Creating a minimalist kitchen
Clean, stylish and sophisticated, minimalist kitchens are a popular choice for those looking to give their interior a makeover. However, knowing how you want your finished kitchen to look and achieving the desired result can be two very different things.
This is especially true if, like me, you find it hard to remember to tidy everything away at the end of a cook-a-thon; leaving pots, pans and appliances out to ruin your perfect minimalist aesthetics.
But fear not, with a little bit of forward thought, planning and effort, creating the minimalist kitchen of your dreams can be easy as pie. Before you know it, you too could be enjoying the ultimate clutter-free kitchen.
When I say 'clean' appliances, I don't just mean free of dirt – though of course, that does help – I mean appliances that have clean, clear lines and neutral colours.
Not only will investing in high end, minimalist kitchen appliances help to make your design scheme a success, it will also ensure that that space looks fantastic even when you don't have time to tidy everything away.
Opt for appliances in matching colours to create a flawless and non-obtrusive style. These appliances will blend in with the background to keep things clean, clear and under control.
If you're going to go all out on your minimalist theme, choosing a soft and calm palette for your walls, cupboards and floor is a must.
Though some minimalist designs can be successful by using bolder colours like battleship grey, black or even red, if you opt for whites, light greys and creams you will find them generally easier to work into your interior. You can always use appliances, such as those mentioned above, to inject a little splash of colour here and there to stop things looking barren.
As one of the most prominent parts of your design, your kitchen worktops will have a big impact on the finished result. By matching your work surfaces to your units or walls, you can help to create the appearance of a smooth surface, something that will help your other features to stand out and create a fantastic aesthetic.
Generally monochrome worktops look best in a minimalist kitchen; though with a little bit of creativity, any type of work surface could look great.
Another incredibly important part of any successful, minimalist design, is the lighting. Too warm and you'll take away from your intended look, too cold and the space will appear unwelcoming and stark.
By using spotlights and dimmers you can make it easier to get your lighting perfect, altering the level and directionality of the lights to suit your desired look. Placing lighting under your kitchen cupboards and display cabinets can also look great, adding a sculptural element to the space.
By using muted colours, choosing stylish appliances and thinking carefully about your work surfaces and lighting, you can start to create a minimalist style kitchen you'll really love.