Posted on | January 9, 2012 | 5 Comments
The tops of my kitchen cabinets do not go to the ceiling. Should I leave this space empty or try to decorate in some way? Thank you ~ Margaret
In a kitchen where the cabinets stop shy of the ceiling, we often use lighting on top of the cabinets, keeping this space open and clean instead of “decorating” it with items. Lighting can have a great impact on the feeling of the kitchen and create a wonderful ambiance in the evening hours or other times of the day when the space is darker.
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One of the more popular options is an undercabinet type of lighting (here, it is placed above cabinets), in either halogen or xenon. Some undercabinet lighting can create spots of light, while others create a glow. You do not want spots above your cabinets, so be careful in your selection. I would recommend going to a lighting store because you will have more options to choose from and a professional to assist you.
If you do choose to put some pieces above the cabinets, keep it clean and do not over accessorize. A small collection of items placed in the right spot will make a stronger statement than filling the tops with multiples that are in all in a row.
A kitchen designer in Charlotte, Caren Bistany offers her perspective in this Ask The Expert question. Her firm, Bistany Design, is located in Charlotte and provides custom cabinetry and design services for both renovation and new construction.