Kitchen soffits are a common fixture in many homes, but they can be unattractive and unsightly. Dealing with them can be very tricky if they create too much flange in your home.
But even if you have to live with soffits, there are many creative ways of disguising them and blending them seamlessly into the overall kitchen design such as:
- Install Crown Moulding
- Add New Cabinets
- Hang Shelves
- Paint or Stain Your Cabinets
- Cover Soffits With Artwork
- Build a Window Bench
- Place Plants
- Cover Soffits With Beadboard
- Use Sculptures or a Bookshelf
- Showcase Expensive Crockery
- Use Tiles or Wallpaper
- Install a Kitchen Island
In this article, we’ll go over what Kitchen Soffits are, some amazing options for disguising them, and how they vary from Eaves. Continue reading if you want to redesign your kitchen in an impressive way.
What are Kitchen Soffits?
Soffits are the horizontal panels that are installed in the space above the kitchen cabinets. They are a great way to add architectural interest and detail to your home, and can also be used to hide unsightly areas, such as plumbing or wiring.
They can be found either above cabinets or directly beneath the ceiling and are quite frequent in homes built in the 1980s and 1990s.
What Is the Standard Height of Kitchen Soffits?
Usually, kitchen cabinets must be at the proper height for us to reach them. With this, I’m referring to the bottom and upper cabinets. Because of the population’s average height, the ceiling heights are gradually shifting as well.
For example, in Slovenia, my kitchen counter is 34 inches above the ground. In the near future, I intend to install a new kitchen in my home with a countertop that is 36 inches above the ground. In addition, 90% of sales in my showroom are done with this increased dimension which shows that this is the standard height that people are looking for.
Most people can reach up to 5 to 6 feet to retrieve items from kitchen cabinets, but anything beyond that is quite uncomfortable, especially for people of short stature.
When renovating your kitchen, keep your height in mind. If you spend a lot of time inside, the ergonomic height of your countertop is critical as the soffits will likely need to be lowered or raised to accommodate today’s standards.
Moreover, soffits come in a variety of shapes, depending on the age of the house. The majority of them are huge boxy structures that give the kitchen an antiquated and visually unpleasant appearance.
Can I Remove Kitchen Soffits?
They are often impossible to remove since soffits conceal vital sections like electricity and pipes. Plus they are also crucial to the structural integrity of your home.
On the other hand, soffits that are ignored are also a haven for cobwebs, insects, and dust. Hence, the best way is to just mask them in an appealing manner.
How to Make Kitchen Soffits Invisible – 12 Captivating Ways to Try Today
Below are a few appealing ways to disguise your kitchen into an elegantly-looking structure. You can choose to do one or all of them, as they are all budget-friendly and easy to execute.
1. Install Crown Moulding
Crown molding is a type of trim that is used to hide the transition between the wall and the ceiling. It can also be used to cover up unsightly areas, such as kitchen soffits. You will find it available in a variety of contemporary and modern styles including wood, plastic, and metal.
TIP: Find a kitchen border that matches the existing cabinets and appears to be part of the overall design. Bellow molding is composed of foam and may be painted any color you wish to mix in with the overall design.
Watch the video below to see how beautifully Ana White and her husband have transformed their cabinets with crown molding.
2. Paint or Stain Your Soffits
If you want to design kitchen soffits on a budget, painting them is the way to go. Take a paintbrush and paint the soffits in a color that will blend in with your cabinets naturally. This will give it a sophisticated yet naturally modern appearance.
Choose earth pastel colors for your soffits so they don’t jump out at you the moment you go into your kitchen. You want them to stand out and be a part of the overall design.
Tip: in order to protect the paint from chipping be sure to seal your cabinets with a finishing coat of sealant or polyurethane after you’re done painting them.
3. Add New Cabinets
One way to creatively hide your kitchen soffits is by adding new cabinets over your existing cabinets. This will not only make your kitchen look neater and less cluttered, but it will also add extra storage space. You can either choose to have the same style and color as your existing cabinets, or you can opt for a completely different look.
Raising the upper cabinets to the point where they meet the ceiling and hiding the soffit behind them will make the soffit invisible. The cabinet depth is determined by the depth of your soffit.
Tip: Add doors to the upper cabinets so that you can store things like dishes, and glasses out of sight and get a more minimalistic and clean design look.
4. Cover Soffits With Artwork
Why not put some of your artwork on display in the vacant space? To make this space stand out, display your favorite artworks horizontally or vertically. This is a terrific method to show off your artistic sense to your guests. At the same time, you can also add some style to the kitchen.
Choose artwork that is large in scale and that will take up a lot of visual space. You can also choose art with busy patterns or bright colors to help camouflage the soffits.
5. Build a Window
If you are capable enough of remolding your kitchen, then adding a window in that awkward gap would be great. Also, it’s high most are appropriate. It depends on how it looks inside and how big it is but in most cases it is quite hard to be done
6. Place Plants
Although I am not a fan of this design, if you are a nature lover or enjoy having indoor plants, soffits are another wonderful option to put plants on.
Adding plants is a great way to make your kitchen soffits look less noticeable. Not only do they add life and color to the space, but they also help to cover up any imperfections.
Choose plants that are big and tall so they can take up a lot of visual space. You can also use plants that have a bushy or leafy texture.
Be sure to water them regularly and place them in a spot where they will get plenty of sunlight. You can also add a potting bench next to the plants for extra storage space.
Tip: If you don’t have upper cabinets, you can use plants to hang from the soffit itself.
7. Cover Soffits with Beadboard
No matter how old this technique is, it is very useful to cover kitchen soffits. Beadboards are easily available at any home improvement store.
You have to get it cut in order to match it with the size of your kitchen soffits. They are installed vertically. Once installed, don’t hesitate to decorate it with your favorite items. They are available in white color by default but can be painted in any color.
Once they are up and running, don’t be afraid to personalize them with your favorite stuff such as magnets, photos, and baskets.
8. Use Sculptures or Books
Use this inaccessible location to show off your passion for sculptures. Kitchen soffits provide plenty of room for your one-of-a-kind works of art.
If you choose to use bookshelves, be sure to choose ones that are deep enough to store your cookbooks and other kitchen supplies.
9. Showcase Expensive Crockery
When stored in cabinets, crockery, no matter how valuable, typically goes overlooked. If you have a lot of expensive crockery, you can use the soffits to showcase them.
Make use of the area above the cabinets to show off your enthusiasm for it. Make the most of this space by displaying some stylish accessories.
One way of doing this is to install some shelves or cabinets in the soffits and be sure to use a glass door so that you can show off your beautiful dishes.
TIP: Use an LED light to highlight the crockery and add some extra glamour to your kitchen. Also, try building cabinets all the way to the ceiling hiding soffit behind.
10. Use Tiles or Wallpapers
Wallpapers are always in trend, no matter how old they are. The use of tiles or wallpapers on the kitchen soffit can give it a more modern vibe.
They come in an endless variety of colors and styles, and you can use any hue to embellish your soffits. To match or contrast with the current structure of the kitchen, choose light or nuanced hues or deeper tones.
Similarly, soffits made of ceramic tiles are also a fantastic choice. Bright or bold-colored tiles can instantly boost the mood in your kitchen.
TIP: The look will be more exquisite with stone tiles. Additionally, tin ceiling tiles can also be used to give your kitchen a more modern design.
11. Hang Shelves
Another way to camouflage your soffits is by hanging shelves on the wall above the upper cabinets. Install shelves flush with the top of your cabinets and use them to store dishes, glasses, or other decorative items.
TIP: You can use brackets or shelf support to hold the shelves in place.
12. Install a Kitchen Island
If you have a lot of kitchen soffits and you don’t want to place them above upper cabinets, you can hide them inside a kitchen island.
Kitchen soffits can be decorated in a variety of ways. In the end, it all comes down to how you want them to appear.
What Is The Difference Between Eaves And Soffits?
Eaves and soffits are often mixed with each other. However, despite their closeness, they are quite different.
Eaves are the underside or edge of the roof that extends/hangs beyond the external wall of a building. This extension prevents walls from rainfall and keeps the moisture away from penetration.
Eaves also maintain a decent temperature of the house and prevent from excess sunlight. Besides these architectural benefits, Eaves are also being used to define a building’s overall look.
Soffits are the underside of the Eaves. The underside could be balcony, staircase, vault or any other structural element.
They are typically the horizontal underside of the eaves that connects it with the main body of the building. So technically, they can refer to the underside of anything constructed such as mentioned above.
What is typical dimension of kitchen soffit?
Typical dimension of kitchen soffit is 16 – 24 inches wide and around 12 inches hight for standard 8-foot tall kitchen.
What is the best material for soffit?
The best material for soffit today would be vinyl or aluminum. Old existing soffits are made out of wood so if they need facelift you may just repair existing ones.
Can a soffit be the same colour as the walls?
Yes, it is possible to paint a soffit to match the wall color. This will help make the space look bigger. You can also use a contrasting color to highlight the soffit.
What is the difference between a kitchen island and a peninsula?
A kitchen island is freestanding and has cabinets on all sides. A peninsula, on the other hand, has cabinets only on two sides and is attached to a wall.