In this article we will tell you about a fashionable trend that has appeared in design quite recently – the “invisible” interior. We will study the features of this type of home decoration, its functionality and tell you what techniques you can use to create an “invisible” interior.
Today disappearing design, that is, “invisible” or “disappearing” interior, is becoming more and more popular among designers and homeowners. Immediately, we note that this design direction is a novelty of recent years, which appeared thanks to the development of technologies, as well as the emergence of new building and finishing materials.
The “invisible” design can be called a logical continuation of the already widely known minimalism and the “heir” of the Japanese style with its desire to hide everything unnecessary and get along with a minimum of details. In general, the first step towards the appearance of an “invisible” interior was the start of the production of built-in household appliances, and then almost invisible devices and the “smart home” system..
In particular, four years ago, Greensound Technology (USA) introduced the original glass audio speakers, whose body is made of transparent backlit panels. A year later, Loewe AG (Germany) released the Invisio concept TV with a fully transparent body. It is these unusual details that became the basis for the appearance of the “invisible” interior.
These are the unusual speakers offered by modern manufacturers. Your guests will look around in bewilderment for a surround sound source
Transparent walls make the room a part of the local area. This approach, of course, can only be implemented in private houses, but it is rightfully considered one of the trends that became the basis for the appearance of the “invisible” interior
In the “invisible” interior, it is customary to hide even such inalienable furnishings as interior doors. Flush doors or “invisible” doors are installed flush with the wall and become one with it. The option with a compartment door painted to match the wall or pasted over with the same wallpaper is also suitable.
Drywall is the most popular building material in invisible interiors. For example, it is customary to create storage systems not from traditional wood or MDF, but from plasterboard, making them an integral part of the wall
2. Features of the “invisible” interior
White ceiling, almost empty walls, the absence of such familiar details as door handles, sockets and switches, a minimum of furniture that seems to completely merge with the walls or simply disappear after fulfilling its functions – these are the main characteristics of the “invisible” interior.
The main tasks of this option for decorating a room are:
- Creation of a single space at home, when one room smoothly and harmoniously “flows” into another.
- Reducing the so-called “visual noise”, getting rid of too bright, sharp, noticeable interior details.
- Space optimization, creation of the most functional interior, which is especially important for small apartments.
The main difference between the “invisible” interior and the high-tech one can be called the fact that in this case, household appliances are reliably hidden, and not exposed, as in the “high-tech” style. If for a high-tech ultra-modern TV or a music system is a source of pride and the main detail of the living room design, then for an “invisible” interior such items are completely redundant and are carefully masked.
Let’s highlight the main features of this type of home decoration:
- Active use of glass or plastic transparent furniture. A person sitting on such a chair seems to be floating in the air.
- Built-in storage systems that become part of the wall.
- Only built-in appliances, reliably disguised behind furniture facades or panels.
- Using the most modern building technologies and materials.
- Absolutely invisible communications.
The main disadvantage of the “invisible” interior is the fact that it is almost impossible to create it without major repairs.
In such a kitchen, it is quite difficult to find an oven or microwave the first time. And what is hidden behind the laconic facades, which are opened by the touch of the hand, is known only to the owners.
A clear example of the use of glass furniture and built-in storage spaces, the system of which takes up an entire wall. The only thing that stands out from the general trend of the “invisible” interior is a decorative floor lamp, while usually the lamps are carefully masked
The glass staircase will be a great addition to the “invisible” interior
3. How to create an “invisible” interior
So, to try to create an “invisible” interior in your apartment, you should do the following:
- All wires, radiators, pipes must be hidden behind panels, plasterboard, skirting boards, seamless, shadowless structures. Niches in the walls are actively used, and if there are none, they are created from the same drywall. Switches and sockets are also masked. In general, the best option for an “invisible” interior is to create a “smart” home, where there will be no need for switches at all, and the light is turned on by a remote control or a voice. By the way, today sensory doors, safes and door locks are not uncommon. Such a cabinet will swing open from the touch of a finger or even a wave of the hand, so there is simply no need for handles.
- Monochrome colors are an indispensable condition for creating an “invisible” interior. It is not necessary to choose an exclusively white color, turning the room into an operating room. You can prefer calm milky, beige, light gray or muted green shades, but do not dilute them with bright blotches. In addition, “invisible” paint will help to create a very unusual effect, with which you can paint walls and ceilings. In daylight it will be invisible, looks whitish, but in ultraviolet light it will paint the room with bright patterns of all colors of the rainbow.
- Built-in light, no lush chandeliers or hanging lights. The backlight should be arranged so that it is difficult to understand where the light is coming from. Optical illusions are also actively used to distract guests from individual furnishings..
- Glass or plastic transparent furniture is one of the features of the “invisible” interior. If glass furniture seems too cold for you, use transformers and built-in objects. For example, the Italians created the Bed Up Down system, thanks to which the bed simply “flies” to the ceiling, making room for the dining area. Or an office suddenly appears in its place. An option such as a chair, which does not at all look like a familiar piece of furniture, and a sofa, which, thanks to the selected upholstery color, simply merged with the wall, are also suitable..
- Be sure to choose a special household appliance, such as a Seura TV that looks like a large mirror..
A bed that disappears into a niche in the ceiling during the day is a good solution for a small apartment.
Crystal armchair from Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, who created a whole range of furniture items from transparent plastic
Another creation of a designer from Japan
There is no place for massive walls and ordinary cabinets in the “invisible” interior. In this living room, they were replaced by open shelves in the color of the wall and a glass TV cabinet.
Almost invisible, seemingly weightless glass or plastic shelves are the perfect choice for a “disappearing” interior
Another fashionable trend is radiators or convectors built into the floor. An alternative to this heating option can be a warm floor – the main thing is to reliably hide all communications and free up space from additional details
The characteristics of transparent plastic make it possible to create even such unusual tables that do not rely on traditional legs, but on the edges of a plastic tablecloth
Of course, creating a completely “invisible” interior is not an easy task. And such a design option cannot be called cozy. But individual details, for example, sensory facades of cabinets, built-in refrigerator, TV-mirror, hidden radiators, can be easily adopted, creating a modern interior of an ordinary city apartment.