How to do the ‘invisible kitchen’ interior design trend

animation of a kitchen going bare

Kitchens will be bare (Picture: Getty)

If 2022 is the year you’re looking to redo your kitchen, consider an ‘invisible’ one.

It’s a minimalist style that gives a ‘barely there’ finish.

‘The minimalist kitchen trend has been around for a while,’ says Polly Shearer, an interiors expert for Tap Warehouse, ‘but invisible kitchens take this one step further, with the aim to conceal most of your kitchenware as possible and create a sharp finish.

‘People no longer want to fill their kitchens with clutter and accessories but strip it back to the essentials and have cupboards that blend into the walls behind them.

‘This trend is similar to “slow decor”, which finds ground in slowing down your aesthetic back to basics, which creates a calming and fresh finish.’

It’ll suit those who like a clean over a ‘lived in’ appearance in their home.

Given how stripped back the look is, you don’t need to do much to take the trend on board.

First, you need to declutter.

‘Although it may seem obvious the first and most important step to getting the invisible kitchen look is decluttering,’ says Polly.

A minimalist kitchen

A ‘barely there’ kitchen (Picture: Tap Warehouse)

‘Give away anything you no longer need in your kitchen and tidy away anything that sits on top of your worktop into a cupboard.’

Then you need to cover and conceal what remains.

She continues: ‘Things such as sinks, and hobs can be covered with sliding covers to make them blend into the work surfaces.

‘This helps to create a more relaxing feel and turn your kitchen into a place you can not only cook in but a living space too.

Next consider decorative objects to disguise your kitchen.

Leaving kitchen items out, such as graters and pans, will take away from the invisible look (Picture: Getty)

Polly explains: ‘The key in incorporating decorative objects into an invisible kitchen is only using objects you would see around the rest of your home too.

‘Things such as mirrors, vases, and plants, these will help the space feel less like a kitchen and more like the other rooms in your house.’

One reason for this growing trend is how multi-functional our home spaces have become since the pandemic.

Now a kitchen can also be a working space, a place to take meetings and a room in which to host friends.

Clean worktops with appliances hidden away, along with accents like wall hangings and plants will help make the room feel multi-purpose (Picture: Getty)

Polly says: ‘Plenty of people are still working from home so it’s essential that kitchens continue to adapt to become multi-functional spaces – making way for laptops and monitors, workout equipment and even creating spaces for craft making.

‘Kitchens will continue to require extra worktop space for home workers who may not have a home office.

minimalist kitchen

Have plenty of cupboards to conceal things in (Picture: Getty)

‘The types of products we have in our kitchens have also changed since the pandemic.

‘For example, Google searches for coffee machines have increased, specifically peaking in the Winter, as many people try to achieve that coffee shop experience at home.’

For a kitchen that works in all contexts, try embracing the invisible trend.

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