A stylish and functional kitchen is one that has minimal fuss and clutter. With great storage solutions, clean lines and sleek surfaces, a minimalist kitchen is a perfect way to create an effortless sense of style while maintaining maxim...
A stylish and functional kitchen is one that has minimal fuss and clutter. With great storage solutions, clean lines and sleek surfaces, a minimalist kitchen is a perfect way to create an effortless sense of style while maintaining maximum utility.
Cupboards and drawers
One of the ways to achieve a maximally minimal look in your kitchen is to reduce the visible clutter on surfaces to an absolute minimum. In order to do this, designing your kitchen to make best use of space and install smart storage solutions that keep items within easy reach but out of sight when not in use will allow you to strike the right style note while maintaining functionality.
The current trend for minimalist kitchen designs is the creation of cupboards and drawers without handles, giving the ultimate sleek and uncluttered look. Cleverly designed catches keep doors and drawers closed when not in use, while releasing them quickly for easy access when needed.
Storage solutions have also improved in recent years in terms of maximisation of useable space. Areas that may once have been lost to corners and angles are now accessible and smart storage makes sure that every nook and cranny in a kitchen can be used, allowing you to keep your clutter out of sight.
Every kitchen requires work surfaces, and the choice of surface can have a big impact on the overall finished look of your kitchen. Highly polished stainless steel, glossy marble and perfectly sanded butcher’s block all make for elegant additions to your kitchen, depending on the style you choose. Lighter colours will reflect more brightness into your kitchen, while deeper hues will lend a touch of class to your finished kitchen design.
In addition to work surfaces, integrated cooking surfaces are taking off and making their mark in the minimalist kitchen. Concealed from the eye when not in use, halogen and other conductive cooking surfaces blend seamlessly into the surrounding work surfaces and allow the eye to move easily over the space.
In order to preserve the clean lines and minimal appearance of your kitchen, the ideal choice for your appliances will be concealed and built in to your cabinets. Dishwashers, fridge-freezers and even laundry appliances can be worked into the background of your kitchen and hidden away from the eye.
If you haven’t chosen a cooking surface that integrates with your work surface, there are plenty of cooking options that still allow you to maintain your low-clutter look overall. Integrated ovens and flush halogen hobs keep the surface clutter to a minimum and can be chosen in shades that match your overall colour scheme.
Colour and shape
When it comes to the shapes and angles of a minimalist kitchen, straight edges are king. Straightforward geometric styling and symmetrical design are easy on the eye and provide the greatest amount of understated sophistication.
Dark wood and stainless steel make a great compliment to one another
As far as colour is concerned, minimal is often associated with monochrome. Black and white, stainless steel and ceramic are pretty much synonymous with minimalism in kitchen design and will fit well with any unfussy design you choose. However, you needn’t be completely limited by black and white, and while pastel colours tend to belong more in a country kitchen than a minimal one, primary colour and light or dark wood shades also lend themselves well to the clean lines and straight edges expected in a minimalistic kitchen. Visit the website of Nicholas Anthony kitchens to obtain some ideas.
A stylish kitchen with maximum usability is the aim of every kitchen designer. Choose solid colours, straight edges and sleek surfaces to get your ideal minimal look.
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