Storage solutions for kitchens can be tricky, especially when the kitchen isn’t of huge proportions or we are looking for something a little different with a bit more personality. Of course you could always just furnish the entire kitchen with cabinets with doors, shove everything into them and be done with it. Out of sight, out of mind, as they say. However, that might not really be the most stylish solution. Even the most practical kitchens (and a kitchen full of cabinets is nothing if not practical) now have at least some open shelving or cabinets with glass doors which should be kept fairly tidy. But there are of course other ways to make your kitchen practical as well as stylish and full of personality. So why not explore those?
A complete lack of built-in cabinets means you’re free to get creative with storage. It doesn’t mean trying to desperately find furniture that will hide all your belongings, instead you have the freedom to experiment with freestanding, open units. You’d be surprised how good even the most utilitarian looking items can end up looking when put together. A storage solution that will work in any kitchen – freestanding or built in – is a hanging rail for small utensils. No more rummaging around drawers to find the scissors, everything is on view and quick to find.
If you’ve exhausted pretty much all the available space in your kitchen, why not create a new one? Shelving in front of windows might not be the obvious solution, but it’s a really stylish one which will also save you from having to use blinds or curtains. In order to avoid losing too much light, the shelving units should be made from glass or at least a reflective material. If this isn’t possible, then wood which has been painted white will be the next best thing.
Kitchen storage doesn’t have to look like kitchen storage. Some of the best looking and most stylish pieces of kitchen furniture were never intended for that use in the first place. Turn a vintage chest of drawers, apothecary unit or cupboard into a beautiful focal point which will offer you ample storage space.
If you’re very practically inclined, then made to measure wall solution with rails, hooks, baskets and small shelves might be the right solution for you. This doesn’t have to look only practical, it can also be fun and stylish as long as you get the right mix of materials like metal and wicker.
Old wine crates have long been a student home staple, however, they have now ‘grown up’ (and so have the students) and made their way into many stylish homes. Vintage crates contrast beautifully with light interiors and look great within a more moody setting. They can be stacked or randomly hung on a wall. The possibilities are nearly endless and they’re a classic that looks youthful at the same time.
When it comes to multiple small items as well as mountains of vegetables for a large family, wire baskets are your best friend. Not only are they stylish, look great and fit in with most interiors, they also have the advantage to let your vegetables breathe and you will be able to see when it’s time to pop down to the market to stock up. Win-win, don’t you think?