Is less really more?
How you can have everything you want...and less
Here are four ways you can achieve the look of LESS and hide away the MORE.
LAYOUT AND LIGHTING
The most common kitchen design layouts are L-shape, straight-line and galley. These three layouts make good use of small spaces and use clean lines and straight angles that scream minimalist!
If you really want to get the right look, ensure your kitchen design is ultra modern. This is one of the most effective ways to show off your clear surfaces.
Islands are a feature of most minimalist kitchen designs and also double as a divider in open plan homes.
When space is a rare commodity you may be required to use the kitchen space for other purposes such as dinning, family interactions, television, computer work or play. This can be achieved by adding chairs to your island or a dinning table extension from the kitchen.
Don't forget to focus your lighting on the clear surfaces to enhance the look of less is more.
COLOURS AND TEXTURES
You can still choose your own colours and textures however, you have to reduce your options to one or two of each;
- One or two colours should be used. White is the most common and effective for achieving a minimalist look.
- One or two textures are all you need in your minimalist kitchen. Choose a hard sleek surface like marble, stone, granite, laminate, concrete, or wood to offset your one colour cupboard selection.
- One or two features. Add some funky stools, a plant, put in a feature wall or a modern range hood, the options are endless, but only choose one or two. No more!
No bench top appliances unless it is ultra modern and going to be your feature. Don't collect and display one-use appliances. Do you really need a pie maker, donut maker, churros maker, popcorn maker and the list goes on. No you don't, kick it old school - turn on your oven or get out a pot.
This is a strange concept but you could also consider ditching the microwave. What do you use it for? Can you use the stove top instead? Will your gastronomy suffer or will you excel as a result?
Build in appliances. This will give them a modern finish and incorporate them into the straight lines and angles of your minimalist kitchen design.
The key to a minimalist kitchen design is clear surfaces. You can only achieve this look if your kitchen design incorporates plenty of storage to hide away the clutter.
Your ideal end result is everything in its place and hidden away but still in a practical and easy to access spots.