With all of the time you spend in your kitchen year-round, discovering innovative kitchen pantry ideas to make the most of the space available is often a great idea. Pantries offer incredibly functional spaces, especially when it comes to important storage space in your kitchen. And with so many clever updates to storage solutions for your kitchen pantry recently, we’ve reached out to our Décor Aid project managers to help you reinvent your kitchen pantry with must-have hints and inspiration.
From space-saving pull-out pantries and pantries with wall-to-wall shelves to ideas for kitchen cabinets that make optimal use of even the smallest of spaces, you will find the best trends for kitchen cabinets to make everyday life all the easier. And these lovely kitchen pantry ideas will keep your kitchen stylish and up to date.
A pull-out pantry
A tall pull-out pantry gives you plenty of shelving and easy access to items at the very back – so you don’t stretch, lean, or struggle to access hard-to-reach items. They are narrow and therefore the perfect kitchen cabinet for a smaller kitchen. This gives you the extra storage space you need.
They are great for all types of dried and tinned goods and are great as an extension of the refrigerator. Many come with movable shelves so you can fit in as much as possible and maximize the space available. Plus, they hide pretty well for a sleek, minimalist designed kitchen.
A pantry with sliding shelves
One of the most annoying things about pantries is the static shelf that you can’t easily reach. One of the best solutions for kitchen cabinets is to have pull-out shelves so you can access all of your goods in the back at once. It’s simple and effective. This means no more knocking over glasses and boxes if you struggle to get to the back to get the seldom used item.
Shelves like this can be adjusted at any time, so you can maximize the space available to make your life a lot easier. And they also work well as alternatives to shelves for small appliances.
Back of the door
The pantry in the kitchen behind the door is a great way to further maximize the storage space available. Small, compact shelves on the inside of the door are a great way to create extra space for smaller must-haves as they are also weightless and put less strain on your kitchen cabinets. If you’re not gifted with a large modern kitchen cabinet, this is also a smart way to create extra space in any cabinet or closet.
Hooks are another great way to add storage space to your pantry – not everything can be kept on a shelf, and sometimes items are much better kept on a hook – from aprons to bags to utensils.
If you are an avid wine drinker at home, having a place to store wine bottles is probably important as these are known to take up a lot of space in your pantry. Setting up some dedicated wine storage areas in your pantry can help you move those bulky bottles out of the way in a more stylish and easy way. You can even have different racks for white and red in your pantry depending on your preferences and use.
Wine glasses are another necessity that can be difficult to store; You can simply keep them in your pantry with easy-to-get racks (so the glasses hang down from their bottom) so you can store other things underneath on the shelves – the ultimate kitchen cabinet ideas for the common wine connoisseur.
If you’re planning a new build or kitchen renovation, a built-in butler pantry is a wonderfully chic and charming kitchen pantry throwback. These numerous rooms offer you a well-secured counter and additional space for small (large) appliances, dried goods, canned goods and everything else you can imagine in a pantry. They’re also great for storing extra cutlery and serving dishes. They are best located between your kitchen and the entertainment areas and can be used as a bar if necessary.
Choose lots of open shelves (which will lower the cost of kitchen cabinets) to display your goods in baskets and stylized storage units. A pantry like this will also help you keep your kitchen neatly organized while being all the more elegant and thoughtful, and will add value to your home for years to come.
Drawers are a great alternative to regular and hard-to-reach kitchen shelves. Drawer fronts keep your larger items from falling over when you pull them out (which is always a win). Another great benefit of organizing your drawers is to make them clear so that you can easily see everything that is in the drawers of your kitchen unit without opening them.
This is also good when writing shopping lists as you don’t have to play around opening and closing drawers to look inside. They’re also a smart alternative for kitchens that don’t use overhead or floor-to-ceiling units for a cleaner look.
Extra China storage
Your pantry doesn’t have to be limited to groceries – you can store your china in it too. Indeed, this is a stylish way to store your china as it looks great and adds an extra feature to your kitchen pantry. Not only that, but it makes all of your dishes so much more accessible, and if kitchen cabinets are used, it’s a more cost-effective way to add extra storage space.
You no longer have to bend down to pull out heavy plates. You can have the heavier items much closer to you to ease the burden, with the infrequently used items being up and down. And for extra inspiration, we love the gallery like the feel of the kitchen pantry in a thoroughly modern home in Amsterdam, as pictured above. There’s just something glamorous about the stylized shelving, stunning atrium ceiling, and the fact that the homeowner was smart enough to include punctuation art in it.
Walls of shelves
Nothing beats a kitchen pantry full of well-designed shelves. If you’re looking for great storage solutions and have lots of space in your pantry, invest in wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass shelving for an extra dramatic effect.
Fill your pantry with beautifully designed jars, cans, and bottles – if you are a bulk buyer or have a large family this is perfect for you (if you have the space) as if you want a classic kitchen cabinet, this updated traditional route will make all the difference turn off.
A pantry with neat wicker space will inspire you to stay organized and practical. This is a great idea when you don’t have a pantry where you can close a door to hide it as it will keep everything minimal, clean and looking great. Fill your baskets with everything from baking pans and cookie cutters to sweets and snacks to sugar and flour.
You can also take the baskets out of the storage room and take them to another part of the kitchen so that you don’t have to constantly drive back and forth to the pantry to save time and energy in cooking.
A repurposed pantry
Redesigned pantries are an interesting way to add a bit of fun to your kitchen area while creating a more traditional design style. Kitchens can be very industrial spaces and sometimes lack character. So when you turn another type of storage unit into a kitchen cabinet, it can make a huge difference in adding charm to your kitchen. A cupboard ensures that a chic piece of furniture becomes a pantry. They are spacious and easily built into additional shelves to convert into a fully stocked pantry.
And they look great alongside just about any design style to create a truly passing feel of everyday glamor.
A rustic touch
While we’re not pushing for an over the top theme of a design style in a home as it will easily look dated, a simple sliding door gives your kitchen a rustic feel of farmhouse feel and is inexpensive and inexpensive to easily source, install and replace.
We love that the homeowner whose pantry is pictured above has kept the look modern with a simple but classic low-key door and sleek, matte hardware. As if it were a vintage or antique door with heavy hardware, the look would feel too literal.
An endless sense of luxury
When it came to considering the top kitchen renovation trends for 2019, our kitchen experts and interior designers were all for beautifully executed kitchen pantry ideas that are so fancy you think you’re in a museum or luxury boutique.
If your kitchen is modern and already overorganized, we recommend keeping the look consistent and opting for a walk-in butler pantry with plenty of sleek but empty counter, dramatic lighting, and well-placed decorative kitchen items and artwork. After all, every room in your home should have a wow factor, no matter how everyday or basic the need for it is.
The classic walk-in
Year after year, a classic walk-in kitchen pantry, no matter how big, is an ideal addition to any home thanks to its practicality and large space requirements. The trick to getting a walk-in kitchen pantry right lies in the built-in built-ins and the additional storage solutions and shelves you bring with you.
We recommend adding a variety of storage solutions that are versatile and installed at different heights to keep the eye moving. Even better are those that are large enough to hold small kitchen utensils and those that are small enough to keep small cooking utensils out of sight and yet easily grasp. A strong mix of drawers, open shelves, hooks, and baskets does the trick wonderfully. Keep the look simple so it stays attractive even years after you perfect it.
Over the counter
An over the counter pantry is a great idea for small kitchen renovation ideas and for kitchens of all sizes. They’re a smart alternative because they’re often slim-fitting, easy to get to, and larger enough to stow small devices that you can easily reach.
If there’s enough counter space underneath, it works all the more to your advantage, as you have a spot to put whatever you grab near your cooking, work, and eating stations.
Pocket door pantry
For small kitchens and almost any room, sliding pocket doors are an ingenious way to hide unsightly objects, and there won’t be an annoying door swinging out of your storage space that takes up additional space every time you open your pantry.
Since you will use this pantry cabinet door a lot, we recommend installing a strong, well-built door with a timeless design.
Sliding glass doors
For a really modern take on kitchen cabinet ideas, we love the highly stylized look of these matte black, ribbed frosted glass doors that are timelessly cool.
Follow a similar path and look for sleek and sophisticated kitchen pantry elements that feature a lavish ode to minimal, thoroughly modern design to get the most bang for your buck.
Under the counter
Another big trend in the kitchen pantry for 2019 were those that made excellent use of often forgotten spaces such as under the cupboard. This sleek space is a brilliant place to put lesser-used bedding and serving dishes alike.
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