Use a pass-through to connect the serving pantry to the dining room. This space is connected to the dining room with high style through the arched opening. More formal casework and cabinetry ensures this functional room matches the formality of the dining room.
Position the butler's pantry by the dining room for maximum function. Historically, the butler's pantry is a room between the formal dining room and the kitchen. It acted as the staging area for formal gatherings. Here, the butler's pantry seems to be a hallway leading to the dining room. To counter the narrowness of the room, a large mirror makes the room seem bigger. Notice the abundance of counter space for display and staging meals.
Consider converting a nearby room into a butler's pantry. These homeowners really wanted a butler's pantry, so they converted a laundry room near the kitchen. With decorative elements like a chandelier and open display shelving, this room is given a new life. With auxiliary sink and dishwasher bring in the necessary functional aspects.
Give a nod to tradition. Truly classical in its styling, this butler's pantry is both wet bar and storage area. Vintage style wall covering, a highly detailed chandelier and interior lit cabinets make this butler's pantry a stunning example.
This small butler's pantry exudes design and style from all surfaces. The highly patterned floor mirrors the ceiling treatment. With interior lights, the built-in buffet shows off the serving pieces beautifully. A magnificent carriage lantern chandelier caps off the whole room.
Don't hesitate to build a butler's pantry in a more contemporary setting. While a simpler design than the previous examples, this butler's pantry fits perfectly in this contemporary home. The subtle palette of dark oak cabinetry, and cream and taupe backsplash help complete the contemporary look. Throw in a modern chandelier and it's nearly a perfect butler's pantry.
Carve out a space in the kitchen. Not all of us have an extra room in which we can build a butler's pantry. So, consider using part of your kitchen for this function. In this kitchen, the butler's pantry is defined with a different cabinet color and other design elements than the rest of the kitchen.
Here's a perfect example of how to do this in a contemporary kitchen. This little alcove in the background is defined as the butler's pantry area. Open shelving and decorative items dress it up and separate it from the rest of the kitchen.