Mix cupboards and shelves
Base units painted in a delicate shade of blue take care of all the pots and pans, leaving the walls free for open shelves to display favourite pieces and keep everyday items within reach.
Include an island
If you have the space an island unit is great for providing extra cupboard space and can include built-in wine storage as here, or appliances. This curved version allows more room to manoeuvre.
Fill baskets and bowls
Gather baskets and bowls to create stylish informal storage on a kitchen console table. For a chic effect, line baskets with pretty vintage tea towels and display a collection of jugs alongside.
Remove a door
Turn a base unit into an open display space by removing the door, or commission a carpenter to build a dedicated version, as the ideal place to show off a collection of bowls.
Dress up a dresser
No country kitchen is complete without a dresser. Whether a freestanding unit, or shelves atop a kitchen base unit, a dresser is the ideal place for a collection of favourite plates.
Bring in a butcher’s block
A stunning centrepiece for your kitchen, a butcher’s block provides invaluable storage drawers or shelves as well as extra work space. If your kitchen can’t take a large island unit, a butcher’s block is a neat alternative.
Decorate a shelf unit
Line a china cabinet with wallpaper as part of your decorating scheme. A delicate botanical design makes a beautiful backdrop for simple ceramics.
Hang it all
The simplest solutions are often the best, so take a note from Shaker style and put utensils up on a peg rail, also handy for storing chopping boards, an egg basket and more.
If you’re ordering a new kitchen, plan it right down to the last detail so that every storage need is covered, including herbs and spices. Existing kitchens can be reorganised with internal trays and dividers.
Find hidden space
Make the most of every last inch of space by building in drawers beneath a windowseat for tea towels and napkins or adding a plinth drawer below base units for cleaning materials.
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