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How to Decorate the Top of Kitchen Cabinets

July 04, 2022 3 min read

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Kitchen cabinets are a huge part of your kitchen decor. Finding the right kitchen cabinets for your space is a huge part of a kitchen renovation and remodel. But, once those cabinets are installed, do you leave them alone, or are there ways you can decorate them further? One trend that’s been popular lately is decorating the top of your kitchen cabinets. In many homes, the cabinets don’t extend up to the ceiling. Instead, there’s a large gap between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. There are lots of ways you can decorate this space! Here are some of our favorites. 

Commemorative Coffee Mugs

Coffee mugs are the go-to for gifts, prizes and even souvenirs. The mugs you collect — or are given — might not all fit in your cabinets. You might not use all the mugs you’re given either (though, surprisingly, coffee mugs haven’t yet made the list of worst gifts to give someone). The best part about all those coffee mugs you have that you don’t know what to do with? You can decorate the top of your kitchen cabinets with them! Organize them, color code them… No matter how you choose to display them, a coffee mug collection proudly displayed above your kitchen cabinets is a great way to decorate them.

Hang Your Ivy or Other Greenery

Greenery in your kitchen isn’t a new trend. In fact, it’s a great space because the natural sunlight from your kitchen windows will help your plants grow! Use the top of your kitchen cabinets to store plants with vines, such as ivy or even string of pearls. If you can’t have natural, real greenery in your space because of allergies, then some faux greenery works here, too. 

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Empty Glass Bottles

Glass bottles, whether from old milk jars, wine or even cream soda, make for great cabinet top decor! You can put some remote control fairy lights in them to turn on at night or for special occasions. They’re a relatively low-cost decoration, too. You don’t have to buy a bunch of empty glass bottles from the craft store; instead, visit your local thrift store to find bottles of all shapes and sizes. For homeowners who are looking to make their kitchen reno on a budget and have already made budget-saving choices, such as installing RTA cabinets, this can be a great option to elevate your cabinet space. 

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Porcelain or China

In smaller kitchens, or in homes that don’t have space for a china cabinet, above your kitchen cabinets is a great space to use to show off your porcelain or china pieces! Many families consider these pieces precious heirlooms. Often passed down through generations, china cabinets aren’t often used these days. Instead, the priceless antique porcelain is left stuck in boxes in attics and basements. Use the space above your cabinets to incorporate your china into your kitchen design! Our Woodline cabinet series would look great when paired with traditional blue and white china pieces.

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Books You Won’t Read — But Can’t Throw Out

We’ve all got those books lying around. You know, the ones that you’ll never read but were either gifted or were a last minute purchase that you refuse to get rid of on principle. Either way, you can put those books to use by adding them to the top of your kitchen cabinets. Stack them, line them up from side to side or do a mixture of both! It adds a unique look to your kitchen space, but it also allows you the chance to use those books that you read once and have no plans of ever reading again. Our Americana cabinets feature a unique crown molding at the top that would look great with books stacked atop them! Almost like you’ve put a miniature library in your kitchen. 

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Paintings and Signs

Paintings and signs look great resting on top of your kitchen cabinets. It helps to draw eyes up, making your space feel taller than it might actually be. Choose a sign that references your kitchen space or family. Artwork, like oil paintings or even framed photos, are unique and refreshing to see in your space. Consider featuring paintings and artwork of different sizes and widths across the top of your kitchen cabinets for a truly one-of-a-kind look! Bonus points if they’re pieces of art you or your family has made! Instead of taking up space on your walls, you can instead put them above the kitchen cabinets. Everyone will love your innovation!


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