15 Genius Solutions for the Awkward Space Above Kitchen Cabinets

...And none of them are "gather dust."

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If you've got a gap between the tops of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling, you've likely spent time cursing your architect. But some good news: There are some actually stylish ways to tackle this awkward spot. We've rounded up the best of the best examples to help inspire you to make the most out of an odd space.
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Displaying one tabletop collection? Fine, yes. But two, together, is twice as nice (and far more original.) This is an especially good trick for making use of a deep overhead space. Design by Craig Schumacher; Photography by Nathan Schroder via
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In an ideal world, the spaces above all kitchen cabinets are windows looking out onto gorgeous, light-filled scenery. In this world, install a tension rod and fabric you love above the space to create a no-judgement spot to stash junk. Design by and Dylan Ousley via
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Nothing evokes the divine like twinkle lights, and they manage to work their magic even in the most difficult-to-deal-with space. Design by via
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Another of our favorite twofer solutions: Wallpaper is an obvious choice for the space, but increase the oomph substantially with a similar-hued collection (and you know you can't lose with ginger jars and Ming vases.) Design by Christina Rottman; Photography by Mikkel Vang via
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...The key is to choose a color that pops against the color of the cabinetry, the ceiling and the backsplash, for maximum impact. Design by ; Photography by Brandon Barre via
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Looking to bring in a touch of pattern in an unexpected way? Check out on making these fabric-topped letters and create your own decor to spell out your choice of message (we prefer the cheerful "enjoy" to the timeworn "EAT"...but ultimately, whatever makes you happiest.) Photo via
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Yes, more letters! We love the wow factor of a single light-up letter — your family's shared initial, most likely — complemented by a more subtle and whimsical collection of colorful glass bottles. Photo via on Etsy
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Warning: This is NOT for the DIY averse: This fantastical paper garland is a work of art and ideal for anyone looking to turn a ho-hum kitchen into a statement-making room with a single project. () Photo and design by Myquillyn Smith via
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Yes, we've seen the horrible photos of old fake plants in this spot and yes, they look horribly sad. But lush greenery can't lose, and we'll leave it up to you if it's real or faux — just as long as it's not obvious. Photo via
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Gallery walls are nice, sure, but let's go ahead and coin this the "gallery loft" and start coveting it now. If your kitchen, like this one, has such an expansive space to fill, we especially love this solution. Dealing with a shorter gap? It can still work! Just make sure to copy the best part here: The two rows in different heights. Design by Jeffrey Grew; Photography by via
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The only method that easily gives you flowers one week and your calendar the next — chalkboard paint turns the awkward spot into a blank canvas in the best possible way. Design by via
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Why should cookbooks take up precious space in your living room bookshelves when they can enjoy a designated spot in the room you actually need them. Note: This one only works if you have a step ladder so you can access them easily! Design by Trudy Gould and Seamus McCartney; Photography by via
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Uniform wire baskets, that is, elegantly displayed with necessities inside. Who knew those extra coffee grounds could look stylish? Design by Elsie Larson; Photography by via
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Baskets again, yes, but a completely different look. This one uses a purely decorative collection of mismatched, fun-to-collect baskets. Just about every flea market has interesting varieties of wicker and woven baskets so get shopping! Design by via
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There's no better way to bring this much color and conversation to the kitchen with only a single, repeated, object. Long live globes — new, vintage, whatever! As long as you love 'em. Design and photography by via
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