Do you believe that you have to sacrifice functionality and comfort for the sake of achieving minimalism? This isn’t true. In fact, a minimalist home often possesses warmth and character beyond anticipation.
A minimalist interior design can serve numerous purposes while maintaining tidiness and ease of maintenance. Obviously, those are major goals for the kitchen – a space that needs to be well organised and clutter free. A minimalist kitchen can be super functional and exciting to spend time in if you put effort and planning into the conceptualisation of the design.
Minimalism can be fairly easy to achieve in your current kitchen. A few changes and upgrades will deliver really noticeable results. Hence, if you don’t need to renovate the kitchen right now, start out by attempting the following.
Always Start Out with a Decluttering Project
Decluttering the counters and other visible services will contribute to a transformation that’s difficult to believe.
Many homeowners don’t notice clutter accumulating in the kitchen. Caught up in meal prep and everyday routines, they don’t see stuff piling up.
Try to look at your kitchen as if you were seeing it for the very first time. Chances are that you’ll notice lots of stuff that doesn’t really need to be displayed on the countertops and other surfaces. Take this opportunity to organise things inside cabinets and the pantry, make use of that opportunity.
Not only will decluttering instantly make your kitchen feel more spacious and organised, it will also simplify cleaning and maintenance. That’s how you’re easily going to achieve some of the most important goals of minimalist design.
A Restrained Colour Palette
Minimalist interior design employs a simple philosophy – less is more. There are various décor elements you can minimise. The use of colour is one of those. If you don’t overdo the colour selection and you keep the palette restrained, you’ll quickly and effortlessly achieve minimalist aesthetics.
In minimalist design, you don’t want to have too much contrast and visual clutter. Use a few colours, preferably in the same family (two to three complementary tones are considered the norm). If you’d like to add noticeable and surprising focal points, do feature one contrasting colour. Use it sparingly to highlight accents and create a few clever spots of visual interest.
Neutral tones will work really well in the kitchen because they provide a blank canvas for other elements (appliances, furniture, decorations) to stand out. Lighter tones help make the space brighter, which is a way in which colour can play a functional role.
You can still feature by displaying pieces of art or some type of wall décor. Minimalist design can still have decorative elements, as long as some restraint is exercised. A single prominent piece of art or a functional type of wall décor (hanging beautiful placemats, for example) will feel right at home in a minimalist kitchen.
Frameless, Hardware-Free Cabinetry
There are a few conventional kitchen design elements you can effortlessly get rid of without sacrificing functionality.
Clean lines are very important when it comes to minimalist executions. they’re super easy to achieve with frameless and hardware-free cabinetry
Removing hardware may seem like a step too far but it really isn’t.
Handles can be replaced by magnetic designs and sliding cabinet doors that open with a single push. Such cabinets can be found easily in Singapore and even if you can’t discover the perfect model in a store, you can have custom creations put together for your kitchen.
Use Beautiful, High Quality Materials
Because minimalism usually features fewer elements than other interior design styles, you have to make every single piece count.
For the purpose, choose high quality materials and well-constructed pieces.
Beautiful materials like solid wood, marble, granite and stainless steel make a visual statement without being excessive. They will create a sense of luxury and elegance, prompting you to enjoy the kitchen and spend more time in it.
Even if you can’t afford all these fine materials, there are excellent replicas on the market. Synthetic materials that look like actual wood or natural stone are very durable, non-porous and super easy to clean. There are still variations when it comes to synthetic materials that look like natural ones. Do ask your interior designer for recommendations on selecting elements that fit into the concept of your home interior design.
We can help you out with this choice and all other key decisions you’ll have to make when renovating your home. Contact Home Guide now and unleash the transformative magic of home interior design.