September 13, 2010

Everything but the Kitchen Sink – Canisters

Recently, I moved my canisters for flour and sugar out from the pantry to our kitchen counters.

Neither my husband nor I are particularly fond of overly cluttered kitchen counters.  For him it is an aesthetic reason: he doesn't like clutter; for me, a more practical reason: namely, I need all the counter space I can get.  However, our pantry is pretty small, so being able to take the canisters out and keep them on the counter means I can keep less aesthetically pleasing items (like cans of tomato sauce and boxes of cereal) stored out of sight.

This got me thinking about how unrealistic some design styling can be when they show you all sorts of gorgeous kitchen spaces…but fail to show you anything actually ON the kitchen counters.  While I can agree that many people share the design aesthetic of my husband, which requires EVERYTHING to be put away; there has to be some sort of happy medium for those of us who actually use our kitchens.

With that in mind, I am starting off a short, little Monday-afternoon series for you called "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" to show you some of the kitchen design inspiration I have found that celebrates those items that we keep out on our kitchen counters.

As you can see from the image above, we use clear glass canisters.  Mine are from Crate and Barrel, but you can find them in a variety of places.  Aside from the simplicity of clear glass, I appreciate these canisters because the mouths are wide enough for me to dip my measuring cups into them without needing to use an additional, smaller scoop.  The shape is traditional with echoes of vintage apothocary jars such as the ones below in this traditional kitchen:

The wide mouth cansiters below are just as pleasing to the eye, and have a more utilitarian look to them which works well in this modern kitchen:

Of course clear glass isn't the only option.  Below is a similar utilitarian style canister set that adds a fun accent color to the kitchen:

This set of matching pottery canisters is very feminine which contrasts so well with the masculine back splash:

These simple, classic white canisters would work in any style of kitchen:

And if you can't make up your mind between white, clear or metallic, you can always go with these fun canisters:

Lastly, depending on the style of your kitchen, these hammered copper canisters would look great.  I can see them in an French Country Kitchen or as an eclectic addition to a modern kitchen with warmer tones.

What (if any) canisters are on your counters?


Sources: 1-2: Miriam Bradford; 3, 5-6: Divine Kitchens; 4: Amoroso Design; 7: Williams-Sonoma; 8: Target; 9: Home Decorators Collection

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