Minimalist Kitchen Design Ideas

21 October 2020

Minimalist design can make a small kitchen look bigger and function better. And who doesn’t want that? Below you’ll find some of the most important ideas and details to consider when designing a small, minimalist kitchen.


People sometimes think the minimalist design is all about being cold and austere. But it’s more accurate to say minimalist design is about careful editing and planning to make an entire space feel harmonious and seamless, without any unnecessary clutter or discord. Taking some time when you start your design to settle on a material palette will help ensure that the final result appears well-coordinated, which can also help it look bigger.

Neutral Shades

White is a powerful colour choice for making any kitchen look bigger, and you will see a lot of it in this article, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. Using differing shades can emphasize the changes in depth of a room, which can also create a larger appearance.

Countertop Space

In a compact kitchen, you can’t have both endless counter space and sufficient storage. But if you keep your counters decluttered, you won’t need all that space. A good 48 to 60 inches of unbroken counter space is plenty of room, so if you can work that in (especially easy in a space with an island or peninsula), you don’t need much more. Trade away some of the remaining potential counter space and use full-height pantry cabinets instead to get much more storage.

Deep And Standard Upper Cabinets

If you have some vertical space to work with, build your cabinets up to the ceiling with a mix of standard 12- to 16-inch uppers above the counter and counter-depth uppers above those. This gives you breathing room around eye and elbow height, with some extra depth to stash large items or seasonal pieces. Just be sure to also include a step ladder tucked away nearby so you can get items down safely from the highest cabinets.

Add Storage

High uppers aren’t the only place where you can add a little extra storage in a minimalist kitchen. Consider adding storage to the side walls above your counters, especially above a peninsula or beside an island. This can be a great place to include an “appliance garage” that houses countertop appliances (such as mixers and toasters) so they don’t have to be lifted down from a high cabinet but also aren’t on display when not in use.

Undercabinet Lighting

When packing in many cabinets like in the previous few examples, or even when not, including undercabinet lighting gives your room a modern, almost ethereal glow while helping the area feel a little more airy and open. When facing toward the cabinets during prep work or cooking, the extra brightness will alleviate the sense of feeling crowded in and will illuminate your work surface for better comfort and safety.


Simard, Y. (2018, July 18). 16 Tips for a Small, Minimalist Kitchen. Retrieved October 15, 2020, from Houzz:


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