An inspired kitchen is often the hub of a home, a space that allows you to meet and then flow into other living spaces. With the continued trend of open plan living a butler’s pantry or scullery is often on a home owners design wish list. But what is the difference between a butler’s pantry and a scullery, what do they add and are they the way of the future?


Butler or Scullery?

A butler’s pantry and scullery are often used interchangeably but there is a difference. A butler’s pantry in essence is a walk in pantry allowing for extra storage and some additional prep space.

A scullery is harder working, including at least an extra sink as well as extra storage space. With all the bells and whistles a scullery will include additional appliances like dishwashing draws, lots of power and bench space acting as a secondary kitchen space.


The benefit

Entertaining in an open plan kitchen space is made effortless and clutter free with a secondary space to hide big appliances, storage and act as a preparation and clean up area.



If you are opting for a scullery and envisage that space to be a hard working area of your home, plan for and allow extra floor space so that it can be designed in a truly functional way. Consider natural light and try to allow for it through sky lights if windows aren’t possible, especially so if you are using the space for prep and clean up and not just as walk storage.


The future

While butler’s pantries and sculleries continue to feature high on the design wish list, the movement towards smaller homes and living is having an impact on kitchen design. We are seeing the emergence towards smart kitchen design and storage so that entertaining in seamless clutter free kitchen environments can be achieved in smaller footprint homes without the use of butler pantries and sculleries.


When planning and designing your dream kitchen it comes down to personal preference, how you want your space to function and the budget you have to work within. At Nixon Homes we’re here to design and build with you in mind, we will work with you and our design experts to ensure we nail a design that is going to best suit your way of living.