Stuck with what to put above your cupboards to “finish” the look of your kitchen? If you don’t have a bulkhead or glassed in cabinets, then here is an idea I want to throw into the mix for styling above kitchen cabinets.
This is a quickie today – I really only have four photos to share…
But I’m sharing anyways because when I went over to Pinterest to find out how to style above kitchen cabinets, there was a grand total of 4 photos that held any sort of appeal to me at all.
That seems awfully scarce given that we all have kitchens right?
It’s not to say that you will even like what I’ve done above my kitchen cupboards – but it will be one more photo to give people (like me) an idea to work from.
First up – what I noticed in the photos I liked – was symmetry.
I think that’s true of everything in interior design – you need balance on either side of centre.
I brought a cutting board and dough bowl up – raised them to different heights by tucking scrap wood underneath – and put them in the centre.
I decided to flank either side with these faux boxwoods because every photo I liked seemed to have a plant. With very little light reaching up there, faux was the only way to go… okay, and I didn’t want to have to climb up to water. You caught me.
I had some candle sticks that a neighbour made for me when he was learning the lathe and they had the same colouring as the dough bowl, so I put them on the open end of my cabinets.
This is totally embarrassing to admit, but when I was taking down my Christmas decorations from above the cupboards, I found that bowl and plate tipped over in the dust. I totally forgot I had these because they were hidden behind the crown moulding and covered with dust and filth.
How does it get so dirty up there?
Gross, and yet such a great surprise because it was a nice variation in height and pattern for my new above-cabinet vignette!
Four photos and almost no advice or tutorial whatsoever. Sorry guys.
I will share the images from the women that inspired me though?
Beyond the Wood Decor shows how to use scrap wood to give objects above the cupboards height. I also love that she ran an LED light strip above her cabinets to give pretty up-lighting.
I’d love to give the following homeowner/blogger credit, but the photo is from a bogus site. If you come across whoever shared this talent, let me know and I’ll give credit immediately. This is the image I tried to replicate most closely when styling above kitchen cabinets.
Better Homes & Gardens never gets it wrong do they?
I really love the clean sophistication of this look.
Fiddle Leaf Interiors got me thinking about using the space above my cupboards for extra storage. I like the idea of the baskets, but in my case it would be so tedious to climb up and down to retrieve anything, that I just wouldn’t. For me, styling above kitchen cupboards needs to be static and unchanging; a nice vignette to look at, but not one to have to reach very often.
Even if you’re not here for the above-cupboard vignettes – click over to One King’s Lane to check out this beautiful 500 sq/ft apartment – the kitchen is great, but the rest is gorgeous!
I won’t bore you with more.
I just wanted to throw my hat in the ring and see if I couldn’t offer one other idea/option for styling above kitchen cabinets for those of you (us) that struggle with interior design talent.
Have a great one!