Should kitchen cabinets go all the way to the ceiling? The experts weigh up the pros and cons

Why Is There A Gap Between The Kitchen Cabinets And The Ceiling?

In a typical family home, wall-hung kitchen cabinets measure between 32 and 36 inches tall, leaving a space of around one or two feet above. There is a valid reason for the gap between the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling; this is the height that most people can reach by standing on the floor or by using a ladder. If you don't like the gap between the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling there are some clever and beautiful ways to fill the void. Do consider using trim that can run along the top for a built-in, tailored look, or think about curating a decorative gallery wall of art and crockery for a decorative flourish that is sure to delight and intrigue.

Should I Extend My Cabinets To The Ceiling?

There are many reasons why designers and homeowners alike may want to extend their kitchen cabinets to the ceiling, the main reason would be to increase storage space. If you’re looking at ways to maximize kitchen space, kitchen cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling provide handy storage and timeless style, making them a great choice for any kitchen design. Suitable for both small and large kitchens, you can integrate them in a way that suits your kitchen layout and your lifestyle.

1. Use A Ladder To Reach Tall Cabinets

‘There are many bespoke solutions to storage in the kitchen,’ says Jane Stewart, design director at Mowlem & Co London. ‘One way is to maximize full ceiling heights with a traditional sliding ladder.’ To break up a large wall of storage, use a mix of closed and open solutions. ‘Less frequently used items can be placed on open shelving to be visually enjoyed, while delicate glassware or “special occasion” table linens are best kept in closed cupboards,’ adds Jane.

2. Make The Most Of Every Inch

While drawers make great use of space below hip level, you may also want to make the most of the ceiling height of your kitchen with a section of tall, floor-to-ceiling cabinets to house an integrated refrigerator, freezer, and eye-level oven and coffee machine, as well as dry food larder storage.

3. Use All Vertical Space

Why waste the storage opportunity of high ceilings – especially if space is limited elsewhere? There is a range of kitchen cabinets to choose from and they can be built floor-to-ceiling with handcrafted doors, open kitchen shelving, or glazed doors; whichever is best for your space. Plus, full-height cupboards offer useful storage for gadgets or crockery you don’t use or need very often.

How Do You Fill The Gap Between Cabinets And Ceiling?

If you have a gap between your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling, then you might well be wondering how to fill this space. Decorating above kitchen cabinets is a wonderful way to fill the space with an attractive feature, rather than just letting it gather dust and dirt.

1. Add LED Light Fixtures Between The Cabinetry And Ceiling

When decorating between kitchen cabinets and the ceiling it can be all too easy to forget about kitchen lighting. However, a few LED strips can go a long way in the kitchen, bringing shelving to life and dialing the mood to relax. The most sophisticated solutions are completely hidden when the lights are off, which requires early discussions with your designer.

2. Add A Decorative Flourish

The whole purpose of decorative kitchen ideas is to create beautiful room that answers the needs of the individuals living in them while reflecting their personalities with good design, and that is just what designer Jake Arnold has achieved here.

3. Draw The Eye Upwards With Decorative Elements

If you have beamed ceilings or simply want to add a decorative flourish above kitchen cabinetry, then think twice before taking kitchen cabinets all the way to the ceiling. This often 'dead' or underused space is the perfect place to curate a display of pretty trinkets, and vintage crockery, or even hang oversized wall lights.

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