Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ideas for Decorating Above Cabinets

As the kitchen remodel comes to a close, decorating ideas start flowing through my mind. Most importantly, how to decorate above the cabinets. I have expressed before in other blogs how decorating really weighs on my mind. You would think a person such as me who works in a creative job that this talent would come easily, but for some reason I tend to over think it. Also, the fact I am a super cheap person doesn't seem to help.

Originally, when we started this kitchen remodel, I wanted it to be a wine theme. Well, after the paint colors and backsplash tile was picked out I just didn't know how well of a wine theme would work with our kitchen. Our kitchen is painted blue, the counters are pretty cream, and most wine decorating items are red. I was afraid it would look like a red, white, and blue kitchen gone awry.

I decided to compile some pictures for decorating above the cabinets. There are many pictures out there of what others have done, and it really helped me decide on things I like and things I don't like.
Like: I love the baskets! I think the way they varied the size and color of each it creates such a nice placement of the objects! Also, everyone can use more storage space! Too bad my cupboard space is limited to 12"
Like: This is probably my favorite of all of them. I just love how all the items coordinate so well with the theme of fishing. I think when you use a common color, theme, or subject it just groups everything together and makes it look so much more polished.
Don't Like: I could see it now...there I am, waking up at 3am for my midnight snack (you get hungry a lot when you are prego) I flip on the lights and AHHHHHH!!!! millions of little eyes staring at me. Some of you may find this cute, but I think clowns and dolls should be left to the kids room.
Like: The homeowner did a great job in creating a white backdrop of plates to tie in the main color of the kitchen, but then used a color that was not in the current kitchen to create some contrast. Using the silver to draw your eye upward makes this above cupboard decorating a success.Don't Like: This was actually on a website called ugly kitchen or something like that. I do like themes in kitchens, but it gets to the point where there is so much of one theme it looks like junk is just thrown together. A few of these bird houses would have made it look more organized then the... I don't know...fifty they have up there.
Don't Like: Ok, we have to be practical when choosing items to put above the cupboards. Could you imagine getting up there to dust all of these dishes?? I mean, they wouldn't have to be dust free all the time, but the few times a year when you tried to dust them would be a nightmare! Also, for some reason, the blue just doesn't seem to go with this kitchen. It almost looks too forced of a decoration, if that makes sense.

Like: Yes, I know I already said too much clutter is a bad thing. I do hate dusting. The reason I like this one is because of the back light effects. I really like how the dishes glow with the above cabinet lighting. Also, being that they are mainly white or clear I do not think they would show much dust.
Don't Like: It's funny because I ran across this photo and one in the previous on two different websites and I don't like either. They are the same kitchen with what appears to be photoshopped elements above the cupboard. I actually love the kitchen, but the mirrors in this one just look out of place. I feel like they are trying to mix the modern with a obvious traditional kitchen. Also, I have always been a fan of white space. A crowded design, or in this case decoration, is never good. The eyes tend to shy away from overflowing and overdone designs. Leaving areas for your eyes to take a break will make your decoration seem more deliberate and well thought out than overdone.
Like: I like this one for the simplicity and the fact the owner chose little plants as opposed to vines. Almost every picture I came across for above cupboard decorating has vines in it. I mean, I like the vines, but it's nice to see something a little different then the standard ivy.

Well, those are just some of the above counter decorating that I have found online. If you have any you would like to suggest I would love to hear from you. The more ideas the better!

UPDATE: Please read my follow up blog on decorating above the cabinets.



The Little Red Shop said...

Whew, for a second there, I thought I was a "don't like." Thank you for including my photo in your post AND for properly linking it back to my blog. I really appreciate that. It was a fun surprise to happen upon your article.

Have a sweet weekend!

: )

Julie M

ps I do enjoy dusting, but certainly would not want to tackle all of those blue and white dishes, either.

Dianne Grover said...

I have to say that all these ideas are fantastic. I do have several above cabinets as well as in my closets Bergen and they are just collecting dust. Thank you so much for this post because it will certainly help me bring life to our living room and kitchen. Keep posting materials like these. We are loving it!

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