Inspiration from David Lisle

Introducing The Award-Winning Butler’s Pantry

We’re all for beautiful interior design, but we’re a practical lot too. And when it comes to innovative kitchen must-haves, it doesn’t get more gorgeously useful than a butler’s pantry.

To prove we’re not completely biased, our very own butler’s pantry has caused quite a stir, with a highly coveted Design et al award to its name. This hints at the increasingly widespread appeal of these kitchen centrepieces. Yet despite these impressive credentials you may be thinking, how can I incorporate such a hefty piece of furniture into my home? It’s not a small item to be sure, but it is a great space saver that adds value to any kitchen.

Make it functional

Traditionally, you’d only find a butler’s pantry in the grandest homes. And as people’s lifestyles changed, they became a relic of the past. They certainly weren’t commonplace in modern kitchens. But, as with many things in the design world, we’ve come full circle. And the revamped butler’s pantry is very much on the wish list again for many clients.

Originally, they tended to house fine china and display-worthy items. Today, the best butler’s pantries do more than prop up your silver serving spoons. Clever designs reinvent them as fold out spaces for food prep as well as storage. With in-built sinks, gadgets, and bonus countertop space, they’re an essential working hub to any stylish kitchen.

Be a showstopper

Functional they may be, but there’s nothing wrong with making your butler’s pantry the showpiece of your kitchen. There are plenty of ways to do this, from choosing a design that adds a pop of colour to the room, to using sophisticated lighting to draw the eye. Beautiful woods, carefully selected handles and considered tile choices will make all the difference to the end result. The trick is to obsess over the details, be bold, and aim for maximum impact.

Use those nooks and crannies

One of the ingenious benefits of these multifunctional pieces, is their ability to transform spaces. Old-style, extravagant butler’s pantries could take up whole rooms, and you can still create this effect by using the little odd shaped nooks and crannies of your kitchen. Walk-in, or u-shaped designs are two of the most obvious ways to make real use of awkward spaces. And floor to ceiling butler’s pantries are another smart route to boosting storage capacity.

In fact, perhaps the greatest thing about the butler’s pantry, is that it doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all. It’s your personal way of stamping your mark on your kitchen. And creating a bonus area that ticks all the boxes when it comes to both beauty, and personalised practicality.