Decorative wreaths and silk flower arrangments: making use of above-cabinet spaces

March 29th, 2008 by Heather Dyer


Modern kitchens are often designed with a large nook of space for decorating above the cabinets, but unfortunately, it leaves most people at a loss for what to do with it.  Using a small bit of creativity and thought given to proper arrangement and selection, you can easily turn that space into a beautiful focal point or a subtle addition to your current kitchen décor.

When designing the above-cabinet space, a few rules do apply. 

#1.  You can fill in the full space with accessories of a variety of heights and shapes, tied together by color or theme, or perhaps even a run of garland of greenery or berries.

#2.  If that’s too full, you can make small groupings of accessories, pottery, plants, or art that you place in strategic locations, leaving open space in between for added drama.

#3.  Avoid the monotony of spacing single items evenly across the entire run of cabinets. This lacks drama, artistic creativity, and cohesion.

Here are just a few ideas:

 Pottery.  Decorative “kitchen” pottery is a nice idea if it is in keeping with the desired theme of the kitchen.  Arrange small groupings and add artificial, but realistic, greenery.

Lighting.  This can be as complex as installing fixtures such as track lighting or can lights, or it can be as simple as placing a string of white miniature Christmas lights or a long strand of rope light on the inside of the cabinet’s molding.  This affect is especially dramatic for holidays or special occasions.

Plants and flowers.  Because of their low maintenance and hypoallergenic indoor qualities, artificial plants and silk flower arrangements suit this purpose most closely.  Select blooms that accentuate the colors of your wood and paint.  Add greenery that has both depth and height – perhaps a draping ivy on one side and on the other, a pot of variegated grasses and earthen balls.  A topiary collection is also a very suitable option so long as the rest of the kitchen’s flavor is bold and elegant.

Art and photos.  This is where the line between tacky and tasteful needs to b e delicately tread.  Start by creating your arrangement, but be sure to give yourself room for change.  In other words, if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.  Don’t use your cabinets as a place to display senior pictures or wedding photos.  If you have photos or prints of still art that are framed with exceptional quality, that is a good place to start.  Otherwise, scrap the art/photo idea altogether.

Baskets.  Again, this is another design element that can easily be done wrong.  Use only fine, high-quality baskets and only a few at that.  Perhaps you could fill one or two of the baskets with the artificial plant or silk flower arrangements mentioned in idea #3.

Holiday décor.  For Christmas, decorate a miniature Christmas tree.  For Easter, perhaps an Egg Tree or a lovely silk floral arrangement of calla lilies displayed in acrylic water.  For fall, an arrangement of tall block candles of orange, brown, and rust accompanied by autumn leaves and a bound stalk of wheat or straw.  For summer, perhaps a lovely floral decorative wreath would be perfect.

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