A larder can be a real space-saver in a kitchen of any size. Their rise to fame started in the Victorian period, and in more recent years, they have found themselves back in fashion in contemporary kitchens.
In this guide, we'll explore the different ways to incorporate a larder into your kitchen, with tips to help you choose the best larder layout for your lifestyle, and a design that will suit your kitchen style.
A traditional larder was typically a large free-standing unit or small room within the kitchen. Larders of this style are a fantastic choice for those who both have a large kitchen and prefer traditional design. If there's not already a separate larder space in your kitchen, one option you'll be looking at is a standalone unit.
The free-standing units usually offer storage in the form of shelving and drawers hidden behind a set of double doors. Larder rooms, in comparison, are typically made up of shelving set from the floor to the ceiling of the room, offering space for huge amounts of ingredients and appliances.
If your kitchen doesn't have enough space for this type of larder – or if you prefer modern design over traditional – there are contemporary solutions.
Pull-out larders blend into the overall design, and at first glance appear to be a normal cupboard. Once opened, the larder slides out to reveal its contents, offering far more storage space than a standard cupboard or drawer can offer.
These are available in almost any size or height, with floor-to-ceiling larders being popular, as well as floor-to-worktop height units.
One of the main advantages of larders is their adaptability. The internal layout can be designed around the ways in which you'll use the units, to accommodate your items.
Consider what you plan to store in your larder. Does it include food ingredients, spices, utensils, crockery and appliances? If so, you'll need to consider what height you wish each item to be stored at, and the size of each of the products.
Heavy and cumbersome pieces should be kept towards the bottom of the larder, such as food mixers, pans and crockery. Then, you'll want to create an area for frequently used products such as spices, tinned and boxed food.
Finally, less frequently used products, such as baking supplies, could be kept towards the top – accessible, but out of the way.
And always consider the amount of space you'll need between each shelf.
Modern larders can even include dedicated shelves for specific products. For example, would a dedicated spice rack work best for you? If so, see if you can include a shelf dedicated to holding herbs.
Once you've decided on the type of larder you'll have, and a size to suit your kitchen, all you need to do is consider how it will fit in with your overall design.
You can choose to have it blend in, which will mean choosing the same material for the door in the same colour, with the same handle as the rest of the kitchen. This is particularly flattering for modern or gloss kitchens, as the design typically aims to be sleek and minimalist.
Traditional or rustic kitchens will benefit from a wooden larder. Oak and walnut are striking natural choices, while shades of cream also look good. The Shaker design works well with this style, or a flat finish in a soft, muted tone will make a beautiful addition.
Glass panes can be easily included on a section of the larder, which will display some of the products and utensils stored.
Alternatively, you can make your larder a focal point in the room by choosing a statement colour. Aubergine often looks striking, while drawing room green or country sage makes a subtle but stunning choice against a cream backdrop.
As far as handles are concerned, cup or bow handles are very fitting. For something more modern (and sometimes more practical) a handle bar makes a great choice, and you can install either two short handles, or a singular long one.
Larders are the perfect storage addition to practically every kitchen. With a little bit of planning, a larder can transform your kitchen – as well as your cooking process.