10 Decorating Ideas For Above Kitchen Cabinets

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    Many kitchens have an empty space or a gap between the tops of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling – leaving it empty can sometimes look unfinished, but using it for haphazard storage can quickly feel cluttered.

    There are plenty of ways to decorate on top of your kitchen cabinets – not only can you create additional, functional storage space but styling decor above your cabinets can also draw the eye up to the ceilings and make your kitchen feel taller.

    Find some of my favorite ideas for above kitchen cabinet decor below!

    Use woven baskets to add texture

    kitchen with woven baskets decorated 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.

    Woven baskets on top of your cabinets can add some warmth and texture, or add a splash of color or pattern with eye-catching baskets!

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    round wicker storage basket
    Household Essentials

    Water hyacinth wicker round storage basket

    set of wicker storage baskets

    Water hyacinth wicker storage baskets, set of 2

    rectangular wicker storage basket
    Household Essentials

    Water hyacinth wicker rectangular storage basket

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    Add greenery above kitchen cabinets with low-light or fake plants

    white and wood kitchen decorated 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.

    Fake plants are also a great option for adding greenery on top of your kitchen cabinets if you don’t have enough light in your kitchen.

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    potted snake plant

    Sanseviera laurentii “snake plant”

    golden pothos plant
    Costas Farms

    Epipremnum aureum “golden pothos”

    zz plant

    Zamioculas zamiifolia “zz plant”

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    Extend your kitchen 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 above cabinets
    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 wallpaper

    Red brick peel and stick waterproof vinyl wallpaper

    white brick peel and stick wallpaper

    3D white brick peel and stick wall panel

    brick peel and stick wallpaper

    Red stuccoed brick peel and stick wallpaper

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    Store cookbooks above your kitchen 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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    salt, fat, acid, heat cookbook
    Samin Nosrat

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

    plenty cookbook
    Yotam Ottolenghi

    Plenty: Vibrant vegetable recipes from London’s Ottolenghi

    six seasons cookbook
    Joshua McFadden

    Six Seasons: A new way with vegetables

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    Add a vintage or handpainted sign for above cabinet decor

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

    To draw the eye up to the tops of your cabinets without storing anything heavy, decorate with a wall-mounted sign.

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    farmhouse kitchen decor sign
    Elegant signs

    Farmhouse kitchen decor sign

    metal homemade sign
    Coastal iron design

    Homemade metal kitchen sign

    vintage farmers market sign
    Americana signs

    Farmers market cypress board sign

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    Display your favorite collection on top of your cabinets

    ceramic dishes decorated 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 decor

    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 of artwork in your kitchen

    kitchen with oil paintings decorated 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. A cluster of art is a great way to fill the space above kitchen cabinets, especially if you have a slanted ceiling or other oddly-shaped space.

    Mix it up for eclectic above cabinet decor

    bright kitchen with baskets and cookbooks above cabinets decor
    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.