Hosting holiday gatherings should be a time of joy and celebration, focused on spending quality time with your guests and not on cleaning, organizing or worrying about meal preparations. Remodeling your kitchen with a walk-in pantry is a great way to ensure your gatherings focus on the important things this holiday season.
According to a recent U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, pantries are a popular feature to focus on in the kitchen, from built-in cabinetry (with 41 percent adding this item to their remodels), reach-in pantry closets (17 percent) and creating walk-in pantries (10 percent).
A recent article on Decorated Life detailed this growing trend of smart, easy-access, functional kitchen pantries that are being added to existing spaces, expanded or custom built. When deciding the design of a walk-in pantry, features to consider include: function and storage, appliance and electronic storage, prep areas, sinks, refrigerators and overall style to maintain consistency with the rest of the kitchen layout.
Walk-in pantries are back…in a big way! Not only do they assist in storing and organizing food, china and glassware, but many homeowners are also finding them to be a more convenient place to store small appliances and beverage refrigerators. Some trending large pantries even have sinks installed. Add a toaster and a few other small appliances, and you can also create the perfect spot for a morning coffee-tea-bagel station.
When it comes to hosting festivities, walk-in pantries keep your countertops clean and clear as everyone gathers in the kitchen (as they always do). Enjoy the organization and the time spent with your guests this holiday season.