Monday, 17 June 2013

Revitalise The Hidden Pantry

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Pantries are one of the most requested features in kitchens today, despite wanting to have larger kitchens than ever before. Whilst having nostalgia and practical purpose to the pantry, they are becoming bigger, better organised and more creative. 

Below are various pantries with different designs and tips for better organisation.

Having your pantry organised makes you
 life a lot easier when locating ingredients 
whilst cooking. Labelling the
containers makes a huge difference too.

Some Tips:

Store the main meals on eye level shelves
 so they can easily be reached when in a rush.

- Place oils and vinegars on a spill proof mat.

- Put a small ladder or Step-Up on the bottom
shelf instead of having a ladder to reach up to
the top shelves and being in the way as you
walk past.

Some tips:
- Store Dry ingredients in airtight containers to keep the freshness in and the bugs out.

-If you have any flour, oats or muesli put a bay leaf in the container so that moths are not attracted to the ingredient.  

This pantry is along one wall of country house.
They have chosen to use jars for all of their 
spices,condiments and dry foods. 

If you are mixing your pantry cabinetry,
remember to keep your shelves shallow so your
items dont get lost behind each other.
It will make it easer to find your ingredients.

When I found this image I loved the idea. 
These dry foods are used in the majority 
of meals. Kept in draws in a wooden basket
under neath the kitchen working space is a
great idea. They are easy to reach and put back
Dry vegetables like onions, garlic, sweet potato and
pumpkin are best  to be kept in dry, cool place
and not in the refrigerator.  

Some Tips:
One of my favourite things about pantries
is the colour and the organisation.
Having creative labels, painted interiors,
shelves, bold colours, boxes, baskets, containers
and easy to reach makes the pantry far more useful.

I  love the idea and layout in this pantry.  
It is well designed as the fruit and dry foods 
are all together in baskets down the bottom.
Having them in open baskets allows the fruit to
ripen and easily distinguish which is what. The
wine is placed in the pantry where it is dry and cool.
Easily accessed cook books that are on display.
I love the how to colour palette is mainly 3 different
tones of brown and the books, fruit and spices add 
various colours to the pantry. 


Good Lighting is essential in this space. It is a small area with no windows, making sure you dont have any dark spots. Shelf lighting is a great option as you can have certain parts of the pantry. Lighting in darker and higher corners are a must. Having a feature pendant in the pantry can be a great addition.

If you are thinking of having microwaves and pizza maker etc. It is important to have easy access to open and close doors. Make sure it is not obstructing anything and easy access to power points. Allowing enough space around the appliance for the heat to escape.

Some Tips:
If you have glass cupboards, try and 
use these tips and images to rearrange your 
pantry. It will appear more presentable and
you will love showing of your new pantry to
everyone. Putting the spices and jars in the 
glass cupboard is a good idea as they are be 
grouped and are mostly the same heights 
which will also help. 

Here they have added their own 
personality in their pantry It is a small 
space with traffic coming in and out.
Wallpaper is easy and an effective way to

'upbeat' your pantry. When Friends and
family walk into the space it would be a surprise. 

Now this is a very organised spice pantry. Pantry is an essential part of the kitchen and it needs to have a good set out for it to be beneficial. This pantry is just a crockery  cupboard that has been transformed into a pantry. It is placed in a good position as the doors do not open to any obstructions and there is stil enough space so more then 1 person can be in the same space. If it is near corners or other doors it can become hard to move around the space. 

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