Ideas For That Space Above Kitchen Cabinets

July 16, 2013

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I completed a Resale Ready consultation with an issue that I wanted to share. The best advice I feel I gave the homeowner’s that day was this:

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Please get rid of the faux greenery above the kitchen cabinets! I did not know people were still decorating this way:

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If you are a reader of my blog and like to read good decorating tips, this is very important- Get rid of all faux greenery above your cabinets. The greenery look is outdated and unfortunately will not make your kitchen show well. We are moving toward a more simple and clean, uncluttered living environment. This includes your kitchen.

Now that we have covered what not to use, what are some ideas that would work? You can always add crown molding to the top of cabinets for a clean, undecorated look:

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I love the look of the openness:

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I  also like the idea of soft lighting along the top the cabinet, don’t you?

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You can purchase rope lighting at your local hardware store and run across the top of your cabinets to get the same look.

If you would prefer to decorate with accessories, treat the area as any other flat surface in your home and style vignettes:



Use different object sizes and heights (build up smaller items with books or small boxes). Or, if you are only going to use a few items, make sure they are large enough to gain attention.

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This is a new and one of my favorite looks:

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All the way to the ceiling! Beautiful.

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I hope I have given you some ideas to use for that space above your kitchen cabinets. I think the less to dust is best also, don’t you?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Sources: Houzz, Pinterest, Google


  1. Ugg, the dreaded dusty fake greenery. I don’t see too much of that any more but I love all your suggestions as alternatives. Too bad builders just don’t bring the cabinets all the way to the ceiling. That would solve the whole issue of what to put up there and provide additional storage as well.

    • I still love it. I use it as a display area for some of my favorite pottery, out of reach of little hands. I hate wasted space, as much as many dislike the fake greenery! It takes all kinds

  2. Kelly, I’m glad you gave us these great ideas! I have high ceilings in my kitchen, and above the cabinets there is nothing, just that “open space” where I (yes) used to have greenery, LOL! I will probably get that rope lighting you are talking about, and maybe some groupings of nice items (not too many, I don’t want it to look crowded). I had to laugh when I saw your photos of the “dated” greenery though – why did we ever think that was cool?

    Thanks so much, Angie in Greensboro, NC

    • I always ask the client if it is ok to use their decorating issue Alison. I never want to sound harsh, but just trying to voice my decorating help. I don’t want to beat around the bush on some topics- but this message is important- take down all greenery from above kitchen cabinets!

  3. I too cringe when I see greenery above cabinets. A year or so ago, I had a client actually request I use artificial pine boughs for that area. She wanted a rustic,cabin look. While I wasn’t keen on doing this, she was ecstatic. So I guess sometimes ya do what ya gotta do.

    In our former house, we had soffits to the ceiling. After we added the crown moulding it looked f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s! 🙂 Love that cleaner look too 🙂

  4. I am glad you were candid.

    When people solicit advice re: design, they need to know what their options are as well as what to avoid.

    Aside from artificial greenery being a dust collector and exacerbate allergies, they distract from other elements that can make a room stunning (e.g. beautiful lighting).

    I agree – keep it simple. Reduce cleaning time, make the space breathable, and focus on what makes a kitchen important – friends, family, and good food.

  5. I am so glad I gave away all the greenery a few years ago… my kitchen used to look like that! I can’t stand silk greenery now. Love all the options and since we are trying to sell our home soon I see we are on the right track! Although, I must admit, I have one small blackberry branch I have held onto and though it is packed away it comes out occasionally…

  6. haha- Loving the old dusty greenery! We all had that in our kitchens at one point or another! Or how about the dozens of spider plants hanging in macramé holders-lol! Decorating times and tastes have changed-most definitely for the better.

  7. I have had the rooster decor for about 8 years, because my husband is my cook and that is his choice, however, both of us are tired of that, so I plan to use some of your ideas for the tops of my kitchen cabinets.

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