Clever kitchen storage ideas that make the most of your space.
Looking for modern kitchen storage inspiration?
Who doesn’t crave a kitchen that makes the most of every inch of space with ideas that are both space-saving and seriously stylish.
From counter-top storage and built-in cabinets to open shelving, there are plenty of well-considered ways to minimise clutter, and keep your kitchen super organised.
You could go minimal with seamless, handleless cabinetry or use open shelves to display special dishes or a collection of striking cookware.
And why not turn an unused broom cupboard or cloakroom into a to-die-for pantry, hidden behind sliding doors?
Don’t forget the space inside your kitchen island either, not just for displaying favourite cookbooks but also for built-in drawers and cupboard space.
A rail along a stove splashback is ideal for hanging utensils, while floor-to-ceiling built-in cupboards in adjoining corridors to help keep kitchens clutter free.
You could even create a a drop down rack from the ceiling for storing plates and pans, and a narrow cupboard beside the range cooker for instant access to oils, vinegars and spices while you cook.
Still got room to spare? Banish the bar cart and go for grown-up glamour with a built-in home bar area (or super cool wine fridge) to house your wine and liquor collection.
Intrigued? Let these fine kitchen storage ideas whet your appetite.
There's a built-in bar next to this dining space, which can be concealed or revealed with a perforated screen.
Get the look For similar tiles, try Walls and Floors. The ceiling light is from Masson For Light in Melbourne. Try netlighting.co.uk for similar. Giles Miller Studio could custom-make a perforated metal screen like this.
This island unit houses pots and pans. It was designed by the owner, who is a builder, and has a composite-stone worktop, all beautifully bookmarked, as if it were made of solid marble.
Get the look The bespoke cabinetry is by Lee Redmond Interiors. The appliances are by Gaggenau. The professional tap is by Hansgrohe. This is a CDA ceiling extractor. The Angel cushion and the Concrete candle holders on the island are from Graham and Green.
Lime green and grey chequerboard cabinetry lends a playful feel in this kitchen.
Get the look The bench is a vintage Chinese piece.
Rich, masculine materials – concrete, steel, dark walnut stand out against the matt black cabinetry.
Get the look The island and cabinetry were custom-designed by P&T Interiors. The black metro tiles are from Waterworks.
The unusual finish on this cabinetry is put together with layer after layer of different patinas and then rubbed down to create a textured appearance. Open shelves beside make a great bar area.
Get the look The bespoke kitchen units have washed wood-effect doors and hammered metal spray-painted doors. See the Dagg vase at Svenskt Tenn.
Like ghosts of scullery maids past, faces gaze down from the walls behind these simple floating shelves.
Get the look The Fornasetti Tema e Variazioni wallpaper by Cole & Son has been discontinued. Check out the latest Fornasetti/Cole & Son collaboration at cole-and-son.com. For antique French kitchen scales like these, try Sunbury Antiques Market. The glassware and silver is a mix of gifts and antique finds. Try Pitfield London for similar.
Handleless eucalyptus wood units and a living moss wall bring verdant rainforest styling to the kitchen.
Get the look The kitchen units are by Prototype Design Lab. This is the KWC Eve mixer tap with light. The coffee maker is by Gaggenau.
A lime plaster, with a mid-grey pigment, adds a fittingly dramatic backdrop for the original carved stone church column. Here a simple IKEA shelf is elevated to new heights.
Get the look The splashback tiles are from Fired Earth. The bespoke kitchen units were made from recycled floorboards, then painted and waxed. Marble worktops like these are available at carraramarble.co.uk. For a similar cast-iron radiator, try Lassco. The task lights are from Holloways of Ludlow. The shelf is from Ikea.
Two banks of tall cabinets provide ample storage, which disappears against the white walls.
Get the look The walnut-veneered island and breakfast bar, Corian worktop and run of high-gloss cupboards were designed by Roundhouse. The ceramic vase is from Pitfield London. For Bridget Riley prints, go to Karsten Schubert.
Instead of overhead units, the focal point of this bespoke kitchen is the row of Indian glass paintings and a super-wide shelf displaying glass and crockery. It's complemented by the antique chandelier, hung deliberately low to relax the lofty proportions of the interior.
Get the look The bar stools are by hay. Find a similar chandelier at Norfolk Decorative Antiques. For pendant lights like these, try Heal’s. The kitchen is by Daulby and Tickle.
The brick wall gives a kick of vibrancy that lifts the whole look.
Get the look: This is a Devol kitchen.
A sliding door maximises space and makes this storage area even more practical.
Get the look: John Lewis has a range of Kilner and screw-top storage jars.
This stunning kitchen keeps wall space relatively free, while maximising the kitchen island with cupboard space and drawers.
Get the look: For similar cabinetry, try British Standard by Plain English. The handles are from Rowen & Wren. This is the Skygarden pendant by Marcel Wanders for Flos at The Conran Shop. The stucco rose was created by Miles and Wilde. The Industrial wall lights are from Old School Electric.
Designed to suit the needs of a large family who are all keen cooks, this kitchen includes a range cooker, deep larder and chalkboard for recipe essentials. The simple scaffolding shelving makes it easy to grab utensils when they’re needed. Instead of neutral tones, the large room is punctuated with deep-black doors, which define the white space and lead to the new larder and utility area.
Get the look: The range is from Everhot. This is a bespoke kitchen from Holloways of Ludlow. Shelving, Holloways of Ludlow.
The blue-green ceramics in this kitchen are by potter Derek Wilson and were given to the architect of this property, so that the Corian work surface could be colour-matched. More hand-thrown pots were commissioned for a display in the kitchen. Hanging plants against the wall add to the relaxed, neutral scheme.
Get the look: The cabinetry is by Interior Elegance London. The light-wood floor is from The Natural Wood Floor Company. The stools are from Ikea. The ceramics above the stove are by Derek Wilson; and most of those on the open shelving are by Sophie Conran for Portmeirion.
A practical, stainless-steel table provides additional storage and worktop space in this industrial-style kitchen.
Get the look: The painting, pictured, was bought from the Affordable Art Fair.
The owners mentally unpacked all of their kitchenware before designing the storage so everything they need is close to hand.
Get the look: The kitchen was designed by Hanna and made by Richard Ilendo at RAI Developments. Find similar Carrara marble work surfaces at Stone World. These are Kaiser idell pendants by Christian Dell for Lightworks at Republic of Fritz Hansen; the Series 7 bar stools by Arne Jacobsen are also Fritz Hansen.
The bespoke cabinets are built in premium-grade birch-faced plywood, which has a smooth, knot-free finish. The tall cabinets draw your eyes upwards, plus, it helps prevent any phobias of grease and dust that usually collects at the top of cupboards.
Get the look: The DSW chair is by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. The oven is by Neff. The floor and work surfaces are by The Concrete Flooring Contractors.
The wall space has been maximised in this kitchen, with floor-to-ceiling push-open cabinetry lining the corridor and the walls that surround the kitchen area. Perfect for storing those special occasion glassware, or rarely used picnic hampers.
Get the look: The extension was created by MK Architects. The flooring is from Parquet Flooring.
The cabinets look like wood, but are, in fact, again made from the Richlite composite. It’s really durable and has a beautiful softness. Black-painted wood just looks like black-painted wood, whereas this has a sense of mystery.
Get the look: The splashback tiles are from US brand Daltile. This is the PRO304GASX Professional Series gas range from Bertazzoni. The Ray pendant is by Jordi Veciana for Metalarte. The wicker bull’s head is a sample of a product that was designed for home interiors outlet West Elm, but which never went into production. The marbleised ceramics are from Atelier Sylvie Saint-André Perrin in Paris.
To make sure that no other element upstaged the vintage kitchen dresser, new additions are more low-key – such as the flat-fronted, handleless cabinets and a resin floor. Pared-back contemporary cabinetry highlights the ornate beauty of the vintage cabinet. The resin flooring feels modern but at the same time fades slightly into the background. Open shelving breaks up the scheme’s linear look.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Roundhouse. For a similar vintage cabinet, try Original House. These are Tom Dixon’s Beat Fat pendants.
This black-walled kitchen is lightened only by a trio of white pendants and a touch of wood. It doesn’t get much light, so it was purposefully made even darker. The bespoke kitchen features a huge slab of black granite work surface with a tactile brushed finish. Just as dark are the walls, units and painted brickwork.
Get the look: For a similar paint shade, try Farrow & Ball’s Railings estate emulsion. The stools are vintage – visit Cox & Cox for similar. The vintage pendants are from Jaime Beriestain Concept Store.
Ever thought about using your ceiling space for storing extra bits and pieces? This bright and airy open-plan kitchen shows you how it's done.
Get the look: The bespoke cabinetry is made of metal: for similar, check out the Phoenix design by Varenna/Poliform. These are H stools by Chantal Andriot for Tolix. The suspended storage-cum-display unit is bespoke– to create something similar, see Ikea’s Omar modular shelving system.
This kitchen was inspired by the look of Thirties Parisian pharmacies. The island was designed to look like a freestanding piece of furniture and the unlacquered brass brings warmth and depth to the space. The Forties circular light is the pièce de résistance. Brass shelving also make an eye-catching feature.
Get the look: The pendant is from Marché aux Puces in Paris. The Tiffany Blue Amazonite is from The Marble & Granite Centre. Find similar wall tiles at Fired Earth. The cabinetry and shelving are bespoke.
A minimal, distraction-free scheme maintains the clean, white aesthetic.
Get the look: This is Bulthaup cabinetry.
Pale wood floors, bare plaster walls and seamless, handleless cabinetry give a softness and serenity.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Bulthaup. The Form bar stool by Normann Copenhagen is similar to this.
The crisp, streamlined kitchen has a timeless design. And when you get bored of it, it can be simply updated with different handles. The kitchen table base is by Jean Prouvé, but the kitchen carcasses are by (gasp!) Ikea. The Michael Anastassiades lights in the kitchen (and lower-ground floor) exemplify clean-lined simplicity.
Get the look: The base of a dining table by Jean Prouvé is covered with a marble top. These are Medea dining chairs by Vittorio Nobili. The light is by Michael Anastassiades. The cabinets are Ikea carcasses, with handles by Sugatsune Kogyo UK. The appliances are by Gaggenau. The bar stools are by Allan Gould.
The inspiration for this kitchen came from old French bakery cabinets.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Space Exploration Design and White Arrow, painted in Wimborne White eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The handles are vintage finds.
The back of these open shelves are a glimmering gold. The contrasting colour makes the featured display items pop.
Get the look: The Tiffany Blue Amazonite is from The Marble & Granite Centre. Find similar wall tiles at Fired Earth. The cabinetry and shelving are bespoke.
Simple Ikea carcasses were dressed up with marble worktops and bespoke brass handles. Amazingly, the entire kitchen budget came to under £5,000.
Get the look: For an alternative to this Azul Bahia granite from Brazil, try MKW Surfaces. The door handles are by The Beardmore Collection.
This kitchen scheme is a professional run of stainless steel, but its no-nonsense approach gets a twist with some oversized toy figures and a playful light. A built-in wine cooler adds to the glam-factor, too.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Varenna/Poliform, with custom-made elements and appliances by Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele. This is the Crystal chandelier by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. The cowboy and chief are by Bang Bang Kid, available at The Conran Shop.
This kitchen is sleek, functional and ultra-modern in design.
Get the look: Kitchen design is by Ben Jones of Espresso Design. The artwork, Petrol Pumps, Toulouse by Barry Cawston, is from the Hampstead Affordable Art Fair. The metal bowl is by Tom Dixon.
This pantry-style kitchen is full of tucked-away storage – including inside the kitchen island.
Get the look: This is deVol cabinetry. The Perrin & Rowe brassware is also from deVol. The larch work surface is by Brandler London and the Quartz worktop by Simply Stone. The pendant lights are from The French House. The wall light (with Edison bulb) was sourced on Amazon.
Forget bar carts, dedicate a section of your kitchen to your wine collection with an actual bar area. This bar has purposefully been given an almost tongue-in-cheek Seventies look. Gold-flecked cork wallpaper on the walls and ceiling, mirror-backed bar units and shelves filled with vintage Seventies glasses inscribed with the owner’s initials (found by chance on eBay) helped to create a small space with a big personality.
Get the look: The bar units were custom-made. The brass cabinets and screen dividers are bespoke. This is a Nero Marquina marble floor. The Japanese Cork wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.