How To Master the Space in a Kitchen with Tall Ceilings

How To Master the Space in a Kitchen with Tall Ceilings

Taryn Williford
Jan 3, 2016
(Image credit: James Ivy Designs)

In case you weren't paying attention during grade school, here's a real-life lesson in "the grass isn't always greener": You could spend a chunk of your life wishing you had an apartment with massively tall ceilings, then regret it all the moment you realize that, yeah, sometimes it's hard to decorate with those new proportions. Like, what ever do you do with the space above the kitchen?

Above: You can bring the lights down to where you need them, like these suspended track lights from James Ivy Designs.

(Image credit: Jim Westphalen)

You can extend the cabinets all the way up to the tall ceilings, like in this dusty green kitchen from This Old House.

(Image credit: Alec Hemer)

You might even consider a library ladder setup, like in this quaint kitchen from Country Living, to get good use out of the highest shelves.

(Image credit: Gislene Lopes)

Or bring the backsplash up and over the top cabinets, like the checkerboard pattern in this Brazil apartment designed by Gislene Lopes and featured on Home World Design.

(Image credit: Architectural Digest)

The goal with each of these designs is to visually bridge the gap between your usable, close-to-the-ground kitchen features and the tall, tall ceilings. This Mexico home in Architectural Digest makes it happen with ceramics atop the cabinetry and a low-hanging pendant light.

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