The Minimalist Kitchen

The essence of minimalism is simplicity. Clean lines and colors complement smart and sophisticated use of space for a serene and welcoming ambiance. Ultimately, a minimalist kitchen can also be an economical one, since there are no unnecessary expenditures, and there’s no excess decor or stray appliances. If your home feels cluttered and disorganized, the kitchen is a great place to start to simplify, get down to basics, and create an oasis of calm.


A neutral color palette

Usually, minimalism in kitchen design is associated with white and cream as well as neutral tones of brown and tan. It is advisable to keep contrasts to a minimum, so it’s best to offset black appliances, for example, with dark flooring. This creates a subtler variation in tones and is easier on the eyes. In general, a good rule of thumb is to avoid bright colors, though a few plants can do wonders to brighten up the room.



Consider how to present the items that you use every day so that they are accessed and maintained most easily. Assign a specific spot to your coffee maker, for example, so that it doesn’t need to compete for space with a blender that you only use every so often. Instead, make sure the coffee maker is in a convenient location while the blender is in a spot in the cabinet that doesn’t block other items that you frequently use. Double oven cabinets (available from Nelson in 30″ and 33″ in three heights) and bridge cabinets (which Nelson offers as 30-36″ in four heights) are an ideal place to store appliances that get occasional use while everyday items should be located front and center on the countertops.


Wall-to-Wall Cabinets

Minimalism exudes calm and cleanliness but isn’t always easy to achieve. But one surefire way to reduce clutter and streamline your kitchen by opting for wall-to-wall cabinets. This generates a uniform look while simultaneously offering endless possibilities for organizing your appliances, utensils, cookware, and ingredients. Take it one step further with a refrigerator panel and dishwasher panel. The consistent texture and color of wall-to-wall cabinets provide a fresh canvas for your culinary artistry while keeping all distractions tucked away.


Simplicity is Key

When designing a minimalist kitchen, avoid ornate designs with elaborate engravings, patterns, and hardware. You can’t go wrong with Shaker cabinets, which are designed upon the very principle of functionality and are just as serviceable as they are elegant. Their design allows for maximization of storage potential so you can keep your kitchen gadgets and cookware out of sight. Opt for simplicity in your cutlery and plates as well, with white plates and stainless steel cutlery – or for something somewhat unusual, glass plates and bowls to effortlessly match your drinkware.


Make Sure All Messes Are Hidden From View

Organization, organization, organization! The minimalist aesthetic is deceptive because while it looks simple on the surface, the underlying principles are actually very well-considered. Instead of leaving a recycling bin out by the door, use all of your storage in order to keep everything tidy. Kitchen sink base cabinets are ideal locations for stowing both trash and recycling bins in an easy-to-reach location or, if this is where you prefer to keep your cleaning supplies, you can also opt to set up your recycling in a pantry utility cabinet. You may wish to keep some of your fruit or snack items in bowls on the counter, and this can be the extent of your decor. Functionality above all else reigns in the minimalist kitchen, where form meets function.