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Kitchen design: reveal or conceal?

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Kitchen design: reveal or conceal?

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We spend so much time in our kitchens, they are the heart of many homes.

When it comes to the design of your kitchen, one of the biggest considerations is whether to incorporate open or closed storage solutions – to reveal or conceal?

Revealed kitchens

The best thing about an exposed kitchen is the very fact that it’s open and accessible, allowing you to arrange your kitchen items for easy access or display them in a decorative way.

Crockery, glassware, décor, homewares, food and drink (like herbs, oils, pasta and wine), and other sundries can be beautifully styled and arranged on open-shelving, reflecting your personality and lifestyle. At a quick glance, you’ll know where everything is and what's ready to use.

Open shelving is also a budget-friendly option as it greatly reduces the cost of cabinetry and installation, saving budget dollars for use elsewhere in your home.

If you’re considering an exposed-shelved kitchen, make sure your everyday pieces are all within reach, while items used rarely are placed on higher shelves.

Examples of 'revealed' kitchens:

Concealed kitchens

If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like clutter, a concealed kitchen may be your best option.

Concealed kitchen designs can integrate appliances likes fridges, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, range hoods, coffee machines and water filters behind doors and panels. This concept is often both an artistic statement and a functional tool.

There are several ways to hide and conceal including solid cabinet doors, clear or frosted glass-framed doors, folding, lifting or sliding doors and motorised panels that life or pop out. Some suppliers are even finding ways of hiding kitchen sinks with chopping boards or a portable benchtop piece.

The concealed kitchen works well for smaller spaces, making an area seem bigger and less busy, or for people that like the sleek, modern, minimal look.

Examples of 'concealed' kitchens:

The compromise: a mixture of both!

If you want the best of both worlds, opt for a kitchen design that incorporates a mixture of open and closed shelving and cabinetry.

Another idea that might suit you is to keep all your items in cabinets, but consider adding glass, clear or frosted, to several of your cabinet doors. That way you have the visual interest of seeing your beloved pieces but they’re behind doors and safe from dust.

Here are some great examples of combination kitchens: