April 16, 2024

Larder Cabinets: The New Trend in Functional Kitchen Design

Named after an old term for a pantry, larders represent an exquisite blend of old-world charm and new-age functionality. But what exactly are they, and how can they expand your kitchen’s work zones?

Larder cabinets offer practical solutions that pair functionality with aesthetic appeal. This trend isn't just about a nostalgic nod to the past; it's about molding the future of kitchen design.  

Today, The Cabinet Chic discusses why they are becoming a must-have in contemporary kitchens and will answer questions including:

  • What are larder cabinets?
  • What are the best ways to design and organize these cabinets?
  • How can homeowners make the most out of larder cabinets?

Ready? Let's explore this old yet new trend!  

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A Modern Reinterpretation of Old Charm

In the past, a larder was a cold room in a household used for storing food, especially meats. Its modern adaptation emerged as kitchens began shrinking in size.  

Typically a tall, stand-alone piece of furniture, they offer significant storage capacity for every household's culinary necessities. Operating as a pantry for food and kitchenware alike, their main goal is to keep your kitchen clutter-free by stashing away everything from saucepans and cereal boxes to mixing bowls.  

Simply put, whether you are looking to declutter your kitchen counters, efficiently utilize vertical space, or just want an elegantly stylish storage option, a larder might just be what you've been searching for!  

Chic Inspiration > Butler’s Pantry Design Brief

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Design Tips for Larder Cabinets

If you're considering adding a larder cabinet to your kitchen design, consider these design tips from head designer Miriam Johnson.  


First thing's first: size matters. Your available kitchen space greatly influences the size of your cabinet. You don't want it to overpower your kitchen, yet it must offer ample storage.  

Going Custom

When it comes to custom cabinetry, there's an opportunity to make your space unique. Cream or gray cabinetry feels timeless and blends seamlessly with most kitchen designs. However, if you're looking for some drama, consider darker hues, like black or dark blue.  

Shelving & Built-Ins

Built-in storage is a fantastic feature to include. With the right organization, these compact storage solutions make it easy to see and access everything in your larder. Include plenty of shelves for canned goods and staples, pull-out baskets for fruits and vegetables, and hooks to hang utensils.  

The Cabinet Chic Tip: Don't forget about incorporating custom drawers suitable for storing bread or other bulky items and a rack on the door for spices.

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Practical Ideas for Organizing Your Larder Cabinet

With a well-organized space meal prepping and grocery shopping can become a breeze. However, this requires arranging the interior logically and efficiently.

Here are some ideas to help you get it right:  

  • Narrative Style: To maximize the space, categorize items in a way that tells a story of how you cook. Start with baking ingredients at the top, followed by spices and condiments, then canned goods and grains, and end with cooking equipment like saucepans and mixing bowls at the bottom.
  • Custom Shelving: Take advantage of custom shelves and drawers. These offer great flexibility by allowing you to cater the space to your individual needs, whether it's creating a taller shelf space for cereal boxes or dividing a drawer into smaller sections for cutlery.
  • Zoned Organization: Dining essentials and items you need daily should be at eye level, baking, and cooking ingredients should be within reaching distance, while lesser-used items can be stored at the top or bottom.
  • Add Color: Keep the organization visually appealing. Painting the interior in a different shade or using a fun patterned wallpaper can act as a focal point or add depth and interest to the space.

Remember, it's not just about storing food and kitchenware but creating a space that's easy and enjoyable to use. With these tips, your larder cabinet can be more than just a functional storage space. It can be part of your kitchen's aesthetic appeal as well as an integral part of your cooking and dining experiences!

Inspiration Awaits > Hidden Spaces: Step Into a New Kind of Pantry

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Maximize Your Kitchen’s Efficiency

Investing in custom larder cabinets is a surefire way to maximize your kitchen's efficiency while adding a touch of elegance. Our skilled craftsmen at C & C Cabinets are dedicated to creating unique and high-quality pieces tailored specifically to your needs and style preferences. With our attention to detail and commitment to excellence, you can trust that your custom cabinetry will not only enhance the organization of your kitchen but also elevate its overall aesthetic appeal.  

Don't settle for standard storage solutions when you can have something truly special designed just for you by The Cabinet Chic. Contact us today to get started!

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