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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
The beauty of walk-in pantries and utility areas
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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.
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.
‘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.
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).
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.