The kitchen is often the most used area of a home. Not just for preparing meals or grabbing a snack, but it is also a place to dine and congregate. Children doing homework at the counter as parents cook dinner. Friends chatting over beverages as they try out new recipes together. With all this activity, you would want this space to be welcoming but also functional. Minimalist kitchens can combine ease of use with comfort and warmth while still maintaining an elegance and style to suit all tastes.
In today’s bustling world, many people crave a clutter-free environment. A minimalist kitchen can help create a such haven in your home. But this is more than getting rid of decorations or stuffing utensils and spices into drawers. Here are some tips on how you can accomplish this.
WHITE CREATES A CLEAN PALAT
If you search for images of minimalist kitchens, you will often see white as the dominant color scheme. It is clean, crisp, and presents an atmosphere of purity that goes with almost any style. Starting with white allows you to set the stage for less clutter. It helps encourage you to keep your kitchen clean.
MAKE A COLOR STATEMENT
Some people may not like all-white. If that is the case with your, for whatever reason, you can also make a minimalist statement with color. You can choose one or two bold colors for some cabinets or counters to offset the white, or you could make that color dominant along one section of the kitchen. Just avoid going to multi-colored or patterned – that may start adding a cluttered look to your minimalist space.
LET THE MATERIALS SHINE
Having a minimal design in your kitchen does not mean it has to be plain. You can choose different materials to add textures or patterns as highlights or accents, which the white (or other color) can complement. A marble countertop can become a centerpiece. Or, for easier care and maintenance, you may want to go with granite or quartz. If you would like to add some warmth, you can try such metal finishes as gold or copper, perhaps on the fixtures or cabinet handles.
PERHAPS GO HANDLE-LESS
Speaking of handles – cabinetry has come a long way now that you can lose those handles if you want. This will create a more streamlined look for your kitchen, which can also add a little dramatic flair. With mechanisms and rollers, a touch and a click can reveal storage space or even an appliance when you need it. When you do not, you have a clean, smooth surroundings.
CONCEAL TO REVEAL
In addition to hidden cabinets, you can also get creative with concealment. Sliding panels can hide a stovetop or turn half the sink into a workspace. Or you can hide lighting or electrical sockets behind a cabinet’s niche. This not only minimalizes clutter, but it also facilitates cleaning and tidying.
USE THE ENTIRE SPACE
Layout and storage are especially essential in a kitchen. You want to make sure that you position your appliances, cabinets, and drawers in such a way to avoid to much movement when you are cooking. For example, you may want to put your refrigerator towards the outside of the kitchen so that people can grab a drink without disturbing the cook at the stove. Keeping spaces tidy with closed cabinets is good, but you may want some open shelving for items you use a lot such as coffee mugs.
MAX AND MATCH STYLES
Minimalist still has plenty of room for art and design touches. You can play with geometric shapes for containers and light fixtures. You may have a favorite rustic-styled vase or hanging that can take pride of place on your counter or wall. Just don’t go overboard.
HIGHLIGHT YOUR ECO-FRIENDLINESS
Nowadays people are looking for sustainable solutions in many aspects of their lives. Kitchens are among them. This could be through using repurposed materials in your design, such as reclaimed tiles for countertops or flooring. This could also be by adding freshness and brightness with plants, which not only add to the warmth but, if you choose herbs, you have a living spice rack to save on waste.
LET DANISH DESIGN INSPIRE YOU
Scandinavians are known for minimal, uncluttered design where form and function blend into practical yet inviting spaces. Kvik is just that. Kvik kitchens feature clean lines and color palettes that accentuate that which you want to highlight the most, be it the stove and work area for cooking or a comfortable counterspace for casual dining. If you would like to learn how Kvik can help you achieve a minimalist kitchen in your home, contact us today for a consultation.
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