75 Beautiful Scullery Home Design Ideas & Designs (2024)

Celia Visser

Celia Visser Design Ltd

This is an example of a contemporary galley kitchen in Auckland with stainless steel appliances, an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, solid surface benchtops, beige splashback, ceramic splashback and medium hardwood floors.


Daniel Marshall Architect

Emily Andrews
This is an example of a contemporary galley separate kitchen in Auckland with flat-panel cabinets, a double-bowl sink and stainless steel benchtops.

Gold Coast Kitchen

Darren James Interiors

DESIGN STATEMENT:GOLD COAST KITCHENInterior Designer: Darren Jameswww.interiorsbydarrenjames.com.au Precision, attention to detail and an appreciation for the finer things in life are qualities often associated with the German culture. So when the German owners engaged Interiors by Darren James to design and build their dream kitchen they wanted premium quality in every detail: design, materials, workmanship and finish. This project clearly demonstrates what is possible when you combine good design, the latest technical mechanisms, quality materials and handcraft production techniques – a project that exceeds every expectation.Whilst the clients requested an ultramodern design they still wanted it to suit their Australian lifestyle. Central to the brief was the need to satisfy an enthusiastic and demanding gourmand by creating a kitchen that “feels like home” yet still packs a punch visually and supports the entertaining of family and friends. The result is a free flowing functional kitchen design that makes the best possible use of the available space in this long and narrow room.The existing spaceThe original kitchen was small, cramped and non-functional. To pave the way for a larger space highly sought after by the clients, the diving wall that separated the previous kitchen and an unused sitting room was bought down – a concept the clients hadn’t considered until now. The resulting space was a larger room, approximately 7.5 x 3.2m. Starting from scratch we were now able to square set all the walls, ceilings and windows. The existing windows and sliding doors were also removed and replaced with new double glazed windows.Hidden work space hides the mess and reduced visual depthTo shorten the visual depth in such a long room, a scullery focused purely on function is placed at the rear of the room to hide the mess when entertaining and ensures the kitchen is kept clutter free. Housing a large side by side Miele Fridge-Freezer and providing storage for food and everyday bulky appliances, the scullery also acts as an out of the way prep zone. A stainless steel benchtop provides the ultimate surface in terms of hygiene, heat resistant and food preparation for this home chef who avidly enjoys cooking.Wall Oven feature & room dividerA strategically placed wall oven feature surrounded by LED strip lighting is suspended 300mm off the floor and 300mm off the ceiling creating a unique floating look and provides access either side to the cleverly hidden scullery. Metal supports and bracing was incorporated into the construction of the wall and thicker timber framing was also used to ensure structural integrity.A selected range of stainless steel Miele appliances included in the feature wall further enhance the cutting edge look whilst providing all the functional requirements of the clients’ healthy cooking style. The black glass finish on the feature door and drawer fronts complement the ‘piano finish’ of the surrounding ‘Ebony Maccassar’natural veneer. In keeping with the desired minimalist look, all the black glass fronts are handless and open electronically using Blums ‘Servo drive’ mechanisms. Thanks to this technology with the simple press of the button the wall oven feature easily transforms from a stunning furniture piece to a fully functional storage space. To complete the high class finish, black ‘intivo’ drawers, black internals and 10mm glass shelves are incorporated ensuring this feature wall remains a showpiece whether open or closed. It is important to note that due to the clients’ sensitivity to formaldehyde all the board that was used throughout the kitchen both internal and external was ‘EO’ class substrate.Functional cooking and cleaning zonesA number of work zones within the kitchen ensure the space operates efficiently at all times. The cooking zone includes an induction cooktop for efficient cooking whilst the Neff rangehood is cleverly concealed in the piano finish ‘Ebony Maccassar’ natural veneer which is highlighted by LED strip lighting. To enhance the overall look the veneer work on the rangehood feature box is grain matched and mitred to create a superior and seamless finish. The sink area consists of a large single bowl ‘professional series’ Oliveri sink and a water efficient KWC Inox vege spray mixer ensures even bulky baking items and trays are easy to clean. A three bin system is placed at the bottom of the sink cupboard on a servo drive mechanism allowing the client to easily open without the need of any hands.A zip hydro boil with its own font and drain unit is also incorporated into the sink area. Due to its placement above the dishwasher a thicker benchtop was required to handle the drain depth that extends from the bottom of the zip font. For this reason the benchtop is 100mm thick and to create visual impact the ‘Metero’ Staron benchtop reduces to 20mm over and into the cooktop area. Practical Island Bench that packs a punch….The visually stunning island bench serves dual function purposes. Staron ‘ solid surface was selected for its contemporary appearance as well as for its durability and has been raised 20mm to define a casual seating and dining area.The client has a passion for baking, making her own pastry, pasta and breads. Like many a pastry chef she prefers working on natural stone. Therefore a 20mm piece of ‘Calacutta’ marble was selected and inlayed into the 100mm Staron ‘Metero’ benchtop. The gorgeous showpiece slab gives the impression of elegance, adds visual character and complements the other natural elements perfectly.Piano finish natural veneer open-shelves supported with steel rods to eliminate the need for visible gables are located either side of the island to house the clients loved collection of frequently used cookbooks. A custom made stainless steel light rack provides functional task lighting, bottle glass storage and further enhances the professional look of this ‘home chef’ style kitchen. Again, supports are positioned between the trusses in the ceiling to provide appropriate support.StorageStorage has been well considered in this kitchen with a scullery providing ample space for groceries as well as specific areas that have been custom designed to house items such as recipe books, small appliances and cutting boards. Every storage item has been thoughtfully located in terms of function and frequency of use. Storage space has been optimized with the use of easy access drawers using Blum’s slow motion drawers. Again the kitchen has been fitted out with the full range of Blum organizational accessories including plate racks, spice racks, knife racks as well as ‘orgaline’ for cutlery and utensil.Luxurious quality finishesOne of the main requests of the owners was to include luxurious quality finishes to create maximum visual impact. A combination of different textures and finishes were incorporated to ensure high esthetic qualities as well as top performance. This was created by creatively combining an array of high end materials and textures: The piano finish ‘Ebony Macassar’ natural veneer, black painted glass, automotive high gloss grey lacquer, stainless steel, Calacutta Oro marble and Staron Tempest all combine to create a sophisticated and visually stunning space.The incorporation of the mirror splash back not only adds to the sense of space but ensures nothing is taken away the sophisticated simplicity that this kitchen already boasts.Light it upLED stip lighting is thoughtfully placed for both ambient, feature and practical purposes. It particularly highlights the stunning design of cabinetry features seen throughout this kitchen. Natural lighting is maximised with the inclusion of a sliding door in the scullery which conveniently opens out to the alfresco area. LED Downlights have been thoughtfully placed throughout the kitchen to illuminate task areas and work surfaces.

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Enigma Interiors

Architectural designed kitchen features custom split level bench including lower seating area, large mirror sliding door to conceal pantry compelte walk in butler's style pantry. Extra deep custom made sinks in main kitchen and scullery, completely welded in to the stainless steel top in scullery. Bold ‘red’ glass splashbacks, dark specialised carcasses and drawer sides. Cabinet doors: ‘Oregan Pine’ Cleaf, Blum ‘Tandembox’ soft-closing drawers. Benchtop:20mm ‘Cambrian Black’ brushed Granite with waterfall ends and low table. Mirror splashback Feature: 6 door feature side cabinet in ‘Chimney Sweep’, ‘Solitaire’ & ‘Soapstone’ Glass doors with ‘Carbon Micro’ carcasses, Door: ‘Mirastar’ feature door with ‘Exterus’ sliding door to conceal pantry. Scullery:Createc ‘Black’ gloss doors, Splashback ‘red’ glass, stainless steel 35mm bench top, shallow adjustable open pantry shelving and wine rack.

Fly Fishing Retreat

Ashley Campbell Interior Design

Photo of a traditional u-shaped kitchen in Denver with recessed-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a farmhouse sink.

The Woods

Nexus Designs

Photographer: Isamu Sawa
Photo of a contemporary galley kitchen in Melbourne with a double-bowl sink, open cabinets, dark wood cabinets and medium hardwood floors.

Peppermint Grove

Renovation Capital

Combination of benches used in the scullery. Beautiful Corian 'Rain Cloud' on the left, with the very practical and functional stainless steel on the right.

River Park Place

Tabrizi Home Builders

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Brisbane with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback, ceramic splashback, panelled appliances, medium hardwood floors, no island, brown floor and grey benchtop.

Clontarf | Modern Kitchen

Art of Kitchens Pty Ltd

A unique blend of visual, textural and practical design has come together to create this bright and enjoyable Clonfarf kitchen.Working with the owners interior designer, Anita Mitchell, we decided to take inspiration from the spectacular view and make it a key feature of the design using a variety of finishes and textures to add visual interest to the space and work with the natural light. Photos by Eliot Cohen

Shaker Kitchen in Georgian townhouse

Sculleries of Stockbridge

Country u-shaped separate kitchen in Edinburgh with a farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, white splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors and no island.

Scullery and pantry area in rustic modern kitchen


The scullery and pantry part of the kitchen with wicker baskets and solid marble sink and Aga,
Design ideas for a large country galley open plan kitchen in Gloucestershire with a single-bowl sink, raised-panel cabinets, marble benchtops, white splashback, stone slab splashback, stainless steel appliances, limestone floors, with island and beige cabinets.

Contemporary Design with Classical Detailing

Robyn Labb Kitchens

Small contemporary u-shaped kitchen in Auckland with shaker cabinets, stainless steel benchtops and white splashback.


Waller Projects

Photo of a modern kitchen in Auckland.

Las Lomas Residence

Cornerstone Architects

Twist Tours Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary kitchen in Austin.

Eclectic Kitchen

Sculleries of Stockbridge

Inspiration for an eclectic kitchen in Edinburgh with recessed-panel cabinets, white cabinets, mirror splashback, light hardwood floors and with island.

Kitchen, Scullery, Pantry

Tim Moss

Emma Lewis
Inspiration for a country u-shaped kitchen pantry in London with a farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, beige cabinets, beige splashback, timber splashback, no island and grey floor.

Hill Country Contemporary

Redbud Custom Homes

Inspiration for a transitional home design in Austin.

New Old, LLC

Large country single-wall kitchen in Charlotte with a farmhouse sink, marble benchtops, grey splashback, subway tile splashback, light hardwood floors, no island, blue cabinets, stainless steel appliances and shaker cabinets.

Oak Scullery


Artichoke worked with the renowned interior designer Ilse Crawford to develop the style of this bespoke kitchen in a Grade II listed Regency house. We made two furniture ‘elements’ providing the main functions for the kitchen. Care has been taken not to interfere with the original interior architecture of the room. Tall Georgian windows enable light to flood over the furniture as well as providing delightful views of the grounds. Limited palettes of fine quality materials help create the feeling of an art installation, enhancing the drama of this fabulous room.Primary materials: Bookmatched Statuary marble and hand burnished gloss pigmented lacquer. The kitchen scullery is in English oak, finished in soap, a traditional Georgian period finish.

Dalkeith, Western Australia


D-MAX Photography
Photo of a traditional kitchen in Perth.

I am an expert in interior design and architecture with a deep understanding of contemporary kitchen design concepts and elements. My expertise is demonstrated by my in-depth knowledge of various design features, materials, and functional considerations that are essential for creating contemporary and functional kitchen spaces. I can analyze and interpret the specific design elements, materials, and spatial considerations mentioned in this article, and provide comprehensive information related to each concept.

Contemporary Galley Kitchen Design Concepts and Elements

Stainless Steel Appliances and Benchtops

  • Stainless steel appliances and benchtops are popular choices in contemporary kitchen design due to their modern aesthetic, durability, and ease of maintenance. Stainless steel provides a sleek and hygienic look, making it a preferred material for appliances and work surfaces.

Flat-Panel Cabinets

  • Flat-panel cabinets are a hallmark of contemporary kitchen design, featuring clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic. These cabinets contribute to a sleek and uncluttered appearance, aligning with the modern design sensibilities.

Undermount Sink

  • Undermount sinks are seamlessly integrated into the countertop, creating a smooth and uninterrupted surface. This design choice adds to the clean and streamlined look of the kitchen, characteristic of contemporary design.

Solid Surface and Marble Benchtops

  • Solid surface benchtops and marble are chosen for their aesthetic appeal and functionality. Solid surface materials offer versatility in design and maintenance, while marble adds a touch of luxury and elegance to the kitchen space.

Ceramic and Beige Splashback

  • Ceramic and beige splashbacks add visual interest and texture to the kitchen. The choice of neutral colors aligns with contemporary design principles, creating a harmonious and balanced color palette.

Medium Hardwood Floors

  • Hardwood floors provide warmth and natural beauty to the kitchen space. In contemporary design, medium-toned hardwood floors are favored for their timeless appeal and ability to complement modern interior schemes.

Functional Zones and Scullery

  • The concept of functional zones and the inclusion of a scullery demonstrate a focus on practicality and organization within the kitchen. Functional zones optimize efficiency, while a scullery provides additional storage and prep space, keeping the main kitchen area clutter-free.

Incorporation of LED Lighting

  • LED lighting is strategically used for ambient, feature, and task lighting, enhancing the visual impact and functionality of the kitchen. The thoughtful placement of lighting fixtures contributes to the overall modern and well-lit ambiance.

Luxurious Quality Finishes

  • The emphasis on luxurious quality finishes, such as natural veneers, high-gloss lacquer, and premium materials, reflects a commitment to creating a sophisticated and visually stunning kitchen space.

Innovative Appliances and Concealed Mechanisms

  • The integration of innovative appliances, concealed mechanisms, and smart storage solutions aligns with the pursuit of modern functionality and efficiency in the kitchen design.

By highlighting these key design concepts and elements, it's evident that the contemporary galley kitchens mentioned in the article showcase a blend of modern aesthetics, functional considerations, and premium craftsmanship, reflecting the evolving trends and preferences in kitchen design.

75 Beautiful Scullery Home Design Ideas & Designs (2024)


How to design a scullery? ›

The starting point for deciding what you can include in your scullery is to look at how much space you have available. The larger the space, the more features you will be able to incorporate. If space is limited, make a wishlist and then prioritise. The first priority for most people in the scullery is food storage.

What is a good size scullery? ›

In practical terms, a pantry needs to be at least 1.6m x 3m to call it a scullery. Anything less is a pantry storeroom. The bigger the space, the more features and appliances can be included. “Trying to squeeze a small 'scullery' into the kitchen floor plan isn't the best use of space.

What is the difference between a pantry and a scullery? ›

No, a scullery and pantry are not the same thing. A scullery is a separate room or area dedicated to cleaning and washing dishes, pots, and pans, while a pantry is a storage space for food, ingredients, and sometimes kitchenware. Both serve different purposes in a home's organization and functionality.

Can you combine a scullery and laundry? ›

If your room opens off the kitchen, a combined scullery and laundry may work brilliantly for you with ample storage and a large sink to accommodate messy platters and cooking equipment, flower arranging and laundry requirements.

Should a scullery have a window? ›

Designing your Scullery

Ventilation is essential if you plan on cooking or using kettles within your scullery. An exhaust fan can also be used to maintain fresh air. If you don't have a window, it is possible that your space lacks natural daylight. Therefore, workspace lighting can be a crucial design element.

What does a scullery look like? ›

A scullery is a room adjoining the kitchen where pots and pans are cleaned and stored. Sometimes the laundering of clothes is also done here. In Great Britain and the United States, houses built before 1920 often had sculleries located in the rear of a house.

What is a modern scullery? ›

A scullery kitchen is essentially a smaller, secondary kitchen space that can help handle the extra dirty kitchen tasks or the overflow from your main kitchen. A scullery often has plenty of storage for appliances or fancy dishes that don't fit in your main kitchen cabinets, but don't necessarily belong in the pantry.

Is a scullery worth it? ›

Sculleries are also a great way to maximise your storage. We recommend using your extra drawers, cupboards and open shelves for food and kitchen items. You can also store all your larger appliances like your microwave, second oven, fridge or even a second 'drinks' fridge in your scullery.

What do you put in a scullery? ›

Similar to a butler's pantry, a kitchen scullery can be one of the best home additions. This nifty room can give you a little extra bench space, and you can use it as a dedicated storage zone for any cleaning products, tableware and linens, dishes and utensils and more!

What is a scullery in design? ›

A scullery is an area usually off the main kitchen sometimes called a “back kitchen” that is used for cleaning and storage. It's typically a tucked away or concealed space and for a good reason – it's purpose is to hide the kitchen mess!

Why was it called a scullery? ›

The root of the word is in doubt, but it probably comes from the Latin word for wooden platter, scutra, or the Old Norse skola, "to wash." "Scullery." Vocabulary.com Dictionary, Vocabulary.com, https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/scullery. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

What is second kitchen called? ›

Today, second kitchens are known by many other names: prep kitchens, working kitchens, sculleries, butler's pantries, or even dirty kitchens. They are not, however, a new concept.

Is a scullery a utility room? ›

Utility Room

In both modern and period properties, they're connected to the kitchen because they're an evolution of the historic scullery. Whether it's a small utility or large utility room, the idea is to subtract some of the tasks that take up valuable kitchen space and to add them into the neighbouring room.

Does a scullery have a sink? ›

Sculleries contain hot and cold sinks, sometimes slop sinks, drain pipes, storage shelves, plate racks, a work table, various coppers for boiling water, tubs, and buckets. The term "scullery" has fallen into disuse in North America, as laundry takes place in a utility room or laundry room.

Is a scullery a kitchen? ›

A scullery is generally an additional small kitchen, a second kitchen, used for the dirty work of cleaning and storing dishes. A scullery kitchen provides more workspace and, today, may also conceal messy cooking and cleaning activities from the main kitchen.

How do I layout my pantry? ›

Divide your pantry into zones to keep your food organized and reduce meal preparation time. First, identify food and cooking categories that suit your lifestyle (such as weeknight dinners, portable lunches, and baking). Next, designate an area for each, with the most often-used zones easiest to get to.

What is a scullery kitchen design? ›

A scullery kitchen is essentially a smaller, secondary kitchen space that can help handle the extra dirty kitchen tasks or the overflow from your main kitchen. A scullery often has plenty of storage for appliances or fancy dishes that don't fit in your main kitchen cabinets, but don't necessarily belong in the pantry.


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