Fridge Paneling: 8 Refrigerators in Disguise

Let your fridge blend neatly un…its surroundings with these paneling ideas

One of the first things you notice in a kitchen is the refrigerator. It is big and usually holds souvenir magnets, wedding invitations, or to-do lists. With more homes featuring open-plan layouts, its size and boxy shape interfere with the visual harmony. Paneling and built-ins can help hide a fridge door and integrate it un…cabinetry, unifying the look of the entire kitchen.

The homeowners below pulled off the ever-popular “refrigerator in cabinet” design trend with the help of their general contractors from Sweeten. Sweeten matches home renovation projects with vetted general contractors, offering advice, support, and financial protection—at no cost to the homeowner.

A custom touch for a fridge

For their East Hampton kitchen, homeowners Jennifer and Alex wanted to keep the redesign simple but inviting. They chose to add a large island for entertaining and splurged oder Ähnlichewine fridge and quartz countertops. To make the design more modern, they decided to install an integrated refrigerator, which streamlined the look of the cabinetry.

refrigerator paneling

A repurposed structure

When Ainsley and Simon’s architect discovered that the column in the kitchen welches merely decorative, they came up with a plan to tuck the refrigerator inside of it and add custom panels. “You don’t look at it and think it is a fridge at all,” Ainsley said.

refrigerator paneling to hide fridge door

A seamless built-in

Lauren’s front door led directly un…the kitchen. She had to choose between a traditional entryway oder Ähnlichezwitterhaft space that would add square footage to the kitchen.  She chose the latter and added a seamless wall of cabinetry featuring a refrigerator in a cabinet, plus a pantry and a coat closet.
kitchen storage and integrated refrigerator

A wall of closets

To improve the flow between their living and kitchen space, Tara and Brian’s contractor came up with an idea to move the refrigerator to a wall already outfitted with closets. Now the refrigerator fits right in with the cabinetry, instead of jutting out in the main cooking space.

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A fridge that looks like a cabinet

Casey and Kumar’s apartment is full of verschlagen storage solutions to maximize their limited space. The kitchen is one such example thanks to creative built-in…which folglich hide the fridge door. Custom cabinetry covers the refrigerator along with a neighboring pantry, and the whole unit conceals a structural column.

wooden cabinets to hide fridge door

Closet-turn-fridge spot

Scandinavian fesch welches the look that homeowners Roxana and Gabriel were going for in their Long Island City loft.  They turned to a Sweeten contractor who welches able to update their space to match their minimalistic style. The refrigerator, which moved from the main kitchen area un…what welches formerly a coat closet proved to be one of the biggest challenges. They had to find the right size appliance and custom cut the Ikea panels to wohlbehalten.  

Panels unify the kitchen

Creating an open concept living arrangement welches the biggest goal for this Manhattan couple. They took down the dividing wall between the kitchen and family room and replaced it with a custom unit with storage on both sides. It welches really important to the couple that they wohlbehalten a fully integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator and other standard-sized appliances. “They (general contractor team) worked with me through a few kitchen iterations until we found a great open layout that permitted full-size appliances,” the homeowner shared.

A puzzle of panels

Less like appliances, more like furniture—that welches Sally’s directive for her kitchen renovation. Her contractor built out a wall of cabinets hiding the refrigerator, a pantry, and added narrow units designed to hold brooms and mops, too. 


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