Pros & Cons Of Placing Decor On Top Of Your Kitchen Cabinets As I mentioned above, the big pro to decorating this space in your kitchen is to keep it from looking bare. It's a great out of the way place to show off a bit of your personality, bring together elements of your kitchen to look cohesive, and just have a little fun. The second con, and frankly the bigger one, is that this area gets extremely dusty, and even kind of greasy.
It's a result of cooking, and it can be a huge pain to clean these cabinets off because that grease is really difficult to remove. Otherwise whatever you put up there will either eventually be ruined, or at least it will take a LOT of effort to clean it back up. Therefore, honestly, the decor in the picture above, which includes fake plants, is not ideal.
Top photo courtesy of Brad Holt You may be considering decorating above kitchen cabinets if you don't have cabinets or cupboards that reach to the ceiling in your home.After all, the space can look rather blank and bare.So below I've gathered a few ideas for you, from readers who've chosen decor for above their cabinet tops.But before we begin to discuss some of these ideas, let's discuss the pros and cons of even putting something in this space.As I mentioned above, the big pro to decorating this space in your kitchen is to keep it from looking bare.It's a great out of the way place to show off a bit of your personality, bring together elements of your kitchen to look cohesive, and just have a little fun.On the other hand, there are some reasons people choose not to place anything up above their cabinets. The first con is convenience.You better like whatever you place up there because honestly it is a big pain to move around or switch it out with something else later. Realistically that means you won't want to deal with it very often.The second con, and frankly the bigger one, is that this areagets extremely dusty, and even kind of greasy.I think we're all familiar with the dusty greasy build up that occurs on your kitchen cabinet faces over time, especially the cabinets closest to the stove.It's a result of cooking, and it can be a huge pain to clean these cabinets off because that grease is really difficult to remove.Well, the same thing happens at the top of your kitchen cabinets as well. So that means whatever you put up there will begin to get a greasy dusty build up as well.So my biggest tip for you is, if at all possible, choose decor that is easily washed. Otherwise whatever you put up there will either eventually be ruined, or at least it will take a LOT of effort to clean it back up.Therefore, honestly, the decor in the picture above, which includes fake plants, is not ideal. I Display My Collection And Switch It Out Seasonally Karen provided the photo above, stating, "Because my kitchen ceiling slopes, my husband could not build our cabinets to the ceiling.
In addition, the collection she has chosen, well at least the mugs for sure, are washable, making it easier to clean the area. Changing your decorations out seasonally may be more work than some people want to do, which is fine, but it can be fun if you enjoy that type of thing.
She said, "My husband found this old crate at the curb, thrown out by someone else, and brought it home.
I purchased a variety of seasonal decorations which I display in it on top of my kitchen cabinets.
She said, "I love my roosters and hens on the tops of my cabinets, I clean them twice a year, but it's worth it. Either choose decorative items to store up there, such as crystal or china (that can easily be washed), or put the items you want to store there in a decorative basket or box so it isn't an eye sore.
The example above is from a reader, Melissa, who added baskets on top of her cabinets. I store my crock pot, food processor and other appliances I use weekly but not everyday.
Here's some examples from readers who decided less was more and removed some from the collections above their cabinets, and now I think these after pictures are absolutely lovely.
She said, "I take this stuff down every couple years and wash it (oh that icky dusty greasy grime), put it back up, then repeat. This time I considered not putting it back, asked myself if I really wanted to be washing it all again, but it looked so bare up there and I have no other place to display these pieces I like, so I decided washing again at some point is something I'm willing to do. Similarly, another reader, Kelly, also did this mission, but she actually brought a couple more things in the room.
I ended up lining the top of my cabinets with paper towels. I have roosters and a couple antique dishes on the top of the other cabinets."