22 Apr Designing a contemporary, minimalist kitchen
If you’re looking to achieve a very contemporary style in your home, a minimalist kitchen is the best place to start. Getting the look and feel right in the kitchen will really help set the tone for your living spaces, especially if you go open plan.
We have a few simple tips to keep in mind when you start putting your wishlist together.
Keep your doors simple
A simple slab door will immediately create a more modern and minimalist kitchen style. To really customise the style you’re going for, choose whether you’d like handles or a handleless door.
Choosing handleless will give you a really simple overall look. If you go true handleless, a really nice touch is to choose a different colour for your back rails, so they contrast from the door colour, as shown in the kitchen above.
However, there are lots of contemporary options with handles too, you just need to decide whether the handles are a statement feature or something more subtle to not detract from your uncluttered style.
We really love the alternative that Second Nature Kitchens devised, they now offer cutout options for the handles. For us, this maintains the sleek contemporary feel but with the handle cutouts creating little points of detail and interest.
To take your contemporary kitchen up another notch, opt for a high gloss finish but be warned that dark gloss and sticky fingers are not friends. If wiping fingerprints off your units regularly sounds like too much hassle, opt for a matte finish!
Keep your colour scheme tight
Stick to a small colour palette in your contemporary kitchen. Go bold or go neutral but with just a few colours and textures, you’ll then achieve that pared-back style.
We love this concept by Rotpunkt, it’s contemporary cool, with plenty of details but there is a coherent, tight colour scheme throughout.
Keep it uncluttered
To achieve the sleek feel of a contemporary kitchen, you’re going to need lots of storage to keep your surfaces uncluttered. In this way, you can choose to have more ‘display’ items out and have all the hardworking, bulky items neatly stowed away.
Go for full height storage, take advantage of all the wall space, keep open shelves for display items and try and incorporate an appliance garage. This is a great solution for toasters, juicers, coffee machines etc that can really take over a worktop. An appliance garage keeps all these items easy to access but out of sight.
Feeling inspired for a contemporary style in your kitchen? Book a free design consultation at email@example.com and don’t forget to have a look at our Projects page for more ideas and to see kitchens in real homes.