18 Creative Ideas for Decorating Above Your Kitchen Cabinets

Transform the entire room with a bit of creativity.

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You spend enough time in the kitchen as it is, so why not make it as stylish as possible? Decorating above your cabinets is a great way to showcase favorite items and keep the supplies you need within reach. Whether you've got loads of extra room or are cooking in a small space, you'll be inspired by these clever solutions.

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David Tsay
Cattle Collection

Holy cow! Make like these Texas homeowners and take your country-style kitchen to the next level with a themed display.

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Antique Treasures

Vintage pieces atop the kitchen cabinets add even more nostalgia to this sweet retro space.

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Eric Piasecki
Pretty Plates

Own a set of plates that are too special to use for dining? Make like this charming farmhouse and display them over your cabinets instead for an extra pop of pattern.

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Get Festive

Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, you name it! Take advantage of open space to deck out your kitchen for the season.

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John Gruen
Meaningful Memorabilia

Can't bear to part with a beloved figurine or decorative accent? Add some sentimental value to your kitchen by showing off a favorite item, just as the owners of this farmhouse did with the dollhouse, at top right.

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Troa Giovan
Collectible Items

Now's the time to break out that collection of family heirlooms and flea market scores! We're so inspired by all of the eclectic pieces these Hamptons homeowners set out on their freestanding cabinet.

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Photograph by Eric Piasecki, Design by Gideon Mendelson
Basket Display

A tisket, a tasket ... why not showcase your collection of beautiful baskets, as in this green kitchen?

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David A. Land
Farmhouse Flair

Built-in nooks make creative use of the space above the kitchen cabinets of this historic farmhouse. The homeowners opted to display pretty porcelain, but you could also line the room with your favorite cookbooks or vases.

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ANNIE SCHLECHTER
Martha Stewart's Above-Kitchen Cabinet Decor

The kitchen inside Martha Stewart's circa-1925 farmhouse is both pretty and practical. She utilized the space above the cabinets for simple open shelving that let s the show-stopping pot rack display above the island shine (literally!).

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Annie Schlechter
Wallpaper

Say bye-bye to blah white walls and add an interesting design element above your countertops with permanent or removable wallpaper, like this songwriter did in her Tennessee home.

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Ryann Ford
Vintage Signs

Transport yourself back to a simpler time while sitting at the breakfast bar by incorporating vintage signs in your kitchen. We love the ones hanging up in this Texas farmhouse.

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Laura Moss
Wall Art

A decorative sign, scale, and clock add visual interest to this rustic space.

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patterned tiles
Thomas Kuoh
Vintage Vignette

Stylish sconces and artfully arranged accessories add a touch of class to this kitchen space.

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Alec Hemer
Themed Decor

It's no secret we love a good theme, and this summer home on Martha's Vineyard has a definite beachy feel. Just look at that mermaid decor above the kitchen cabinets!

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David Tsay
Small Cabinet Decor

This farmhouse owner enlisted a cute cabinet to help store practical items and display pretty ones—and that includes the space on top.

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Max Kim-Bee
Mixed Media

You might think combining artwork, open shelving, and tile would become visually overwhelming, but it totally works in this SoCal home's kitchen.

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Kim Cornelison
Rafter Shelving

It's cool to reuse! This Michigan family made shelving out of old rafters for above the kitchen cabinets.

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Christopher Dibble
Door-Free Cabinets

It's all on display! Open shelving was intentional in this Washington State kitchen, with not the slightest bit of space is wasted.

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