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Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets

Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets

We’ve owned and rented homes over the years with kitchen cabinet soffits, those boxy sheetrocked rectangles that take up space above kitchen cabinets. They’re a common element in many a subdivision kitchen built in the 1980s and 1990s and I’m not a huge fan of them, so in a remodel, removing them or disguising them is my first plan. Kitchen soffits as a drop down ceiling can serve a purpose, often it is to hide beams, wiring, and pipes but sometimes not; I’ve always preferred a kitchen ceiling the same height as adjacent rooms. Kitchen cabinet soffits are often space fillers, there are decorative ways to disguise or improve the look of them and there’s the more challenging architectural undertaking of removing them. It’s a topic on my mind this month since we’ve encountered a situation where we’re unable to remove the drop down soffit in our two ongoing kitchen remodels. Here’s a view of the kitchen in Las Vegas from last fall before we removed the old countertop and cabinets and lowered the pony wall. It shows the drop down kitchen soffit above the footprint of the space which I wanted to remove so very much so that the kitchen’s ceiling was the same height as the adjacent family room and breakfast nook. We tore out part of the ceiling only to discover that a structural beam and water pipes ran through the middle of it, the soffit wasn’t there just to house the big box florescent light, it was the hub of all the electrical, plumbing, and structural support of the home which made me upset because I wished the architect of this subdivision had designed the home so that the beams and pipes lived in the subfloor instead, grrr. The cost and headache and permits were just too much to change it so instead we paid to repair the demo and live with a drop down ceiling soffit in this space. The new lighting plan will help – we did remove the florescent light box and updated the lighting with recessed cans and pendants over the peninsula in December – new cabinets and countertops will also be a huge improvement. Grandma’s kitchen remodel (below) is progressing but we hit a similar road bump when we discovered the drop down ceiling soffit couldn’t be raised because of structural issues running through the center of it. Strike Two. We had to delay the cabinet order so that the new upper cabinets fit the lower height and thankfully we caught the issue in time to not be charged for the changes, however again we are stuck with a ceiling that we originally anticipated raising to the same level as the family room. (See the “before” for this space here and the kitchen design plan here.) While our issue is one of a full drop down ceiling, I’ve been in plenty of kitchens with a similar issue of soffits that exist just above the cabinets (also called fur downs in different regions of the country). I went in search of kitchen spaces where soffits look good because they’ve been incorporated into the design plan of the kitchen. This wood and white kitchen’s cabinet soffits are trimmed beautifully with molding so that they blend in with the upper cabinetry. authentic oak Here’s another dreamy example in a favorite kitchen of molding used to enhance the soffits above the white cabinets. fiorella design In this all white kitchen, the cabinet soffits are hidden by beautiful beams and part of the architectural plan from the start. wendy resin interiors The same wood material was used to cover the fur downs in this all wood kitchen for a seamless look. unico cabinetry The use of a white paint color on the walls and cabinet soffits reduces the contrast between the soffits and cabinets and successfully blends them together. the house that a-m built Both gray and white molding disguise the soffits in this kitchen, I love the use of both the cabinetry and trim colors in the design. company kd Another idea is to paint the soffit and the ceiling the same color, using crown molding and trim to complement the white cabinetry. kendall wilkinson I like the way the soffits in this kitchen are purposefully part of a lighting plan, the clean lines of the cabinetry work well with the angular lines of the ceiling soffit. michael knowles for deforest architects While we couldn’t redesign our ceiling soffits to incorporate any of those ideas into either kitchen remodel, I did find this this modern kitchen with a drop down ceiling which gives me hope that ours will look just fine in the Las Vegas house because of its more contemporary style. swell homes Have you experienced anything similar with changing a kitchen ceiling height or improving the look of your kitchen soffits? I’d love to read your stories! …
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Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets

BHG.com Kitchens Kitchen Cabinets 15 Ideas for Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets Take your decorating efforts to new heights! Stretch upward to find or create display areas above your cabinets, windows, and sinks for showcasing collections, adding storage, and bringing fresh appeal to your kitchen. By Ann Wilson Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google Plus Email Print More Prev View all Next × Prev View all Next Prev View all Next Popular In Kitchen Cabinets Kitchen Cabinet Details that Wow Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets Kitchen Cabinet Color Choices Everything In This Slideshow 1 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Novel Nook Add interesting architectural structure to your kitchen cabinets to create beautiful forms with fine-tuned function. A mantel-like niche lined with beaded board unites this room’s cabinets and appliances while providing a perch for baskets and dishes. What’s Your Decorating Style? 2 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Crowning Glory This stair-stepped cabinetry configuration stretches the display capacity of a window sink wall. Equipped with open cubbies, the central component unites with its neighbors, thanks to crown-molding trim. The cubbies and cabinet tops provide prime real estate for showing off dishware and oversize baskets that warm the primarily white kitchen. 3 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Look to Books Enhance a kitchen’s usefulness by including surfaces designed for stowing and showing off essentials. Dark-stained shelves convert a small kitchen-desk alcove into a home office, while a large open nook above neighboring cabinets displays colorful cookbooks. 4 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Timeworn Touches Be creative! Setting capacious wooden boxes, packing crates, and harvest baskets atop cabinets serves a number of purposes. The containers enhance vintage designs, supply eye-catching graphics and patinas, and hold everything from paper party goods to kitchen linens. Beautiful Vintage Kitchen Ideas 5 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Nostalgic Notions Decorate above your kitchen cabinets with objects that further your design vision. In this office alcove, vintage blue canning jars of all sizes brighten the shadows. When decorating up high, group same-color items to create high-impact displays that advance into view and immediately read as a collection. 6 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Convert Cabinets to Open Shelving Display your favorite kitchen collections with open shelves made from traditional cabinetry. See how with our easy step-by-step process! 7 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Simply Striking Forget about adding soffits above your cabinets. Instead, leave wall space wide open so you can take advantage of cabinet tops for displaying handsome accessories. These open-to-view areas are ideally suited to spotlighting statuesque serving pieces that often go unseen and unappreciated when stored behind closed doors. Gorgeous White Kitchens 8 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Top-Shelf Touches Create a cohesive look in an adjacent dining area by adding built-ins that mirror the look and height of your kitchen’s upper cabinets. These bookcases partially frame a window and supply space for a book collection and tidy row of ducks. 9 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Utilize Corners Wrap a kitchen corner with shelves supported by handsome brackets to continue the line of cabinetry and provide extra storage space. A collection of white ceramic vessels in varying shapes and sizes aligns on this room’s shelves to visually expand the space while keeping with the neutral color scheme. 10 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Open to View Refrigerator cabinets and their contents are difficult for most people to reach. The cabinets become black-hole storage, where items go in but rarely come out. Instead of closed-door cabinets, install a fridge-spanning shelf or remove cabinet doors to fashion a niche for showing off one or two sizeable objects with scintillating silhouettes. 11 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Perimeter Pizzazz Outfit the edges of your upper cabinets with deep crown moldings to create a stage-like effect that accentuates your exhibits. These homeowners used molding to meld an over-the-window shelf with neighboring cabinets and fashion a holding area for flea market finds. 12 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Display Case Exploit out-of-reach openings to exhibit sculptural pieces that share a common color or design period. This kitchen delivers generous wall space that accommodates tall cabinets capped with open shelves; a flat upper surface presents a hefty glass vessel that contributes color and sparkle to the kitchen’s streamlined design. 13 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Sophisticated Scene Decorate shelves, nooks, and cubbies above your cabinets with Sunday-best dishes or polished silver heirlooms. Select your finest pieces that boast fetching forms, captivating colors, and arresting details to fashion gracious displays that are sure to charm. 14 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Collection Connection A simple shelf with a fluted edge handily fills the gap between window-framing cabinets. The convenient nook keeps white pitchers and plants near a water source and holds cookbooks within reach of the chef. 15 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Stow and Show Function and form unite in a run of rustic baskets that spans the top of these built-in pantry cabinets. The containers enhance the room’s old-world style and double as artwork until they’re needed. 16 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Convenience Factor Tucking storage racks and display shelves between cabinets amplifies your decorating options while keeping countertops clear. These built-ins create a handy breakfast station that stylishly stows wine bottles, colorful coffee-related gear, and a small microwave. 17 of 17 Facebook Pinterest Next Slideshow Kitchen Cabinet Details that Wow Kitchen Cabinet Details that Wow Distinctive kitchen cabinet details–from layered finishes and hip hardware to architectural embellishments–stylishly boost interest in traditional, contemporary, vintage, and cottage kitchen designs. Begin Slideshow » Related Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets Kitchen Cabinet Color Choices

Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets

Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets
Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets
Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets
Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets
Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets

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