Stanley Tucci's kitchen storage is a masterclass in the cabinet-free organization technique loved by professional chefs

The actor's kitchen is a great place for organization inspiration – professional organizers explain why his method is perfect for avid cooks

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Ever since Stanley Tucci started making cooking videos, we've been in love with following along with Stanley Tucci's cooking videos. There's just something about the actor's soothing voice and warming Italian recipes. Though the food is delicious, lately, we're noticing something even more replicable in the actor's kitchen: his storage.

Tucci's kitchen storage idea covers a range of ingenious techniques. It features a bar where he hangs his utensils and drawers below the worktop. Overhead, open shelves provide space for easily accessible cooking tools. Above the functional storage, a narrower shelf creates room for decorative plates to adorn Tucci's kitchen with bright, colorful plates.

Professional organizers approve of his technique for maximizing kitchen storage. Interiors therapist Suzanne Roynon tells Homes & Gardens: 'Actor Stanley Tucci inspires us all with his infectious passion for creating incredible, mouthwatering food and sharing his love of eating and drinking with friends. His books and enticing TV series are a feast for the mind, and you can almost taste the bittersweet margaritas he prepares in this clip. His own kitchen is a workable hybrid of both professional and domestic, with attractive cabinetry and nods to a more chef-centric space than might otherwise be found in a luxury kitchen space. He can dress it up or down for parties or family use because it has been specifically designed for his lifestyle.

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Furthermore, Roynon says Stanley's set up is the perfect way to organize your kitchen like a chef. 'A professional kitchen will often use a combination of open shelving and hooks for storing pans and hanging a multitude of utensils, colanders and tools within reach but off the countertop,' adds Roynon.

Suzanne Roynon
Suzanne Roynon

Suzanne is a feng shui consultant, interiors therapist and author of Welcome Home, How Stuff Makes or Breaks your Relationshipavailable at Amazon. She specializes in understanding the energetic impact of homes and certain possessions may have on all aspects of life, health and relationships, and the ways in which ‘stuff’ can actively prevent people and families from thriving and enjoying the lifestyle they deserve.

She continues, 'Busy restaurants routinely use and wash each item daily, avoiding the risk of dust and grease particles building up as they potentially can in the average home kitchen. A spotless worksurface is sacrosanct both for preparing and plating meals, and to maintain scrupulous levels of hygiene, which are simply impossible to manage in a cluttered kitchen.'

If you are planning to integrate this style into organizing your own kitchen, Roynon offers a few cautions.

'Notice the rail with hooks for only the most regularly accessed utensils. It’s not overburdened with unnecessary items, which makes it both practical and ensures it’s easy to clean,' she says. 'Likewise, the shelf is refreshingly clear, which lifts the energy within the kitchen space.'

She adds, 'The high-level decorative plates add a quirky European feel, but if you’re planning to add a similar feature to your own kitchen, do remember you’ll want to handwash painted plates carefully each month. Whilst they are an attractive memento of locations visited, they do become magnets for oil and dust in even the most well-ventilated homes.'

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.