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Decorating above kitchen cabinets
kcrocombe
November 16, 2012 in Design Dilemma
Decorating above kitchen cabinets...... yes or no? I hate to put things up there just to put them up there and I don't have anything special that I want to put up there.....but I feel like there should be something. Thought and ideas?
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kcrocombe
And I was in the process of taking down what was up there, I just hadn't finished yet.
November 16, 2012 at 11:04PM   
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sandydl
I am facing a similar dilemma with my sloped ceiling kitchen Reno. One bank of cupboards will have about the same clearance you have-not really enough for anything (but dust bunnies). I am considering having a bulkhead constructed back always to avoid the dust trap. I also like the idea of putting lights up and some garland for Christmas, or mounting some accent lighting in the shadows.
November 16, 2012 at 11:32PM     
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agarcia3201
Just depends on your "style" Don't feel like you "have" to put something up there though. It will just be more to catch dust. I am not a fan of things above kitchen cabinets but some things I've seen are large vases and wine crates.
November 17, 2012 at 2:44AM     
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charleee
I'm not in favor of anything that attracts dust. Maybe an eye catching wallpaper would work? [houzz=
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November 17, 2012 at 3:22AM     
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feeny
Just leave the space clear and simple.
November 17, 2012 at 4:55AM     
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Shawn Lagemann
I agree, leave it clear and simple. If the space bothers you, you could beef up the size of the crown on the cabinets and install LED rope lighting to give the (even smaller) space a nice glow.
November 17, 2012 at 5:58AM     
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Dytecture
It actually looks a bit narrow to worth putting anything up there.
November 17, 2012 at 6:01AM     
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anitajoyce
I like the art pieces you have up there now. I love the fish. You could place the other fish on top of the cabinet also. I'd say leave them. But don't add too much because it will look cluttered ( 3 to 4 is good spaced out). You could move one of the two pieces on tip of the cabinet on the left to the area above the stove for balance of pieces. Just turn the tall silver item the long way above a cabinet. If you hate it, then take it all down. Love your kitchen!
November 17, 2012 at 6:40AM     
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Toni Sabatino
I think you should have a soffit built so dust will not collect there. It appears that there is only about 8" above the crown molding. Not really enough to create an open display. If you built a soffit you could stencil a quote, paint an accent color or have eyecatching wallpaper as oldbob suggested.
November 17, 2012 at 6:45AM     
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Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.
I would leave the space clear. Negative space is just as important as things put in a space. The eye also likes voids. Hope that helps. Charmean Neithart
November 17, 2012 at 9:20AM     
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springchicken41
Best idea: fill in with soffit and put quote that is meaningful to you or eve better, make up your own.
It's too small for "stuff"
November 17, 2012 at 9:38AM     
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Monique Jacqueline Design
NO, the height is not tall enough to properly display your items. You do not want to be highlighting this small space!
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m.
November 17, 2012 at 10:16AM     
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Monique Jacqueline Design
NO, the height is not tall enough to properly display your items. You do not want to be highlighting this small space!
Cheers!
m.
November 17, 2012 at 10:17AM     
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Natalie
Nothing is needed above---too small for display. :)
November 17, 2012 at 10:24AM   
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fife2
OK - someone keeps suggesting adding the LED ROPE lighting for above the cabinets - why on earth would this look good and highlight the deepest - darkest corner of the kitchen here - where the ceiling slopes? I cculd see this in larger tray celings - not here. sorry :-(

I like the concept of adding something above your one cabinet as shown - I would leave the rest alone - it will only collect dust and you will have to keep cleaning it.

Here is a trick I got from my Mom - which I used while cleaning houses in college - line the tops of the cabinets with Alum. foil - this will keep out dust and grease! When you want to clean - simply remove all the foil and throw away. You will never have to wash the top of a cabinet again. Sadly - I tried this with paper towels - what a mess.

I would not add crown because of your slope - I would simply leave this alone - not every single space needs something or anything? Your room is lovely - and you have done a very nice job here. :-)
November 17, 2012 at 10:53AM     
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lefty47
HI -- Your cabinets don't need anything on top. I have covered the tops of mine with news paper and that was an easy cleanup by just changing the paper every so often. Rope or a string of lighting adds a nice affect to the kitchen so up lighting is very common . With your kitchen ,- just and only for the Christmas season , you could put some green prelite garland on top.
November 17, 2012 at 11:04AM     
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kcrocombe
Actually there is already rope lighting up there but some of the rope has burned out. I need to replace it but it did look good. It added light and shadows and just makes it look like a more upscale, custom kitchen.
November 17, 2012 at 11:05AM   
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fife2
Ok - if you like that - go with it. (the lighting) - I think your space is lovely.
November 17, 2012 at 11:50AM     
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samsamyd
If you feel like you need something, do something to seal off the area so you don't HAVE to dust it... a set of fabric covered valence board (the right width) and slightly recessed from the front edge of the cabinets might give a good look if you like the fabric covering the board. You've got some depth of cabinet there so you can do something in 3 dimensions rather than just flat (zig zag-ish)
November 17, 2012 at 11:58AM   
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Inspired LED
There's no reason to stay away from lights above the cabinets, even when you have shorter ceilings!

Here are some examples of our customers with shorter ceilings with above cabinet lighting, and the last ones even have slanted ceilings like yours and still have a few items on top of the cabinets. Like you said, lighting above the cabinet gives your kitchen a little something extra!
November 28, 2012 at 9:43AM     
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Kim D
"just lighting" might be the way to go.
November 28, 2012 at 10:17AM   
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snaffle
Please just no fake plastic ivy lol! Lost track of how many houses we saw with that and how many were dusty too. Ugh! I think it looks fine the way it is but nice lighting is an intriguing idea :)

Jenn
November 28, 2012 at 5:51PM     
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