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Hidden Kitchens are Trending

Kitchen clutter: it’s difficult to avoid and even harder to tolerate. Especially when company knocks and your kitchen is a disaster.

If the idea of a sleek, invisible kitchen gives you a warm happy feeling, it may be time for a bit of remodeling. It’s worth it — by removing prominent appliances or storage from breaking the visual flow, living spaces appear more open, larger and modern.

Of course, your hidden kitchen still needs to function. Here are a few hints to get you started:

Clear your worktop

Clutter is the antithesis to this aesthetic. Ensure appliances have a space in the cupboard or hidden storage, and after you use an appliance, put it away.

Eliminate upper cabinets

Wall cabinets announce a kitchen. Removing them allows you to get creative with the space and helps the kitchen blend in. Opt for a row of tall cabinets for a sleek look, especially if bigger appliances like ovens and fridges are built in.

Hide your pantry

In a hidden kitchen, disguise the pantry with hinging systems that allow the door to a large walk-in pantry to blend into a framed wall or within a bank of tall cabinet units. This can seamlessly merge and help achieve a minimalist look, especially if you hide coffee machines, kettles and toasters inside.

Integrate appliances

Find appliances that can be built into cabinetry. Also, find appliances that come with panels to match your cabinet design. Apply cabinet panels and hide a stainless-steel refrigerator.

Add sliding doors

Tall sliding doors offer a solution to hiding a kitchen when not in use and exposing it when needed. If your space can handle it, they offer a good solution for the ultimate hidden kitchen.

Hide the hood

An extractor hood is essential, so your best bet is to hide the ventilation system. Options include discreet ceiling-mounted units or down-draft systems. You can also integrate it into the background by matching it to your wall treatment.

Remove hardware

To help hide the kitchen, avoid decorative hardware on the cabinetry. Instead, choose push-touch opening mechanisms or a channel. If you do, you’ll want matte finishes to limit fingerprints. If hardware is a must, match it to the cabinet so it disappears.

Match cabinetry to floor

A neutral color scheme for both will give the effect of blending the two. If the kitchen is at the end of the space, stain the cabinets to match the floor with the grain continuing vertically up the cabinet doors.

Streamline sinks

A black sink in a black quartz countertop or a white faucet against a white large-format tile backsplash can minimize the appearance.

Also, keep it simple with a single large sink undermounted or integrated into the countertop, with a slim line single hole goose neck faucet.

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