Art Ideas for Above Kitchen Cabinets

It can be one of the most awkward spaces in your home: the area between the top of your kitchen cabinets and your ceiling. In New York City, where converted warehouses, lofted sleeping areas, and historic brownstones make high ceilings common, coming up with art ideas for above kitchen cabinets can be especially challenging. But don’t give in to the temptation to simply ignore the area altogether.

Done correctly, the space above your kitchen cabinets can be a beautiful home for art and decor. Here are a few of our favorite examples.

This first space is actually our showroom in New York. We used the area above this row of cabinets to showcase a collection of vintage antlers from ILevel Studio.

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In this next shot, from House Beautiful, the homeowner has used the space to create a layered art display and show off a collection of vintage fans.

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Image via House Beautiful

In a similar vein, we love the personality this eclectic arrangement brings to a simple white kitchen design.

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While plates don’t technically count as art, a vintage or antique collection makes a beautiful arrangement above the cabinets.

Image via Better Homes & Gardens
Image via Better Homes & Gardens

And finally, this space from Apartment Therapy shows what a welcome addition art can be to a functional space like the kitchen. Here, it lends warmth and personality to the industrial cabinets and appliances.

Image via Apartment Therapy
Image via Apartment Therapy

Need help hanging was art above your kitchen cabinets? Or just not sure what to put there? Our professional art arrangers can give you a hand! Get in touch with ILevel at