10 Ideas for Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets

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Most kitchens have an empty space between the tops of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling – it’s a great opportunity to use for storage and decorate in order to draw the eye up to the ceilings and make the kitchen feel taller. Find some of my favorite ideas for above kitchen cabinet decor below!

Use woven baskets to add texture

kitchen with butcher block countertops and baskets above cabinets

You can decorate above your kitchen cabinets with woven baskets in all shapes and sizes. Use baskets above your kitchen cabinets to store extra dishes, cookbooks, or utensils or simply fill the space with baskets to draw the eye up to the ceiling, making your kitchen appear taller.

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Household Essentials

Water hyacinth wicker round storage basket


Water hyacinth wicker storage baskets, set of 2

Household Essentials

Water hyacinth wicker rectangular storage basket

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Add greenery by growing plants

white and wood kitchen with plants above cabinets
Image source: Schoolhouse

Growing plants above kitchen cabinets adds greenery and brings a breath of fresh air – just make sure you consider the types of light you have in your kitchen and purchase plants that will be happy with that light! Unless you have skylights or a very bright kitchen, you’ll most likely want low light plants.

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Sanseviera laurentii “snake plant”

Costas Farms

Epipremnum aureum “golden pothos”


Zamioculas zamiifolia “zz plant”

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Extend your cabinets to the ceiling

white kitchen with cabinets
Image source: The Stony Brook House

Sometimes the best way to decorate above your cabinets, is by adding more cabinets! Extend your kitchen cabinets with additional storage or even by adding faux fronts like this DIY project.

Use faux brick for an industrial look

modern kitchen with brick walls
Image source: Jacquelyn Clark

Unless you actually have existing brick walls, you might not be able to expose brick like this kitchen renovation to add some texture to the space above your kitchen cabinets. But you can fake it with faux brick wallpaper – since it’ll be near the ceilings a good faux brick will still look good!

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Red brick peel and stick waterproof vinyl wallpaper


3D white brick peel and stick wall panel


Red stuccoed brick peel and stick wallpaper

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Store cookbooks above your cabinets

cookbooks in kitchen shelves above refrigerator

The space above your kitchen cabinets is a perfect spot for storing your favorite cookbooks. Decorating with your cookbook collection is a great way to utilize the extra space above your kitchen cabinets while keeping your cookbooks within reach!

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Samin Nosrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the elements of good cooking

Yotam Ottolenghi

Plenty: Vibrant vegetable recipes from London’s Ottolenghi

Joshua McFadden

Six Seasons: A new way with vegetables

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Add a vintage or handpainted sign

farmhouse kitchen with farmers market sign
Image source: Bless’er House

To draw the eye above without storing anything heavy above your kitchen cabinets, you can decorate with sign

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Elegant signs

Farmhouse kitchen decor sign

Coastal iron design

Homemade metal kitchen sign

Americana signs

Farmers market cypress board sign

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Display your favorite collection

ceramic dishes above kitchen shelving
Image source: One King’s Lane

Whether you collect plates, vases, ceramic figurines, or have a clean, curated group of jars – storing them above your cabinets is a great way to decorate the space above your kitchen cabinets while showing them off!

Make a statement with 3d letters

bright kitchen with galvanized metal letters above cabinets

3d letters add another way to make a statement without a wall-mounted sign. Use metal letters, marquee letters, or other 3d designs to spell something out!

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Galvanized metal 3D letter

LED marquee letter light

Decorative metal letters

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Create a gallery with groups of artwork

warm kitchen with oil paintings above cabinets
Image source: Honey n Hydrangea

Group a collection of paintings, drawings, or other artwork above your cabinets and create a kitchen gallery wall.

Mix it up

bright kitchen with baskets and cookbooks above cabinets
Image source: The Design Files

Forget rules – instead of drawing inspiration from one of the ideas above, combine them to make something that’s unique to your home! Pair some artwork with some vintage vases, organize your favorite cookbooks next to baskets used for storage, or combine some 3d letters with some vintage collectibles.


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