Over the years, I've learned some tricks for decorating above the kitchen cabinets. Honestly, if I had my preference, I would have cabinets reaching the ceiling--less stressful, less dust. In my old house, our cabinets were of differing heights and proportions, so I decorated them a little differently than I chose to in our current home.
Our home has somewhat of a galley-esk type kitchen. In our case, the cabinets are all the same height and go straight across each wall.
Instead of spacing the decor across the length of the cabinets, center it to create more interest. This draws the eye in and creates a focal point versus utilizing the entire space and appearing too busy.
BEFORE (sink wall): Again, my decor is centered which creates a focal point, but my decor lacks interest.
Once I took all of my decor down from above my cabinets, I had a huge dusty mess on my hands. It's not every day that I get up there and dust.
You may remember that my dad helped me install lighting above my cabinets. You can read about that little project HERE.
Dust bunnies galore! GROSS!
The cabinets are rough up top and a simple dusting wouldn't suffice.
Call me crazy, but I got the job done!!!
Clean, clean, clean!!
Once the cabinets were clean, I determined what decor to use. I decided to keep it simple and hang some of my favorite baskets and plates instead of using boxes, tins, and books to elevate the decor above the molding. Plus, all of those items were just bonafide dust collectors!!!
Boxes, bins, tins AKA elevators. We all have them, right? To the trash they go!
I used hot glue and picture wire to hang my baskets and plates.
I placed my baskets in the place where they were to be hung and adjusted them as needed.
Check out this gorgeous crock bowl. I even hot glued some wire to it for easy hanging.
TAKE ONE: I was pretty happy with my vignette, but it was missing something...
I added a larger nail through one of the baskets and hung my favorite (only) jadeite plate.
The jadeite plate contrasts nicely with the dark basket.
Looking much better, huh?!
P.S. I had to show-off my new butcher block island I inherited from Mamaw. More on that later.