A butler’s pantry is simply a small room between a kitchen and dining room where china, silver, and other entertaining essentials can be stored and where plates can be assembled for serving. Butler’s pantries are common in larger, historic homes. The units in our 1920s high-rise building originally included butler’s pantries which I found to be a charming feature when we were house hunting–if only they came with an actual butler! Our butler’s pantry had been opened up to the kitchen by the previous owner and is now just an extension of the kitchen. It provides ample amounts of storage, which is a bonus in an apartment.
Butler’s pantries present wonderful design opportunities. They can be decorated in a way that is more daring and elegant than the more functional neighboring kitchen. They often are full of surprises and can impart a wow-factor to a home.
Here are some butler’s pantries that are design stand-outs.
Often they are painted a bolder color than the kitchen. This butler’s pantry’s bright blue cabinetry with gold accents provides a nice contrast to the white kitchen:
Designer Lee Ann Thornton used a gorgeous blue lacquer paint to create a glamorous space:
I adore this lacquered green paint, which is called Secret Garden by Sherwin-Williams:
Butler’s pantries are often used as bars. In this Miles Redd designed space, notice all the fun celestial elements that would surely entertain and dazzle guests:
This sumptuous peacock blue is Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball:
A small, but impressive teal butler’s pantry that serves as a bar:
I love the high-gloss navy blue paint that Sue De Chiara used in her butler’s pantry:
Wallpaper and interesting light fixtures can have a dramatic impact on a small space like a butler’s pantry:
Of course butler’s pantries aren’t always dramatic. Sometimes they are simple and elegant:
Butler’s pantries provide extra storage, and they can be visually appealing, too. Which of these examples did you like best?