I look at a lot of kitchens (it's my job!) and there's been a definite trend in recent years, from traditional upper cabinets to open shelving to maybe a single shelf to no storage above waist height at all. There's a reason for all this minimalism — clearing out the upper cabinets can make a small kitchen seem much more open, and it also makes working at the counter much more pleasant. But then there's the problem of — where are you gonna put all that stuff?
Hang it on the wall! Hanging kitchen utensils on a pot rail is convenient (no opening and closing doors and rumaging), and as these pictures prove, it can be beautiful, too.
Above: multiple pot rails, for differently sized pots and utensils, in a kitchen from Balingslov. The copper of the rails reflects the copper of the faucet, tying the pot rails into the overall scheme of the kitchen.
One of the smallest homes we've ever featured on Apartment Therapy makes use of a pot rail to squeeze a little extra storage out of a teeny kitchen. From Christopher & Merete's Truly Tiny Home on the Range.
I love how the pot rail in this kitchen from Gisbert Poeppler becomes a design feature.
This is an especially elegant look — a rail hanging underneath upper cabinets. From Biografen.
And finally, from Daniella Witte via Zsa Zsa Bellagio — this may look like a plain old towel rack, but it's also got hooks to keep necessities within easy reach. You'll never dig around in a drawer for the corkscrew ever again.