IN A COUNTRY-STYLE SETTING, a fitted or freestanding kitchen, where all your essential tools, saucepans, linens, china and glass are concealed behind closed doors, may be the best option, but it’s not always the most attractive or interesting. Instead, a balance of cupboards that hide clutter and allow you to display a few treasured pieces or stylish functional objects results in a softer, more personal look. If you have the space, a walk-in larder is a wise choice – you could convert an awkward area such as an alcove or unused recess to create a smaller version. This increases your storage potential and makes dry goods easily accessible. Ensure it is well ventilated to keep the contents cool.
When installing a new kitchen or cabinets, opt for a combination of drawers (best for under-counter storage as everything is much easier to access) and wall cupboards above. A mix of open shelves and cabinets with doors will offer just the right amount of display and storage.
Add a few freestanding pieces such as a dresser or old butcher’s block, or consider including items that you wouldn’t usually expect to see in a kitchen – perhaps a pigeonhole chest for dry goods or an antique armoire that could hold linens and china.
Bespoke kitchens often offer clever storage solutions concealed within cupboards, such as bi-fold corner doors, purposebuilt spice racks or saucepan carousels, while rails for utensils or a hanging pan rack can hold a full batterie de cuisine.