Designing Your Perfect Pantry

The pantry is the one place in the kitchen that always looks crowded until you stick your nose in for a snack. All of a sudden, it feels empty, and you feel disappointed. Only some of that disappointment is from your empty stomach, while the rest is probably coming from the frustration of not finding what you need. Pantries often end up serving as the junk drawer of the kitchen, with items constantly being tossed in and quickly forgotten.

Luckily, you have designers who work tirelessly to make your kitchen experience as painless as possible. With the proper design and technology, organizing your pantry is easier than ever.

First, consider your space. Can your floor plan accommodate a walk-in pantry? If your kitchen has the space for it, we would recommend setting one up. Not only does this separate your kitchen work space from your storage, but it will also help you compartmentalize the pantry itself.

Absolutely make sure you run electrical to your walk-in. Obviously lighting is required, but you’ll want to be able to run a vacuum and other appliances. You should also have some sort of counter top for setting down your groceries. While not strictly necessary, a counter will save you countless trips back and forth, and give you a surface for any prep work that doesn’t require the kitchen.

Keep some shelves open for potatoes, onions, and other goods that still need exposure to the air. If the walls in your walk-in pantry aren’t deep enough for full shelves, consider using slat wall panels for adjustable hanging hooks and shelves.

For those without the space for a walk-in pantry, cabinets will have to do. Pull-out and swing-out shelves can help maximize your storage space and minimize your time spent stretching your arms to reach that last can of beans. Even the peskiest corner cabinet can be an efficient pantry with the installation of a Lazy Susan.

For those who need just a little more storage space, some cabinets come with shelves built in to the interior of the doors. We also like to include some vertical tray storage for cooking sheets that aren’t being used. In the end, finding the right combination of counters, shelves, pull-outs, swing-outs, and Lazy Susans all depends on the location and use of your pantry.

Trend Alert: Wooden Range Hoods

If you’ve worked with one of our designers in the past, you know we like to put a lot of thought into our product selections. It’s a fun part of the interior design process, and an extremely important one. When picking fixtures, appliances, and details for a home, we consider not only appearance, but also materials, functionality, and ease of installation.

Selecting and installing an oven range hood is not a minor task. In most home kitchens, the range hood will provide a break in your cabinetry. From a visual standpoint, the oven range hood can serve as an upper centerpiece for the entire kitchen. This is a great opportunity to add some contrast and personality to your space.

Read our interior design blog and you’ll know we are particularly fond of wood details. We think the natural appearance of wood is a simple and elegant way to add comfort and warmth to any space. That being said, we are loving the amount of wooden range hoods we are seeing. This is a design choice that realizes the range hood’s potential for visual contrast and meets it with the natural elegance of real wood.

Beside stone, wood is the oldest material used for crafting a functional range hood. The idea is certainly not a new one, so why are we seeing them pop up?

We suspect the rising popularity of modern design style might have something to do with it. Modernity’s focus on black and white, concrete, and stone means anything natural or colorful will POP. This elevates the range hood’s potential as a contrasting element.

A wooden range hood will also serve to balance out the oven appliance itself. While matching your range hood to your oven makes sense in theory, the result can be visually overwhelming. Again, the range hood should bring contrast to the space without making it feel crowded.

We admit metal range hoods have their advantages. Namely, they’re easier to clean. For an industrial kitchen, metal makes sense, but we think wood range hoods are a perfect fit for any domestic kitchen.