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8 ways to create an invisible kitchen

When it comes to embracing minimalism, ‘invisible’ kitchens take this trend a whole stage further.

Rather than having all your cookware, crockery and appliances on show, the aim is to hide away as much of the ‘working’ aspect of the kitchen as possible. The result: a sleek and streamlined finish, which doesn’t immediately give away the room’s primary function.

Incredibly discreet, invisible kitchens are all about hiding away the conventional parts of a cooking space to let the more aesthetically pleasing features take front and centre.

Celebrity fans

‘Invisible kitchens’ are becoming increasingly popular, with A-listers like Courteney Cox buying into the trend.

“Invisible kitchens are a minimalist trend, where the conventional parts of a kitchen are housed out of sight, often in full height cabinets, making maximum use of the available space,” says Simon Ribchester, head of design at renovation platform Beams.

Example of an invisible kitchen
Image Credit: Laminam

The aim is to conceal as much of your kitchenware as possible to create a calm and uninterrupted aesthetic.

“The kitchen is truly the heart of the home where families come together. However, as a key functional space it can become visually ‘noisy’ with so many modern kitchen appliances, sockets, and utensils out on show,” Simon continues. 

“Incorporating these into stylish built-in storage makes great use of the space and hides the clutter that can sometimes occur in such a working space. This can be a dream solution, for those who prefer a touch of minimalism in their homes.” 

Simon says invisible kitchens are particularly impactful in open-plan kitchens, as they can help naturally and seamlessly merge the surrounding spaces, creating a more cohesive interior. 

From handleless cupboards to seamless cabinetry, our expert-backed ideas will give you the invisible look in your kitchen. Here’s how to embrace the trend.

Example of an invisible kitchen
Image Credit: Laminam

Keep the worktop clear

This is a great place to start when thinking of integrating the invisible kitchen trend into your own kitchen, as clutter is the antithesis to this aesthetic.

“For instance, ensure appliances have a space in the cupboard or hidden storage – so, after you use an appliance, you can put it away,” Simon advises.

Sleek dark black kitchen by Neolith
Image Credit: Neolith

Create a hidden pantry

If space allows, opt for a walk-in pantry. They are the best way to deliver high-volume cupboard space in a small footprint.

“With the invisible kitchen trend, storage solutions are everything!” Simon adds.

Avoid door or drawer hardware

Opt for push-touch opening mechanisms, as they are super sleek and allow cabinets to blend into the background.

“I would recommend going for matte finishes, as they help limit the visibility of fingerprints on cabinetry,” Simon adds.

Example of tiles in an invisible kitchen
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Match the cabinetry to the floor

For a design-focused invisible kitchen, Simon says homeowners may want to match their kitchen cabinetry to the floor, as this can help create the effect of a truly invisible kitchen.

Opt for slide to hide surfaces

According to Simon, these work really well for open-plan kitchens as a stylish way to cover up the working heart of the kitchen when not in use.

Invisible style kitchen by Neolith
Image Credit: Neolith

Eliminate upper wall cabinets

When remodelling your kitchen, consider not adding upper wall storage cupboards.

“This will help to blend the kitchen into the rest of the room,” Simon advises.

Consider pocket door designs

Folding pocket doors could be the perfect solution for those looking to create a hidden kitchen.

“Offering a great space-saving and aesthetically pleasing solution, the retracting doors mean that nothing needs to be on show unless you want it to be,” explains Josie Medved, design manager at Symphony.

Example of an invisible kitchen
Image Credit: Laminam

Blend your worktops

When choosing a surface for a stream-lined kitchen, Gavin Shaw MD at Laminam advises considering a style that will compliment the overall theme.

“A splashback should compliment the choice of worktop – or be the same design for a seamless look,” he suggests.

Durability and maintenance are also critical considerations for kitchen splashbacks and worktops.

“Make sure to pick materials that are non-porous, hygienic, and resistant to stains and chemicals – helping to keep the space looking clean and clutter free,” Gavin continues.