Top tips for a minimalist kitchen

July 19, 2015 - 2 min read

Minimalism isn’t just a design, it’s a way of life—one that’s quickly making its way into our homes! Many people are swapping out their cluttered, messy homes for chic minimalist designs.

While the concept is fairly simple, there are a few tips and tricks that can set your style apart from the rest; read on for our top tips to getting that dream minimalist kitchen. We’ve also found some fantastic kitchen renovation specialists in the Northern Territory to transform that dull room!

#1 Spring clean

There is no amount of paint or decor that will hide a truly cluttered kitchen. The first step to achieving a sleek kitchen style is to cull—old pots and pans, broken Tupperware and unnecessary kitchen extras. Take a day out to go through each and every closet (including the pantry) to remove out-of-date products and excess crockery, cutlery and plasticware.

#2 Storage is key

Once you’ve cleared out the kitchen cupboards, it’s important that you have a spot for everything that’s left over. Whether you have new cabinets installed, throw in a few DIY storage hacks or completely redo your entire kitchen to accommodate everything, make smart storage the forefront of your focus. If everything has its own place, it will be easier to keep things neat and tidy!

#3 Neutral colours

Now that the clutter is under control, you can finally start looking at the design aspect of your kitchen. Light, neutral colours create a fantastic canvas for a relaxing yet functional kitchen. If white, black and beige bore you, try mixing it up by implementing different textures. Marble benchtops, a textured splashback or uniquely shaped tiles are all ways to add intrigue to your kitchen without drowning it in distracting colours.

#4 Only sleek & essential appliances

While we’ve stored most things in their correct places, there are some appliances that need to be easily accessible. Things such as microwaves, kettles and toasters all tend to play starring roles in our kitchens. To decide whether an appliance gets centre stage on your bench, ask yourself if you use it every day—all other appliances can get tucked away and easily pulled out when needed. For the appliances that do stay out, choose sleek and minimalist designs to match the rest of your kitchen decor.

#5 Choose one focal item

If the lack of colour or drama in your kitchen is driving you mad, then inject a bit of personality with one stand-out item. Whether you choose a bold backsplash tile, your favourite bright print on your wall or opt for bright blue mugs, the key to minimalism with an edge is only having one feature to focus on—any more and your kitchen willstart to look cluttered and messy.