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Posted by twotogo
Sat, Jan 2, 10 at 13:06
|Happy New Year all you "decor divas"!!! Is it necessary or "proper" to decorate the tops of my kitchen cabinets? Since we have 9ft. ceilings there is quite a bit of space up there but don't know what to do with it. I have seen basket collections, fake plants, pottery, junk......I kind of like the "primitive" stuff....HELP please!!!|
|Do you like that look? When you say primitive, what sort of things did you have in mind? I think most cabinet toppers fail because they're too small, too cluttered, and not in proportion to the space. |
What sorts of things do you have in the rest of your kitchen?
|Also, how easy will it be for you to get up there to dust everything on a regular basis?|
|Pottery yes, artificial greenery, no. |
The things that look most natural on top of cabinets would be things you would put on a shelf or "store" there anyway. Large things, big enough to see properly and make a statement.
If a real plant would actually grow up there...meaning it would get enough light to thrive: maybe. If something real up there would be dead in a month due to lack of light, it won't look "natural".
|Since you like primitive, I would go with baskets with different textures, pottery in the range of colors you like, and light and dark wood carvings all of course in a approporate size so you dont need too too many objects, otherwise it looks cluttered.|
|"Is it necessary or "proper" to decorate the tops of my kitchen cabinets?" |
It's not necessary at all; I find that when there is too much up there, it draws the eye to another layer of ornamentation. I think there is usually enough going on at counter level in kitchens so that leaving the tops empty is good.
|Wow! Thanks for all the input :) |
ideefixe- I agree about the "too small and too cluttered", I guess an example of "primitive" would be, baskets, pottery, some vintage signs, etc.
cyn427- I am short anyway so I drag a stool around with me, that would be ok :)
palimpsest- I'm picturing just a few substantial things without all those "little collections" and yes, NO FAKE PLANTS!!
roseabbey- I like your idea and keeping it uncluttered would be my biggest concern.
mitchdesi- We have been in our house for about 10 months and it wasn't until I took all my Christmas stuff down that I started thinking about decorating above the cabinets. My biggest concern is it will look too cluttered so we shall see what I can come up with. Always fun to think about :)
|Also, how easy will it be for you to get up there to dust everything on a regular basis? |
Ayup. Crockery would be fine...one can take that down and run it through the dishwasher. Fake plants are SERIOUS dust/grease-catchers...particularly in a kitchen.
|I am so glad you asked this question. I am still trying to figure out what I want to do above my cabinets. I am not feeling the love on the couple of cookie jars I have tried up there. I like the idea of the baskets. Those are some great inspiration pics jeannine! |
I think I have a bunch of baskets in the attic. I wonder how they would look spray painted and if I could get paint to match the fiestaware I just got for christmas.
|Just remembered that the link might not be allowed. Here are a few pics...hope these show up. |
I used to store serving pieces up there, but I hated all the clutter. I wound up adding shelves to my pantry/laundry room and then putting little puck lights I got from Ikea up there.
Thank you so much for the pics and link!! I really do like the big baskets....may have to go shopping :o)
|jeanninepc99 -- GREAT inspiration photos! |
Thanks so much for sharing! :)
Jan at Rosemary Cottage
|LOL, twotogo. I am short also, which is why I asked. I avoid putting things higher than I can reach when I'm on a stool and cabinet tops qualify. I used to think nothing of climbing onto counters, but no more.|
|Chinese ginger jars, korean celadon, imari, english plates, etc look nice. |
Anything except fake greenery!
|Glad we had this conversation---I finally climbed up there and took down the last of the greenery I had as a backdrop to other items on the cabinet top (sort of ashamed to say I still had it). Whew, I feel so much better. Nothing like the new year to make one feel the need to get the house refreshed and off to a new start. |
Now just a couple of large trays, baskets and pottery---I really do need the cabinet top for the storage of those big things!
|I'm bumping this because a blogger posted about this topic today and reminded me that we never heard back from the OP about what she decided to do!|
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