Beautiful & Creative Storage Solutions in the Kitchen

For most of us small space dwellers, kitchens are utilitarian spaces often lacking in both storage and charm. The thought of creating extra storage, much less beautiful or creative extra storage, seems like a dream for the next life. However, a quick peek through my inspiration files yielded some interesting and doable ideas.

• Towel racks, especially cool homemade ones like the talented Kjerstis Lykke's, can serve as accessible and attractive storage for hanging often-used items like spatulas and measuring utensils/cups that can take up valuable drawer and/or counter space. I love how Kjerstis has simply hung a branch through her shelf brackets to give the all white space a touch of natural warmth.

• The outside of cabinets never struck me as a viable place for more storage, but spotting the above solution in vt wonen, I'm totally in love. If you have the skills, you could make your own or customize pre-made shelves or magazine racks similar to these from pottery barn kids.

• Adding an open shelf under the cabinets can add some much needed storage for everyday dishes.

• If you have the space, bringing in freestanding storage units like vintage lockers, old card catalogs, or a dresser can add a lot to improve the character of a drab builder's grade kitchen.

• Open or glass shelves in front of the kitchen window can provide a perfect place for potted herbs or often used glasses, which don't block out any light. Admittedly, I'm still on the fence about this idea, as natural light is so coveted in my own home, but seeing it in real life when I went to photograph an upcoming house tour I'm a lot more convinced.

• Use your wall space. My own small kitchen redo (pictures 6, 7), which you can check out here: Before & After: A Modest Kitchen Makeover involved mounting everything that possibly could including the spice rack, knives, and stereo. Doing so made a world of difference when it came to saving counter and drawer space.

Images: 1: Kjerstis Lykke, 2: VT Wonen, 3: Cottage Living, 4: Country Living, 5: Bosworth Hoedemaker, 6, 7: Leah Moss

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