Decorating above the kitchen cabinets is something I haven’t given dedicated thought to for years!
I do remember the time, though, when above the cabinets was prime decorating real estate. I had my kitchen looking like a Cracker Barrel with varying heights, carefully crafted vignettes, and lots of unique collectibles. We’re talking a vintage Coke can tower, German Lebkuchen tins, baskets, and lots of fake ivy.
I wish I had pictures.
But then we moved to a townhouse with bulkheads above the cabinets, displacing all of my above-the-cabinet-goodies. When we moved to our house in PA, I was over the whole idea and wanted to move towards a simpler, cleaner look. So, my kitchen cabinets remained without tchotchkes topping them off. (Man, I had to look up how to spell that one!)
But, for some reason, in our new house in Minnesota, I feel like these cabinets need something. Am I crazy?
Maybe it’s because the ceilings are higher or because the wall color is more neutral or because stirrup pants and bodysuits are coming back in style, so why not a 1990’s decorating trend?
Here’s the nice thing about it…I can just try it out and if it looks too cluttered, I can just take it down. No risk at all.
Instead of adding a variety of collectibles, bunched into vignettes, I like the idea of adding all of one thing. This will look more like a curated collection on display as opposed to a compulsive effort to decorate every inch of the house. Been there, done that. Maybe we need to design t-shirts and start a club.
So, I’ve thought about wooden crates, woven baskets, crocks, and large bowls. Ultimately, though, I’m going to try what I already have plenty of – ironstone milk pitchers. (You’re shocked that it’s ironstone, aren’t you?)
So, I’m going to give it a try and let you know how it looks.
What are your thoughts on decorating above the kitchen cabinets?