Any task in the kitchen seems more daunting when you’re battling clutter on the counter. A great way to mitigate the mess that can emerge from cooking a meal or preparing a snack: creating purposeful, tasteful places to store your kitchen appliances when they’re not in use.
If your layout permits and you’re in the mood for a more reno-intensive project, you can install an overhead cabinet as storage for counter-top appliances, like a kettle, blender or coffee maker. Head to a store in your city that sells materials for home renovations to get the supplies needed to undertake this project to personalize your kitchen.
If you’re grappling with having enough counter space for your appliances, you can consider storing ones used less frequently (like a stand mixer) in your pantry. Whether it’s a beautiful walk-in pantry like this one, a smaller closet space or inside your kitchen cabinets, all these options should have some space for your cookware and culinary gadgets.
An interesting way to bring some minimalism to your space and hide the biggest appliance in your kitchen is to match your fridge door to the rest of your kitchen cabinetry. Here are more minimalist kitchens to inspire you.
You can also outfit your dishwasher door so that it blends seamlessly with any surrounding drawers and kitchen cabinets. This better streamlines the appearance of the kitchen and reduces visual clutter.
While open shelving doesn’t exactly hide your kitchen appliances, it definitely showcases them as decor, while also clearing countertop space. An important caveat: make sure your appliances are clean when they are on display – grease stains and bits of food can quickly diminish the impact of this more decorative storage idea.
We’ve all had that cupboard: the one where banished appliances go to a dark corner to gather dust, tangle in their own wires and be forgotten. Many home stores sell carousel shelving units or cupboard organizers that can store your appliances in your cupboard while keeping them tidy and within easy reach. Even extra-narrow kitchens can be fitted with one that can store smaller countertop trinkets, like a coffee blender or French press.
Instead of a traditional cupboard drawer (with or without an organizer), some kitchens have sneaky slide-out cabinets or drawers that house built-in cutting boards, knife blocks or spaces to store your toaster or soda maker.
Armoire or Shelving Unit
If your floor has the spare real estate, you can buy a separate armoire or shelving unit to store any large appliances, like a blender or slow cooker. To best enhance the aesthetic of your kitchen, opt for a piece that either exactly matches or complements the existing cabinetry in your kitchen.
Having trouble finding the perfect hiding place for an appliance that’s gathered a formidable layer of dust since its last use? Consider consolidating some of your gadgets. A quality blender can also serve as a food processor and an Instant Pot can replace both a slow cooker and rice maker.