Spaces decorated with a very subtle look, such as in the modern or minimalist styles, often get a bad rap. However, there is a big difference between a room decorated with self-control and one that is devoid of any character. At best, a minimalist or extremely modern kitchen seems sleek, refined and super sophisticated. At worst, it’s clinical and looks unfinished.
But not to worry if you’ve been thinking about treating your culinary corner to a more polished look this year – just keep the following in mind:
• Declutter: The modern and minimalist styles focus more on space than objects. That means you need to eliminate all items you don’t use in your kitchen on a regular basis. For some, it could mean donating that ice cream maker. For others, it’s their collection of measuring cups or cheese knives (how many do you really need?).
• Hide away behind cupboard doors: Closed-door cabinets are important in kitchens with a clean-cut look. And to really score bonus points here, we recommend choosing your units in sleek metallic tones, stark white tints, or dark wood hues for a really clean look.
• Choose multi-tasking appliances: An all-in-one oven can easily fulfil the function of a microwave, meaning you can donate yours to free up extra counter space.
• Focus on natural lighting sources: Even the most eye-catching lighting fixtures are no match for a simple window that ushers in batches of fresh sunshine. And you’re going to require that natural lighting even more in your modern / minimalist kitchen, as it’s needed to bounce off your counters and appliances to make the space seem even more open and welcoming.
• Don’t go crazy with colours: Neutral tones are the answer for a clean-cut look, yet don’t be afraid to bring in a touch of popping colour (in the form of décor, furnishings, or even a focal wall) for some character.
Let’s now indulge in 12 examples that have mastered the modern / minimalist trend in the kitchen!
Especially with wooden surfaces that aren’t too textured / patterned.
Just because your kitchen is flaunting a clean look doesn't mean your lighting designs have to be boring.
Bring in two contrasting colours, but use them wisely (as perfectly illustrated by this island's forefront and the eye-catching flowers at the back).
How delightfully cheery does this modern little kitchen look thanks to its sunny yellow splashes?