These 15 Kitchen Cabinet Decor Ideas Are Above and Beyond

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Helma Bongenaar

Display Your Cutting Boards

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Lindsay Salazar

“This kitchen was inspired by the rural kitchens of Great Britain where everything necessary is beautiful,” says Kimberly Rasmussen, a design principal at Establish Design. Here, she displayed round charcuterie boards above the range hood—a move that allows easy access to a kitchen essential while functioning as decor.


Brandish Your Baskets

18th century home on the spanish island of menorca that was restored by lorenzo castillo
Ricardo Labougle

ELLE DECOR A-List designer Lorenzo Castillo infused this kitchen in a seaside villa with plenty of charm—from the fringed light fixture to the mustard kitchen island to the blue-and-white tile backsplash. But the rustic baskets—grouped atop the ornate cabinets—truly take it over the top. Copy this look if you have a similar collection of baskets you want to flaunt.


Display Novelties

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Stephan Julliard

This bright kitchen designed by Jacques Grange near Comporta in Portugal is cheery and bold. To provide some contrast with the white walls, antique Portuguese plates and decorative objects—aren’t the rooster jugs adorable?—adorn the top of the cabinets.

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Decorate with Vintage Ceramics

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Helma Bongenaar

Author and stylist Michelle Mason loves the classic look of blue and white ceramics as they provide contrast with the dark wood and bring it back to life. “The empty walls above the cabinets are a great way to display collections of vintage plates,” she says.


Upscale Your Kitchen Utensils

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William Abramowicz

In a Malibu, California, beach house kitchen belonging to designers Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes, metallics and green take over in the best way. The cubby holes placed above the cabinets are the perfect space to showcase an extra pop of color, in this case, blue kettles and pots, colorful kitchen books, and a collection of silverware.


Try Wallpaper

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Francesco Lagnese

Not all kitchens have massive spaces between the cabinets and the ceiling, so a simple wallpaper can brighten the space if this is your case. Here, designer Tom Scheerer opted for a sweet botanical wallpaper to tie the green-themed room together.

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Display a Collection of Glassware

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Pernille Loof

The fabulous kitchen of Bronson van Wyck—which he designed with Ben Bischoff, Oliver Freundlich, and Brian Papa—is anything but boring. The top of the cabinets are decorated with glass jars and a regal bust that oversees the room.


Showcase Your Pots and Pans


If you like your kitchen to be functional and keep all things cooking-friendly, there’s no better way to decorate than with cookware! This collection of copper pots and pans, in the home of fashion-industry powerhouse Robert Duffy, is a flawless example of how to do that.


Let It All Hang Out

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Lissa Piddington

“I’ve always been a fan of vintage and have collected all manner of odds and sods over three decades,” shares stylist Lisa Piddington. For her maximalist kitchen, she knew she wanted a room packed to the brim with things she loves that make her smile. “Because my kitchen is filled with plants, tins, enamelware, copper pots, antique art, and foxed mirrors, it makes me happy every time I walk in!” she says.

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Add a Sconce

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Lauren Miller

There’s never enough lighting in a kitchen, which is why interior designer Sam Sacks added a statement sconce above the kitchen cabinets. Painted in Blue by Benjamin Moore, the vibrant cabinets pair nicely with the crisp white walls.


Add Shelving

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Megan West

Don’t forget about the space between kitchen cabinets. Here, designer Megan West made clever use of shelves. “We wanted the space to feel very welcoming, so we focused on bringing in warm tones through our floating shelves, various textures, and honey bronze hardware,” she explains. Complementary decor and glassware keep the look clean and polished.


Bring in a Theme

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Björn Wallander

If your kitchen follows a particular theme, the unused space above the cabinets is a fabulous way to accentuate the vibe. Surfing photographs pair great with the decorative sailboat and ceramic vases in this nautical-themed kitchen.

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Display Your Plants

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Janine Genower

Art director and designer Janine Genower loves her colorful kitchen. To bring even more vibrancy to the room, she placed charming plants—in pots to match the room!—atop her cabinets.


Incorporate a Wine Rack

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Paul Craig

This eggplant-colored kitchen by Krantz Designs makes the most of the space above the kitchen cabinets. This modular wine rack placed above the cabinets not only looks inviting, but it adds a special element to the room. After all, it’s always happy hour somewhere.


Brass Accessories

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Corie Rae

Blogger Corie Williams wanted a European modern farmhouse aesthetic for her kitchen, and what better way to do that than by displaying a collection of brass vessels and accessories above the cabinets? “We were able to achieve a light, bright kitchen that has warmth and character,” says Williams.

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Sofia Quintero is the Editorial Assistant for ELLE DECOR. She helps out with all aspects of print production and is a frequent contributor to She graduated from university in Paris, and is originally from Costa Rica.


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