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Step away from run-of-the-mill kitchen stor­age: a walk-in pantry or util­ity space keeps those es­sen­tials close with­out sac­ri­fic­ing style

Living Etc - - CONTENTS - Words and re­search ⁄ So­phie Baylis

The beauty of walk-in pantries and util­ity ar­eas

Pick a Pocket

If space is at a pre­mium, win it back with pocket doors which won’t in­trude on the kitchen when open. translu­cent glass is an­other idea for the door, but you need to be a neat freak if you go for it. If this doesn’t sound like you, fluted glass is a great com­pro­mise, par­tially mask­ing the pantry con­tents with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the flow of light.

Project de­tails These home­own­ers have painted the pocket door to match the units (try Pavil­ion gray es­tate eg­gshell by Far­row & Ball, £60 for

2.5l) to make sure it blends seam­lessly with the rest of the space. a good kitchen de­signer will be able to work with the space you have avail­able, sec­tion­ing off a cor­ner of your kitchen to cre­ate a small walk-in pantry like this one. For sim­i­lar cab­i­netry, try humphrey mun­son.

savvy stor­age

Al­ways ask your­self: do I have enough stor­age? chances are you’ll have more stuff to stash than you re­alise. ‘A laun­dry room should ide­ally have a sep­a­rate washer and dryer; a tall cup­board for the iron­ing board; and shelves for clean­ing prod­ucts,’ says richard Moore, de­sign di­rec­tor at Martin Moore. ‘Also think about us­abil­ity,’ adds Nicky Line, prod­uct di­rec­tor at Nep­tune. ‘Mea­sure your favourite bot­tle of fab­ric con­di­tioner to be sure it’ll work with the height of the shelves if they’re not ad­justable.’

Project de­tails Laun­dry space is a con­cept by scav­olini that uses the units from its bath­room fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion to cre­ate a laun­dry. A se­ries of hid­den el­e­ments make all the dif­fer­ence – from the wash­tub with pull-out wash­board to the wall unit that slides up to re­veal a pull-out dry­ing rack. And if you’re won­der­ing where the iron­ing board lives, sim­ply lift up the work­top and you’ll find it hid­den un­der­neath. scav­olini bath­room fur­ni­ture starts from £5,000.

Mod­ern de­sign

‘A pantry is a nod to the past, when stor­age pres­sures on the kitchen were re­duced with a small room ded­i­cated just to gro­ceries,’ ex­plains Si­mon Ho­sein, se­nior de­signer at Mark Wilkin­son Fur­ni­ture. to up­date this old-school con­cept, in­tro­duce con­tem­po­rary touches through ma­te­ri­als, colours and fin­ishes.

Project de­tails Lon­don-based ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dio de rosee sa gave this de­sign a mod­ern vibe with painted pan­elling. sweep­ing the colour over the door and cab­i­nets cre­ates a sense of co­he­sion. The ab­sence of han­dles on the cab­i­nets brings a stream­lined feel that bal­ances the more tra­di­tional fea­tures, such as the Belfast sink with pil­lar taps. The fin­ish­ing flour­ish is an iconic clothes airer from sheila-maid. A sim­i­lar pantry would cost be­tween £3,000 and £3,600sq m to achieve.

shine on

Gone are the days when you were ex­pected to pick a sin­gle metal and stick to it. Dec­o­rat­ing rules have re­laxed and the mixed metal look is no longer con­sid­ered an in­te­ri­ors faux pas. the trick is to choose a dom­i­nant metal and add one or two ac­cents. op­po­sites at­tract, so off­set cool-toned me­tals (think sil­ver, nickel and steel) with warm-toned gold, brass and cop­per. or, if you de­cide to stick to a sin­gle metal, it doesn’t have to be con­sis­tent – for ex­am­ple, a cock­tail of matt and pol­ished fin­ishes will in­ject vis­ual in­ter­est and depth to a space.

Project de­tails a sim­ple edit of white table­ware lets metallics shine in the ar­ti­san kitchen by John Lewis of Hunger­ford, from £25,000. Here, orig­i­nal Btc’s ham­mered cop­per stan­ley pen­dants, £399 each, add in­dus­trial edge to clas­sic coun­try el­e­ments, such as the cop­per Belfast sink and solid-oak work­top. the use of wood ties in with the slat­ted oak shelv­ing, which in turn in­tro­duces tex­ture to the crisp white walls (try all White es­tate emul­sion, £45 for 2.5L, Far­row & Ball).

space sav­ing

open stor­age makes sense in a small pantry be­cause you may not have room for pro­trud­ing cup­board doors. the draw­back is that de­spite ev­ery­one’s best in­ten­tions, the con­nect­ing door to a pantry of­ten gets left open. For this rea­son, it’s im­por­tant to keep shelves in good or­der. choose glass jars and clear con­tain­ers to store food, and don’t for­get to zone your space with ded­i­cated ar­eas for bak­ing, break­fast items and canned goods. Hooks for tea tow­els, aprons and oven mitts will keep your kitchen clut­ter-free. Fi­nally, put the bis­cuit tin out of reach of small chil­dren; in­stead, use the lower shelves to keep ev­ery­day es­sen­tials within easy reach.

Project de­tails ar­chi­tects at san Fran­cisco-based But­ler arms­den were in­spired by their clients’ pas­sion for travel when up­dat­ing their home, which was de­signed by Wil­liam Wurster. in the kitchen, a translu­cent slid­ing par­ti­tion rem­i­nis­cent of a Ja­panese shoji was used to cre­ate this small but per­fectly formed pantry. ‘it was a way of di­vid­ing off the space with­out al­ter­ing the ar­chi­tec­ture of the house,’ says Reba Jones, as­so­ci­ate prin­ci­pal at But­ler arms­den. Metal shelv­ing is used to tai­lor the space to the fam­ily’s needs. For sim­i­lar, take a look at Clos­et­maid where pantry sys­tems start from £185.


Break­fast is the most im­por­tant meal of the day so they say, so give it the at­ten­tion it de­serves with a ded­i­cated space to prep tea and toast – and stash condi­ments and the cof­fee ma­chine. Make it per­sonal by com­mis­sion­ing a be­spoke de­sign that’s tai­lored to your morn­ing rou­tine. too pricey? Look for a kitchen com­pany that uses ex­ist­ing ranges as the foun­da­tion for its de­signs. Although not strictly be­spoke, your break­fast sta­tion will still be built to or­der and adapted to suit your life­style.

Project de­tails Break­fast in this house­hold is an or­gan­ised af­fair thanks to the Round­house pantry, which of­fers plenty of stor­age – from draw­ers deep enough to hold ce­real boxes to doors lined with nar­row shelv­ing for jars. the doors are painted in Far­row & Ball’s Black Blue es­tate eg­gshell, £60 for 2.5L, while the in­te­rior is crafted in black wal­nut to con­trast with the Car­rara mar­ble work­top, where break­fast prep takes place. Round­house kitchens start at £35,000.

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