6 Kitchens that can be hidden from view

Oct 1, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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When it comes to aesthetics, kitchens these days have appeal in spades. But if you're short on space or you're seriously into sleek lines, a hidden kitchen may be right for you.

What looks from the outside like a modern wall of cabinets is actually a series of panels that lift up, revealing a lustrous black kitchen space behind.

We are obsessed — seriously, obsessed — with the way this sleek white kitchen plays peekaboo behind a set of massive folding doors. And, check this out — the microwave retracts with the press of a button. Did we say obsessed?

Do you have a galley kitchen off of a main living area you just aren't sure what to do with? Take a cue from the clever architects who engineered this space and tuck it behind a charming set of louvered doors.

Be still, our beating hearts! This French kitchen proves you don't have to sacrifice style if you're short on space. Here, a banquette of cabinets — complete with a range and sink — is recessed in a beautiful casing of natural wood planks.

In this space, the kitchen is hidden behind a gleaming wall of white doors, making it easily accessible when needed and easily concealed from sight when preferred.

Sure, it seems that high-gloss white cabinets are the method of choice for enclosing hidden kitchens. But, as this space goes to show, that doesn't mean you can't have fun with color.

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