If you’re a dedicated home cook, then you have probably collected a nice set of cookware over the years, and it’s understandable that you want to show it off to your guests. Fortunately, there are many different ways to tastefully display your cookware in a stylish way, whether your tastes lean more towards modern industrial chic or traditional farmhouse warmth. Here are 10 different tips for helping you to decide how you want to display your cookware.
Decide which cookware you want to display.
First, you need to decide if you want all of your cookware on display or only the most aesthetically pleasing pieces. Some of the most popular cookware items to display include copper cookware, enameled cast iron pots and pans, glazed ceramic pottery, colored glassware and other visually eye-catching items. However, you can also get creative and display stainless steel pots, kitchen utensils and other less traditional items if you like.
Think about your kitchen color scheme.
If you are currently contemplating a kitchen remodel, then you can center your paint choices around how you want to display your cookware. If a remodel or a fresh coat of paint isn’t on the table, then think about how your cookware will look in various areas of your existing kitchen. For instance, colored glassware really pops against a white wall, while copper pots look great on black tile. By carefully placing your cookware in certain areas of your kitchen, you will create a harmonious aesthetic.
Install glass cabinet doors.
If you are limited on wall and floor space in your kitchen, then the simplest way to display your cookware might be to swap your regular cabinet doors for a style that incorporates a glass panel so that you can see inside them. You can also remove the cabinet doors altogether, although this will expose the cookware inside to dust. If you have a gap between the cabinets and the tops of your ceiling, you can also place your least-used cookware on top of the cabinets for a nice display.
Hang your cookware from the ceiling.
Hanging a pot rack from your ceiling is the perfect way to showcase your cookware while also saving space in your kitchen. There are plenty of stylish DIY pot rack ideas that can go with the overall theme of your kitchen. If your kitchen displays a farmhouse-chic style, consider a hanging ladder pot rack. For more modern kitchens, try using rod iron for an industrial feel.
Put them above the stove or sink.
The backsplash area over the stove or sink is often underutilized, making it the perfect place to display your pots and pans if you are short on space. Plus, the sink and stove are already focal points, drawing even more attention to your cookware. You can combine with many of the other display ideas on this list — including pot rails and pegboards — for a unique setup that reflects your design aesthetics without taking up too much room.
Hang them over the kitchen island.
Do you have a kitchen island? Make it a focal point by hanging your pots and pans from a hanging rack above the island to create an eye-catching display. This also works for a free-standing kitchen table if you don’t have an official kitchen island. Keep in mind that this idea works best when you don’t already have a hanging light fixture in this area.
Use pot rails and hooks.
If you’re a fan of the semi-industrial look that’s been all the rage over the past few years, then you have definitely seen pictures of high end cookware collections displayed on pot rails. Pot rails are affordable to buy and easy to install, making them a great option for people who want a more industrial vibe. The hooks also move around freely, which makes it easy to grab the pot that you need or to change up the cookware arrangement at will.
Try some tasteful crown molding.
If you prefer something more traditional vs. the industrial look of pot rails, then you can’t go wrong with some tasteful crown molding paired with some matching hooks. If you want an all-in-one look, then you can also get wall hook racks and stagger them for a nice-looking arrangement. Just make sure to check the weight rating on them before you make a purchase to ensure that they can hold up your heavy pots and pans.
Repurpose a sturdy ladder.
You’ve probably seen decorative ladders used to hold blankets and other light objects — but have you ever thought about displaying your cookware on such a ladder? This is a great solution when you are renting or otherwise not in a position to make permanent alterations to your kitchen. Make sure to choose a sturdy ladder that can handle the weight of your cookware and anchor it firmly to the wall and floor to keep it from tipping over.
Install a pegboard on the wall.
For an industrial look, you might want to consider installing a pegboard on one wall instead. You’ll need to choose pegboard panels made of a sturdy material and mount them securely on the wall so that they can support all your cookware. You can also skip the pegboard and mount the hooks directly on the wall for an eclectic cookware arrangement that resembles found art.
Do you currently display your cookware in your kitchen, or are you just thinking about it? What are your favorite cookware display designs that you have seen? The best part about displaying your cookware is that you can switch it up however you like! Try one of these items for stylish kitchen storage today.