Minimalism – Defined
Minimalism can mean different things to different people. Often, it is viewed as a lifestyle as well as a design aesthetic where the focus is a paring back of the unnecessary and striving for a simple life. For some, this will mean having less “stuff” or clutter around the house. For most this goes further to include surrounding oneself with items of superior quality, craftsmanship, and meaning; standing alone as examples of something unique, elegant, and impactful.
When incorporated into kitchen design, minimalism is a powerful ideal to strive for. When done well, it is a symphony of function while appearing to be simple boxes in a space. It’s this dichotomy that makes minimalist kitchen design so unique and appealing to homeowners.
So how do you achieve a minimalist design? Let’s look at some of the key elements, and how they are used effectively in the kitchen space.
Clean lines are a defining feature of any minimalist kitchen. They provide the symmetry that is critical to the overall feel of the space and helps to create a cohesive style that demonstrates a clean look without too much detail. A minimalist kitchen will use cabinetry that has small reveals, tight gaps, and expertly thought out organization that allows for a clutter-free space.
One of the hallmarks of a minimalist kitchen is the lack of hardware such as door and drawer hardware. The goal is to have as uninterrupted of a surface as possible.
Push to open drawers, channel cabinet doors, and even knock to open appliances are current options for anyone attempting this style, and sleek design without sacrificing function is more attainable than ever before.
Additionally, unique storage solutions within cabinetry and backsplash panels are a great way to maximize the usability while keeping visible spaces as clean as possible. As Benjamin Franklin put it, “A place for everything and everything in its place.”
Minimalist kitchens don’t mix well with bold colors. The idea is to be understated, simple, and elegant. Neutral colors overall achieve this goal well, and can allow the space to easily blend into its surroundings. Often, minimalist design is used to enhance and highlight art, architecture, or natural features. By keeping the color palate subdued, the designer can use the space to incorporate any features they like.
If you are looking for help with a project or would like to learn more about minimalist design in the kitchen, our bulthaup Aspen studio is a great resource for anyone in the valley. As a leader in minimalist kitchen design, bulthaup is known worldwide for its unmatched dedication to quality and craftsmanship, giving homeowners a bespoke space from top to bottom.