Interior Design Trickery

April Fools Day is the only day of the year that I can get away with playing an innocent prank…or is it? Truth be told, an interior designer has a whole bag of cheats and chicanery used in our interiors to fool the eye, make you look the other way and compensate for a design flaw. In honour of yesterday, international day of tricks and practical jokes, I’m going to share with you one my favourite interior design fake-outs. The built-in pantry. Before I dive into the details, let me just say that there is almost nothing I despise more than a walk-in corner pantry. I rip these out of kitchens I am renovating faster than I rip off a band-aid. Pantries are necessary of course, but there is no reason why they can’t be subtle and well thought out. Shoving it in the corner with a big glass door just doesn’t cut it for me.

Corea Sotropa Interior Design, as referenced in Calgary interior design blog, The Pink Chandelier, by Calgary interior designer, Jacqueline Corea, of Corea Sotropa Interior Design.Interior design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Now, here’s the interior design prank I am taking about. On the right we have a 30″ panelled Subzero fridge unit with drawers and on the very far left we have a the same sized panelled freezer unit. Sandwiched in between looks like a cabinet…right?

Corea Sotropa Interior Design, as referenced in Calgary interior design blog, The Pink Chandelier, by Calgary interior designer, Jacqueline Corea, of Corea Sotropa Interior Design.Interior design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

But voila! This cabinet is actually the door to the pantry! From the outside it just looks like a continuation of cabinets. We had the door made to mirror the shape of the fridge panels so that it was seamless from the exterior. Inside are shelves upon shelves of pantry storage, and even a built-in coffee maker!

Corea Sotropa Interior Design, as referenced in Calgary interior design blog, The Pink Chandelier, by Calgary interior designer, Jacqueline Corea, of Corea Sotropa Interior Design.Interior design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Here is another example of a walk in pantry with a hidden door we designed.  The double doors open up to a generous storage space. Over the doors, glass display cabinets help to create the illusion of full height kitchen cabinetry. By placing the pantry here we were able to make use of a bumped out space that was too deep for regular cabinets. I posted floor plans of this kitchen and more photos in my post French Country Kitchen.

I’m not a big fan of practical jokes but I do like to use a bit of trickery where necessary in my designs to improve a space. Building a pantry behind cabinet doors instead of placing it in an obvious corner is one of my favourite ways to fool the eye. It’s not like putting a tack on someone’s seat. Nobody is going to be annoyed at this little trick, April Fools Day or not!

Cheers!

Jacqueline

My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated and fresh approach to residential interiors. We’d love to help you with your projects – please get in touch! 

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6 comments to Interior Design Trickery

  • Fanatastic idea Jacqueline. So clever!

  • Carol Ann

    I can not tell you how much I tooooo hate kitchen corner cupboards in Calgary, I’m from Montreal and had never seen them before moving here.
    I do not do kitchens but when designing the dining area or family rooms of furniture etc off them I get clients to at least paint out the door and door trim to match the wall around it… the worse is when it is painted white! I tell them they have 2 refrigerators in the kitchen… this gets the paint out sooner than later. hehehe Then the phone call after is funny, I never noticed until you mentioned it and now thats all I saw until I painted it out, thank you…. Your design idea of hideing it with matching doors is totally brilliant, happy designing to you and your staff.. I do so enjoy your blog… (I have been using mine for presentations to clients out of town or who do not have time to see me in person, working very well)
    Regards, Carol Ann

    • admin

      Hi Carol Ann & thanks for your comment. Painting out the door and wall of a pantry is a good solution when a renovation is not possible. Anything to hide what I consider to be a design flaw! Glad to hear that your blog is working out for you and your clients. I find that it is a great tool and gives folks a chance to get to know you and your design style. Happy designing to you too!

  • sam

    I Love your idea Jacqueline! It is so elegant and such a furniture style finish to the built ins. In my travels I always see corner pantries in most kitchens and some with glass doors that have the word Pantry on it.

    • admin

      I’m guessing that you see tons of doors with “Pantry” written on them! Thanks so much for the comment and for stopping by. XXOO

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