Zen, and the Art of Minimalist Kitchen Design


To plan your minimalist kitchen, begin with a solid, meaningful concept. Think of your kitchen as a piece of art, and consider how you can use the room’s utility and purpose to represent your chosen concept. Some great subjects include a single painting or vase, the kitchen faucet, or even bar stools or chairs. If you need help with the idea or the re-design, do not hesitate to involve an interior designer. However, with or without a designer, understanding a few principles is useful for your project and for adding value to your home.

Minimalist interior design is styled after Zen philosophy. To effectively express a concept through minimalist interior design, the subject must be expressed in its purest, most simplistic form. Any breaks in the design unity will distract the eye from the essence of the concept or subject. Chromatic spontaneity, intricate details, and eclectic flairs are not found in minimalist kitchens. Bear in mind that less is more, while also finding a balance between the design and the purpose of the space. You may want a sleek, simplistic design, but the space should be pragmatic for you needs, which is preparing food and entertaining guests.

Start with the essential elements of any kitchen. You will need to consider the materials for appliances, counters, sinks and faucets, floors, and cabinets. For example, metal is a fundamental material for any kitchen space. Minimalist designs can also make use of wood and concrete elements. Don’t be afraid to incorporate more than one of these materials. You can add warmth to your minimalist kitchen by using wooden cabinets to contrast metal appliances. Many times, a minimalist design utilizes grey or white tones; however, you can incorporate color. Just choose a single, dominant color.

Minimalism requires the design to be space-conscious. This means that accessories should be limited and that they take up little space. Decorations should not stand out from the room, and should never be in the way of your food preparation. For the most part, keep your spices and oils, dishware, and small appliances in the cabinets. Well-thought out cabinet design along with a large kitchen island will help accomplish this.

You’ll want your furniture to have clean, straight lines, and all the room’s elements to be based on geometric shapes. Consider selecting very simple metal hardware or choosing cabinets designed to be pushed open or easily pulled open from small grooves. Additionally, light should fall from overhead through sun lights, recessed lighting, and fixtures that are not distracting.

Some final tips to keep in mind are that if you are re-designing an open kitchen, then your design will need to match the surrounding rooms. Also, after the design project is completed, avoid adding new elements or decorations. Keep track of clutter, though this will be difficult if you have kids. Remember, the ultimate goal of any minimalist design is creating a space to think and breathe. That means you have the perfect kitchen to efficiently prepare meals, focus on the food you enjoy with your family, and spend time with your friends and guests.

Nisha represents a site called Stancliffe.com


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