The space above a refrigerator is often overlooked and underused. It's not particularly accessible for oft-used items, but it's a shame to have the space go to waste, especially in a small kitchen. I looked at a selection of real homes to see how people were using this space. Some of these examples involve clever built-ins, but many will work for renters, too.
Simple shelves were installed on the wall above the fridge to hold a few cookbooks and some barware. → Revamp Home Goods
A television hangs in the niche above this fridge. → Tillman Long Interiors
all-white kitchen → Laura's Living Better With Less on Apartment Therapy
Build-in cabinetry leaves a small gap for easy-t0-see food storage → Better Homes & Gardens
A combo of wine and cook book storage in these built-in shelves →Emily and Andrew de Stefano's Kitchen on Design*Sponge
This custom-built storage has room for a few bulky items as well as slots to hold a collection of cutting boards. → Bev Cooks
Cabinets are fitted with slots to hold cookie trays and the like → Bright, Bold & Beautiful
In my own small rental kitchen I turned a steel bookcase on its side and placed it above the fridge to hold our cookbook collection.
When Andi remodeled her kitchen she had very simple dividers added above her fridge to store large pots and some decorative items. → Andi's Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal
Ashley filled in a gap between her fridge and upper cabinets with three identical baskets for storage. → Ashley's Nest