Minimalist design features have flourished as a kickback to the busy and ornate design trends of old. In today’s world, decorating your home minimally offers the added benefits of saving money, looking chic, and creating a calm atmosphere in the home to reduce stress and help you keep an orderly life.
It’s a design which functions especially well in the kitchen – a place where you go to prepare food and eat in peace, undisturbed by the potential mess of the rest of the home (children’s toys strewn across the living room; clothes spilling out of the wardrobe in the bedroom; etc). Keeping clean, uncluttered surfaces in the kitchen is also a common-sense option for those with children – keeping your utensils locked away should prevent any accidents due to small wandering fingers.
When considering a modern, minimalist kitchen renovation, discuss your ideas with Kitchen Capital WA, Australia’s best kitchen designers who specialise in minimalist styles and can bring your vision to life. To inspire you, we’ve listed 6 simple ways that you can turn your kitchen into a minimalist haven, and create a tranquil atmosphere that you will love spending time in.
1. Open Space
Clean, open space is a must for minimalist rooms of any kind and can easily be achieved in the kitchen. Even better is to have an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area; but if this isn’t a possibility for you, start in the kitchen by having nothing on the main floor area except a table and chairs. Floor space is important for creating a visual illusion of a bigger room – perfect for small kitchens. Keep all other appliances and amenities integrated as part of your kitchen benchtops and away in cupboards.
2. Natural Material
Exposed brick walls, hard wood tables, stone benchtops – all are perfect for creating a cosy Scandi-cool minimalist kitchen. Try to use as many light colours as possible – if you have dark wood flooring, for example, offset this with white walls and pale-coloured benchtops.
Alternatively, you can go the other route of minimalism and use man-made materials like acrylic and laminate if you prefer a high-shine, white glossy finish to your minimalist space.
3. Clean Lines
Flat-door cabinets with no handles, large cupboards, and symmetry are all important features of minimalist spaces. The aim is to make everything as clean, unfussy and easy on the eye as possible; and creating clean lines in your space is the perfect way to do this. Try to line up all your table tops with your benchtops and ensure that above-benchtop storage flows in line with below-benchtop cupboards. Choose angular shapes, like square tables and chair-backs, rather than circular and curved. Geometry and sharp edges are staples of the minimalist theme.
4. Everything In Its Place
The other basic foundation of modern minimalism is to keep your space uncluttered. Usually, unnecessary decorations and ornaments don’t feature, and only functional objects are kept in the room. These are all put away when not being used – e.g. all utensils are kept in drawers and cupboards, mugs are stored away, and the functional design of the kitchen is allowed to do the talking. This is supposed to create a calm and relaxing space: a tidy home means a tidy mind.
This isn’t to say that you can’t show your personality in your kitchen. Display some candles, some small pictures on the walls, and a flower vase – but keep trinkets and adornments to a minimum.
Cast your kitchen in the spotlight by incorporating carefully-placed recessed lighting. Simple lighting options like this, rather than heavy chandeliers or decorative light shades, are best for not stealing the show from the minimalist design. If you don’t like recessed lighting, metallic pendants are a modern option enjoying popularity at the moment, as are exposed bulbs. Use dimmed bulbs to prevent over-lighting the area.