As I envision my dream home (which I usually do), I spend a little time designing the bathroom, decorating the bedroom in my favorite luxury linens, and planting a rich garden in the head. But where do I use most of my imaginary energy? The kitchen, of course. And to find out specifically, I’m focusing on the pantry. As a home-cooker, I want to make sure my space is always ready with all the ingredients ready and I don’t have to search for my favorite snacks (because, that feeling) appetite). That’s why I dug deep into Pinterest and compiled my favorite pretty pantry items that are giving me all of those highly organized and aesthetically pleasing vibes.
One of the best things about the years we’ve worked at Camille’s home is getting into her impeccably furnished pantry. An average workday gives me plenty of opportunities — let’s say clear blue shores — to jump in and grab a handful of chocolates, goldfish crackers, and all sorts of raw ingredients. These snacks are, of course, stored in mason-fit jars.
Hopefully Phoebe and Henry are never unjustly accused of my crimes, as the supply of chocolate chips dwindled over the course of the week. Now, our group is all grown up with their own pantries to always stock up. While most of us will never reach the level of Camille’s pantry feng shui, a little inspiration never works.
Check out 12 of the best pantry designs we found on Pinterest. (Sneak in while no one is looking.)
An amateur conservator’s dream
Why we love it: The aesthetically pleasing Mason jars, for the winner. Not only is this setup completely practical, but it also wonderfully displays your entire array of pickling, storing and drying goods for easy access. The arrangement of different sizes creates visual interest and, of course, convenience.
Why we love it: When everything in the house has its own nest, I breathe a sigh of relief and gratitude. The combination of clear and acrylic containers labeled with white markers lets you know where everything is at all times. Rest assured, guaranteed.
Why we love it: When your tableware is clean and streamlined, you’ll want to show it off. We couldn’t get enough of the cozy feel of warm wood set against dark and dramatic painted decor. It’s both sleek and modern while also adding a bit of hygge into the mix for good measure.
Nancy Meyers’ kitchen
Why we love it: Take a moment and imagine you’re cooking with the cast of your favorite Nancy Meyer movies (I’ll Bring Jude Law in). Vacations or Keanu Reeves in Something’s Gotta Give, thank). A light yet lively jazz playlist fills the space, and tea lights are strategically scattered throughout. That’s right — this is the kind of pantry that makes dreams come true.
Why we love it: The color and arrangement of this pantry makes me think minimalism, but the impact is anything but subtle. I can’t even imagine how satisfying it is to pull one of the drawers open and open up to a perfectly dry stacking drawer.
Why we love it: Imagine going to your favorite French bistro for dinner and the chef inviting you into the kitchen for a tour of their well-stocked, beautifully designed pantry. This is that pantry.
Why we love it: When it comes to design, our northern neighbors can’t go wrong. The lids fit a variety of jars of different sizes and heights keeping things solid while still providing visual interest. I also love using simple baskets to hold the same items — both for organizational purposes and to satisfy my design eye.
Wild and whimsical
Why we love it: I’m not one to use wallpaper all over the room, but I love the thoughtfully thrown textures. This small, aesthetic gadget will bring you joy every time you search for ingredients.
The Parisian Patisserie
Why we love it: If you want to feel like you’re waking up to your favorite Parisian cafe every time you step into your kitchen, then this is the way for you. The glass potion and crumbs make it so you can really smell it pain au chocolate.
Why we love it: Sure, subway tile had its moment a few years ago, but nothing stopped my love of timeless trends from entering the pantry of my dreams. This backsplash is the perfect neutral background for pops of natural colors (a little citrus can go a long way!) and textured, boho weave.
Why we love it: While my aesthetic is admittedly more of a minimalist city vibe, dark and moody farmhouses always have a way of stealing my heart. The undeniably eclectic array of vintage vases and imperfect kitchen utensils is undeniably captivating, and the sheer abundance of them all is enough to make you smile.
Why we love it: White shelves + white counters + white walls = my love language. This pantry keeps things clean and simple — just the way I like it. Stress-free kitchen fun awaits.
This post was published on November 13, 2019 and has since been updated.