Designing a small kitchen is, inevitably, a balancing act between including enough storage and not filling the space with too many cabinets. Open shelving is the classic solution, having a much lighter, less overpowering look than closed cabinetry, but fill your shelves too much and they can quickly become a distracting cacophony of objects and colours.
If you don’t have room for the aforementioned full-height larder, an idea to help with taking some of the clutter out of your kitchen that we’ve recently noticed coming back into more homes is to create a separate pantry, close by but apart. This can, very simply, just be a tiny utility space or even a cupboard which, with the addition of shelves, can play host to all your food, cleaning products and even the vacuum cleaner, freeing up kitchen shelves for crockery and glassware.
Alternatively, swap things around and devote your kitchen’s storage to ingredients, making room for a freestanding cabinet, sideboard or dresser near to your dining space that can take the majority of plates, bowls and glassware. This could even be placed in a living room, and filled with those pieces you don’t necessarily use every day. A sort of butler’s pantry, if you will.