26 Minimalist Kitchen Designs for Inspiration

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Minimalism by definition is simply all about minimizing the extraneous and focusing on the essential. In short, it’s “less is more”. And going the minimalist route doesn’t mean empty, boring, or basic. Rather, it’s about being purposeful with each element, and focusing on specific focal points. 

A minimalist design appears simple, but is often well thought out and efficient. Focus is placed on material choices and clean lines, like marble, sleek appliances, and high-gloss lacquer cabinets. Despite being minimal, they can still have a lot of character and charm, but only if they’re designed properly.

Here are the best minimalist kitchen ideas favored by top designers in the industry for inspiration. As you browse, I’ll walk you through how to achieve this aesthetic with perfection.

Countertop and Backsplash Co-Ords

Matching countertops and backsplashes creates a cohesive look — an easy way to simplify material use in minimalist kitchen designs. This kitchen features a quartz backsplash, as well as quartz counters to match. The kitchen island also has the same quartz material. Which brings the look of the space together.

Countertop and Backsplash Co-Ords in Minimalist Kitchen

Monochromatic Scheme

A monochromatic color palette is a great color scheme to use. You may consider white or neutral colors since they create a pristine, uncluttered space in your kitchen. They are useful in small spaces that brighten up kitchens that don’t get much natural light.

Monochromatic Scheme for Minimalist Kitchen

Keep It Low Key

Using a cooktop that is level with the countertop creates a seamless look. The rose gold tones in this minimalist kitchen scream modernism, and it’s functional at the same time. The flat cooktop and “barely-there” range hood make this space clutter-free.

Minimalist Kitchen with Rose Gold Tone

Make a Statement

We’re all familiar with the idea that being minimalist can mean less is more. So, if you wish to add something to your kitchen design, you want to make sure whether or not the piece you incorporate it with would make a statement.

Minimalist Kitchen with Statement

Invisible Kitchen Design

If you want to have a streamlined scene in your kitchen, you can use hardware that looks invisible. Depending on how you use them, visible hardware maybe both be obtrusive and overpowering at times. This kitchen features a marble bar surface that nearly matches the floor. It creates a seamless transition between the two.

Invisible Kitchen Design for Minimalist Kitchen

Conceal Integrated Appliances

Well-integrated creates a streamlined look. And you can have them concealed with modern cabinetry. Designs like this are more popular among minimalists than bulky appliances. Which may quickly overcrowd a space.

Concealed Integrated Appliances for Minimalist Kitchen

Stylish and Practical

One of the things that stun me about minimalist kitchens is that you can add so many decors into them. And without their becoming too busy or overbearing in any way. You may go on bold floors, or incorporate a decorative rug. You can always achieve minimalism in your kitchen while preserving style and practicality.

Stylish and Practical Style for Minimalist Kitchen

Tuck In the Vent

If you want to keep your appliances discreet, consider using a ventilation unit placed behind a sleek geometric range hood. In modern minimalist kitchens, it’s a great feature to have. For the hood concealer, a white subway tile backsplash adds visual interest.

Concealed Range Hood for Minimalist Kitchen

Floating Shelves

Open shelves provide an open and airy vibe.  They’re a nice shift from the basic, boxy kitchen cabinetry. And not only can they give you easier access to your bowls and dishes, but you can also have your lovely collection of ceramics and antiques displayed on the shelves. Which lends a decorative effect.

Floating Shelves for Minimalist Kitchen

Vibrant Hues

If you’re going for simplicity, don’t be afraid to utilize bright colors. You may consider having your walls, cabinets, and other furniture painted with a wide range of colors. From soft neutrals to bright and striking colors. And still looking neat and organized.

Vibrant Hues for Minimalist Kitchen

Repurposed Wood

Repurposed wood is a good way to warm up your space. Many minimalist kitchens like this one with a reclaimed wood island as the focal point. Reusing old wooden boards to support your kitchen island saves money while still looking beautiful. Simply applying a woodsy finish to your current island may dramatically alter your kitchen’s vibe and give it a makeover.

How About Glass Doors for Upper Cabinets?

Integrating glass doors into your upper kitchen cabinet can give it a classy element that is minimalist sought-after. Cabinets with glass doors allow you to show off your fine china. They spare you the time and effort of digging through every cupboard for a specific item of tableware you need. Plus, they provide the impression of a larger, more airy space. All while adding a touch of artistic flair.

Glass Doors for Upper Cabinets in a Minimalist Kitchen

Boho Chic

If you want to go the boho route, you may consider painting your furniture with golden yellows. It’s a striking theme that screams bohemian, but it also brightens up your kitchen. It’s airy and is perfect for any minimalist design. The color choice in this kitchen is a nice shift from the moody, jewel tones. And it compliments the natural wood open shelving and floor, very well.

Boho Style for Minimalist Kitchen

Touch of Vintage

Adding a vintage touch to your modern minimalist kitchen can liven it up. Don’t overdo the antique vibe by adding too many vintage details to it, though. Or it might defeat the purpose of designing a minimalist kitchen.

Consider adding subtle vintage details like lighting fixtures. Since the 1960s, the lighting fixtures in this kitchen have gained popularity. And this is due to its nice classic qualities. They are now bringing life to many minimalist kitchen designs.

Vintage Style for Minimalist Kitchen

Farmhouse Chic Vibe

Farmhouse minimalist kitchens will always be timeless. And giving your kitchen farmhouse vibes means it will never go out of style! You can start with your kitchen’s backsplash.

This clever Berlin kitchen features a plain wall on its left side to complement a farmhouse kitchen design. While on its right, features a white backsplash tile. They exude simplicity and practicality that’s always trendy. The brick accents also give off a major farmhouse vibe here. This kitchen looks pristine and cozy!

Farmhouse Style for Minimalist Kitchen

Warm It Up

Going the minimalist style route does not suggest dull and boring. And this kitchen, with its bleached oak hanging shelves, is pretty strong evidence. It really stands out with the black wall behind it. It matches the earthy-toned tiles on the floor, beautifully. So airy, warm, and soothing.

Minimalist Kitchen with Warm Tone

Make Your Decor Pop

You can never go wrong with an all-white color palette if you’re uncertain about what you like. A white kitchen never goes old, and you can always update them. A good way to turn your all-white kitchen into a cheerful minimalist space is to add colorful home accessories or cookware. They stand out really well in an all-white background.

Minimalist Kitchen with colorful home accessories and cookware

Modern Minimalist Kitchen Meets Rustic

Try to combine a farmhouse-style kitchen with a lot of modern elements. Like the lovely kitchen in this Dallas dream house, which features custom cabinets and a white marble backsplash and countertops. As well as a customized stainless steel range hood.

The open shelf is decorated with an antique ice bucket and a Thai bowl made of natural wood. It’s functional, with a perfect blend of rustic and modern features.

Modern Minimalist Kitchen with Rustic Touch

Enliven Space With Some Greenery

Plants are a great way to bring life and color to a room. They’re also a great way to spice up a minimalist kitchen. The presence of greenery has a reviving effect and adds a sense of openness. You may set them on the open shelving, the diner, the counters, or in the corner. It’s entirely up to you.

Adding greenery to your kitchen is a surefire way to make a statement. Especially if you live in a highly urbanized area where there are barely any green sceneries outside.

Modern Minimalist Kitchen with Greenery Accent

Go Scandi

Minimalism, practicality, and simplicity are all hallmarks of Scandinavian kitchen design. So, including them in your design selections is rather sensible. You may add a centerpiece, such as a beautiful rug or an eye-catching center table.

Minimalist Scandinavian Kitchen Design

Statement Chandelier

If you’re DIYing design concept, are new to the minimalist design, and not sure what to add, consider accessorizing your centerpiece with a statement chandelier. Not only do chandeliers illuminate the space. But they also have a great impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen. I think this kitchen with three spherical, woven chandeliers is lovely. What a warm, gorgeous space!

Modern Minimalist Kitchen with Woven Chandeliers

Take In the Blank Space

While traditional designers may try to add floating shelves or cabinets to a bare wall, minimalists understand that the lack of those things can be just as attractive. Instead of using a boxy storage unit, hang pictures and another wall decor. The goal is to liven up the space.

These three framed printable art pieces in this minimalist kitchen remedy the void. Plus, they look great with the hexagonal kitchen backsplash.

Minimalist kitchen with hexagonal backsplash

Concealed Storage

To keep the space organized, you’ll need plenty of storage space. In the case of this mint green kitchen, just a few carefully chosen items remain on exhibit. If you’re short on space, try combining, condensing, or reorganizing stuff to establish a kitchen layout that best suits your needs.

If you want something that you can get out of the way instead of fitted cabinetry, consider investing on bins, aesthetic baskets. Stylish, rolling storage is also a great choice.

Minimalist Kitchen with Concealed Storage

Opt for Stylish Appliances

Everything you put in your kitchen can have an impact on the overall look of the space. Stylish appliances are definitely something to keep in mind when planning a kitchen. Accessorize your minimalist kitchen with well-made appliances to make it stand out.

Minimalist Kitchen with Stylish Appliances

Allow Abundance of Natural Light

Dark hues and large pendant lighting can make your room appear smaller. I if you have adequate lighting, it gives the space an open and airy feeling. Kitchens that don’t have large bay windows can dress up in sheer window coverings to let in additional light. You can place a few mirrors around the room to bounce the light back into your space.

Minimalist Kitchen with an adequate light

Eye-Catching Deets

Just because we’re talking about minimalism doesn’t mean you can’t use festive details. Adding eye-catching elements into your kitchen can leave a lasting impression. They are a great choice for making a statement.

Minimalist kitchen with eye-catching elements

Add a Built-In Dining Table

Having a diner built into your kitchen island is a clever way of maximizing the space you have. You get to enjoy and soak in the elegance of a minimalist kitchen where functionality isn’t compromised. This kitchen emanates all of these qualities. The earthy tones and black accents work together to create a cohesive look and feel.

Minimalist kitchen with Built-In Dining Table

Wrap Up

Reducing the clutter of your kitchen has nothing to do with sacrificing either aesthetic or convenience. I hope you found these examples informative and helpful in your quest to design the perfect minimalist kitchen. Remember, there are no right answers when it comes to designing a minimalist kitchen—it’s all about what feels good for you! Good luck with your project and have fun along the way.