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Minimalism in Kitchens

Clutter in our homes is the enemy of a serene, peaceful environment no matter the decor. In fact, decluttering is the first step in Feng Shui adjustments that I recommend. It significantly calms the energy in a space and makes room for creativity needed in the kitchen. So it’s no surprise that minimal decor is at the forefront of kitchen design!

Reducing visual clutter after purging unused items is a crucial step to achieving a minimalist kitchen look. Here are some sure ways to do just that:


Consider more flat panel door styles in selecting your new cabinets. Allow the beauty of the wood grain or paint color to be what the eye focuses on in the decor. I would also avoid open air shelving unless it’s curated to fit the minimalist vision in your head. Dewils Fine Cabinetry is a great source of inspiration for this trend.


Installing cabinetry that incorporates edge pulls or inset finger pulls eliminates the need to add hardware pulls, allowing for a more streamlined look.

If that’s not your style then no need to worry; updating your cabinets with simpler hardware can go a very long way. I love Rejuvination’s Mission Drawer Pull especially for minimalist design. 

Restraint in Materials

Consider reducing the number of other variables you add into your design. A great way to do this is to repeat material throughout the kitchen. Some examples are continuing the countertop into the backsplash, selecting only one type of accent metal or wood, or limiting color variances. Not only will this streamline your kitchen design, but it also might save you some money! I love this example from Cambria.

Hiding Appliances

Cleverly hiding your appliances is probably the best way to curate and maintain a minimalist kitchen. Try some of these organization hacks:

  • In your design, allow a location for a pullout pantry cabinet and/or an appliance garage to keep small and seldom used items behind a door. Rev-A-Shelf has plenty of great options for pantry pullouts!

  • Consider panel ready options for your appliances. They’re especially useful for below the counter ones, like your dishwasher, drawer microwave or below counter fridge.

  • Incorporate under counter and inside cabinet lighting into your design to help eliminate the need for a lot of bulky light fixtures that can take up visual space.

It’s important that the items that are hidden away are still functional and organized. Check out my past blog about all things Kitchen Organization for some inspiration.



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