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Irrespective of your personal requirements, always include more storage in your kitchen than you think you’ll need, so you can enjoy the sense of calm created by an ordered space.

In a traditional kitchen, storage and display go hand in hand. More than just a way to instill order, the combination of open shelving, glass-fronted wall units and freestanding furniture, from a classic Welsh dresser to a wire-fronted French armoire, are the perfect place to show off an assortment of ceramics, glassware, table linen and decorative objects.

However attractive your kitchen ensemble is, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to have every single item on display. A certain amount of concealed storage will always be useful for hiding away unwieldy pots and pans or modern appliances that would look out of place in a traditional setting. Few kitchens are lucky enough to have a dedicated larder, so food storage needs to be considered, too.

When it comes to base units, the framed look of shaker-style cupboards is as popular as ever. A simple row of units with the ‘drawer line’ style, offers practical and efficient storage for the traditional kitchen. Wicker baskets work well slotted in beneath this line, adding texture and offering practical easy access.

A home’s storage needs are as individual as its owner. If you have a young family, consider banquette seating with concealed toy storage in its base. Connoisseurs might want to reserve a cool spot for a wine rack, while others may decide to set aside an area for compartmental bins to make recycling easier. Irrespective of your personal requirements, always include more storage in your kitchen than you think you’ll need, so you can enjoy the sense of calm created by an ordered space.