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For an eclectic look, create a niche above the fridge and display decorative platters and vases that are too pretty to hide behind cabinet doors. Install custom molding around the niche to enhance the look.
Open shelving mimics built-ins and allows you to store cookbooks and collectibles in plain sight. Keep a sturdy step stool in a fun color nearby to reach the items easily.
A custom wine rack above the refrigerator is a spin-off on the open shelving idea, and the gridlike pattern adds interest to the room. Because high temperatures can affect the aging process of wine, this idea works best above modern refrigerators where the coils are on the bottom of the fridge instead of on the back.
If you enjoy watching television while you cook, why not fill the nook above your fridge with a small flatscreen TV? As opposed to countertop or undercabinet locations, this placement frees up countertop space for meal prep and avoids cooking messes from splattering onto the TV.