Save Space by Making Cookware Part of Your Decor

You know how hanging copper pots over your kitchen island is just the coolest? This concept is like that. Except some of us don't have a kitchen large enough for an island. A peninsula maybe. Definitely a bar. Cookware integrated into a home’s decor is super trendy right now, and depending on your taste, it can lend your cook-space the rustic panache of a cabin stovetop or the flashy utility of a bistro kitchen. Here’s how to get it in your kitchen, whatever size.


Display eye-catching cooking utensils

Instead of keeping your big wooden spoons, ladles, and spatulas in a drawer somewhere, save that space for something else essential but not as necessary to grab quickly, and display your pretty utensils in a glass jar. It could be a Mason jar or any clear glass vessel. This wooden spoon trio with its neon rubber handles by Willful, available onMouth is the perfect example of cooking spoons that want to be seen.


Invest in some quality pots and pans

Not to sound snobby, but the old hand-me-down saucepan your mom gave you when you first moved out may not exactly make the best display in your grownup kitchen. And it’s about more than aesthetics—a set of copper-bottomed pots or some cast iron pans both have better heat conductivity than stainless steel and are less likely to warp than aluminum.

Rack them up

If your version of tiny is not having room in your kitchen for that antique buffet, then this idea may be for you. One way to get around cookware mayhem is to store pots and pans artfully on a suspended pot rack, usually slung over a kitchen island or decked around the edges of a larger range hood. You’ll need to consider your existing ceiling joists, however—unlike wall studs, joists aren’t evenly spaced every 16 inches. Use a stud finder to locate support beams in your ceiling—otherwise the rack will come crashing down, along with your drywall. Of course, installing a suspended rack requires that you have ceiling space to spare, which not all of us do. If that’s the case in your kitchen, then your next option is a linear wall rack.


Hang them from the wall

A ceiling-mounted rack is definitely eye-catching, but it makes precious little sense in a smaller kitchen. A wall rack can come in many shapes, like this Cuisinart half-circle pot rack, with brushed steel and wall-mounting from Amazon. Compared to ceiling-suspended racks, these are a little less showy, and thus adds a cozier, more subtle touch to a home. When they're linear, it also leaves you more freedom to tailor your display to your design tastes—you can double or even triple up on racks so that they form an organized unit, letting you select your desired pan fast. Or pair them with a shelf over your backsplash that can hold lids, cookbooks, and Dutch ovens—I’ve even seen them topped with pots of living herbs for a garnish that’s fresh off the plant. If you have lots of wall space but little pantry room, a long linear rack spanning the kitchen can be accompanied by hanging shelves for spices and hooks for serving spoons, as well. The options are virtually limitless, so as you design, consider your kitchen’s challenges and functionality. Do you have a tall pantry door that could be pressed into service? A out-of-the-way window over the sink that would look lovely commandeered by a set of sauté pans?


Magnetic Knife Bars

This just makes sense. Place your magnetic knife strip near where you keep your cutting boards or where ever you have the most counter space for your slicing, dicing, and chopping. It's way better than one of those knife stands with the slots. Have you ever wondered what gets stuck down in those grooves that are impossible to clean? Eww. And keeping knives in a drawer, even with silverware separators, is a bit risky. Here, it's available right away so you can get dinner on the table, stat. This 15-inch Ouddymagnetic knife strip is $12.99 on Amazon.


— Original post by Erin Vaughan on May 11, 2016; updated by Amy Sowder on July 29

— Head Image: Houzz