Behind Closed Doors – The Secrets Of A Modern Kitchen

Kitchens have many secrets which are cleverly hidden behind doors. We love the mystery and we also like the fact that doors make kitchens look neat and organized which is particularly appreciated in modern and contemporary design. So what can you hide behind closed doors in a kitchen? Well, a lot of things. Usually we use this design strategy to conceal storage. Features like pantries, shelves full of dishes or stacked pots and pans are best kept hidden. Kitchen pocket doors are especially practical in these cases. They’re space-efficient as well as stylish.

A balanced combination of open and closed furniture provides a sense of comfort and familiarityView in gallery
A balanced combination of open and closed furniture provides a sense of comfort and familiarity
A combination of built-in appliances and storage spaces can be hidden behind a set of large doors in a modern kitchenView in gallery
A combination of built-in appliances and storage spaces can be hidden behind a set of large doors in a modern kitchen

Apart from storage shelves and modules, there are a bunch of other things which you can conceal in a kitchen. We’re talking about appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, microwave ovens, refrigerators or wine coolers. if you don’t want these things to be on display, you can incorporate them into the kitchen furniture and hide them behind closed doors. This way you can maintain a minimalist and cohesive kitchen decor.

You can hide a lot of clutter behind some large kitchen doors like these ones - a great way to maintain a neat appearanceView in gallery
You can hide a lot of clutter behind some large kitchen doors like these ones – a great way to maintain a neat appearance
This kitchen has a really cool bar, with wine racks, storage shelves and drawers, all concealed behind doorsView in gallery
This kitchen has a really cool bar, with wine racks, storage shelves and drawers, all concealed behind doors
The pocket doors are a really cool choice here. They're space-efficient and very practical, especially in the kitchenView in gallery
The pocket doors are a really cool choice here. They’re space-efficient and very practical, especially in the kitchen

Other ideas include concealing wine racks, bars or even the entire kitchen. We’re talking about small kitchens or kitchenettes which are part of open floor plans and which can feature sliding doors that make them look like just another storage unit for the living room. This can be a useful design feature if you don’t want the mess on your kitchen counters to ruin the ambiance in the living area or to be seen by your guests.

We love the mystery of this sort of kitchens, the fact that those big doors could hide just about anything View in gallery
We love the mystery of this sort of kitchens, the fact that those big doors could hide just about anything
It's wonderful how all the doors blend in and form a uniform pattern which becomes defining for the entire unitView in gallery
It’s wonderful how all the doors blend in and form a uniform pattern which becomes defining for the entire unit
The central section of this unit is a bar, complete with two wine coolers at the bottom and a set of shelvesView in gallery
The central section of this unit is a bar, complete with two wine coolers at the bottom and a set of shelves
The doors at the ends open separately and in this case are big enough to conceal appliances such as the ovenView in gallery
The doors at the ends open separately and in this case are big enough to conceal appliances such as the oven
The pocket doors disappear into the cabinet and keep the design simple, clean and practicalView in gallery
The pocket doors disappear into the cabinet and keep the design simple, clean and practical

When deciding to use one of the strategies mentioned above, it’s important to take into consideration your kitchen color scheme. After all, those doors have to fit in somehow and their color and finish will impact the kitchen’s decor in a big way. This can be an opportunity to introduce an accent color. In a predominantly grey kitchen, for example, you could make some of the doors yellow for a cheerful look or you could add a touch of orange, green or turquoise. If you prefer a more minimalistic and classical approach, perhaps you’d like to pair some black kitchen cabinets with white doors or some white shelves.

Figuring out the outlines of the doors on this wall unit is quite tricky, especially with those vertical lines and trimsView in gallery
Figuring out the outlines of the doors on this wall unit is quite tricky, especially with those vertical lines and trims
When these pocket doors open they reveal appliances at the center and open shelves with accent lights on the sidesView in gallery
When these pocket doors open they reveal appliances at the center and open shelves with accent lights on the sides
You can play with two or more colors when designing the kitchen furniture, doors or no doorsView in gallery
You can play with two or more colors when designing the kitchen furniture, doors or no doors
Open a door to find another closed door - that can be an interesting design approach View in gallery
Open a door to find another closed door – that can be an interesting design approach
In some configurations it can even be possible to conceal the entire kitchen behind sliding or pocket doorsView in gallery
In some configurations it can even be possible to conceal the entire kitchen behind sliding or pocket doors
You can use doors to conceal some of the features in your kitchen which you don't want your guests to seeView in gallery
You can use doors to conceal some of the features in your kitchen which you don’t want your guests to see
Large doors can conceal a lot of things in the kitchen, in particular storage spaces and messy areasView in gallery
Large doors can conceal a lot of things in the kitchen, in particular storage spaces and messy areas
It's even possible to conceal large appliances to make them blend in seamlesslyView in gallery
It’s even possible to conceal large appliances to make them blend in seamlessly
The fridge and the dishwasher are often concealed behind doors that match the kitchen furniture View in gallery
The fridge and the dishwasher are often concealed behind doors that match the kitchen furniture