Does your kitchen have a wall or a nook that’s too far away from the action to be part of the work zones but could be perfect for something? The question always is what. These designers have made the most of that extra wall, outfitting it with all kinds of useful and well-organized elements. See if any of these ideas provide inspiration for your kitchen.
1. A hardworking hutch. With a small bar sink, a coffee maker and extra countertop space, this piece has a free-standing furniture look and is versatile. It can be set up for morning beverages and pastries, as a buffet or as a wet bar. It also has plenty of storage space for glassware and serving pieces.
2. A wine bar. Side-by-side wine refrigerators topped by a counter provide a great place to uncork a bottle and let it breathe. Open shelves for glassware overhead make pouring and serving easy.
3. A streamlined built-in espresso bar. The big pantry barn doors dominate this wall but leave enough space for a built-in espresso machine and cabinets. The clever pullout shelf makes it easy to pour a cup, then tucks away. Cabinets in the same area provide space for beans and other java supplies.
4. A china cabinet
. These lovely floor-to-ceiling cabinets recall a traditional china cabinet. The clear glass allows the homeowners to display their favorite things, bringing blues and greens into the white kitchen. This is a great way to provide display space for your favorite serving pieces, china and glassware.
5. A complete beverage center
. A beverage refrigerator and pullout liquor cabinet make mixing up drinks easy along this home bar. Also worth noting are the wine racks overhead and the lighting that highlights the glass cabinets. Low beverage fridges are good for making items such as juice boxes easy for little ones to reach. (But lock up that liquor cabinet!) Other elements to consider for this kind of home bar are a small sink and an ice maker.
6. Extra pantry storage
. This nook was too far from the appliances to serve them. So the architect outfitted it with racks for hanging stemware, shelves for staples, and drawers and cabinets for extra storage. The countertop here is mostly used for display and allowed for a beadboard backing that harks back to the home’s original architecture.
7. Multifunctioning space
. This kitchen renovation relocated an eat-in area, leaving a big blank wall with large existing windows. The designer crafted a long counter that can serve as a workspace or breakfast bar, flanked by pantry cabinets and cookbook shelves.
8. Bay window
. This beautiful window lets so much natural light into the kitchen that it’s hard to imagine the room without it. A floating countertop transforms it into a work area-breakfast bar with a lovely view.
9. A well-organized wall with a little bit of everything
. This custom wall combines pantry cabinets, a wine rack, glassware storage, a work station and even the dog’s bed. The balance between light and dark stains and strong vertical and horizontal lines creates a pleasing composition.