into our kitchen as well and art is high on the priority list! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • KMP Modern
    February 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I love your print and your ideas to add some humor to the most popular room in the house. We tend to like white walls because we have a lot of contemporary art. I think it works better as a background, but I do envy interiors with bold color. I especially enjoyed the “give me all the bacon and eggs you have” print. Too funny! And fantastic fonts as well!

  • kristi@SimplePrettyThings
    February 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Hmm I’ve been looking for a poster print size something for our kitchen makeover. Maybe one of these will make the cut!

  • eileen ragan | leanerbythelake
    February 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    You cannot go wrong with Ron Swanson and the measurement conversions! I’m in a similar situation with our newly white bathroom which has a black & white sort of thing a happening. Now that it’s time to add in artwork I’m actually having trouble finding something! I’ve got one piece of black and white artwork already up. This post inspires me to keep the same theme going.

  • Wendy @ New Moms Talk
    February 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    The weights and measurements one would be superb in our kitchen though my husband would probably prefer number 3.

  • Hillary
    February 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    We have a giant BW poster in our kitchen, too! It’s an Andy Warhol exhibit poster from Stockholm (it says “I like boring things…”).

  • Kristina
    February 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Yay I love the Ron Swanson quote!!

  • Jess | brownpaperbelle.com
    February 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I LOVE the Seinfeld quote! I love yours too – simple and gorgeous. x

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    February 19, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Great prints! Too bad the Crate & Barrel towel has an error in the measurements (it says 8 fl oz = 1 1/2 cups).

    A quick Google search says that the Candice Bergen quote is from the book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort of Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach, on the May 31st page. Maybe that information will give you better luck tracking the source of the print down?

  • Jessi
    February 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    These Chicago-y posters work too! Love the Oak Park one: http://slightlyinsultingchicagoposters.tumblr.com/

  • Laura Gaskill
    February 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Ha! I love the Ron Swanson quote! :) Our kitchen has gray walls & black/white granite counters…and a really ugly lumpy spot in the plaster where some previous owners botched a repair job. I’d love to cover it up with a great big print! Thanks for the inspiration. xo Laura

  • Maida
    February 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Beautiful! And I love the towel idea! I prefer to look at textured on my walls and that’s one way to get it! Artist Norbert Marszalek has awesome kitchen-worthy pieces, and in b&w too. https://www.cureeo.com/artists/norbert-marszalek/

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  • Lauren
    March 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I’m going to copy this idea even though I have mint colored walls. I’m going to do the sophia loren poster that Ikea has out that says something like I owe all I have to sphagetti! I’ve been following and loving your blog for years Nicole (as a lurker!). I adore you and your style soo much! Just wanted to thank you!!!

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