Country Living (UK) - - Storage Solutions -

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.

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