20 Stylish and practical kitchen storage ideas for a clutter-free kitchen

These 20 clever kitchen storage ideas will help make the most of your space...

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Looking for modern kitchen storage inspiration? Who doesn't want a clear, clean and clutter-free kitchen that feels organised and makes the most of every inch of space?

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. Here we look at a few clever and stylish kitchen storage solutions to inspire a more organised space.

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, whilefloor-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 statement wine storage to house your wine and liquor collection.

Intrigued? Let these fine kitchen storage ideas whet your appetite.

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1. Wall to wall

In this kitchen, storage wraps around the walls, leaving the centre of the kitchen more spacious and free of cabinetry.

Two banks of tall cabinets provide ample storage, which disappears against the white walls. 

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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.

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2. Low storage

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. 

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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.

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3. Sliding doors

A sliding door maximises space and makes this storage area even more practical.

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Get the look: John Lewis has a range of Kilner and screw-top storage jars.

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4. IKEA hack

This kitchen wall cabinet was made using IKEA frameworks, but with new fronts.

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In the white kitchen below, simple Ikea carcasses were dressed up with marble worktops and bespoke brass handles. Amazingly, the entire kitchen budget came to under £5,000. 

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Get the look: For an alternative to this Azul Bahia granite from Brazil, try MKW Surfaces. The door handles are by The Beardmore Collection.

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5. Walk-in pantry

The brick wall gives a kick of vibrancy that lifts the whole look. 

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Get the look: This is a Devol kitchen.

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6. Island storage

This stunning kitchen keeps wall space relatively free, while maximising the kitchen island with cupboard space and drawers. 

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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.

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7. Cook's kitchen

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. 

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Get the look: The range is from Everhot. This is a bespoke kitchen from Holloways of Ludlow. Shelving, Holloways of Ludlow.

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8. On display

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. 

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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.

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9. Sneak peek

The inspiration for this white kitchen below came from old French bakery cabinets. Glass doors keep everything visible so you can clearly see where everything is.

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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.

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10. Floor to ceiling storage

This kitchen takes kitchen storage to the max – there is a place for everything, with cabinetry stretching from the floor to the ceiling, and wrapping all the way round.

The owners mentally unpacked all of their kitchenware before designing the storage so everything they need is close to hand. 

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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.

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11. Include the corridor

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. 

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Get the look: The extension was created by MK Architects. The flooring is from Parquet Flooring.

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12. Butcher's Block

For kitchens that lack surface area / worktop space, and without the floor space for a kitchen island, a butcher's block could be the answer. It gives the space for food prep, chopping etc, and can even incorporate storage underneath. These days you can find ones with wheels, so you can move them around or out of the way.

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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.

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A practical, stainless-steel table provides additional storage and worktop space in this industrial-style kitchen. 

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Get the look: The painting, pictured, was bought from the Affordable Art Fair.

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13. Use ceiling height

Ever thought about using your ceiling space for storing extra bits and pieces? Thisbright and airy open-plan kitchen shows you how it's done. 

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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.

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14. Utilitarian / Industrial style

This kitchen is sleek, functional and ultra-modern in design, and the kitchen cabinetry gives the space a raw, edgy look. 

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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.

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The bespoke cabinets below 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. 

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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.

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15. Seamless storage

Pale wood floors, bare plaster walls and seamless, handleless cabinetry give a softness and serenity. 

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Get the look: The kitchen is by Bulthaup. The Form bar stool by Normann Copenhagen is similar to this.

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Handleless cabinetry also gives this kitchen a clean, streamlined look.

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. 

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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.

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To make sure that no other element upstaged the vintage kitchen dresser in the modern kitchen below, 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. 

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Get the look: The kitchen is by Roundhouse. For a similar vintage cabinet, try Original House. These are Tom Dixon’s Beat Fat pendants.

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16. All white

A minimal, distraction-free scheme maintains the clean, white aesthetic. 

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Get the look: This is Bulthaup cabinetry.

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17. Go for glam

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. 

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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.

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The back of the open shelves are a glimmering gold. The contrasting colour makes the featured display items pop. 

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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.

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18. Open shelving

Open shelving can offer extra storage for glassware and crockery, without encroaching into the kitchen too much.

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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.

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19. Shaker style

Shaker style is the classic country look that never seems to go out of style.

This pantry-style kitchen is full of tucked-away storage – including inside the kitchen island. 

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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.

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20. Check mate

Can't decide on whether you want a neutral or a bold colour? You could try and go for a colour pairing instead.

Lime green and grey chequerboard cabinetry lends a playful feel in this kitchen. 

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Get the look The bench is a vintage Chinese piece.

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Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.