Kitchens and countertops are a recipe for cluttered chaos. We round up quick tips to help you figure out what to display and what to put away
How to organise your kitchen countertop with Pinterest-worthy precision
Put it away
- Deep drawers hide big pans and serving dishes perfectly.
- Consider kickboards that open up to accommodate those oversized platters, chopping boards and baking trays.
- If you’re planning a new kitchen, go for adjustable shelves inside your cupboards – now you can store those awkward tall vases.
- Store utensils for kitchen prep and cooking close to where you carry out these tasks.
- A new island bench offers a work surface plus storage; add drawers and shelves to its design.
Show it off
- When you put everything behind closed doors, kitchens can appear clinical. Having some of your collectables on show injects your personality into the space.
- Corner cupboards are often difficult to access, so consider leaving them open as the perfect spot to keep cookbooks.
- Appliances such as stand mixers usually look good on the bench, and who wants to lug it out every time you make a cake?
- Sticking to one or two accent colours in your displays looks clean and stylish.
Now you see it
Kitchen designers love sliding, bifold or tambour doors because you can simply close them and pretend breakfast never happened. Build a compact one at the end of your benchtop or go all out with a double tambour. No cupboard? Coordinated small appliances look lovely and make your kitchen more cohesive.
Storage isn’t always about cupboards, shelves and drawers. Something more playful and unique, such as this pegboard panel (left), can make your kitchen stand out from the crowd. It’s easy to make with just a simple trip to the local hardware store.
- Gorgeous vintage cabinets add character to your kitchen storage and show off collections of crockery and glass – minus the dust!
- Corner shelves like these make dead space useful and give you a place to personalise your kitchen by displaying your favourite homeware.
- Bulkheads or cabinets that go up to the ceiling mean no dust build-up on the tops of cupboards.