18 pantry ideas for kitchens that function as great as they look.
Walk-in kitchen pantries began making a comeback in the late 1990’s and pantry ideas are now one of the most requested kitchen features. But many of today’s homeowners expect more from their pantries than just “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place” space. From dry foods and canned goods, to cookbooks and dishes and even small appliances are finding their way into these carefully planned storage rooms that function like kitchen annexes. Painted or stained fixed shelves often wrap the pantry, making the most of the space.
A pantry entrance flanked by shelves for cookbooks is accessed through a pair of single-pane French doors. The lead-glass transom above the doors is a nice touch. Only one light fixture is needed taking advantage of an opportunity to give the pantry some personality. A unique new, vintage or antique fixture like this globe will always add charm as well as necessary light.
Doors are another way to express yourself by making the pantry entrance unique. What better place to jot down this week’s shopping list than chalkboard panels on door? Painting the lower panel gives children a place to create as well.
This pantry is enclosed with a screen door. Unpainted shelves hold dry goods and serving pieces. Other screening materials choices include chicken wire and decorative, flat wire mesh. Shirred fabric or punched tin panels can be used to shield contents from view.
A green chalkboard wall and sliding industrial style interior barn door gives this kitchen a loft-like feeling. The wine refrigerator is easily accessed when entertaining.
No space is too small when it comes to adding extra storage. A shallow “one can deep” pantry is hidden behind a distressed, sliding wood door with iron insert. Glassware is stored on the top shelves, becoming visible through the door’s lattice work and an interesting display when the door is closed.
Double pocket doors slide out of sight, opening this pantry up to the kitchen. A center hutch, that’s slightly deeper than the surrounding shelves, holds small appliances and has drawers for table linens and roll-out baskets for seldom-used cooking accessories. Vertical try storage racks and pull-out spice racks also are built in on the right hand side of the pantry space.
Taking a cue from integrated appliances, this pair of pantry doors blends in with the cabinets when closed.
Another pair of integrated doors is banked by glass front cabinets for tableware display. The pantry is nicely finished inside with planked wood paneled walls, thick shelving and an industrial lantern style light fixture.
Instead of using traditional corner cabinetry full of hard-to-reach shelves, here is a corner pantry. Frosted glass doors conceal its true identity. Designs and wording are often etched on the glass for a decorative touch. A properly placed outlet is handy for using small appliances. The lower wood panels have a center knob, leading me to believe they are tilt-out bins for recycling or pet food.
If you’re brave (and neat), an open corner pantry may be the answer. Lined wicker baskets help tidy smaller items. Seldom used things are stored on the top shelf. The open pantry of the Salie House is similar and includes a farmhouse sink and Traulsen pass-thru fridge.
Another door-free pantry makes a bold statement with mustard yellow paint and a lovely wood lattice work valance. Lined baskets are accompanied by labeled glass jars in this highly organized and styled pantry. But a gathered fabric skirt can hide a multitude of sins.
If there is not enough space for a walk-in pantry, line a kitchen wall or hallway off the kitchen with shelves and stock up on pretty glass airtight containers. As long as they are away from direct natural light, the contents shouldn’t be harmed.
This modern open pantry was designed by Meg Ryan built using white painted brick and stained concrete shelves. This is durable minimalism at its best and at a reasonable price.
Fitted English kitchens often include massive larder cabinets that holds the majority of pantry items for the household. Doors lined with shelves keep smaller items from becoming lost and an open shelf above the pantry provides storage for large items or display.
Another English larder cabinet is integrated instead of freestanding. The door offers storage and luxe interior wood drawers can be labeled.
Pantries can be as big and elaborate as your dreams. Regular depth lower cabinets, a hutch and open shelves will keep small appliances out of the main kitchen.
A hidden feature of our French gray kitchen is the walk-in pantry. Originally, it was the closet for a bedroom we turned into sunroom during the pre-building stage. Double French doors opens it up to the nearby range and our trim carpenter built the shelves to my specifications.
Based on a potting bench, the pantry work table provides space for unloading groceries or even making a sandwich. In keeping with my less kitchen-like look, the toaster and microwave are out of sight in the pantry. A collection of birdhouses is arranged on the top shelf and they are a fun surprise for guests.
(Sources: Design Babylon Interiors, Kitchen Bath Ideas, Country Living, Cottage Living, Colleen Fox Interiors, Closets Redefined, House Beautiful, Team95, EmersonMade, Elle Decor, Venegas and Company, Tracy Leach, Front Door)
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