Styling your Butler's Pantry

3rd October 2018


Prepare meals, drop your groceries and hide away any untidiness that normally accumulates in your kitchen. No need to worry about preparing meals and cleaning up before your guests come over for your weekly dinner party – your hidden butler’s pantry means you can close the door and clean up the mess at your leisure. They’ll be left wondering how you prepared such an amazing meal and cleaned up, all before they arrived!

Interior Design Manager at Henley, Emma Taylor, suggests using items that really brighten up and complement the space. “When arranging your butler’s pantry, try to combine pieces that are linked in shape, theme, material or colour.

If you’re looking to create symmetry, odd numbers work best in clusters,” she says. “Simple, stylish, smooth clean lines are really ‘in’ right now. Add personality by showing off a fabulously coloured KitchenAid or Le Creuset pans, and some funky cake tins.”

Of course, you still need to get the basics right! IKEA or Tupperware modular containers are fantastic for storing all your different condiments, spices, pastas, rice and cooking ingredients. Before you know it, your pantry will be fit for the best type of chef.

You can view our Butler's Pantry Pinterst board for inspiration.


Tricks of the trade

  • Use lots of canisters and containers to create symmetry and functionality in your kitchen.
  • Organisation is key – you want items to be within quick reach and logical in their placement.
  • Cookbooks open on the benchtop or on a cookbook stand inspire both yourself and others when they enter the area.
  • Group cooking ingredients together so that they are conveniently accessible. Create a section for baking goods, spices, condiments, olive oils, platters and serving ware. That way everything is close by.
  • Group by item and mix up your colours. Your space should reflect your personality.
  • Baskets are perfect for storing produce in a neat and tidy way and are terrific for storing vegetables like potatoes, onions and pumpkin.

Get the look!

Scour the stores below to find some terrific products to make your butler’s pantry unique.

IKEA – The king of storage offering modular containers that fit together seamlessly – allowing you to grow your collection. Also on offer are pretty trinkets and clever cooking accessories to help your kitchen life easier.

Country Road – You can always count on Country Road to offer home décor pieces that are on trend and easy to add into your existing home. Seasonally, they offer the latest selection of coloured bowls, gorgeous serving ware, wooden candleholders, canisters and lovely coloured tea towels and accessories.

Provincial Home Living and Maison Living – For those that love the French look, Provincial Home Living has plenty of textured, worldly goods including chrome buckets, utensils with rose gold accents, French cheese boards, colourful bowls and feature mirrors. They have some unique furniture pieces and soft furnishings that will help complete your look.

Pottery Barn – Uniquely patterned and crisp white serving ware and earthy dinner ware, textured and plush cushions, a mixture of materials and textures in furniture and bed linen and vintage wood carved fruit bowls and cheese boards.

Howards Storage World - A great range of storage solutions including containers, baskets and drawer organisers that won't break the bank.

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