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How do you decorate a kitchen soffit?

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Kitchen soffits can be decorated by painting, tiling or adding molding. If there are no pipes, wiring or vents hidden behind the soffit, it can be removed to create more storage or decorating space above the cabinets.

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Older homes often have soffits blocking the space on top of the kitchen cabinets. Painting them in a strong, contrasting color helps the kitchen look more modern. Because soffits cover a relatively small space, they can even be painted with stencils, patterns, polka dots or stripes to lift the eyes and add visual energy to the room.

Another modern-looking choice for decorating kitchen soffits is tilework. A kitchen with a tiled backsplash can repeat the same tilework overhead, pulling the room's decor together. Bold ceramic tiles have the same energizing effect as painting with strong colors. Other options include stone tile for a more subtle look or tin ceiling tiles.

Adding molding to kitchen soffits creates an elegant look. The molding can be painted to match the cabinets or to serve as a frame for them. Adding thin picture-frame molding to create a gallery effect provides small framed areas that can be painted or wallpapered for contrast.

If removing soffits is possible, doing so creates a space ready to display an eye-catching collection or to store rarely used kitchen items. A series of framed photos or decorative plates is another great option for decorating a soffit space. The space is also handy for holding storage baskets that contain seasonal items such as turkey basters, Christmas cookie cutters and grilling aprons.

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