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There are those random areas in our homes that seem to be begging for décor, but they tend to be a little, well, awkward. The wall next to the front door. That open spot under the stairs. And the space above the kitchen cabinets, where it seems as if something should go there…but what?
If the styling in your kitchen seems to be lacking in some way and needs just the thing to create a finished look, filling that area above the cabinets might be the answer. There are actually myriad possibilities for decorating that space, proven through featured designers, bloggers, and Instagrammers. From vintage art to practical storage, you can put that space above the cabinets to work.
Display a Meaningful Collection
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You may enjoy collecting certain objects, but you may not have a specified place for them and end up keeping the pieces hidden away in the basement or a closet. If you haven’t been able to find the right place to showcase that collection, look to the space above your cabinets. The eye will naturally be drawn upward toward your finds, which have their own particular place to stand out. Vases, vintage letters, and even books are ideal to display above cabinets. A series of pitchers filled with faux flowers is also an ideal way to fill the void. You want to make sure, though, that the objects are large enough to see once up high; a collection of salt and pepper shakers, for example, may not be the right scale for that spot.
Hang Vintage Finds
If you have enough room, you can hang items on the wall in the space above your cabinets. Whether it’s framed family photos, mirrors, small macramé creations, or vintage baking or cooking tools, this extra wall space surprisingly caters to wall art of almost any kind—but flea market treasures seem to look even more charming.
Find Spots for Practical Items
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Sometimes no matter the size of the kitchen and how much storage there is, we still run out of space. It may be that there’s just not a spot for the extra rolls of paper towels, or the vintage kitchen scale won’t fit in a cabinet or on the countertop. That’s where the spot above the cabinets comes in handy. Display surplus kitchen necessities, cake stands, and trays, while mixing in a few decorative pieces for visual interest. Stick to one color palate for a streamlined look.
Fill the Space With Tall Pieces
If you have high ceilings, it can be tough to track down décor objects that are tall enough to fill the space above the kitchen cabinets and work seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen styling. Tall, artful vases and ceramic art can visually reach upward toward the ceiling, filling up the bareness above the cabinets and making for a modern feel.
Weave in an Art Gallery
Gallery walls are always a classic, decorative element to bring into any home. While they are timeless and traditional, it’s refreshing to see a gallery that’s presented in a new and different way. Leaning a group of similar style artwork onto each other and the back wall makes for an interesting visual, and using frames that are all the same color creates uniformity. Whether a collection of vintage oil paintings or black and white photographs, this design element is somewhat easy to accomplish and joyful to look at.
Showcase a Sign
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Perhaps you picked up an overscale sign on your last trip to the flea market or local design accessory shop but just can’t find the right spot for it in your home. That empty, cold space above the kitchen cabinets is just perfect, whether to fit a long, vintage-inspired sign or custom family saying. It will look cozy above the cabinets, and even better when matched up with bouquets of darling faux flowers.
Create an Indoor Garden
If you have a green thumb and don’t mind climbing up to water the plants every week, setting up the space above cabinets to grow an indoor garden is ideal—just be sure to purchase plants that don’t require a lot of sunlight. Low-light plants, nestled above the cabinetry, add a natural, vibrant accent to the kitchen. Using similar style and colored pots will keep the look clean and contemporary.
Bring in Artificial Plants
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You may think artificial plants are old-fashioned, reminiscent of the kitchen decor of the 1980s where climbing vines trailed along the tops of kitchen cabinets. But these days you can find beautiful, realistic faux plants that will bring a modern vibe to any space. A bit of greenery in the kitchen is always a welcome touch, and buying a few of the same style will keep the room looking fresh and clean. Add a few other similar arrangements on the counter and dining table to tie it all together.
Include Nooks for Storage
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The space above your cabinets can be built up to serve a specific purpose, like providing extra storage. Cleverly use the area above your cabinets to hold baskets, making for additional storage space in your kitchen. The baskets can keep small items and extra kitchen supplies out of sight while adding a decorative touch to the room. Using a set of matching baskets creates a uniform look, and adding vertical dividers will give the space an even more organized and clean appearance.
STOP! Don’t get out the step ladder yet!
(Sorry to startle you. It’s just that I have to stress something to you before we climb up on the counters with our accessories in tow.)
Before you decide to display something up high, stop and take a moment to evaluate why, exactly, you want to do so. Too many people think that anytime a shelf is in sight there needs to be something resting on top of it.
I’m sorry, but that’s just not true.
As a general rule, if you have under 2′ of space above kitchen cabinetry, very tall armoires or built-ins, don’t decorate the space. All too often, doing so dates you to the 1990’s and the area does nothing but catch dust.
Oh, and I’m sorry, but if you ever feel possessed to put some fake greenery up there, then consider yourself banned from my site! 😉
When NOT To Decorate Above The Cabinet
Here’s an example — using one of my remodels — of what it looks like when you don’t decorate above kitchen cabinets.
Had we placed objects up there, do you see how they would have distracted the eye from the island and those gutsy light fixtures? In the field of creamy white, the accessories would have stood out and called attention to themselves.
This kitchen was remodeled with new finishes and a new island, but we left the perimeter cabinets. These days, we mostly take cabinets to the ceiling or at least higher than this, so my purpose here was to blend the cabinetry with the wall color so that these older cabinets didn’t stand out or get noticed.
I wouldn’t want to call attention to their height by putting things up there, now would I?
Too much fussy decor above kitchen cabinets
This example is just too cluttered with too much stuff placed way up high. It’s too busy, and there are way too many different types of things up there.
Where is all the money in this kitchen?
. It’s in the cabinets, the appliances, the tile.
So why distract from the money? Why bring all the attention to the $3 piece of dried organic material up there, when you could be feasting your eyes on gorgeous wood or lovely tile?
Plus, isn’t this just a dusting nightmare?
There are times when decorating above the cabinets can work.
Items that are simple in style and shape are best up high.
I am such a fan of kitchen cabinets to the ceiling and overscaled, tall cabinets that fit the height of these new homes with higher ceilings.
It’s as if the builders didn’t get the memo that if you’re going to raise the ceiling, the cabinets and other elements need to go too!
Seriously though . . . While I’m not in love with the stuff that people arrange way up high just to fill a small void, and I do think people overload those areas where it’s not necessary, there are certain situations and certain times when some decorating actually does need to be done above a cabinet.
For example: If your cabinet is fairly short — let’s say about 5’ or 6’ high and it looks way shorter than the ceiling. If it sort of cries out for something to be put above it — that’s okay, you can decorate it 😉
Really, there are a few approaches you can take when decorating above a cabinet.
So, to make sure one of them really works for you, you first have to determine if you have the right space for what you want to put up there and if you have the right accessories to do the job.
If you do, you can then begin to address your cabinet decorating as follows.
High Ceilings And Lots Of Space Above Cabinets
Are your ceilings really high? Is there so much vertical space between the ceiling and your cabinets that the room looks empty and unfinished?
Many times a bookcase, or cabinet, or the kitchen cabinetry feels way too squatty in a room. This is an instance when you need to let your decor items visually extend the height of the piece of furniture or the cabinets.
No matter what, do not put things that are small and detailed up there! You can’t see them very well because they are so far away.
Decorate With Larger Items up high
If you put any items up there, they need to be big and bulky. Larger, bolder objects should always be used if you’ll be viewing them at a distance.
Personally, I prefer large baskets or boxes/containers, large similarly styled vases or urns that are full and bulbous-looking in a mass. Any kind of large-scaled simple objects that are similar in type will likely work.
What we’re trying to do here is extend the visual height of the piece, so it appears taller.
Take a close look at the images below to see how bulky items do a great job creating that illusion.
See how the simple, warm-colored shapes of the pieces placed above these cabinets, pictured below, extend the cabinet upward, making it appear taller?
The space above your kitchen cabinets can be tricky to decorate. In many houses, it’s left empty to collect dust, but there are many ways to fill this space with decor and complete your kitchen. Of course, you’re going to want to keep in mind the color theme and decor style of your kitchen when picking what you will want to display. You’ll also need to measure the height between the top of the cabinets and your ceiling. The height is the trickiest part when deciding how to style that part of your kitchen. It’ll restrict what you can display, like certain wine bottles that may be too tall.
You can also choose to use the space above your cabinets in a practical way. This would mean storing cookbooks and extra appliances up there if they fit. Baskets and jars that fit your decor style can also be put up there. If the space above your cabinet is too short to display anything, you can still decorate it by continuing your backsplash tile, so your walls look more cohesive and not empty up top, as suggested by HGTV.
Any decor that fits your style can be used in the space above your cabinets. This farmhouse-style kitchen displays weathered ceramic jars and ornamental metal decor.
2. Trailing plants
Placing plants above kitchen cabinets is a great way to add greenery and warmth to the room without the plants taking up counter space. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your kitchen has adequate lighting.
3. Wine collection
If the height of your cabinets allows it, you can use this space to display your wine collection. If they’re empty or full, the bottles with aesthetic labels can be turned into decor.
The space above cabinets is great for storage. Here it’s used to store extra appliances like a kettle, but you could also display appliances like kitchen aid mixers, rice cookers, and air fryers. Of course, this looks better when all your appliances match, like these stainless steel ones.
Everyone needs at least one cookbook. They’re not only useful for recipes but can also be used as decor in your kitchen. This kitchen stacks cookbooks in different directions to make them look more styled.
6. Decorative salt and pepper shakers
Salt and pepper shakers are more than containers for seasonings. They can be decorative pieces as well.
This kitchen uses the space above the cabinets practically. Instead of hiding your pretty stemware and china in the cupboards, display them above the cabinets.
Placing baskets above cabinets is another way to use the space as storage. With a basket, you don’t have to worry about your things looking nice since they will be hidden.
9. Glass jars
This kitchen uses the area above the cabinets to display glass jars in various colors and sizes. It looks styled because of the varying heights of the jars. To recreate this, you can make it special by displaying vintage jars and vases.
Decorative vases are the finishing touch that can complete your kitchen. This kitchen uses green vases to tie in the green painted on the lower half of the walls and the many plants.
11. Decorative storage
This cottage kitchen show how storage can be practical and decorative. Above the shelves, there are metal jars that fit perfectly with the style of the room.
12. Succulent plants
Succulents are an easy low maintenance plant to place above your cabinets. Since they don’t have to be watered often, you won’t have to worry about taking them down from your cabinets every other day.
The space above your kitchen cabinets is perfect for displaying almost anything that you collect. This kitchen is displaying glass bottles in various colors and styles.
A clock is another decor piece that would look good above a kitchen cabinet. Instead of mounting it on a wall, it can sit against one on the cabinet, which is rental friendly since you won’t have to drill any holes.
15. Pantry storage
Turning the space above your cabinets into pantry storage is another practical use of the space. You’ll want to make sure that you’re using airtight containers to store your dry goods like the jars used in this kitchen.
Today’s post is all about decorating the tops of kitchen cabinets!
Do the kitchen cabinets in your home extend all the way up to the ceiling?
Or do you have the tops of the kitchen cabinets decorated because there is so much extra room between the tops of the cabinets and the ceiling?
I ask because the top of the kitchen cabinets have been decorated in our house for years now and I still love it.
I know it’s popular to have kitchen cabinets that go all the up way to the ceiling. And they really are beautiful that way.
But truthfully, I only have a handful of friends that actually have a setup like that in their kitchen. Most of them have a setup like mine where there is a 2-foot gap between the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling.
I searched Pinterest for a little inspiration and I didn’t find a lot. It’s like decorating the tops of kitchen cabinets is uncool somehow.
But I’m not letting that stop me.
If your kitchen needs a little something extra, I hope it won’t stop you either.
What Should I Decorate the Tops of Kitchen Cabinets With?
To decorate the tops of our kitchen cabinets I gathered materials I’ve loved and have been collecting for a while now.
Mostly, ironstone pieces and vintage baskets that play well with multiple styles. Our home is very cottage meets farmhouse, and we like to keep the color palette simple and calm.
I don’t follow any particular design rules, I play with each vignette varying the height, shape, and layers of texture until I’m satisfied with the way it looks.
Taking the time to be creative without rushing always feels like a big gift.
It took the better part of an afternoon to finish decorating the tops of our kitchen cabinets. So, don’t feel like you have to rush at all.
Decorating is a such fine balance, isn’t it?
On one hand, you don’t want someone to walk into your kitchen and say, “Wow, I love the tops of your cabinets.”
On the other, it is nice to decorate with collections that hold special memories. Almost all of these pieces came from trips spent treasure hunting in old barns, charity shops, and estate sales with my Mom.
Things to Keep In Mind…
As I shared above there is an almost 2-foot gap between the tops of the cabinet molding and our 9-foot ceilings, which gave me plenty of room to display things I love.
A note of caution though, if you’re thinking about decorating the tops of your kitchen cabinets (or the tops of any cabinet or piece of furniture) too, anything less than 18 inches of display space might make your room feel a bit squatty.
Also, choosing a tone-on-tone color scheme, pieces that complement your existing decor or enhance the feeling you’re trying to achieve will also help keep things from looking cluttered.
When in doubt, edit!
It’s not always easy, especially if you love collections (me too!). It’s a good thing to let your special pieces have some room to breathe though.
Creating a home you love takes time. But as we grow confident in our decorating choices and hone our nesting instincts with practice and patience, it becomes an adventure that tells the story of you and your family.
So, don’t be afraid to try new things!
Let us know if you’re decorating the tops of your kitchen cabinets! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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If you have a kitchen with cabinets you know there are two options for a kitchen: cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling or cabinets with something above them. Now that something may be empty space, it may be drywall, it may be glass fronted cabinet doors or it may be additional open shelving… but it’s something.
Something fills that empty space between your cabinets and your ceiling! Our current house has drywall which is a neat and tidy way to fill the void but honestly, I would rather have space to decorate with fun kitchen items! I love to add fun decorative pieces to a space and the kitchen can be a great place use items that are functional but also really fun (like pots on a pretty pot rack or gorgeous spice jars!).
Or even antique ice cream machines!
Ok that one may not be 100% practical… you know since my antique ice cream machine is no longer working. But if it did work it would be functional and fun!
But since not everyone has the same taste in funky ice cream accessories… so here are 21 examples of the space above your kitchen cabinets! Maybe you’ll find the perfect solution for your space.
(Pssst! Love one of these kitchens? Click on the photo to find the original source! Many of these kitchens have more pictures of the entire kitchen!)
Decorations above your Cabinets!
I love the baskets in this first space! It’s such a great way to store those out of sight, need once in a while items! I have sooo many seasonal decorations and I do use them! Do I use them every day? Nope! Do they need to be on display? They could be but I’d much rather tuck them into a basket out of sight.
I love this little collection of water pitchers! Anytime you have a gorgeous collection of items it’s a great opportunity for a little display. Especially because these little pitchers are very similar in color to the wall color so they flow sooooo beautifully!
I think the new motto of my life is “when in doubt put a cow on it” Miss Mustard Seed has taught me this philosophy and I love it. I mean how pretty is her kitchen?! Here’s a good example of less is more… she has plenty of space for tchotche’s over her counters but a simple boxwood wreath, cow bust and grocery sign is enough to make this kitchen sign.
Drywall above your Cabinets
This one isn’t quite as fun but it is very elegant… extending that drywall to the ceiling (whether in a smooth sheet or with moldings like the first photo) really extends the cabinets alllll the way to the ceiling. I mean just look at the molding here… it blends so effortlessly into the range-hood!
Open Shelves at the Top of your Cabinets
I think open cabinets are solely for decorative purposes… I mean you’re not going to shove your kids sippy cubs up there and put them on display! I mean maybe you are but probably not.
Open shelves are great for your pretty dishes or china… or your giant pitcher collection! Why does everyone have giant pitcher collections?
More baskets! A girl after my own heart!
Gorgeous Open Shelving
This ones kind of not above your cabinets but I think it counts. If you have beautiful open shelving then balancing out the business of the shelves with calm space above your cabinets is the perfect combination! Plus open shelving gives you a bit more space for those funky accessories or pops of color. How much do you love the pops of teal on these open shelves?!
I love how these open shelves provide a little space for a cute little sign… but mainly I love that copper sink! I kind of want to steal it!
Which set up is your favorite? I’m leaning towards the first option with fun decorations over the cabients.
Written by Ais Halcyon on September 21, 2014 . Posted in Kitchen
Everyone who has ever redecorated their kitchen knows that sometimes making it look special and yet comfortable can be quite hard. However, many people forget that decorating the top of kitchen cabinets can often give a kitchen the personal touch that it was missing. Such decorations can turn a plain kitchen into a comfortable place where people will enjoy spending time. Moreover, such ideas can make for amazing small home design ideas. When you have a small kitchen or an overall small home, you must make good use of every available space. To this extent, here are a few ideas for decorating the top of kitchen cabinets:
The traditional décor
Serving plates, holders of sugar, spices and everything else, coupled with a beautiful flower vase and you will have a wonderful kitchen décor. This is one of the best small home design ideas as it uses practical items as decorations. The best part is that these items can be found in a wide variety of colors and designs in practically any kitchenware store, so you are very likely to find something that will match your furniture and look perfect. Usually they can be arranged in any way you might prefer, but to obtain a complete look, you should choose a centerpiece such as the serving platter or maybe the vase and start from there.
The modern décor
Often underused, the space above your cabinets is a fantastic way to take advantage of negative space and turn it into an aesthetically pleasing area. One way to accomplish this is the addition of several pieces of framed art. Adding pictures of various fruits is a great way to add a pop of color into an otherwise unused area. Black and white pictures are another way to add too the space without drawing too much attention.
These days, people can find in stores a variety of abstract items that they can use to make a lovely décor. In addition, you can find a modern vase and perhaps a few colorful glasses and you will certainly obtain a décor that you can be proud of. Everyone knows how kitchens can gather a lot of moisture, so those who choose to decorate it in a modern way, may even find a place for their dehumidifier on top of their kitchen cabinets and hide it in plain sight.
The eclectic décor
Everyone has seen in stores various cute, white items such as tea pots and book covers decorated with flowers, butterflies, cupcakes and many other designs. This can be a very good idea for decorating top of kitchen cabinets. As always, you could start from a centerpiece such as a clock and then go from there. The key factor is to choose a common pattern, for instance cupcakes, and then just continue adding until you obtain something nice. You could have cupcake books, a cupcake teapot and a few cupcake plates and you will definitely manage to create something special. The cupcakes are just an example because there are many lovely designs that you can choose from.
The traveler’s décor
If you are a person who likes to travel, you should look for interesting items, inspired after the places you have visited, that will look nice on your kitchen cabinet. Perhaps a small Buddha statue, candles and make a combination between wood and metallic finishes in order to give your décor a special look.
These are just a few ideas of how to decorate the top of your kitchen cabinets. You could always find something that you think might look better with your kitchen furniture and the overall style of your home. So the next time you want to add some personality to your kitchen, turn your attention to the top of your kitchen cabinets, because they might be the answer you were looking for all this time.
Gaps between cabinets and the ceiling offer a potential showcase for potted plants. Plants improve indoor air, soften the look of cabinets and provide eco-friendly, green decor. Freestanding cabinets benefit from this decorating strategy as well. Potted plants above the kitchen cabinets integrate the cabinets with your decor and infuse your home with nature.
Use Plants Compatible With the Room
Plants well-suited to the room’s light, temperature and humidity have a better chance of thriving and have a lower risk of needing extra care or having to be replaced. When choosing houseplants, consider their future growth – plants with vigorous growth might require frequent pruning to keep them from interfering with the cabinet doors. Low-maintenance plants, such as succulents, philodendron and spider plants, make a good choice for areas that are inconvenient to access, such as the tops of kitchen and laundry room cabinets.
Kitchen Cabinet Kings recommends white jasmine which will contribute a rich scent, while heartleaf rhododendron’s dark green leaves will add an element of elegance.
Decorate With Plants in Complementary Sizes
If space is limited – such as the clearance between the top of a cabinet and the ceiling – take measurements before buying the plants. Low and trailing plants like ferns, ivy, pothos and wandering Jew, work well in horizontal placement, while tall varieties, such as snake plant, ficus and peace lily, fill vertical space on cabinet tops that are 3 or more feet below the ceiling.
If your kitchen is light, consider growing herbs up top, recommends Marina View Homes. This works well if you have a skylight or some direct light above the cabinets. You’ll need a stable step ladder so you can water once weekly and, of course, clip off some herbs while cooking. Alternatively, use faux herbs, which will add a culinary look and feel to the space without the accompanying required care.
Coordinate the Pots With the Decor
Pots for houseplants add color, shape and texture to the room. Pots with painted patterns draw attention upward – a useful strategy to detract from outdated cabinets. It isn’t necessary for the pots to match. A group of pots that are all the same shape in different shades of green give the houseplant display variety yet all go together. Pots in one of the accent colors for the room, such as red, in a variety of sizes and shapes add interest to the plant display. For a room with multiple colors, pots that play off the main colors create a lively effect and add cohesion. Tall pots offer an eye-catching display on top of freestanding cabinets. Low, rectangular pots fit well on high, wall-mounted cabinets.
Add Accent Decor
Waterproof decorative trays under the potted plants add another shape and possibility for color combinations, such as a group of three red glazed pots on a black enamel tray. The trays also reduce the risk of moisture damage to the cabinets. Accent pieces, including objets d’art, collectibles, signs, and leaning wall art or framed mirrors between potted plants give the tops of cabinets a tablescape effect. This strategy creates a more personalized, less expected decorating effect than plants used by themselves.
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The tops of cabinets, an often overlooked space, provide a viable area for extra storage. If you collect small antiques, arranging them atop the cabinets gives them ample display space to share their beauty, as opposed to stashing them away in boxes or closets. Vintage appliances and kitchen tools display nicely atop cabinets and can be brought down if you choose to use them. The cabinet tops also double as hidden storage if you collect tins, baskets, crates or hatboxes.
Small antique items, whether figurines, toys or tools, on display serve as conversation pieces. Display your antique items atop cabinets in small groupings; tiny items may be best viewed atop an item that draws them higher, such as an antique hatbox or oil can. Larger tools lean against the wall atop a cabinet; smaller items are more visible up front. A collection of toy cars or action figures in a line across the front of the cabinet tops creates a playful environment for any room. Antique kitchen appliances also look at home atop kitchen cabinets. If the items are too small to be seen well, raise them by placing phone books or small boxes that can’t be seen from ground level. Secure items in place with museum putty, especially if you live where earthquakes are common.
If you collect baskets, the space above cabinets is ideal for placing those last few baskets that don’t seem to belong on the available floor or table space in your home. For baskets with lids, stash dishes, table linens or specialty kitchen items you only use once in a while. Place this type of basket atop a kitchen cabinet, either up front if attractive or in back out of view if not. Decorative storage tins stack nicely atop cabinets as well, grouped by color or theme, with plenty of storage space inside the tins. Unused kitchen canisters and cookie jars create colorful displays atop kitchen cabinets while providing space for storage.
Ads, especially vintage pieces, double as artwork; many ads are highly artistic and detailed, worthy of display. Flat tin ads for soap, beverages, olive oil or automotive oil lean along the wall above the cabinets. Open crates for beverages or fruits double as a place for plant pots; hanging vines decorate the cabinet top as the vines grow. Framed ads from magazines, as well as advertising trays, also display well atop cabinets.
The space atop cabinets needn’t fit one theme. Items you’ve gathered and stashed away can be placed atop the cabinets instead; for instance, large letters spelling out words or salvaged from old store signs, together with a plant, antique bottles and antique hand tools, create a grouping. Search your cupboards and closets for random decor pieces that may work in the above-cabinet space. Washboards, framed art, platters or even stuffed animals may work in the space, depending on the theme of your room.
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KITCHEN CABINET MOLDING AND TRIM IDEAS – This article will inspire you setting up and remodeling kitchen cabinet by molding and trimming cabinet materials. You can call this as major working.
You can thus do this on your own or hire a professional. Kitchen cabinet molding and trim are sometimes unavoidable for some conditions. For instance, you need to apply the method when wishing for total replacement. Read more on the list.
Pure Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
The white, sturdy natural stone of this kitchen requires a similarly strong kitchen cabinet. In addition to similar material quality, the two can perform tasks well for keeping plenty of items that may fulfill this kitchen.
Molding and trimming seem necessary for this kitchen cabinet. The activities can attach the kitchen cabinet to the wall. You can view the kitchen cabinet applies strong wood as the material. And the kitchen cabinet sits so well next to the kitchen hood.
Thanks to the white that the kitchen cabinet seems pure and clear, the perfect match for the countertop.
Vintage Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
A vintage kitchen model indeed requires careful planning and a big budget. You wish to steal luxurious and golden moments from the past in your modern kitchen. The kitchen cabinet unit must be included in your overall vintage kitchen set up.
A vintage kitchen cabinet uses bulky and strong material. This cabinet model contains an iconic vintage style that is seen from the distressed legs below the cabinet and the graded roof. To attach that to the kitchen’s wall, molding and trimming are necessary.
Consider the size of the cabinet so that it well fits next to the extravagant kitchen hood.
Remarkable Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
We are so marveled by how the overall kitchen unit stands so well-fitted into the available space. And look at the kitchen cabinetry gets so well with the kitchen countertop. We believe the key lies in careful molding and trim.
We come to the conclusion given the strong, gray kitchen cabinet material. We believe it takes more than nailing the material into the kitchen’s wall and roof. Trimming the material is necessary to ensure the overall kitchen cabinet doesn’t leave out extra wood.
Surely, the kitchen cabinet setup requires smooth execution.
Clever Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
This kitchen maximizes the narrow space to enable various cooking activities while storing the kitchen essentials. The high-tech cooking tools can’t work any better than the white kitchen cabinetry.
The kitchen cabinet applies classic design with the graded roof. Each of the cupboards looks very firm and solid. That makes us believing molding plays a very important role. The job brings the cabinetry is fixated at the kitchen’s wall.
We also believe the kitchen cabinet setup requires trimming so that it doesn’t take so much space of the kitchen.
Amazing Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
So many things we can learn from this lavish, modern kitchen. We will specify on the kitchen cabinet. We believe the kitchen cabinet performs molding and trimming for both the large and small cupboards.
The two ensure they all can fit into the kitchen’s wall and roof. As you see, the kitchen cabinet looks like were one whole unit with the kitchen’s wall and roof. The cupboard’s upper part takes a small extra layer to indicate it does undergo molding and trimming.
The large kitchen cabinet half fulfills the wide kitchen beside the kitchen island.
Simple Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
Direct your eyes to the white cupboard. It becomes one unit with the kitchen’s wall, right? Its lower part looks the same as the kitchen’s countertop. That what makes us believing the kitchen cabinetry undergoing molding and trimming processes.
We call the point as simple one because of the overall kitchen cabinet. Modest and strong, the kitchen cabinet gets small support from the thin floating board that gets molded, as well. The kitchen fulfills the board with the small decorations.
And of course, we can’t cross the white drawers beneath the countertop.
Wealthy Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
Another rich kitchen layout to draw inspiration from. This kitchen occupies a relatively medium size. Within that area, the kitchen gets total in cabinetry. From a large cupboard to that with the glass cover, the kitchen has it all.
We believe the overall kitchen cabinetry undergoes molding and trimming processes after we look at the cupboard’s graded roof. The cupboards that support the microwave reinforces our conclusion.
Without the two steps, the kitchen cabinetry won’t be looking that well-fitted to the kitchen’s wall and roof.
Comfortable Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
This kitchen cabinetry applies a modern classic model for the storage. Hence, you can see that the cabinetry looks simple with the curves. No distressed legs beneath the kitchen cabinet, too.
We believe the kitchen cabinetry molds and trims the material as we look at the kitchen cabinetry that softly touches the kitchen’s roof and wall. One of the cupboards looks that very much the same to fulfill one of the kitchen’s wall corners.
With that casual arrangement, the overall kitchen cabinet produces comfortable and homey feelings.
Elegant Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
Another modern classic kitchen along with kitchen cabinetry you may want to bring it up for your planned kitchen. Surely, the kitchen cabinetry becomes one aspect before the kitchen overall planning gets into execution.
The kitchen cabinet gets molded and trimmed to ensure the cabinet fits into the whole kitchen size. The clearest example can be seen from the tall cupboard with the refrigerator in it. Another sample refers to the cupboard with the glass cover.
Relaxed Kitchen Cabinet Molding and Trim
Similar to the eighth idea, this last suggestion applies modern classic kitchen cabinetry model. Each of the cabinet subunits is fixated to the kitchen’s wall and roof. The small cupboard of the cabinetry doesn’t use the rich layered roof.
The drawers are also well fitted to the kitchen wall’s wall and countertop. The overall kitchen cabinetry produces a relaxed feeling although the kitchen takes up many items and tools.
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We are really into extending things and making them look bigger. We nailed it when we extended our fireplace to the ceiling and made the room look so much taller.
We also just extended our lower kitchen cabinets by adding open shelving and a tilt out trash can. But the newest thing we did was extend our upper kitchen cabinets to the ceiling using one piece of wood.
How to extend kitchen cabinets to the ceiling
This project is easy to do. We were extending the crown molding into the kitchen that we put up in the rest of our first floor and wanted to take the time to add height instead of just running the crown molding behind the cabinets.
It’s simple. I got a six foot 1×12 board and cut it into four 12 inch sections.
Using L-brackets and a nail gun we attached them to the top of the cabinets and the wall.
Then, we ran the crown molding around the front of these and shot nails into the boards to make it look like they were part of the cabinets.
Then we painted the inside and out the same color as the cabinets and voila they all look like one.
DIY Kitchen makeover
Our DIY coastal kitchen
Now the cabinets look SO TALL and it makes it feel like we have so much more height in our kitchen!
A lot of people have asked us for advice on how to decorate over your kitchen cabinets – honestly, I think that extending the cabinets to the ceiling looks much nicer than filling the gap with fake plants!
I hope that we were able to show you how easy it is to extend your kitchen cabinets to the ceiling.
Do you have glass panel upper kitchen cabinets? Have you struggled with what to put in them so that they look good and so that the “stuff” inside doesn’t overwhelm the beautiful look of your kitchen?
I’ve decorated several glass panel kitchen cabinets before and this is definitely on my mind when I go to fill them.
I was selecting glass for another kitchen remodel’s glass panel cabinets, going for something that wasn’t too clear, but had softer effect. It dawned on me then, that this might be a good topic for a blog post.
Textured seedy glass for upper kitchen cabinet panels.
When I filled my own glass panel kitchen cabinets years ago, after my kitchen remodel, my husband started “helping” me.
In went the bright, colorful plastic cups that had been in that spot before!
Ahem……I politely requested he leave this task to me. 🙂
We used this German glass that had a very slight wavy texture to it, it’s pretty clear really. I have loads of white dishes and clear glassware, so I wasn’t worried about having enough to fill them when the kitchen was ready to move into.
I wanted a tone on tone look inside the cabinets that would not detract from the look of the bold cabinet door design.
I had a large collection of white dishes and clear glassware that worked well as filler for my glass front upper kitchen cabinetry. Carla Aston, Designer | Tori Aston, Photographer
I wanted the dishes to blend into the background and not make a statement on their own.
Typically, that’s how I approach filling glass panel kitchen cabinets.
Kitchen with seed glass cabinet doors
In this beautiful kitchen below, we filled the glass cabinets with white dishes, clear glassware, pitchers, vases, and bowls, so that the thin leaded “X” design would stand out and then so the bold backsplash could command most of the attention in the room.
You can see seed glass doesn’t obscure much, although up close, it has a lovely handmade type quality to it and adds some depth to a space.
In the bar area of this project, we used dark blue on the cabinetry. The seed glass we used shows up a bit more here. Clear glassware works nicely in these dark painted glass panel cabinets.
Kitchen with ribbed glass cabinet fronts
In this kitchen, pictured below, we did the same thing. Kept the colorful stuff out of the glass front cabinets, and went with white, clear glass and maybe a silver or stainless item or two.
It’s ribbed effect is more obscure than a seed glass or the wavy glass used in my kitchen, so shapes aren’t really important, but color still is. A bold color inside there would have stood out way too much and blew the crisp, white look the homeowner was going for here.
Another white kitchen with white dishes
Here’s another one with white glass front uppers.
With all the contrast in this kitchen, with the lower cabinets left stained wood and the dark painted island, I didn’t want dark items up there in those cabinets to distract the eye.
Light Gray Cabinets in Bar
The white dishes and clear glassware look great in this bar. It’s a subtle look that doesn’t overwhelm the cabinetry.
The amazing before and afters of this kitchen and bar are at this link.
Creamy White Kitchen With Soft Blue Accents
This creamy white kitchen, below, had some soft blue accents that I chose to repeat in the glass front cabinets back in the corner. The homeowner had these items and they so perfectly repeated the pattern and color of the window treatment, I thought they worked beautifully.
We used clear glass in this kitchen as we wanted to see those pretty soft blue and white dishes.
Country Kitchen with bead board wood cabinet back
This kitchen cabinetry on the back wall was designed as an unfitted look. The homeowner wanted a definite country or farmhouse type appeal, so I purposely designed this piece to look like a piece of furniture, a hutch or country cupboard.
The cabinetry was a light blue gray with a soapstone counter, it had deep brackets and some details like a taller area in the middle to give it that unfitted appearance. We used a combination of glass front and painted panel cabinet doors to mix it up and give the homeowner some closed storage and something that felt more quaint.
The white dishes and crocks in front of the oak beadboard stood out and created that vibe we were going for here. The white dishes also created some brightness in that cabinet and related to the white on the island and on the corner cabinets in the room.
See the before and after pics of this kitchen remodel here.
Keep In Mind When Styling Glass Panel Kitchen Cabinets
Since most of these kitchens are white, or have white in them, the white dishes do nicely as cabinet filler.
When I design a kitchen, we typically aren’t looking for the dishes to stand out or be the star of the room. Usually, we don’t want to overwhelm the space with small, colorful details (dishes or glassware) that will draw your eye or pull your focus away from the whole.
If you are displaying a collection, however, that you want to stand out like in the last project featured above, then taking into account the cabinetry, the back panel of the cabinet, and the overall look of the space is important.
If you want the dishes or items in the cabinet to make a statement or stand out, then contrast them with the back panel of the cabinet.
If you don’t want the focus on the dishes, then blend them in visually. 🙂
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Seems like every kitchen has weird spaces—like between cabinets and the ceiling. Don’t waste it. Work it. Check out our decorating and organizing ideas to turn that awkward space into awesome space!
1. The herb rack lets you dry your fresh herbs tied directly onto a rail or on hooks for easier access. For more awkward kitchen help, see our space between cabinets ideas and our tips to use the sides of cabinets.
2. The clutter keeper frees up and moves up your junk drawer. Use open boxes to store smaller odds and ends. Add labels to make it even easier to take down the right box.
3. The still life makes a home for odd-sized glass vases, candlesticks and such that don’t fit in cabinets. Gather them into a display, so you’ll see them and use them more often.
4. The art gallery displays your favorite photos and prints. Go for big impressions that are easy to appreciate at a distance, but keep it interesting with different sizes and unframed pieces.
5. The recipe library clears off your worktop. Let magazine files neatly hold loose pages or flimsy magazines. Store handwritten recipe cards in boxes with lids to make little filing cabinets.
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Interior designer: Britta Henley
Photographer: Tjitske van Leeuwen-Huisman
Writer: Marissa Frayer
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The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in your home. It’s where you plan meals, eat as a family and even entertain guests, so skimping on its design is not an option. Whether you live in a small apartment with limited storage or have a dreamy layout that’s complete with a large marble island, spacious cabinets and sleek appliances, there are a slew of creative design ideas that can make you enjoy your kitchen much more.
There are two distinct design approaches you can take when it comes to revamping your kitchen. You can transform your cooking space with practical, easy updates that won’t break the bank—think hanging new light fixtures, upgrading cabinet hardware or incorporating a great piece of wall art to show off your style. On the other hand, you might feel prepared to take the leap with a major kitchen renovation, which involves everything from installing new countertops and flooring to choosing a statement tile backsplash. It’s best to take the time to figure out the option that works best for your current lifestyle and budget.
If you’re ready for some decor inspiration, scroll this roundup of our editors’ favorite kitchen designs. There are more than enough expert-approved tips and ideas for every type of interior design lover. You’ll find colorful design schemes with striking paint colors that maximalists would love along with minimalist layouts that are undeniably timeless. The design possibilities are endless. All you have to do is start planning your dream kitchen.
I was helping a friend come up with ideas for the top of her armoire recently and I thought I’d put together a post that detailed some of the things we talked about in case you’re looking for this kind of inspiration too.
There are a lot of different ways to arrange things on top of an armoire, but I tend to have three favorite techinques. The first one is to prop a larger (flatter) item against the wall in the back and then to use varied-height items in front of it…like this:
Here’s another great example of a larger, flatter piece in the back and some shorter things in front:
I also like how the items in front stagger down in size. The basket is about half the height of the sheep picture, the largest white pitcher is about half the height of the basket, and the smaller pitchers are about half the height of the larger one. Add a boxwood wreath to the front and voilà!
Another arrangement I love is to use a cluster of almost identical, but varied-height, items like they’ve done here with these green, glass jugs:
Here’s another similar example where they used three glass jugs, but altered the color of the middle one and embraced the different tone by highlighting it with some live foliage:
Last but not least, if you’re short on height between the top of your armoire and the ceiling, you could always try this next technique. It utilizes three items. A bucket, a low basket and a bundle of faux floral stems that cascade over the edge of the basket, like the ones in these photos:
Super simple, and simply stunning!
One last example I wanted to share shows another great way to group a collection of items.
I love the hat hanging off one corner, and how the clear glass jugs don’t disrupt the view of the artwork behind them. The antler sculpture balances out the vignette perfectly because it’s the same color as the hat, and it’s perfect scale-wise. It’s not as tall as the artwork, but not as short as the biggest glass jug. It’s also “light” visual weight-wise, which balances nicely with the visually ligh-weight (because they’re clear) jugs. I, personally, would remove the large white frame propped behind the black one, but other than that, it’s such a great example of an interesting and visually balanced grouping!
How about you? Have you decorated the top of an armoire lately? I’d love to hear about what you used!
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When I set out to remodel my kitchen a couple years ago, I knew I wanted a bright, airy space with a classic look. Sounds good, but what exactly did that mean and how would I get there? Sure, my Pinterest board was overflowing with inspiration, but I quickly realized it would require dozens of big and small decisions (though it seemed like millions at the time!) to go from imagining my dream kitchen to actually pulling it off. Choosing the right cabinets turned out to be key.
“The cabinet door style is the single largest decision for the overall style of your kitchen,” says architect and designer Anastasia Harrison, owner and creative director of AHD&Co and a veteran of more than 50 kitchen renos (including mine!). Unfortunately, choosing a kitchen cabinet style can quickly become overwhelming when you don’t know your Shaker from your slab. To save you some of that stress, we’ve zeroed in on what you need to know about kitchen cabinet styles so you can find the perfect fit for your home.
Framed vs. Frameless Cabinets
There are two options for cabinet construction: Framed and frameless. Framed cabinets have an added face frame at the front of the cabinet box where hinges and doors attach. Framed cabinets give you the choice of full overlay, partial overlay, or inset doors. With overlay styles, the doors rest on top of the cabinet frame. With inset cabinets (like the ones shown here), the doors are set into the cabinet frame so they sit flush with it when closed. Inset offers a classic look but can be more costly (and provide a little less storage) because they require more work to ensure a perfect door/frame fit.
Frameless cabinets, which started in Europe but have gained popularity in the US, consist of full overlay doors that attach directly to the cabinet box via hinges on the interior of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets can look more contemporary and have a bit more space inside.
Within those two cabinet construction categories, there are several common door styles to choose from.
Shaker Style Cabinets
With clean, classic lines, Shaker is the most popular cabinet door style because it can work beautifully whether your aesthetic is modern, transitional, or traditional. Also called a “five-piece,” a Shaker door is essentially a flat panel with a frame consisting of rails (horizontal pieces) and stiles (vertical pieces).
Its simplicity means that it can complement a wide variety of kitchen designs depending on how you customize the cabinet and what other kitchen design elements you pair with it. “Shaker-style cabinets can be made a little more modern or more traditional with the addition of different types of edge detailing inside the frame,” says Harrison. The width of the frame can also change the whole vibe of the cabinet. “I’ve done Shaker-style doors with a ½-inch to ¾-inch frame for a really modern look and 2 ¼-inch to 2 ½-inch for a more transitional style,” says Harrison. “The thicker and more ornate the frame, the more traditional a look you get.” Here, you’ll see Shaker style cabinet doors in both wood and white, paired with flat panel drawer fronts.
While Shaker-style cabinets are loved for their versatility and timeless appeal, they can be a pain to keep clean since dust and grime can collect on the inside of the frame. Still, if you’re OK with the upkeep, this kitchen chameleon will enhance almost any style and look chic for a long time.
Slab Cabinet Doors
Think of a kitchen with a sleek, modern aesthetic and chances are you picture slab cabinet doors. Also known as flat panel cabinets, this style consists of a single, smooth piece of wood, plywood, or MDF. Flat panels are available in a variety of finishes and veneers from glossy white, gray, or colored lacquer to natural wood tones. The unadorned cabinet front makes a clean backdrop for statement hardware or looks sophisticated with no visible hardware.
Flat panel cabinets are often associated with a stark, minimalist vibe, but that’s not their only look. “This minimalist-style cabinet can be warmed with different colors or wood finishes,” says Harrison. “For example, a wood like black walnut has light and dark characteristics that add warmth and interest.” And despite their high-end look, flat panel cabinets don’t have to bust your budget. “A modern flat-front cabinet door can be very cost-effective,” says Harrison. “Wood can be expensive, but there are excellent laminates—at a fraction of the cost—that look as good on flat panel cabinets as the real thing.”
Bonus: With no detail or crevices to attract dust or cooking grease, flat panel cabinets are easier to keep clean than other cabinet styles.
Traditional Cabinet Doors
Best known for their warmth and timeless appeal, traditional-style cabinets can create an elegant yet homey look. If you love a more formal aesthetic and hope to incorporate furniture-inspired details such as decorative legs and corbels into your space, traditional cabinets can be a great choice.
Typically, traditional cabinets feature raised rather than flat center panels, and tend to stick to a warmer color palette, often wood tones. Glazes and antique finishes are options as well. Unlike the more simple, squared Shaker-style cabinet, traditional cabinetry often features arches, curved details, or other embellishments. “If you’re looking for a light and airy feel, traditional cabinets may not be the way to go,” says Harrison.
If charming cottage or modern farmhouse is the feeling you want to evoke in your new kitchen, then consider beadboard kitchen cabinets. “Styled after traditional beadboard that was used on walls, these cabinets can fit in a home that’s modern or traditional,” says Harrison. Another plus: “They are moderately priced as they are overlay cabinet doors that are similar in construction to modern flat-front doors but with grooved panels at the front. Complement this look with an aged brass cup pull for the full cottage effect,” she says. Beadboard cabinets can be stained or painted. White beadboard cabinets, like the ones shown here ($149, potterybarn.com), are common but far from your only option.
Pro tip: “I suggest doing painted beadboard cabinets in a color other than white,” says Harrison. “Try emerald green or navy, as white beadboard can be a bit tricky to keep clean with all of the little grooves in it.”
Scroll through designers’ Instagram accounts and you’re likely to see lots of picture-perfect kitchens featuring glass-front cabinets. Glass fronts can be a great way to break up a run of solid-door cabinets and to display a collection of pretty dishes, glasses, or decorative objects. “Glass-front cabinets can dress up your kitchen and are very nice adjacent to a window,” notes Harrison. “The reflected light makes the space seem larger and brighter.”
Pluses aside, glass-front cabinets are not for everyone. Keeping your dishes stacked perfectly not a priority? Then you probably want to pass on glass doors. If you want the pretty detail and expansive effect of glass without the pressure, Harrison suggests including some mirrored cabinets in your kitchen design instead. “They also bring lightness and brightness to the space while hiding any mess,” she says. Another option: Use a couple of glass (or mirrored) cabinets to define one particular area of the kitchen—ideally a less frequently used one—such as a display area or butler’s pantry. You’ll get the stylish detail you love while keeping your everyday items safely hidden behind solid doors.
Want to dress up your cabinets and achieve a professional looking kitchen? This easy tutorial explains how to add molding to cabinets and instantly update your room!
You know those little projects that are so easy to do, you never actually complete them until years later? Yea…I have a bunch of those all over my house. But today I have exciting news because one of them has been crossed off!
I finally finished adding the baseboard molding to the kitchen cabinets. The whole project took me about 2 hours from start to finish. And I am SO glad it’s done because it the results are beautiful!
Speaking of molding, did you know there are two ways to spell it? There’s moulding with a ‘u’ or molding. Which way is correct?
Well, technically both are but the word moulding is the British form and molding is the American. Even though I love everything British ( I would fake an accent if I could!), since I am American– I’ll go with molding. Just a little fun fact I though I’d share. 😉
Anyway, let’s get on with this easy tutorial shall we?
THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED
Here are the tools I used to finish the kitchen cabinets baseboard molding from start to finish: (affiliate links may be used for your convenience)
- molding (5 inch)
- molding (3/4 inch)
- measuring tape
- miter saw
- nail gun
- angled paint brushes
- painters tape
- paint stir sticks
- drop cloth
START BY MEASURING YOUR TRIM AND CUTTING
To trim out the cabinets, I decided to use two different styles and sizes of molding. The gorgeous five inch trim would be installed first.
I measured the sides of the cabinet and then cut my molding to fit. It’s important to note that I had to miter all the corners of this molding (at a 45 degree angle) so that the trim would connect flush.
On top of that molding I was going to place a tiny wood screen molding. I discovered this type of trim is most commonly used to cover the seam where window screening meets the frame.
But the reason why I picked it was because it would fill in my little gaps between the baseboard molding and my cabinet perfectly! There was no need to miter this trim because it would be meeting up again the side of my cabinets edging.
Here’s a picture of the end of the molding so you can get a better visual of the cut.
NEXT INSTALL THE MOLDING
Starting with the baseboard first, I nailed in the molding with my nail gun. And then finished with the smaller screen molding on top.
Once the molding was installed, I grabbed a DIYers favorite helper: caulking. I filled in the seams and creases to give the cabinets a professional finish.
FINISH WITH PAINT
After the caulking had dried, I finished this easy project by painting the molding with a couple layers of Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray paint. And that was it. I really love the way it turned out.
Especially that little corner edge piece — it makes me stand back and go, ‘ Dang girl. You did good!” 😉
Now the whole kitchen counter seating area has a nice clean, finished look. Adding molding is such a small change but it’s amazing how much of an impact those skinny little boards can add to your cabinets.
Chris is so glad I finished this little project off the to do list. I guess he had given up on the idea of me finishing. Ha! It only took me a couple of years!
A little paint can go a long way.
One of the most daunting tasks of any kitchen remodel is taking a stab at trying to redo your kitchen cabinets. Not only is there a lot to paint, but there’s also the matter of picking out the best hardware. For any renovation woes, this list has exactly what you need to feel inspired about tackling your kitchen storage. While plenty of kitchen trends for 2020 are included, such as bold colors and open shelving, there are still nods to more classic design styles. Whether you’re on the hunt for cabinetry that will give your kitchen the modern look you’re aiming for, or that will evoke all the farmhouse decor and style that can be found in the rest of your home, anything you’re in search of can be found in this list (and you should check out our guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets too).
Find simple fixes, like choosing some beautiful cabinet pulls, as well as more involved changes like completely gutting your cabinets. So instead of worrying about how you’re going to achieve the look you’re after, check out these gorgeous ways to redo your kitchen cabinets for some much-needed design inspiration.
This kitchen received a total overhaul, including completely new custom cabinets.
The final result is a chic all-white kitchen, complemented by dark wood floors and an antique table standing in for a kitchen island.
Get the tutorial at Inspired by Charm.
The cherry cabinets and island in this kitchen receive a fresh coat of paint in this renovation that cost under $100.
The use of two tones of gray pop beautifully in this kitchen, proving that paint can make a huge difference in any space.
Get the tutorial at Snazzy Little Things.
Instead of a full-on overhaul, this kitchen is a great example of a few simple touches making a huge difference.
Thanks to a fresh coat of white paint and new hardware that blends in better with the cabinets, this kitchen has a whole new look.
Get the tutorial at Jenna Kate at Home.
The dark cabinets and low lighting made this kitchen feel out of date and in need of some lightening up.
The mint green cabinets add a touch of whimsy to the kitchen, while the white overhead cabinets keep it looking fresh.
Get the tutorial at Holland Avenue.
Outdated cabinets, countertops, and appliances made this kitchen an obvious candidate for a big overhaul.
Fresh, white cabinets, new brass hardware, and some open shelving turned this kitchen into a gorgeous space.
Get the tutorial at Modern Glam.
Table of Contents
How do I plan a cabinet layout?
7 Kitchen Layout Ideas That Work
- Reduce Traffic.
- Make the Distance between Main Fixtures Comfortable.
- Make Sure the Kitchen Island Isn’t too Close or too Far.
- Place the Sink First.
- Always Put the Stove on an Exterior Wall.
- Keep Vertical Storage in Mind.
- Create a Floor Plan and Visualize Your Kitchen in 3D.
Can I design my own kitchen?
RoomSketcher is an easy-to-use floor plan and home design app that you can use as a kitchen planner to design your kitchen. Create a floor plan of your kitchen, try different layouts, and visualize with different materials for the walls, floor, countertops, and cabinets – all in one easy-to-use app.
Is there an app to see what my cabinets would look like painted?
ColorSnap by Sherwin Williams is available for iPhone and iPad, and it gives you nearly unlimited possibilities in color selections for your kitchen renovation. With the app’s new Paint a Scene feature, you can use AR or a photo of your room to instantly view what it looks like when you change wall color.
Which kitchen layout is the most efficient?
The galley kitchen is the most efficient layout for a narrow space. It consists of work spaces on two opposing walls with a single traffic lane between. Placing the range or cooktop on one side of the kitchen and the refrigerator and sink on the opposite wall allows for easy workflow.
What are some of the best kitchen cabinet designs?
– Choose kitchen cabinet color depending on the amount of natural light in your kitchen. – Pick high-quality boxes for your cabinets because the box is the heart of your kitchen cabinet. – Pick a kitchen cabinet door style that you like. – Personalize your kitchen cabinets with the right finish and hardware.
How to design your kitchen cabinets [Ultimate Guide]?
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How can I organize kitchen cabinets?
Use command hooks to hang potholders,baking utensils,pot lids,and more.
Even though I’ve had “kitchen reno on the brain” I’ve also been doing the “decor shuffle”. You know that thing you do when you want to make some small changes to your rooms?
That’s what I call the decor shuffle. Anyway, with winter in full swing here, I just felt like some change and I started with the bedroom armoire.
I’ve been trying to find the right pieces for the top of the armoire in our bedroom for about a year and I think I finally found what I was looking for. at least for a while.
There’s no shortage of inspiration online to help you gather ideas and what I learned is that you want pieces that aren’t too small (they’ll get lost on a tall piece of furniture) and you don’t want too much clutter.
Love this look with the warmth of the wood tray behind the picture.
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Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse always adds such beautiful touches to her home.
Pretty and simple is a good way to go, like this basket with dried flowers and clock.
How about using a collection like these beautiful green demijohns.
This is how I decorated the top of the master bedroom armoire. I used two demijohns and the pic is from my house in Florida.
I took it out of the much smaller frame it came in and used a larger mat and frame, instant new picture.
Simple but each piece is large enough to see and it’s all very much my style.
Do you find yourself doing the “decor shuffle” to chase away the winter blues?
Now that the “shuffle” is done in the master bedroom, I’m going to get back to my kitchen cabinets. 🙂
Say goodbye to run-of-the-mill cabinetry.
When planning a full kitchen renovation, cabinet design is one of the most important choices, especially as cabinetry is typically the single biggest investment you’ll make. Whether or not your kitchen cabinets are well designed and well organized can really make or break your experience in the kitchen—especially if you have a small kitchen—and a cabinet design mistake is not an easy one to remedy. Furthermore, there are endless cabinet styles and designs to choose from, making the design process a little harder to navigate.
Designers we polled about kitchen design trends for 2022 predicted that cabinetry would increasingly become the focus of kitchen design. From mixing materials to leaning on green shades that have dominated our Instagram feeds of late, we’re predicted kitchen cabinetry ideas are only going to get more interesting in the months to come.
In anticipation, we culled through our archives of white kitchens, colorful kitchens, modern kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, and every other style out there in search of the most distinctive kitchen cabinet ideas from designers all over the world. We even looked at our best home bar ideas, as these spaces often yield some of the most inventive design solutions.
A common thread emerged: Designers and architects tend to design or select kitchen cabinets that echo the architectural style of the home, generally speaking. In a classic Georgian residence, for example, one might expect to find Chippendale-style cabinetry, while Japanese midcentury-inspired cabinets look right at home in a modern mountain lake house. Selecting the right cabinet style often sets the tone for other design choices as well, from kitchen backsplashes to kitchen lighting. Here, these 30 best kitchen cabinet ideas from the VERANDA archives are sure to inspire your next project.
OAK KITCHEN CABINET IDEAS – Oak is a top investment when it comes to interior design, kitchen cabinetry is included. By nature, oak is strong. Once selecting this material, your kitchen cabinet can endure long usage.
Oak looks classic that remains in sync with the modern kitchen model. You only need simple variation to make the classic material looking beautiful and graceful. Oak looks fresh that you don’t necessarily need to paint unless you need bold refreshment.
Ordinary Oak Kitchen Cabinet
Let us start this list through this oak appearance that we often see. Some people choose this category for their living room cupboards, others love the material as kitchen cabinetry. This picture takes the latter idea.
The kitchen cabinet displays slim oak kitchen cabinet cupboards and drawers as the whole cabinetry. The simple cabinetry design fits into this modern kitchen. We believe the oak gets repainted to refresh it a little bit.
That way puts bold variation into the super soft of brown of the backsplash. The kitchen displays a smart concept to wrap it into an all-brownish tone.
Outdoor Oak Kitchen Cabinet
If you love traveling with family, a recreational vehicle is no futile investment for you. Going out with family brings into the hearts unforgettable experiences money can’t buy. The outdoor kitchen becomes an inevitable part to ensure the family gets healthy nutrients.
Choosing oak as the material for the outdoor kitchen cabinet can help to restore food ingredients and drinks while on the road. This kitchen brings along a simple and beneficial oak cabinet style in forms of cupboard and drawer.
We believe the cabinetry can stand against the changing temperature on the road. It’s the finest material to secure long durable kitchen tool usage.
Comfortable Oak Kitchen Cabinet
Oak gets cool variation in this kitchen cabinet model. Oak beams are polished then soften to produce the simple and plain kitchen cabinet in forms of the cupboards and the drawers. Each of them contains a simple knob.
A simple design is applied to the storage models. Each of the subunits contains straight curves as the edges. The oak kitchen cabinet model performs a good job for the kitchen that operates the high-tech kitchen appliance and the black backsplash.
The natural flavor fills up the kitchen in a modern manner.
Painted Oak Kitchen Cabinet
We know that some of you may get bored with oak in its natural tone, which is brown. Allow yourself to paint the oak kitchen cabinet that you have with other colors. As a good start, select neutral colors, like gray or white.
This picture takes gray. The color applies to all of the cupboards and drawers as parts of the whole cabinetry. The result is amazing. The cabinetry gets slightly bright and elegant. The storage retains the classic look thanks to the material.
Expanding in a horizontal manner, the cabinetry is such a tasteful decoration in itself.
Brave Oak Kitchen Cabinet
Another inspiration to paint your oak kitchen cabinet. Don’t hesitate to adjust the new face of the oak cabinetry based on your personality. Take this picture as an example. The kitchen cabinetry selects brown-to-red flavor.
That makes the oak blooming in brightness. We salute for the cabinetry painting selection that provides a brave feeling for the plain countertop and the dark backsplash. Actually, the cabinetry, the countertop, and the backsplash all share a similar tone.
The cabinetry takes a bold turn to lighten up the whole kitchen. That way, you can absorb a lively feeling while in the kitchen.
Premium Oak Kitchen Cabinet
Pardon us that our focus lies on the pantry cabinet, not in the main kitchen in this picture. Since the pantry lies across the kitchen, we hope you don’t mind with the selection and the labeling of the cabinet style.
From afar, you can surely tell yourself this is what we call it as the premium oak. Strong and very classic, this oak cabinetry best wraps the shabby chic kitchen. Intense traditional taste fills up the air of this kitchen.
The oak of the cabinetry is left as it is. No painting is thus necessary for the vintage kitchen.
Dark Oak Kitchen Cabinet
You can either paint the oak of the cabinetry or choose this specific oak type from the start. We adore this cabinet style for two reasons. The first one refers to the exact measurement of the oak kitchen cabinet.
That careful planning results in the kitchen cabinet that surrounds the microwave. That looks very cool. Given the small space, the kitchen displays decorations on top of the sub-cabinet unit.
The second reason refers to the particular oak use that contrasts with the plain and bright tastes that come from most other elements of the kitchen.
Homey Oak Kitchen Cabinet
Probably the easiest oak type you can find in many home improvement stores. This oak kitchen cabinetry looks light and casual. It also applies simple design in forms of straight curves as the edges of the cabinetry.
Looking at the oak kitchen cabinetry, you can feel a comfortable feeling at once. That doesn’t mean the cabinetry can last long, though.
Top Oak Kitchen Cabinet
Another sample for those of you who wish to bring forward classic and finest traits of oak. This kitchen cabinet deploys two-toned oak, one looks brown and the other looks black. The two produce dramatic feelings for the kitchen.
The oak cabinet tone fits into the kitchen that seems so lavish and vintage. The luxurious impression is very strong in this overall appearance. The finest copy of classic style for the modern kitchen.
Dramatic Oak Kitchen Cabinet
When dark isn’t enough for you, go for a dramatic sense for your kitchen. This last suggestion is a stronger variation from the seventh idea. This kitchen perfectly selects this recommendation as we inspect the kitchen’s backsplash.
The kitchen cabinet chooses this particular oak tone that seems dramatic and strong at the same time. The solidity of the oak is clearly displayed here. Interesting enough to notice the kitchen cabinet applies a stylish cabinet model.
Just look at the bottle and glass special segments within the kitchen cabinet unit. Such a rare yet creative sub unit idea!
Cabinetry, floor color, and countertops are the three major components of the color scheme in your kitchen. Keeping your color scheme simple gives you the flexibility to change your kitchen theme anytime by adding highlighting colors through smaller items and accessories. Learn how to make your kitchen match with answers to some commonly asked questions about matching your countertops, cabinets, and flooring.
How do I Select a Color Scheme?
When deciding on the colors for your kitchen, a good first step is to pick out two complementing primary colors. Working with two colors will give you more opportunities to update your kitchen over time. A third accent color can be selected that brings the entire room together while giving the room a little character.
The style of your kitchen can help you decide on a color scheme. Modern & contemporary spaces lean toward brighter whites and stronger contrasts such as black and white, while traditional and farmhouse styles have warmer, more neutral colors with softer contrasts.
For more ideas on choosing your paint color, check out our post on the top 2020 Colors of the Year!
How to Match Cabinets, Countertops and Backsplash
Once you have a general color scheme in mind, a great next step is selecting a countertop or backsplash as one of the primary colors. Often, the countertop can be the signature piece of the kitchen and colors for cabinets, walls, backsplash, hardware, etc. can be chosen with the countertop’s color and pattern in mind. Granite, solid surface, laminate, wood, concrete, and stainless steel are a few options and selecting which top is a combination of personal preference and a top that will fit with your overall kitchen style (modern, traditional, industrial, etc.)
Most often, the countertop is selected as the primary focal point and the backsplash is designed in either the same material (like this Cambria kitchen below) or a complimentary tone that blends with one of the primary colors chosen for the kitchen.
For more information on countertops, click here.
Does the Island Countertop Need to Match the Perimeter Counters?
The kitchen island cabinet and countertop do not need to match the perimeter cabinets and tops and in fact can be a contrasting feature of the kitchen. Coordinating the colors will maintain the cohesion of the style. In this example, the dramatic island countertop compliments the perimeter tops, while the uniform cabinet color unites the pieces together.
Below the dramatic dark island and wood countertop, along with the lighting are the stars of the show in this kitchen with the cabinet style being the unifying element.
Should the Flooring Match the Cabinets?
Two common ways to pick out your kitchen floor include: 1. Coordinate your floor color with your countertops and cabinetry; which will act as secondary colors. These secondary colors will help separate your flooring from your cabinetry and countertops. 2. the second option is to match your countertops and cabinetry and use the flooring as a contrasting piece. One popular traditional look, for example, is a kitchen with white cabinetry and black countertops with dark wood flooring. The black and the white are the two primary colors, and the dark wood flooring acts as an accent color between the cabinets and countertops.
If stained cabinets are part of your kitchen design and you are planning a wood floor, then the stain colors should be complimentary, but do not need to match.
For more information on flooring types, click here.
Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Styles and Colors
From contemporary to traditional, there are many different styles of cabinets to choose from. Choosing the right stye of cabinetry can be difficult task based on the many variables that go into a cabinet door. Deciding your budget is the first step when picking out your cabinetry. Knowing your budget will guide you when selecting the style, the wood species, the stain or paint color, and the hardware for your cabinetry. Another concept that will guide you when selecting your cabinets, is the functionality of your cabinetry. Where will your cabinets be installed? Your kitchen cabinets, for example, will have a different functionality than the cabinets in your bathrooms or your basement.
The color of your cabinets can be chosen to compliment or contrast the countertops, or can unite the color scheme of the rest of the house, a prudent option in open concept kitchen/dining/living areas. White kitchens are quite popular and if there is not a white color to pick from in the countertop, selecting one of the standard whites will work. Need some ideas? The following are some popular white cabinet colors we see applied to kitchen cabinetry:
- Ben Moore’s OC-17 “White Dove”
- Sherwin’s 7005 “Pure White
- Ben Moore’s OC-117 “Simply White”
- Sherwin’s 7006 “Extra White”
- Sherwin’s 7008 “Alabaster”
- Ben Moore’s OC-25 “Cloud Cover”
- Ben Moore’s OC-65 “Chantilly Lace”
Should your Kitchen Island Match your Cabinets?
The kitchen island does not have to match the perimeter cabinets, although there are some styles of kitchens where matching can create symmetry. Selecting the island as one of the primary or contrasting colors can create a beautiful focal point.
Should your Kitchen Trim Match your Cabinets?
The answer is – it depends! Design elements to consider:
- Are the window, doors & trim adjacent to kitchen cabinets that are to be painted?
- Is there a significant amount of stained casing around doors and windows in the kitchen that the windows would match to?
- Is the pantry door or passage doors in the middle of the kitchen cabinets?
In general, there is often a delineation between the area being painted and the rest of the home that becomes clear when you step back and review the space. In this kitchen, keeping the trim stained made aesthetic sense with the open design and so much stained woodwork nearby.
In this kitchen, painting the window casing to match the kitchen cabinets created a cohesive, pulled-together look.
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Full video tutorial: raising kitchen cabinets to the ceiling to add space for open storage underneath.
See how I raised our kitchen cabinets to the ceiling and added a floating shelf underneath to maximize storage space in our small kitchen.
Making the kitchen work for us has been a real struggle in this house. After I banished all of my baking supplies to a cabinet in the dining room, I was still struggling with a lack of counter top and work space.
In a small 1940s kitchen, space is at a premium. Our kitchen cabinets didn’t go all the way to the ceiling, leaving about a foot of wasted vertical space up top. After contemplating different scenarios involving extra cubbies or mini cabinets up top, I decided that the best approach would be to raise the cabinets to the ceiling.
This project was just one step of our complete kitchen makeover done on a teeny-tiny $350 budget.
Upper Cabinet Height
Before, the clearance between the counter top and the bottom of the cabinets was 16 inches. After raising the cabinets, that clearance increased to 27 1/2 inches. That left plenty of space to add a floating shelf below for open storage.
How to raise kitchen cabinets
Do you know how most upper cabinets are attached to a wall? Before tackling this project, I envisioned complex adhesive and hardware galore. Boy was I wrong! I was shocked to discover that the only thing holding up this set of cabinets is a handful of screws. That’s it!
What you’ll need:
- an extra set of hands
- drill and drill bit for your cabinet screws
- length of 1×4 board (or similar) to use as a ledger
Here’s how it’s done. Watch the video below for a full walk-through of how I raised our cabinets:
- To prep, you’ll want to completely empty the cabinets and remove the doors. I had already removed the doors, since we painted the kitchen cabinets at the same time.
- Identify the screws attaching your cabinet to the wall. There will either be 2 or 4 screws into a stud, depending on the size of the cabinet. I had to use a special square drill bit on my cabinets, so make sure you have the right kind of drill bit.
- While someone else steadies the cabinet box, unscrew the screws from the wall. This sounds really scary, but my dad and I were able to do this with no problem. The empty cabinet frames are actually quite lighter than I was expecting them to be.
- Once you decide how far up the wall you want to move your cabinets, use the level to mark off the new height on the wall. Identify the original screw holes, and the measure straight up using the level. You may not want to go all the way to the ceiling, since not all ceiling are level. I left about a 1.5-inch gap and will add trim later.
- Grab a scrap 1×4 or similar to use as a ledger. Screw this ledger board into the wall at your new upper cabinet height.
- Using your helper, raise the cabinet back up, resting the box on the ledger board. While your helper secures the cabinet box, drill the screws back into the wall. I drilled pilot holes straight through the holes in the back of the cabinet box, and then I added the screws.
- I can’t tell you how easy this project was. I’m so glad I did it.
- Some people may be worried about the cabinet height being too tall. Full disclosure, I am 5′ 7″ and I can still easily reach the bottom cabinet shelf. I keep a step stool handy in the kitchen so I can reach the upper shelves.
- I was able to add an open shelf 8-9 inches inches under the raised cabinets for additional storage space. Since counter top space is at a premium in our small kitchen, it’s nice to have the open shelf available when I’m doing food prep. I’ll often rest my recipe on the open shelf, or use the additional horizontal space as a landing spot when I’m trying to keep my counter space clear.
I still need to add trim at the top, between the cabinets and the ceiling, but for now I’m just so happy to have a bright and open kitchen.
Do you want to redecorate your kitchen without a high-budget makeover? One of the best ways to breathe new life into your kitchen is to refinish the old cabinets instead of replacing them. See these creative and cheap DIY kitchen cabinet ideas! 1 kitchen cupboard, 10 different cabinet door designs on a budget!
Kitchen cabinet ideas – Easy design projects
And here is how the kitchen cupboard looks at the beginning – with plain wooden surface and no character. You can use your old kitchen cabinets as well after you’ve cleared their coating (paint, stickers, etc.).
1. Modern tiles
If you have some spare tiles, you can place them on the kitchen cabinets. It would be even better if they come in bold, saturated colors that goes well with the wall color. For this design you need just a few tiles lined in the middle of the cabinet door front. Paint the whole cabinet in a desired color and let dry. Position the tiles in the middle of the door and glue them with a suitable adhesive or a mastic. Allow to dry and treat the tiles with grout. For even more decorative effect and tidy look wooden slats are placed around the tiles such as picture frame and glued with wood adhesive.
2. Bamboo mat
A cabinet door design inspired by Asian culture. It requires a bamboo mat that can easily be found in stores. Remove the cabinet door panel using a suitable tool and paint the frame in dark brown. Cut the bamboo mat to the required size and glue it on the back side of the frame with a wood adhesive.
3. Openwork screen
This semi-transparent metal screen resembling a mesh reveals partially the contents of the cabinet, while looking very elegant. Remove the door panel of the cabinet using a suitable tool and paint the frame in a light color for example Eggshell. Glue black painted wooden slats ( width – 2-3 cm) on the back side of the frame, so that only the half of their width is visible. These slats serve as a base for the metal frame, that was cut to the required dimensions and attached with a suitable adhesive.
4. Shabby Chic Design
Give your kitchen cabinets a vintage look with a suitable paint technique. Paint the entire cabinet light blue and treat the top surface with a caramel colored enamel. Wipe it with a dry cloth to attain the old-looking patina. You can also check online the dry brush painting technique. It looks pretty impressive as well. At the end glue some decorative mouldings or embossed ornaments in the corners of the cabinet door.
5. Geometric shapes
This bold kitchen cabinet door design can be achieved with just a little paint and adhesive tape. Paint just the door fronts with brilliant white paint and create with the tape a desired pattern. Then paint the whole cabinet door in light blue and remove the tape. You see that after removing the tape the blinded parts remain white.
6. Cork board
This option is perfect for the kitchen, where as we can assume is the heart of the home. Family members go in and out of the kitchen more often than in any other room of the house. Here you can hang kids drawings, photos, notes, recipes and others. Use a cork contact paper or a real corkboard.
7. Embossed wallpaper
Jazz up your dull kitchen cabinets with something very simple – a piece of embossed tin panel in the door frame. You can paint it in a desired color as well. The same effect can be achieved by using a tin ceiling tiles.
8. Chalkboard paint
Another functional idea for the kitchen. With a layer of chalkboard paint your cupboard doors can become cool organizational boards for notes, shopping lists, recipes and more.
9. Monogrammed design with stickers
Beautiful and elegant idea that is also cheap and easy to implement. Paint the cabinet with a saturated blue color and apply a sticker decoration in sparkling white (or use a stencil and a brush).
10. Decoration with a stencil
Our DIY kitchen cabinet ideas end with this simple decoration using a damask stencil in bright turquoise. The color is bold and creates immediately an interest, but is also delicate enough to harmony with the white surfaces.
Gorgeous ideas for simple and stylish cooking spaces.
Cabinets painted in exuberant hues may be trending at the moment, but the popularity of white kitchen cabinetry still persists. Whether it’s white Shaker-style cabinets paired with classic white subway tiles, or white lacquered, handleless cabinets partnered with sleek, white quartz countertops, white cabinets have won over legions of homeowners and designers alike.
White cabinets have played a particularly prominent role in the signature “palette-cleanser” kitchen of the past decade. Defined by pigment-less countertops, backsplashes, and cabinets, white-on-white kitchens are beloved by homeowners who harbor pipe dreams of white sofas and white rugs, but not necessarily the spotless families needed to render them practical. They’re also heralded by designers looking to create tranquil kitchens that counteract their clients’ hectic, stimuli-heavy lifestyles. Regardless of your personal style inclinations, white-on-white kitchens—and by association, white cabinets—are a foolproof way to achieve sophistication in a space.
Increasingly, however, designers and DIYers are extracting white cabinets from their colorless comfort zone. Rather than partnering them with achromatic finishes, they’re accenting white cabinets with dark butcher block countertops, tropical-colored appliances, and kitchen islands armored in cabinet doors painted in high-contrast hues. While it’s true that white cabinets are less attention-grabbing than colored ones, opting for white cabinets doesn’t have to mean a stark or boring kitchen—not by a long shot. To show you exactly how white kitchen cabinets can invigorate a room, we’ve collected 27 gorgeous kitchens that make white cabinets feel oh-so-right.