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Bring new life to the busiest room in the house by adding fresh char­ac­ter and sort­ing out your stor­age


Whether you have a big farm­house kitchen or a smaller cot­tage space, ev­ery­thing from hefty saucepans to sprigs of herbs needs to be stored in a log­i­cal, ac­ces­si­ble way. Kitchen de­sign­ers are con­stantly dream­ing up ways to eke the most out of tricky spa­ces and ir­reg­u­lar nooks.

Bi­fold-doors are ideal when space is tight. Fit­ted to larders or smaller counter-top cab­i­nets, they con­ceal – and then re­veal – ev­ery­day ap­pli­ances such as toast­ers and cof­fee ma­chines. Be­hind cup­board doors, smooth-slid­ing wooden draw­ers are an ef­fi­cient way to store food­stuffs and crock­ery. You can fill up the en­tire space but still reach items right at the back. Draw­ers can also be tucked into cor­ner cup­boards, re­ced­ing into what would oth­er­wise be a ‘dead’ space.

While some items are best hid­den away, oth­ers de­serve to be ad­mired, which is where open shelv­ing comes in. Stacked with an in­ter­est­ing ar­ray of plates, glasses and vin­tage finds, they func­tion like a lat­ter-day dresser. On a more prac­ti­cal note, if staples such as rice and pasta are stored in glass jars out on show, you can see what needs re­plen­ish­ing. If you don’t al­ready have a built-in larder, free­stand­ing ver­sions now come with mini shelves fit­ted in­side the doors, mak­ing them as in­dis­pens­able to­day as when they kept a cook’s food­stuffs cool and dry. Some­times, the old-fash­ioned ideas re­ally are the best: pans hung from a me­tal rail or a rack use space ef­fi­ciently while dou­bling as a vis­ual dis­play.

Op­po­site Wooden doors clev­erly con­ceal a kitchen in de­signer Tom Raffield’s stylish Cor­nish home

Left Tra­di­tional kitchen im­ple­ments have an at­trac­tive ap­pear­ance, and keep­ing them out on show means they are al­ways to hand

Left and above A bal­ance of con­cealed stor­age and favourite pieces on dis­play is a pleas­ing com­bi­na­tion

Right A plate rack is a good way to dis­play ce­ram­ics in a smaller space where a dresser might dom­i­nate

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