October 18, 2019

Five characteristics of a minimalist kitchen


The other week I received a request to team up with Hausera who wanted to share their ideas on a minimal approach in the kitchen with me. We all know Minimalism is about keeping things simple and I am a huge fan of bringing only the things necessary into my home and this is no difference for the kitchen. No wonder I totally agree with the idea of Hausera to only deposit in your kitchen the items you need to cook and serve the food, but nothing more! In this guest post I would love to share some more ideas and five characteristics you should use to build a minimalist kitchen according to Hausera.

The minimalist design encourages people to live with less so it’s more a lifestyle than a
decorative style. This movement encourages people to let go of the importance of things.
Clutter weighs down homeowners, and minimalism brings a diverge from it. The fewer things
are in a room, the more comfortable it looks.

The kitchen is the room most homeowners decorate according to the minimalist trend. Why?
Kitchens are usually cluttered because of the multitude of utensils used to cook. The minimalist
design has organisational benefits because it features clean and sleek lines. And what’s best, it
can be used in both small and big spaces.


The beauty lays in the materials used
Natural materials are beautiful, and minimalism celebrates their refinement. When designing a
kitchen, finding the right surfaces and textures is crucial for the final result. Materials like
concrete or wood are more charming than any other surface used in construction. They are
standalone beauties so they need no other accessory to enhance their appeal.

The focal point of the kitchen
Don’t have the misconception, the minimalist style doesn’t promote focal points. A single item,
hue or finish can bring a personal touch to the kitchen. Stick to a single focal point, like the
kitchen island, a coloured wall or a textured shelf. A great way to create a focal point is to
install a prominent light fitting over the kitchen island.

Wesley Ward, Head of Marketing at Hausera told us that based on their 2019 consumer survey,
"The top three ideal styles for kitchens and bathrooms are: Modern (with a 51% majority vote),
Contemporary, and Traditional." The minimalist style is part modern part contemporary, so
homeowners highly use it.

No clutter
The basic principle of minimalism is to remove clutter. Install smart storage solutions for all the
equipment and utensils used to prepare food. It’s essential to keep everything hidden from
sight to create a clean look. If you don’t have enough kitchen storage to keep things out of
sight, try to limit the number of items you display on the countertop and shelves.

Sharp lines
There’s no fuss around the minimalist style. You need to work with clean and sharp lines to
keep everything airy. Sharp corners are not comfortable in a living room, but they give a good
feeling in the kitchen. Sharp corners, concealed handles and singes and square edges, all
strengthen the idea of airy and cleanliness. The minimalist trend is famous for featuring
geometrical shapes, simple lines and rough materials. To achieve this look, you should play with
finishes, textures and colours. Solid forms are a major characteristic of minimalism, decide what
shapes better fit your kitchen.

Stay simple
Minimalism is all about keeping things simple. Deposit in your kitchen only the items you need
to cook and serve the food, but nothing more. No decorations, no unnecessary stuff. It’s
challenging to stop yourself from bringing extra things in the kitchen to boost its style. But in
minimalism, the beauty of the space stays in the materials and lines you choose for the cabinets
and countertops. The colour palette boosts the artistry of the space in an elegant but modest
way.

Pictures courtesy Banda Property with thanks