Divided vertical storage is a must for wrangling baking sheets, muffin tins and assorted lids and grills. I really like this built-in drawer situation, but you can retrofit any cabinet with $7 IKEA UTRUSTA partitions.
One of my favourite ways to sneak more storage into a small kitchen is to use the depth created by the counter overhang. The functional side of the island holds a standard 24" deep cabinet, which is backed with a 10" - 15" deep cabinet. Leave open for pretty display pieces like this, or add a door for closed storage.
Just 4" is needed to gain an ultra narrow pull-out cabinet to hold cooking oils and flavourings or utensils right where you need them: beside the cooktop.
Toe kick drawers make use of every last bit of space. Being at floor level this is the place to store infrequently used items such as platters, fancy linens or emergency supplies. Make sure to choose a recessed or flat pull so you don't accidentally kick it.
Every kitchen needs a pantry to hold small appliances and food. A luxe alternative to the freestanding pantry unit is a custom walk-in. Here, a nook was framed out, the wall tiled to match the kitchen backsplash and open shelving added. The antique doors are a stylish touch with big personality.
I love this hidden "command centre" solution. Cork and whiteboards, hooks for keys and paper slots all neatly hidden behind hinged doors but totally accessible. This literally takes no space: it's the side of a cabinet cleverly put to use so the counters and fridge remain clutter-free.
Imagine this same picture with cabinetry. Kind of boring, right? Too much cabinetry can look unimaginative - especially in a large kitchen. Barn doors are terrific in tight spaces because they slide horizontally so you don't have to factor in a door swing. And they look amazing painted a focal colour.