Hands up, are you just as obsessed with kitchen storage and organising tips and tricks as I am? Especially when you have a freestanding larder cupboard painted in a striking shade with plenty of built-in shelves and drawers for spices and condiments, plus breakfast countertop appliances and clever LED lighting, right? I’m daydreaming about it as I type – one day, one day…
One of the perks of working as an interiors journo is researching renovation projects, finding inspirational images and hunting for the latest trends with help from social media. And one thing I love about Instagram is the amount of inspiration you get just one click away – I admit, I got a bit lost scrolling through so many beautiful pantry images, and got a bit hungry in the meantime, too.
So, if you are thinking about upping your kitchen storage game, I’ve got you covered. From grand freestanding larder cupboards, to compact designs perfect for smaller kitchens, take a look at these amazing larder cupboard ideas and get inspired…
Ample storage, bi-fold doors, power sockets and built-in wine fridge, all wrapped in a gorgeous green shade with a crisp white worktop and metallic handles – larder cupboard goals for sure. Place your freestanding pantry next to the dining table for easy access in the morning, or when entertaining.
Make the most of your larder cupboard space by placing shelving on the doors as well. And did you spot the clever bottle shelving at the bottom of the cupboard, too? Not to mention the multitude of baskets, jars and dried goods containers – say goodbye to a cluttered kitchen for good with a similar statement storage solution.
Stock up on your favourite spices, pasta and sauces and keep them organised in a built-in wide larder cupboard, just like Hannah does. You can keep your cookbooks in there as well, along with stylish tea towels to have everything on hand when cooking.
Create the ultimate coffee station inside your larder to brighten up your mornings – pop your barista-style coffee machine, favourite cups and mugs, and seasonal syrups in the centre. You could place your kettle and toaster set inside as well, but do make sure you install power sockets at the back first.
Got a kitchen island with a breakfast area and seating spots? Then, why not place your larder right next to it so you can keep it open when dining? From storing jams and spreads for impromptu pancakes in the morning, to pasta sauces and condiments for prepping food in the evening, a spacious pantry is a great solution for busy households.
Larder envy right here – Wendy’s spacious pantry is fully stocked and neatly organised. Go for different shelving heights to accommodate all your kitchen must-haves and use a mix of jars to decant spices, cereal, pasta, flour and other essentials.
A great tip for your larder cupboard is to install LED strips or spotlights above your shelving for those gloomy autumn days. Add a touch of personality to your pantry with engraved drawers for all your kitchen must-haves. If you have little ones, you could take it a step further and engrave their names on those drawers where they can keep snacks, cereal and sweets.
Do you want to keep your worktops appliance-free? Then, a larder cupboard is the perfect solution as it can hold your microwave, kettle and toaster and other small countertop appliances hidden and organised, along with other kitchen entertaining essentials like glassware, trays and saucers.
You can always have fun and add a pop of colour in your kitchen through your freestanding pantry – paint it in a complementing shade to your scheme and colour coordinate you storage solutions inside for a chic and cohesive look. Also, ensure you think ahead and measure your countertop appliances before designing your larder to avoid disappointment.
Yes, you can really have a larder even if you are tight on space. For example, Lisa made great use of an awkward corner area by placing a compact pantry cupboard where she keeps cereal, cooking and baking ingredients, and canned goods. The storage jars and containers are cleverly labelled for quick and easy access.
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