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12 examples of minimalist and modern kitchens done right

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Spaces decorated with a very subtle look, such as in the modern or minimalist styles, often get a bad rap. However, there is a big difference between a room decorated with self-control and one that is devoid of any character. At best, a minimalist or extremely modern kitchen seems sleek, refined and super sophisticated. At worst, it’s clinical and looks unfinished. 

But not to worry if you’ve been thinking about treating your culinary corner to a more polished look this year – just keep the following in mind:

• Declutter: The modern and minimalist styles focus more on space than objects. That means you need to eliminate all items you don’t use in your kitchen on a regular basis. For some, it could mean donating that ice cream maker. For others, it’s their collection of measuring cups or cheese knives (how many do you really need?). 

• Hide away behind cupboard doors: Closed-door cabinets are important in kitchens with a clean-cut look. And to really score bonus points here, we recommend choosing your units in sleek metallic tones, stark white tints, or dark wood hues for a really clean look. 

• Choose multi-tasking appliances: An all-in-one oven can easily fulfil the function of a microwave, meaning you can donate yours to free up extra counter space. 

• Focus on natural lighting sources: Even the most eye-catching lighting fixtures are no match for a simple window that ushers in batches of fresh sunshine. And you’re going to require that natural lighting even more in your modern / minimalist kitchen, as it’s needed to bounce off your counters and appliances to make the space seem even more open and welcoming. 

• Don’t go crazy with colours: Neutral tones are the answer for a clean-cut look, yet don’t be afraid to bring in a touch of popping colour (in the form of décor, furnishings, or even a focal wall) for some character. 

Let’s now indulge in 12 examples that have mastered the modern / minimalist trend in the kitchen!

1. Stainless steel and lacquer help to up the shine in this spotless cooking space.

Pedini Dune Metallic Silver by Urban Myth Minimalist
Urban Myth

Pedini Dune Metallic Silver

Urban Myth

2. There's something about earth tones that make a modern / minimalist space seem like the epitome of rustic elegance.

Especially with wooden surfaces that aren’t too textured / patterned. 

3. This U-shaped minimalist kitchen is kept neat and clean thanks to its abundance of storage compartments behind closed cabinet doors.

ALTERATION SEA POINT, CAPE TOWN Minimalist dining room by Grobler Architects Minimalist
Grobler Architects

ALTERATION SEA POINT, CAPE TOWN

Grobler Architects

4. Even smaller spaces have the ability to seem functional-yet-stylish with that less-is-more approach to design.

5. Not enough storage space in your galley / one-wall kitchen? That's where floating shelves can make a difference!

6. Don't overlook the importance of artificial lighting fixtures.

HOUSE I CAMPS BAY, CAPE TOWN I MARVIN FARR ARCHITECTS Modern kitchen by MARVIN FARR ARCHITECTS Modern
MARVIN FARR ARCHITECTS

HOUSE I CAMPS BAY, CAPE TOWN I MARVIN FARR ARCHITECTS

MARVIN FARR ARCHITECTS

Just because your kitchen is flaunting a clean look doesn't mean your lighting designs have to be boring.

7. This clean-cut modern kitchen with its slanting roof and majestic skylight is pure perfection.

New range of doors #2020 by PTC Kitchens Modern
PTC Kitchens

New range of doors #2020

PTC Kitchens

8. Scared of a too-clinical look for your minimalist kitchen?

Matt Cashmere & Basalt add a touch of luxury to this bright space by ADORNAS KITCHENS Minimalist Wood Wood effect
ADORNAS KITCHENS

Matt Cashmere & Basalt add a touch of luxury to this bright space

ADORNAS KITCHENS

Bring in two contrasting colours, but use them wisely (as perfectly illustrated by this island's forefront and the eye-catching flowers at the back).

9. Speaking of adding minimum colour into a clean-cut kitchen design…

Mr & Mrs Waite Modern kitchen by Kreativ Kitchens Modern
Kreativ Kitchens

Mr & Mrs Waite

Kreativ Kitchens

How delightfully cheery does this modern little kitchen look thanks to its sunny yellow splashes? 

10. For something more decadent, we recommend a lavender tint mixed with broody greys.

11. Open shelving are perfectly acceptable, just ensure they remain neat and uncluttered.

12. With its subtle style and colourful accessories, this modern kitchen shows us how 'elegant' doesn't have to mean 'dull'.

White and Grey Turquoise adds a bit of spice Modern kitchen by Kitchen Co-Ordnation Modern Glass
Kitchen Co-Ordnation

White and Grey Turquoise adds a bit of spice

Kitchen Co-Ordnation

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