Ideas for Vaulted Ceiling Kitchens

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Ideas for Vaulted Ceiling Kitchens
Add light to a kitchen by installing a skylight. (skylight image by Scott Williams from

Take advantage of the wall and ceiling space created by a vaulted ceiling kitchen. Typically, the space goes unused but, with some imagination, this space can be used for storing or showcasing kitchen treasures. Built-in spaces around the vaulted ceiling serve as small vignettes to admire upon entering the space. Artwork mounted to one wall helps to soften the room. Adding warm, neutral tones with accessories, paint and other decorative elements prevents the space from becoming overwhelming and cavernous.

Lighting and Windows

Flood the kitchen with light by installing a skylight within the vaulted ceiling. Skylights naturally lighten a room and illuminate the space. Unexpected touches, like an oversized window, also add natural light into the space to create an open feel. Pendant lights suspended from a vaulted ceiling create a dramatic feel and provide extra task lighting when preparing meals. Made in a wide range of styles and colours, pendant lights bring style to the kitchen. And, when mounted from the vaulted ceiling, they visually lower the kitchen to help create a more intimate cooking space.


Vaulted kitchen ceilings provide space for additional kitchen storage. Extra-tall cabinetry installed within the room provides an area for tucking away kitchen necessities while creating height and drama in the space. Keep those items you use once or twice a year at the highest point. See-through, glass-front cabinetry adds visual interest and works well for displaying kitchen collections like decorative plates, glassware or vases. Shelving mounted along one wall of a vaulted ceiling to display plants or a set of kitchen books offers additional storage space in the kitchen. Speciality wine storage racks tucked along a vaulted ceiling space create whimsical and unexpected space for storing vintage bottles. Hung from a ceiling beam, a pot racks holds frequently used pieces without taking up needed space below. Positioned above an island, it serves as a decorative piece within the space.


Vaulted ceiling kitchens can become overwhelmed by dark wall colours that compete for centre stage. Instead, keep the walls light and neutral to accent accessories like stainless steel appliances. Creamy white, beige and pale shades of green are ideal for a larger space. This neutral palette helps to complement and accent colourful backsplashes, countertops and kitchen islands while creating an open feel. Neutral paint colours also help to accent and complement the decorative, wooden support beams often found on vaulted ceilings.

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