3 ways I maximize storage without compromising on style when I'm designing a kitchen

Storage is a functional must-have, so how do you incorporate it into a sleek kitchen design? These are my three top pieces of advice

Large kitchen with island
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At Sims Hilditch, we draw inspiration from a range of eras and styles, including the abstract forms and striking profiles of contemporary design. However, we do not set much store in following the latest trends as they arise, Instead, we care more for developing our signature aesthetic in a way that is in tune with a contemporary lifestyle.

It is with this in mind that we design kitchens. A contemporary lifestyle often involves a need for plenty of kitchen storage ideas, incorporated in such a way that it feels effortlessly calm, balanced and organized. 

Here are the design techniques I use to achieve this. 

1. Make space for a pantry

Kitchen pantry with spices, herbs and dried goods inside

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One of our favorite kitchen design elements at Sims Hilditch (opens in new tab) is the pantry. Getting creative with storage design has a very contemporary feel to it and works well when designing a pantry. Planning the storage carefully for pantry ideas creates a solid basis for a functional kitchen, which can be worked around in the future should the need arise to reconfigure or change the aesthetic. 

Linen cupboard in pantry

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A cavernous cupboard with layers of shelving that fold out to reveal hidden storage within is a great addition to the space. The pantry can be used not just for food storage, but to conceal kitchen appliances, display glassware, or even host a breakfast station. 

2. Making a kitchen island work really hard

Kitchen with large kitchen island and doors to garden

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A kitchen island provides excellent storage space, including pigeon holes for chopping boards, charging drawers for phones and a space for the trash. We have also installed sinks, dishwashers and ovens into kitchen islands for some of our clients. 

Large kitchen with island

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However, these aren’t the their only functions. Kitchen islands also create an excellent spot for socializing and preparing food. This is an important requirement for a contemporary lifestyle. Many of our clients wish for their kitchen to be the hub of the home; a welcoming place with plenty of kitchen island seating ideas to spend time with family and friends. Placing bar stools at the kitchen island is a great solution here. You might also consider creating an open-plan kitchen and dining area.

3. Shelving

Kitchen shelves

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For a simpler storage solution and a great idea for decorating above kitchen cabinets, I like suspended timber kitchen shelving. It looks great as an above-counter storage option, and when used on a larger scale it becomes quite the feature of a room. This can be a nice opportunity to integrate some kitchen styling into the space, displaying your nice glassware, jars, crockery and foliage. 

Emma Sims-Hilditch
Emma Sims-Hilditch

Founded in 2009, the Sims Hilditch design practice has become one of the most trusted and respected in the industry. Its couture approach combines interior architecture, interior design and procurement management within one concept-to-completion, fully bespoke service. Creative Founder, Emma Sims-Hilditch is passionate about her belief that good design can transform not only how people live but also how they feel.