Before the popularity of the modern fitted kitchen, most homes had either a built-in pantry (a cooler room connected to the kitchen) or larder to store kitchen essentials and non-perishable ingredients. But with the desire for clean, contemporary and coordinating kitchen styles, these fell out of favour. Over the last few years, the old-fashioned larder has undergone an update and now it’s a stylish storage option and the perfect addition to any space – whether your style is modern or more traditional.

‘The popularity of larders and pantries in recent years should not be surprising,’ explains Tom Layzell, Kitchen Designer at John Lewis of Hungerford, ‘Their flexibility, storage options and functional place in the kitchen are all contributing factors as to why they have become the most lusted after kitchen accessory, and also the most logical.’

‘The majority of new kitchens being designed and installed today will have a larder incorporated into its design. The idea of having all of your food in one place, the flexibility and wide range of storage solutions a larder can offer a home, all contribute to why the larder is making a big comeback in the contemporary kitchen.’ says Tom Layzell.

A larder also creates valuable storage space for appliances. Integrating the kitchen gadgets clutter your worktops into your storage solutions could help to create a streamlined look in your kitchen — just make sure you plan power outlets in before fitting your larder or pantry.

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The larder unit of this remodeled kitchen-diner houses appliances and lots of shelving so that work surfaces are kept clutter-free

‘With the rise of juicers, blenders and other kitchen appliances in the kitchen, people are turning to larders to store more and more of their kitchen gadgets,’ says Tom Layzell, ‘Although these appliances might be used everyday, we’ve found that people are reluctant to clog up precious workspace by displaying these items all of the time, and by having a larder in the kitchen, they manage to keep those appliances out of sight, but still easily accessible.’

Latest looks for larders

A larder is a large cupboard for storing food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. All a larder needs to be is cool and dark, and vents for air circulation are vital. Many companies now offer them as part of a whole kitchen redesign, but if you are looking to add one yourself, freestanding versions are readily available.

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Freestanding Cool Pantry, priced from £5,522 from John Lewis of Hungerford,

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This New Hampshire freestanding larder has storage space for everything from appliances to food and is £595 for an unpainted unit at The Dormy House.

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The Padstow two door larder unit has drawers, ample shelving room and space for 9 wine bottles. £1,699 from M&S

The growing popularity of larders in kitchen design is unsurprising when you consider just how useful they are. If you integrate appliances and food, then a simple storage solution becomes a practical and functional area of the kitchen and can be just as useful as your worktops.

Pantry

A pantry is a designated room – usually connected to the kitchen – which provides the same function as a larder. Choosing a space in your home that is cool, dark and has adequate space is key. An under-utilised alcove or built-in cupboard could make a perfect pantry with the addition of some wall-hung shelves.

What can you keep in a larder or pantry?

Here is a list of products that don’t benefit from being kept in your fridge. Try keeping them in your larder to free up space in the fridge, in cupboards and on worktops.

  • Hard cheeses
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Herbs
  • Avocados, bananas and melons
  • Garlic
  • Coffee
  • Bread

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