Given this hot debate, the idea of a fully open pantry — yes, you read that right — may not appeal to everyone. Yet an open pantry can work really well for cooks who like to have ingredients and small appliances at arm’s length yet still appreciate a stylish kitchen. Here are seven examples of pantries that are fully open, mess-free and actually look good. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to add one in your next remodel; it may be as simple as just removing a door.
This off-the-main-path solution is a way to create an open pantry that doesn’t become a notable visual element of the main kitchen. Homeowners and their guests can see the pantry from most parts of the kitchen, but it still has some visual separation from the rest of the room. This would work well for a family that wants an easy-to-access pantry that doesn’t become a design element.
This example, though perhaps styled for a photo shoot, also demonstrates the power of containers and baskets to make a pantry look organized and feel peaceful. Because the jars on the shelves match in shape and fill up the available shelf space, they could keep items corralled over the long term, even when cameras aren’t in sight.