Today’s post is all about decorating the tops of kitchen cabinets!
Do the kitchen cabinets in your home extend all the way up to the ceiling?
Or do you have the tops of the kitchen cabinets decorated because there is so much extra room between the tops of the cabinets and the ceiling?
I ask because the top of the kitchen cabinets have been decorated in our house for years now and I still love it.
I know it’s popular to have kitchen cabinets that go all the up way to the ceiling. And they really are beautiful that way.
But truthfully, I only have a handful of friends that actually have a setup like that in their kitchen. Most of them have a setup like mine where there is a 2-foot gap between the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling.
I searched Pinterest for a little inspiration and I didn’t find a lot. It’s like decorating the tops of kitchen cabinets is uncool somehow.
But I’m not letting that stop me.
If your kitchen needs a little something extra, I hope it won’t stop you either.
What Should I Decorate the Tops of Kitchen Cabinets With?
To decorate the tops of our kitchen cabinets I gathered materials I’ve loved and have been collecting for a while now.
Mostly, ironstone pieces and vintage baskets that play well with multiple styles. Our home is very cottage meets farmhouse, and we like to keep the color palette simple and calm.
I don’t follow any particular design rules, I play with each vignette varying the height, shape, and layers of texture until I’m satisfied with the way it looks.
Taking the time to be creative without rushing always feels like a big gift.
It took the better part of an afternoon to finish decorating the tops of our kitchen cabinets. So, don’t feel like you have to rush at all.
Decorating is a such fine balance, isn’t it?
On one hand, you don’t want someone to walk into your kitchen and say, “Wow, I love the tops of your cabinets.”
On the other, it is nice to decorate with collections that hold special memories. Almost all of these pieces came from trips spent treasure hunting in old barns, charity shops, and estate sales with my Mom.
Things to Keep In Mind…
As I shared above there is an almost 2-foot gap between the tops of the cabinet molding and our 9-foot ceilings, which gave me plenty of room to display things I love.
A note of caution though, if you’re thinking about decorating the tops of your kitchen cabinets (or the tops of any cabinet or piece of furniture) too, anything less than 18 inches of display space might make your room feel a bit squatty.
Also, choosing a tone-on-tone color scheme, pieces that complement your existing decor or enhance the feeling you’re trying to achieve will also help keep things from looking cluttered.
When in doubt, edit!
It’s not always easy, especially if you love collections (me too!). It’s a good thing to let your special pieces have some room to breathe though.
Creating a home you love takes time. But as we grow confident in our decorating choices and hone our nesting instincts with practice and patience, it becomes an adventure that tells the story of you and your family.
So, don’t be afraid to try new things!
Other Posts Featuring Our Kitchen To Enjoy:
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- How to Stencil Textured Walls
- 11 Ways to Clean, Organize and Maintain Your Kitchen
- The Best Way to Organize Your Kitchen
- Pantry Organization Tips Made Easy
- How to Organize a Kitchen Desk