Have you been inspired by the minimalist home movement to start to reduce the number of unnecessary items in your home? Many are finding that the minimalist style can not only improve the look of their home, but the function as well. The kitchen is no exception.
As a commonly cluttered area of the home, the kitchen can benefit from a few minimalist techniques, if not all. If you’ve been interested in creating a more functional kitchen, here are a few tips to incorporate a minimalist style.
What Is Minimalism?
Have you ever looked around the home and felt a little overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you’ve accumulated over the years? As time goes by, our homes collect more and more objects that sometimes we don’t even know what to do with. The minimalist movement started about five years ago to encourage homeowners to live with less. This isn’t just decluttering, it’s a lifestyle change.
“I think the draw to minimalism is letting go of the importance of stuff,” Emily Hoefler said, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc. “People feel weighed down by possessions and clutter and this trend is a nice divergence from that. In the kitchen, I think it’s so appealing because we spend so much time in there not only cooking but also congregating with guests. The less weighed down that room is, the more comfortable people can feel.”
The kitchen is where many choose to begin their own minimalist movement. After all, it can become cluttered with pots, pans and storage containers in just a few short months. Not only does it have organizational benefits, but minimalism often incorporates a sleek and clean design that is very trendy. Best of all, it’s great for kitchens both big and small.
Where to Start?
Walk into your current kitchen and you might feel overwhelmed. Start small, literally. You’ll want to start by pulling out all of your smaller objects and going through them to see what you truly need and what you don’t.
“Get rid of small, unnecessary items like gadgets and utensils you never use and work up to appliances like panini presses and popcorn poppers,” Hoefler said. “As you assess each item, try to think of the last time you used it. If you can’t even remember, it’s probably time to let go. You can donate the things you want to get rid of and find specific homes for the things you’re keeping.”
The goal would be to have a clear countertop and a spot for everything within your cabinets. This is a great rule to follow as you start creating your minimalist kitchen.
Minimalist Kitchen Remodel
Other homeowners like to create a minimalist kitchen style straight from a remodel. It’s a good tactic as it gives you a clean slate. Since you’ve already eliminated all your objects from the kitchen, it’s a good time to go through and see what you need to keep.
When considering minimalist kitchen décor, Hoefler suggests keeping it clean, light and simple.
“If someone is remodeling, the trend in minimalist kitchen design is slab cabinets and solid color. Simple door styles and colors can make the room feel less busy,” Hoefler said. “Multipurpose décor is best to stick with items that you need or have value to you. Fruit bowls are a great way to add a little color while still being useful.”
Minimalist Kitchen Tools
One of the most difficult parts of creating a minimal kitchen is determining what kitchen tools you need and what you can toss. Once you narrow down some of your tools, you’ll want to question your use of the following:
- Dishes for Guests: If you’re having a party larger than eight people, paper or plastic will do.
- Large Mixer: If you’re a baker, this might be non-negotiable. However, for many, a handheld mixer is the most you’ll need.
- Coffee Mugs: It seems like many people have a growing collection. It’s likely you’ll need no more than four at a time.
- Stove & Bakeware: For your pots, pans and baking dishes, keep at least three in various sizes. You likely won’t need more than that.
- Knife Block: This takes up too much room on the counter. Opt for a magnetic knife strip or a dedicated drawer instead.
- Slow Cooker: This one can be debated based on how often you use it. If you use a slow cooker frequently, it’s a good idea to get a smaller size so it takes up less space. However, if you don’t use one as often, it could be time to toss.
Minimalist Kitchen Design
Often, what attracts homeowners to creating a minimalist kitchen is the style. Clean lines and natural elements are key here. You also want to make sure every piece of décor has a purpose, keeping it minimal.
“Matching sets of cookware, dishes and storage containers can help for not only easy storage of those items, especially if they nest inside each other, but also create that clean look minimalists strive for,” Hoefler said. “Although minimalism tends to prefer monochrome and neutrals, a simple color palette can also achieve the same look.”
Minimalist style is great to improve the look and function of your home, especially in the kitchen. Start by making a few small changes to see what you really need and what you don’t. Then, evaluate different ways you can clear the clutter and make better use of the space you have in your kitchen.