In this post: If you’re looking for butlers pantry ideas to decorate that curious little room, here are 10 ways to add French style to the butlers pantry.⇒
I’ve always loved little nooks and crannies in a home’s layout.
An alcove here, a passageway there, and little side rooms that seem almost hidden. Of course, this runs completely counter to the more modern trend of open concept space. Our home is on the newer side and has its share of open space. Yet at the same time, I’ve made some effort to add character in the form of little nooks where I could find them.
A perfect example is the butler’s pantry which we transformed from an unused storage closet into a beautiful, if tiny, serving space. You can read all about that renovation HERE.
But once any remodeling work is done, the best part is styling the new space to reflect your personal style.
Today I’m sharing the finished product, fully decorated with my favorite elements. Here are 10 butler’s pantry ideas for adding French style to a lovely serving area.
Butler’s Pantry Ideas
As with most of the design in my home, I approached the butler’s pantry with my signature enthusiasm for modern French Country style. Most of my vignettes include a balance of contrasts, from polished to patina, sleek to pastoral, light to colorful and hard-edged to softly draped.
The list that follows includes all of these characteristics comfortably mixed in the very small space.
1. Vintage silver ice bucket – the glimmer of silver is always refreshing, adding a hint of bling, offset here by the timeworn patina along the repoussé trim. (See resource list below.)
2. Crystal wine goblets – one of the key elements used liberally in my home, crystal affords the opportunity to bounce light in a space. The glints are particularly lovely off the cut crystal pattern in these goblets. I’ve also tucked a decanter behind the stemware on the tray.
3. Embroidered white linen – another go-to element present in most of my rooms, white embroidered linen lends a softness and purity to the arrangement. Here I used a napkin, but often it’s a tea towel, a pillow or even a coaster.
4. Vintage floral china and fresh flowers – florals are a great way to add touches of color and here I’ve incorporated both fresh ranunculus and a vintage patterned creamer. Pieces from my china collection pop up all over my home.
5. Kitchen utensil prints – the elements I’ve used here were selected not only for their look, but also for concept, taking into account the purpose of this space. In that spirit, I loved the idea of using artwork depicting pretty flatware pieces.
I selected the matching pair which would also look fabulous in a kitchen or breakfast nook.
6. Pretty cocktail napkins – a wonderful surprise was finding these lovely little napkins in a local store, which worked perfectly with my art prints. Thematically, they also belong in the butler’s pantry, a space made for serving drinks.
7. Vintage brass candlesticks – I’ve always been comfortable mixing metals and you will very often see me use gold and silver together. Here the gilded look is attained with vintage brass candlesticks and pear shaped crystal drops.
8. Antique chippy candlestick – I probably should have named my blog ‘bling and patina’ and right on cue, next to the blingy pair of candle holders is my chippy-paint church candlestick. The notion of contrasts helps underscore the effect of one element when balanced against another.
(I haven’t even listed the items behind the glass cabinet doors, but I’ve made sure to use more of the same within for a cohesive presentation.)
9. French wine – and what would a French pantry be like without French wine?
10. Needlepoint rug – the finishing touch is a needlepoint rug in an aubusson type pattern. Perfectly sized for the space and playing off the floral china, it adds just the right punctuation for this tiny space.
The elements are using sparingly here, as the space is rather tiny. Yet they show how easy it is to bring character to a space by selecting your decorative items carefully.
How fun it is to have a little serving nook in my home, even if it isn’t a hidden passageway!
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