Like many other forms of coffee art, coffee cup art is meant to provide themes of warmth, comfort, and relaxation while displaying a uniquely stylish design. Because of this, sensory images such as stylized steam, warm colors, and idyllic graphics are used in the depiction of this subject. Even realistic works, such as 'Frothy Cappuccino' by Kathy Middlebrook employ these measures in order to portray sensory information which has become a trademark of modern artistic interpretation. However, steam isn't the only way to enchant an audience's senses with coffee cup art. For example, in 'Mocha' by Darrin Hoover, He uses the alternating dark brown colors with the white color of the cup in order to depict the richly sweet taste of this beverage. This same treatment is used by Middlebrook, as well, in her depiction of 'Mocha Latte' which uses its color schemes and imagery in order to appeal to its viewers.
Thanks to the graphic qualities and sensory input that this art category provides, it is a popular option for interior decoration in both professional and personal venues. Additionally, the color themes in this artform are emotive, and also match many decorative styles in kitchen and dining areas.