The Comeback of the Pantry

by Sarah Preece

The Victorians used to have a very orderly approach to kitchen use; with storerooms, larders and sculleries all separated with purpose. Dissecting the kitchen like this was necessary back then to keep produce fresh and maintain kitchen hygiene, but what about now?! Zoom forward on the timeline to current times and you’d think our kitchen desires would have changed? Surprisingly however it is quite the contrary. We are seeing a comeback in kitchen design, our choices becoming increasingly nostalgic, taking notes from history we are witnessing a spike in demand for kitchen old timers; more specifically – the pantry.

The Pantry

It used to be a place where one would store china, glassware and silver. The contents of which would be of such value it was kept under lock and key, with the butler of said pantry sleeping within it to guard against opportunistic others. Times have indeed changed and today’s pantry is more of a generalised storage solution, housing the most useful of all kitchen wear, in the form of a large larder integrated cupboard or indeed a small separated room.

The Larder

Open larder cabinetThe larder can be designed into your kitchen, with space large enough for chunky items but small enough fit in with the original shape of the space. Internal lighting is important for such a big space- to highlight those culinary accessories and to simply add style. A ventilation system is also a wise consideration – here small holes allow cool air to flow within and slab a natural stone at the bottom regulates the temperature perfectly.











They can be free-standing – considering a larder you can move over time is always an option. Within these there are variable storage options, including the integration of wine racks and vegetable baskets.













The Walk-in

Larder cupboards are great but if you have the space, why not go a little larger. Some spaces may naturally lend themselves to this or some may need planning and designing from the roots. Either way a pantry is great idea that fits the style and functionality boxes perfectly. Below you can see examples of some creative uses of space and some damn right lucky home owners:

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Enviable pantries with beautiful style – we think moving back in time and doing it like the Victorians did is a wise choice for anyone about to embark on the process of fitting a new kitchen space.

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