Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets: 12 Stylish Ideas

Stylish and modern ideas for decorating above your kitchen cabinet!

What should you do with that big space above your kitchen cabinets? It’s the definition of an awkward space. It’s not super functional, but it’s also very visible and takes up some prime real estate in your kitchen. If you leave it empty it can look too bare, but it can also look cluttered if you put too much up there. It’s true conundrum! Decorating above kitchen cabinets can be challenging to say the least.

Every kitchen is different, and you will want to consider not only what looks good, but also what is practical for your daily life. For small kitchens, finding ways to style above your kitchen cabinets with some kind of storage is going to help you maximize the space. For larger kitchens you may want to consider more ornamental ideas.

The first step is to determine whether you need to add additional storage. If you don’t, you can simply use the space for decorative purposes. If you do need extra storage, think about whether you use the items often and if you mind having to reach up to get them. Consider adding shelves, baskets, or drawers to make sure you have enough room for all of your essentials.

Here are some practical ideas for how to decorate above kitchen cabinets!

Styling above your Kitchen Cabinets with Plants

Plant ladies, this one is for you! Choose a few low maintenance plants (because you don’t want to have to climb up to water them every day!) and put them on top of the cabinets. Plants that trail look beautiful by windows and sinks. If your thumb is not so green, you could opt for plants that are easier to care for like succulents or find some realistic looking fake plants.

how to decorate above kitchen cabinets


The pops of green in this white kitchen are so stunning!

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Using the Space as Pretty Storage

Depending on the kitchen you have, you could style the space above your kitchen cabinets with your fine china, serving bowls, trays, pitchers and things you don’t use as often. We love this idea because it gives you more storage too! If you have super tall cabinets, this may not work, but it could work for smaller kitchens if you had a stool available when you need to get down the items.



Trays and charcuterie boards add variation and warmth to your kitchen.

styling above kitchen cabinets


Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets with Wine

Storing wine can be difficult because the bottles are bulky and take up a lot of space. So why not store your wine above your kitchen cabinets? They will look great and give you more storage for your wine collection!

wine storage


If you’ve got a bar nook or walk-in pantry, you can build your wine rack above the wet bar.

wine rack above bar nook


Put a Big Sign Above Your Kitchen Cabinets

Keep it simple by decorating above your kitchen cabinets with a big sign. This look works particularly well in the farmhouse style kitchen, like the one pictured here.

Sign above kitchen cabinets


Add a few pretty trinkets and decorate around your sign for a more charming look.


Display Your Cookbooks Above Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re anything like me you have a ton of beautiful cookbooks, why not display your collection proudly at the top of your cabinets?

styling above kitchen cabinets with cookbooks

Photo by Home by Polly

The colorful books above the white contemporary cabinets give this modern kitchen a cozy feel.

books above kitchen cabinets


Display a Collection

Do you have a collection of vintage objects, artwork or baskets? The space above your cabinets could be a great place to display it. We love the warmth of the baskets in this cozy cottage kitchen!

baskets above kitchen cabinets

If you love artwork or are an artist yourself you could display a full collection above the cabinets. Choose frames that match and try and stick within a color scheme that complements the space.


Which look is your favorite?

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