Historically, the butler’s pantry has served many different purposes.
It has been the designated storage area for china and silver, it has been used as a prep or clean-up station, and it was even where some European butlers slept—as their job was to keep the silver stored in the butler’s pantry under lock and key.
Today, you won’t typically find a butler sleeping in the pantry. However, it does continue to serve as a key space for hosting and entertaining. Whether it is used for prepping, serving or storing, the butler’s pantry is a crucial component to any household and deserves to have a bit of the spotlight.
How exactly do you add more light and life to this often times dim space? Easy.
First, add a window if possible. Natural light is one of the best and easiest ways to brighten up a space and make it feel more inviting. Second, add shiplap. This is a type of wooden accent that is often used in barns and historic houses. Pair this with some floating shelves, and you will create a cost-effective accent wall that lends both depth and interest to your pantry space.
Lastly, add a couple of wall sconces. Functional and aesthetic, this accent lighting will help make your pantry a warm and welcoming space that you and your guests can enjoy no matter the occasion.
Take a look at this photo for a better idea of how these elements work together.
More design tips are on the way from our very own Becky Crosby, Design Manager.