I know it is fun to accessories, but there is a time and a place for it. Rarely are the tops of your cabinets the place, and it if you disagree it will transport you back to another time (circa 1990’s).
Before you decide to display something up high, take a moment to evaluate why.
Just because you have a shelf, does not mean there needs to be something on top of it.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at these finished kitchens in which the home owner resisted the urge to over accessorize:
TIP: Here the use of color and texture(s) provide the desired accents to the seemingly awkward space created above the cabinets.
It’s easy to fall guilty to this trend, but when my clients have just completed a very expensive remodel, I want to encourage their guests to focus on the beautiful tile work, cabinetry, and fixtures that were just installed. Not be distracted by a random accessory hung to fill in negative space.
No. Just no.
And if you ever feel possessed to put some fake greenery up there… call me, I’ll talk you down from that ladder (literally).
So what are you to do with that space if you tried color or texture or even lighting and it still did not give you the finished look you desire?
If it is close enough to the ceiling… Fill it in!
A dramatic crown molding adds a lot of character to any space.
Add additional cabinetry in areas that seem problematic.
What to do if it is such a low cabinet (or furniture piece) that it really warrants an additional piece of decor?
Break up the space with a floating shelf. You don’t have to place a large piece or too many baskets into a high opening. Keep scale in mind and also what you may want to display.
Keep it simple, and applicable to the surrounding space.
Layer. layer, layer… stagger and overlap, mix and match heights.
Be mindful of what you are displaying. Keep color pallets warm and neutral.
Having decor items on top of a cabinet that blend with the wall can give you the storage and display space you desire, and they won’t dominate the scene or make everything seem top-heavy.