10 New Ways to Decorate Above Your Kitchen Cabinets

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    A Space Made for Décor

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    There are those random areas in our homes that seem to be begging for décor, but they tend to be a little—well—awkward. The wall next to the front door. That open spot under the stairs. And the space above the kitchen cabinets, where it seems as if something should go there…but what?

    If the styling in your kitchen seems to be lacking in some way and needs just the thing to create a finished look, that space above the cabinets might be the answer. There are actually myriad possibilities for decorating that space, proven here through these featured designers, bloggers and Instagrammers. From vintage oil paintings to practical storage, you can put that space above the cabinets to work, which Stephanie of @myhoustonhouse has done beautifully.

    Here are 10 inventive ways to decorate above your kitchen cabinets.

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    Display a Meaningful Collection

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    Do you have a collection that’s only collecting dust, hidden away in the basement or a closet? If you haven’t been able to find a place to showcase that collection, look no further than the space above your cabinets. The eye will naturally be drawn upward toward your finds, which have their own particular place to stand out. Salt and pepper shakers, vases, vintage letters and even books are ideal to display above cabinets. Jackie of @sawdust.angel has chosen to spotlight a collection of white ceramic pitchers, with sprigs of faux flowers for a decorative element.

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    Include Nooks for Storage

    The space above your cabinets can be built up to serve a specific purpose, like the cabinets seen in Sarah’s kitchen of Thrifty Decor Chick. She cleverly placed nooks above her cabinets to hold baskets, making for an additional storage space in her kitchen. The baskets can keep small items out of sight, plus, they’re lovely to look at, set against gorgeous white cabinetry.

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    Hang Vintage Finds

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    If you have enough room, you can also hang items in the space above your cabinets. Whether it’s framed family photos, mirrors, small macramé creations, or in this case, vintage Bundt pans in a variety of colors, the extra wall space above cabinets surprisingly caters to wall art of most any kind, but flea market treasures seem to look even more charming.

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    Bring in Faux Plants

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    The space above cabinets has a tendency to look sparse, bare and uninteresting. Every kitchen needs a few decorative pops, and that space can be the place to do it. If you need some green in your kitchen, purchase a few faux plants (IKEA is a great place to find these little plants), put them in pots and rest them above your cabinets, just as Leigh of @ourwoodforesthome has done in her own kitchen. They mesh perfectly with the rest of the faux greenery seen on the counter and dining table.

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    Install Glass to Show Off Special Objects

    When installing new cabinetry in your kitchen, consider including glass display cabinets above them. Complete with spotlights, these cabinets put in by home building company Taylor Morrison act as illuminated alcoves to set off special décor objects, including patterned plates and vases.

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    Find Spots for Practical Items

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    It can happen—the worst thing that could possibly happen in a kitchen. You could run out of cabinet space. Yes, you could clean out the seemingly-thousands of utensils, measuring cups, pots, pans and not one, but two, Instant Pots, or you could get creative. The space above the cabinets can be utilized for small necessities that double as décor, seen here in Luci’s kitchen of @white.oak.shop. She’s placed paper towel rolls, cake stands and trays above her cabinets, while mixing in a few decorative pieces for visual interest.

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    Fill the Space With Tall Pieces

    In an unusually large space above kitchen cabinets, it can be tough to track down décor objects that are tall enough to fill the space and work seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen styling. In this modern kitchen designed by architecture and construction firm Remick Associates, tall, artful vases and ceramic hands reach upward toward the ceiling, filling up the bareness above the cabinets.

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    Weave in an Art Gallery

    Gallery walls are always a classic, decorative element to bring into any home. While they are timeless and traditional, it’s refreshing to see a gallery that’s presented in a new and different way. Jess of Honey N Hydrangea had a collection of vintage oil paintings that needed a home. After painting the frames, she placed them above her cabinets, sporting earthy hues that play nicely with the dark wood cabinetry.

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    Showcase a Sign

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    Decorating above the kitchen cabinets is a touch that’s often seen in farmhouse kitchens, where warm, heartfelt décor fills the space. A long, vintage-inspired sign looks cozy above the cabinets in Robyn’s kitchen of @robynssouthernnest. The “Sweet Tea” sign looks even more delightful when matched up with bouquets of darling faux flowers.

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    Create an Indoor Garden

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    It can be challenging in homes, especially small homes, to find a place for an indoor garden. As it turns out, the space above cabinets is an idyllic place to grow an indoor garden—but be sure to purchase plants that don’t require a lot of sunlight. These low-light plants, nestled above the cabinetry and subway tile backsplash, are thriving and add a natural, vibrant accent to the kitchen.