How to Decorate Over a Refrigerator

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How to Decorate Over a Refrigerator
Dress the top of your refrigerator as you would any bookshelf or display area. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The space over your refrigerator is often a dead-zone, filled with inaccessible cabinetry and dust. You can take advantage of this small space by adding a few decorations to enhance the room without adding clutter. Mix stylish items with the placement of oft-used kitchen gear to make the most of your over fridge area. Use your kitchen theme as a guide and have fun with this overlooked design element.

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Things you need

  • Dust rag
  • Lighting
  • Potted plant
  • Cookbooks
  • Decor item

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  1. 1

    Store rarely used appliances or paperwork, like the instruction books for all your appliances, in the cabinets above the fridge, if provided. These cabinets are difficult to get into, so blocking them in a temporary way is acceptable if you don't use the items in them often.

    How to Decorate Over a Refrigerator
    Store extra kitchen appliances and utensils in the cabinets before setting up your display. ( Images)
  2. 2

    Wipe off top of fridge to remove dust and debris.

    How to Decorate Over a Refrigerator
    A soapy sponge is all you need to clean the top of your refrigerator. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  3. 3

    Place an up-light or under-cabinet light on the fridge top to add brightness to a dark corner. Tap-style or battery-operated lighting can be used if you don't have an electrical socket nearby.

  4. 4

    Consider the decor in the rest of your kitchen and eating space. Coordinate your top of fridge decoration with the rest of the space in colour and style.

    How to Decorate Over a Refrigerator
    No matter what your style is, enhance it with some over-the-fridge accessories. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Place a potted Pothos or ivy plant on one end of your refrigerator top. Use a dripping pan underneath the plant for mess-free watering. Allow vines to drape over the side edge of the refrigerator or guide across the display.

    How to Decorate Over a Refrigerator
    A plant that does well with indirect can work for on top of your fridge. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  6. 6

    Line up three or four colourful or often-used cookbooks against the plant pot or simple bookends. This makes the space functional while allowing you to enjoy colourful book bindings and covers.

    How to Decorate Over a Refrigerator
    Store your favourite cookbooks on the fridge for easy accessiblity. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)
  7. 7

    Add a decorative element that relates to the rest of the kitchen decor For example, if your kitchen is done in a rooster motif, place a large rooster statue at the other end of the fridge top against the cookbooks.

    How to Decorate Over a Refrigerator
    Use a colourful accent for the refrigerator top to draw attention. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Place a grow light behind the plant to keep it healthy, if it does not do well with indirect light.
  • Rotate your decor items on your fridge top. This allows you to show off your collectibles without getting bored.
  • Don't overcrowd the fridge display. A crowded space makes the kitchen look clutter-filled.
  • Don't be tempted to use fake flowers or plants on your fridge-top. They might make the display look old-fashioned and tacky.
  • Don't place cookbooks that are too heavy on your refrigerator top. The size and weight of your plant/bookend should determine what size books you can safely place there.

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