Kitchens

Invisible kitchens are trending – it's the unconventional design experts are urging us to embrace

Experts react to the most subtlest kitchen trend of the decade – it's just as intriguing as we expected

Kitchen shelving hidden in an invisible kitchen
(Image credit: Future / Damian Russell)

Despite the mysterious moniker, invisible kitchens are not taken directly from a futuristic movie set – but that doesn't make the idea any less enticing. Yes, invisible kitchens, though not entirely invisible, are far more inconspicuous than conventional spaces. 

You may have already incorporated elements of the look into your kitchen without noticing the gradual shift to a more sleek and discreet space. 

But what exactly does this most subtle of kitchen trends involve, and how to take the best elements of it for your kitchen? Here, experts offer their interior design tips. 

What is an invisible kitchen?  

According to London-based design studio Millier and kitchen designers Lauren Nicholas, invisible kitchens are those that camouflage into the rest of your interiors – where the conventional parts of a kitchen are 'gathered together and housed out of sight.' 

These spaces remain as functional and practical as a conventional kitchen – but with one key exception – they are more discreet. 

How to make your kitchen more invisible 

The trend offers an ultra-modern twist on the traditional heart of the home, and whether you experiment with invisibility or you aim to make your kitchen ideas as camouflaged as possible, these experts reveal everything you need to know. 

1. Continue your interior scheme throughout your kitchen  

Invisible kitchen by deVOL

(Image credit: deVOL)

Instead of viewing your kitchen as a separate space from the rest of your home, deVOL's Creative Director, Helen Parker, recommends blurring the schemes to create one larger space – where the line between your kitchen boundary disappears.

'No longer do people want to fill their kitchen with matching wall-to-wall cupboards and shiny granite surfaces that often seem so far away from their usual taste and the look throughout the rest of their home. They want their kitchen to feel soft and almost indistinguishable from the other rooms in their home,' Helen explains. 

She suggests continuing the same color palette into your kitchen and filling the room with vintage pieces that 'sit alongside the necessary worktops and appliances in a much more subtle way.' 

Invisible kitchen designed like rest of home

(Image credit: deVOL)

'Being able to furnish this room with antiques, art, and beautiful old chairs and cupboards makes it so much more exciting as a space and so much easier to change around and freshen up as the seasons or your tastes change,' Helen says.  

2. Choose your kitchen island strategically  

Invisible kitchen island with storage space

(Image credit: Tom Howley)

'Sometimes, when kitchens form part of a larger open-plan space, there are clever ways of making your kitchen stand out less. One way is by having a kitchen island totally wrapped in the island worktop stone,' explains Gunter & Co's Director, Irene Gunter. 

Kitchen island ideas are also useful for concealing kitchen hardware, including taps, which will make the island feel more like a table or social space instead of a workstation. Irene suggests implementing a pop-up socket in the kitchen island, which will allow the tap to live out of sight until needed. 

3. Use discreet storage to your advantage 

Blue invisible kitchen


(Image credit: deVOL)

Designing a discreet storage system is one of the most impactful ways to hide appliances – to make your kitchen feel less like a practical zone and more like an extension of your home, as Helen suggests. 

To further achieve this, Kitchen Designer Tom Howley suggests using a 'mix of deep shelving behind closed cabinetry and pull-out units' to optimize storage in your island – which will ensure your appliances and accessories are hidden. 'In terms of space-saving with cabinetry, the rule is pull-out. Fit deep cabinetry and pull-out drawers or a cage system for a multi-layered, discrete, and effective storage system,' Tom adds. 

4. Hide your kitchen with wallpaper 

Kitchen shelving ideas

(Image credit: Future / Damian Russell)

When considering wallpaper ideas, it can feel easy to overlook the kitchen, but as Senior Interior Designer at Millier, Tanyth Withers explains, wallpaper may be the secret to embracing the invisible kitchen trend. 

Tanyth recommends concealing the space behind a 'wallpapered' feature wall,' which distracts us from the space's practical features and continues to ensure it feels more like another room in our home. When the kitchen is occupied, she recommends finishing cupboards in 'specialist veneer such as marquetry,' which will create the desired effect and leave your kitchen hidden away. 

5. Tidy away your kitchen in a cupboard  

Invisible kitchen cupboard


(Image credit: deVOL)

While this statement seems impossible at an initial glance, Tanyth suggests it is easier than we might expect. She suggests concealing all appliances and equipment behind large-scale cupboards that pull back and store as pocket doors, revealing a full-service kitchen.' 

These cupboards span across the living areas to 'seamlessly merge the two spaces into one.'

While it may be hard to physically witness this trend, in reality, we expect to see this invisible trend shape our kitchen ideas for a long time into the future. 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.