Feeling some larder love? Dreaming of a beautifully designed country-style pantry? Read on for Country Homes & Interiors' pick of the best
After clever kitchen storage ideas? An organised country kitchen is the ultimate dream for most of us, but the reality is often quite different when family life takes over and everyday ingredients are shoved chaotically into bulging cupboards. If you have space for one, a walk-in larder or pantry dedicated to dried and tinned goods is the first step to organisational heaven. Alternatively, set aside an area for store-cupboard essentials on open shelving or in a unit in the utility room. When designing your kitchen, also consider state-of-the art integrated storage, such as a wine cooler to free up space elsewhere.
I need a larder to suit my Shaker-style kitchen – what do you suggest?
A modern country walk-in larder brings an old concept into the present. Great for keeping dried and tinned goods in one place, this cupboard from Harvey Jones Kitchens is capacious enough for any cook. Include drawers, trays and herb storage to maximise the potential.
How can I design the perfect pantry?
The calm exterior of this anteroom, used as a walk-in pantry, from Plain English, belies the abundance of hard-working storage within. A tall cupboard on the left hides a fridge and freezer and a double larder cupboard. Incorporating cupboards rather than open shelving helps to conceal items that are not in daily use so they can stay stored away until needed without collecting dust. The choice of paint colour, here French Grey by Little Greene, also adds to the feeling of orderliness.
What is the best way to store wine?
Housing wine in custom-made racking is popular in the basements of country houses. If you don’t have this kind of space, a state-of-the art built-in wine cooler, such as the Deluxe 54-bottle wine storage from Rangemaster, in a utility area designed by Neptune, allows bottles to be stored at exactly the right temperature and close to where food is to be served.
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What sort of storage should I allocate for food in my utility room?
Multiple oak storage units extend the kitchen space here. The brief in this utility room from Rencraft was to create an aesthetically pleasing yet functional utility. The room was designed with closed cupboards and drawers along with handy custom-built shelving.
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