I’ve been noticing the abundance of minimalist kitchens popping up on my feed and my frequently visited blogs, and I’m super excited about it. I’ve even found myself leaning towards a more minimal approach on my designs as of late, while still adding elements to keep them warm. I think in the next upcoming months we are going to start to see the classic shaker cabinet stepping out of the spotlight, and trends moving more towards a minimal, flat panel door. I hate countertop clutter and I want to believe that is a universal thought, which is why I think the less is more mindset works great in the kitchen and is becoming so popular.
What I love about the minimal modern spaces that I’ve been seeing lately is that they are also earthy and chic. Along with the clean lines, we are seeing large scale marble and warm wood tones to make the space feel inviting. The balance between the materials makes for a very comfortable space.
Just because you may not have a home with high ceilings and black windows does not mean you can’t incorporate some of these design elements into your space. Here are a few ways that you can take the essence of minimal and modern style and apply it to your own home.
- Incorporate metal.
I’m not just talking about your fixtures and cabinet hardware, but taking it a step further.
Using metal within your space brings in a texture that speaks more towards a modern and industrial style. Some of my favorite ways to incorporate metal are with open shelves, range hoods, or island legs/brackets.
2) Use large scale materials that limit the amount of grout lines or seams that are noticeable.
This might include picking a large scale tile for the backsplash, or if you can splurge - using a full height stone backsplash. Small scale mosaics, although great in other applications/styles, really interrupt the clean and minimal lines that are commonly seen in industrial spaces. You can also achieve this with just drywall and paint as well - painting it all one color to create a smooth seamless surface.
3) Limit your Upper CabinetryIn order to keep the clean lines of the backsplash relevant, pair that with some open shelves - OR nothing at all.
I’m not saying that you have to abandon all upper storage, but give your eyes space to rest and pick one wall where you incorporate something other than cabinets.
4) Limit the “things” that you don’t need.
This isn’t totally 100% design driven, but I find most of the time my clients just have too much STUFF. Countertop clutter adds up quick. Have a designated space that you throw your keys or paperwork thats not the countertop. Limit your “choch” to styled items on the open shelves. Although for a minimal look, I would argue that you would have nothing on the shelves except a few well placed plates or pots.
I hope that this mindset is here to stay. I can’t help but love to let the materials and millwork speak for themselves, rather than having the accessories do that talkin’
Until next time,