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14 cool design tricks to integrate your fridge into your kitchen

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Knowing how to introduce a fridge into your kitchen can be tricky, especially if you have a small space or don't want to simply choose something freestanding and standard, but we are here to help! We've taken a look at all the cool ways in which kitchen planners help to integrate fridges into their client's kitchens and we think we've stumbled on some absolutely fantastic ideas, as well as some supporting suggestions that will help to get as much usage form a fridge recess as possible. If you're ready for some seriously cool inspiration, let's get started!

1. Have a built-in fridge in a small kitchen.

Blue & Cream Gloss Kitchen, Aberdare, South Wales Modern kitchen by Hitchings & Thomas Ltd Modern
Hitchings & Thomas Ltd

Blue & Cream Gloss Kitchen, Aberdare, South Wales

Hitchings & Thomas Ltd

A tiny kitchen needs to look cohesive and uninterrupted, which is why a built-in fridge is your best option. Choose a matching cabinet housing and the space will look perfect, not to mention the fact that you'll probably have extra storage shelf space in the top as well.

2. You can think outside the box!

Multi-temperature Cool Drawer: modern  by Fisher & Paykel, Modern
Fisher & Paykel

Multi-temperature Cool Drawer

Fisher & Paykel

If you want a super modern kitchen that looks and feels different from everybody else's, you HAVE to consider these super cool refrigerated drawers that are so in vogue right now. You can fit them in where you need them, they function like a regular fridge and let's be honest, they look awesome too!

3. Use contrasts to make it more exciting.

How about making more of your appliances, by having contrasting coloured doors to hide them away? The teal doors here, which house the fridge, look amazing and help to draw an already present accent colour through to the main cooking space, which maintains a coherent design ethos.

4. Have no contrast for a seamless look.

New Flat white range of fridge freezers: classic  by Fisher & Paykel, Classic
Fisher & Paykel

New Flat white range of fridge freezers

Fisher & Paykel

If the idea of highlighting your fridge really doesn't appeal, you need to choose doors that match the rest of your kitchen perfectly and simply hide it away. Offering a sleek and neat finish, all-white doors are a great choice that add a little contemporary styling into play as well.

5. Make it the focal point.

Ultra Gloss White with a splash of summer: modern  by Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd, Modern
Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd

Ultra Gloss White with a splash of summer

Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd

We all need a fridge in our kitchen, so instead of hiding it away, how about making a serious feature out of it? Choose something large and impressive, with some really cool extra features, such as an ice machine, and let it set the tone for the rest of the room; modern, up to the task and unabashedly luxurious!

6. Have a drinks-specific version in your dining room.

Let's take a quick drinks break to talk about other rooms that can benefit from a fridge! Your dining room is the perfect location for a small drinks fridge, which will allow you to keep perfectly chilled wine and soft drinks close to the dining table. Talk about handy!

7. Flank the oven with your fridge and freezer.

Appliances are a necessary evil in the kitchen that can ruin all your smooth lines and considered design, but not if you draw them into the design itself! In the case of your fridge, and freezer, you can use them to flank and house other items, such as modern ovens. Great design can all rest on symmetry, so this will work really well.

8. Add some shelving above it.

The space above your fridge is a potential gold mine of extra storage, so instead of putting your fridge in place and thinking that's it, you need to see if you have some space for something extra on top. A simple cabinet is all you really need and is a great place for stashing freezer bags and other related items.

9. Pop it in your island.

If you're lucky enough to have a large island in your kitchen, don't waste that prime opportunity for adding in a little extra fridge! You can keep condiments, drinks and other things that should always be within close reach of the dining table and think of all the space you'll free up in the main fridge!

10. Have a larder cupboard near by.

Bespoke oak larder Country style kitchen by homify Country

Bespoke oak larder


Not everything needs to be kept in the fridge, but you can bet your bottom dollar that things that don't have to be in there should be close by, in order to ensure efficient cooking, which is why we think that your fridge location should make a little room for an adjacent larder cabinet too! It just makes good sense!

11. Match your kitchen dynamic.

Always choose your appliances after you have settled on a kitchen style, as that will directly impact on what version will look best. For a super sleek, modern kitchen, as seen here, you will want a hidden, large family fridge that simply vanishes from view as soon as the door is closed. Can you see the fridge here? We rest our case!

12. Use the space above for wine storage.

We've spoken a little bit about not wasting that precious storage potential above the fridge and here is another great use for it! Adding some simple wine cubby holes above your fridge will not only look great, it will be practical too and help to keep your surfaces clutter free!

13. How about a retro touch?

Small kitchen, big bold colour! Eclectic style kitchen by Hallwood Furniture Eclectic
Hallwood Furniture

Small kitchen, big bold colour!

Hallwood Furniture

If you're not worried about hiding your fridge, can we tempt you to go seriously all out and choose something bright, beautiful and undeniably eye-catching? There are a host of amazing retro-style fridges to choose from, which all come in a rainbow of stunning colours, so don't hide your fridge, show it off!

14. Totally camouflage it.

If you can spot the fridge here, you are doing better than us! We can't tell if there are fridge drawers, large built-in fridges or even a fridge in a different room altogether! That's the joy of seriously camouflaging your appliances; you can let other great design choices step forward and take the limelight!

For more kitchen inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Why are kitchen tiles a good idea?

Which of these ideas would work well in your kitchen?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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