Minimalism is the ideal design trend for the kitchen, where cleanliness, organization, and functionality are the holy trinity. It allows for clear, clutter-free surfaces and sleek and stylish materials—what more could you ask for? And minimalism definitely doesn’t have to look unfinished or boring. With the right approach, minimalist kitchens will still be full of personality and style. Case in point? The fifteen designer-approved minimalist kitchens ahead. Keep clicking for pared-down perfection.
This kitchen designed by Heather Hilliard strikes the perfect balance between timeless and modern. Here, the smooth all-black surfaces are classic yet fresh and the metallic hood adds an unexpected edge.
Though minimalist in style, there’s also a decidedly farmhouse-chic vibe going on in this kitchen by AP Design House. The brick got a fresh coat of white paint to brighten it all up and align with the rest of the surfaces and the geometric pendant asserts some modern flair.
This striking kitchen doesn’t have a ton going on, yet it feels unique and full of character. This is because each piece—from the avant-garde bar stools to the shapely pendants and island—adds a distinct sense of style and personality to the space. The takeaway? Less is more.
Minimalist doesn’t mean stark, and this kitchen designed by Corrine Mathern Studio proves it. Though neutral and spare, the earth-toned materials fill the space with warmth.
When Raji Radhakrishnan was commissioned to decorate this kitchen in a Piet Boon-designed home, he didn’t want to detract from the beautiful architectural details. To preserve as much as possible, he opted for a trio of Serge Mouille pendants and simple backless stools from West Elm. Oh, and one of the best things about minimalist kitchens is that your flowers can really pop.
Instead of the go-to all-white color schemes we associate with minimalist, opt for a mix of cream and light gray, as done in this this kitchen designed by Tamsin Johnson. The off-white walls pair beautifully with cool gray cabinets, as their contrasting tones balance each other. Though there’s minimal ornamentation, the beauty of the materials and shapes ensure an understated, unique elegance.
Rather than only introducing color through accents like dishes and cookware, pick a statement piece, and don’t be afraid to be bold. Here, Heather Hilliard chose a soft, deep blue hue for the kitchen island base. It’s bold, but still minimalist.
You can get in on minimalism while also sticking to the classics. Take note of this deVol kitchen, for instance. The bronze pendants pair nicely with the kitchen bar stools tucked under the island while also contrasting with the cream trim and glossy white subway tiles.
The exposed brick and piping in this industrial space allow for an edgy, gritty backdrop while the streamlined island and cabinets tighten up the space. For a super clean, sleek look, ditch overhead cabinets and floating shelves.
Some minimalists may feel that this kitchen by Tamsin Johnson is actually more of maximalist, but it really just depends on your perspective. With an emphasis on beautiful materials, from the deep purple marble statement wall to the sleek silvery surfaces, everything is spotless, pristine, and ultra-sleek.
When in doubt, stick to an all-white color scheme. This design trend never gets old (especially in the kitchen). Add some pops of color with cookware and decor. Against an all-white backdrop, the red accent pieces in this Leanne Ford-designed kitchen appear to float in mid air.
We’re really digging the alternating black and gray stained wood cabinets in this deVOL kitchen. The varied tones and textures add interest to a neutral space. The sandy beige walls keep things neutral but warm things up a little more than a crisp white or super light gray. The shearling chair adds coziness, and the interior window creates flow and lets light in.
In this Tamsin Johnson-designed kitchen, the concrete-effect surfaces, linear floating shelves, and camouflaged hardware help modernize the more farmhouse-chic elements of the space, like the shiplap ceilings and artwork.
Greenery will instantly enliven a minimalist kitchen, so why not start a mini plant collection in the kitchen? In this kitchen designed by Hecker Guthrie, the glass cabinets add interest without making it feel cluttered. You can exercise your green thumb enhance the room. (Tip: Plant herbs for a truly useful indoor garden.)
For a Scandinavian minimalist look, use black materials for all the surfaces in your kitchen. The result will be sleek and tasteful (not to mention, sticking to a single hue makes the actual design process easier).