For so many families, the kitchen is a focal point of the home. Not only do parents spend hours each week cooking, children sidle up to the kitchen bar for after-school snacks or even to do homework. The importance of the kitchen in everyday activities means that it can feel uncomfortable to simplify the space so that it meets with minimalist aesthetics. After all, where is the warmth of a stark which countertop or a monochromatic kitchen island? Still, the kitchens featured in this post manage to not only incorporate the necessary appliances and seating that is required of a kitchen, they also ensure that each space is imbued with its own sense of style. Take a look and find some inspiration for your next simplification project.
Visualizer: Filip Sapojnicov
The color white will be a theme throughout this post, starting with this first kitchen. White is an easy way to convey minimalism as it immediately feels clean and simple.
In an open floor plan like this one, a white minimalist kitchen design overflows into the rest of the public space, which also uses white on white as a unifying style.
Visualizer: Filip Sapojnicov
Minimalist black and white kitchens are another common sight, with the contrast in shades adding a contemporary feel.
Of course, where minimalism is at play, the combination of white and wood cannot be far behind. Here, a white kitchen sets off a deep red wood dining table to great effect.
Visualizer: Robby Brymer
A white subway tile backsplash is very on trend. For more examples of stunning white on white designs, be sure to check out 30 Modern White Kitchens That Exemplify Refinement.
Visualizer: Alex Dorokin
A minimalist kitchen does not have to be complete devoid of color. In this simple design, bits of color in the way of natural wood, yellow, and red manage to shine through.
Visualizer: Ilkin Gurbanov
This next example is even more colorful with deep sage green cabinetry and a mustard yellow refrigerator. Minimalist kitchen design, after all, is not about color but about clean lines and clutter-free organization.
Visualizer: Orange Graphics
In this lovely kitchen, minimalist shelving keeps kitchen necessities liked mugs and bowls tucked away neatly but also easy to reach when they are needed.
The furniture that’s used in a kitchen also plays a critical role in its overall style. Here, black minimalist kitchen stools match nicely with the simple pendant lighting for a modern, unified look.
Visualizer: Phil Ryan
A good minimalist kitchen design maximizes the space available, as evidenced in this simple, wood kitchen.
Visualizer: P&M Studio
In another example of stylish white and wood kitchens, this space has a bit more square footage but still defaults to simplicity.
Visualizer: Patricia Bagienski
The use of levels is another minimalist design technique. Here, the kitchen is elevated above the living area and shelving continues the stair step effect.
A minimalist kitchen can also make unique accessories stand out, as with the unique kitchen stools in this space.
Visualizer: Orange Graphics
Moving into some darker options, this copper and black minimalist kitchen is almost futuristic in its style.
Visualizer: Marina Selivanova
But a white minimalist kitchen with high shelves and black appliances can have its own futuristic appeal, too.
Designer: Yael Perry
Indoor plants are a welcome addition to white on white kitchen design, adding both color and texture.
Visualizer: M3 Architecture
In marble kitchens like this one, the cool, smooth surfaces and minimalist decor scream luxury.
In another colorful example, a bright yellow backsplash creates contrast and joy against the black minimalist kitchen design.
Architect: Zoom Architecture
Another example of yellow accent kitchens that work is this, which uses white as its neutral contrast rather than black.
Among black and white kitchens, this one is particularly sparse in its design.
Visualizer: Modom Studio
Against the white design, the large, unique dining pendant light becomes a centerpiece in this open home.
Architect: Project A01 Architects
The geometric minimalist kitchen island in this design is extremely unique.
Visualizer: Anastasia Andryushchenko
White and wood cabinetry in this kitchen create almost a dip dyed effect.
Visualizer: 3D World Renderings
This white and wood kitchen also features an island and stainless steel appliances.
Visualizer: Dark Room Studio
Some, but not all, Scandinavian style kitchens also have elements of minimalism like this one.
Designer: Arent & Pyke
For an artistic minimalist kitchen design, it would be hard to do better than this white design with bright red and green accents.
Visualizer: Artyom Bezfamilniy
Open cabinets force minimalist kitchens to stay clean while a red contrast shelving unit brings in a bit of brightness.
Visualizer: Marcin Kasperski
Some small minimalist kitchens are clean and simple by requirements, as this colorful but small space can attest.
And going even smaller is this narrow minimalist kitchen that no doubt sits somewhere close to a city center.
Visualizer: Kuoo Architects
An all white design is how this narrow minimalist kitchen keeps from getting too cramped
Designer: Pura Arquitectura
The exposed wood beams in this kitchen give it a bit of a rustic feel, considering its otherwise minimalist style.
A window to the outside can also be quite helpful when designing for a small kitchen like this one.
Minimalist design does not have to preclude luxuries like an eat-in kitchen, as seen here.
Designer: Helen Baranova
Visualizer: Vitaliy Bozhenov
When a kitchen is open to any visitor, simple colors like white and wood, plus cabinets that hide clutter, can be the best choice.
Source: Paul M
This minimalist kitchen with island is actually quite large, demonstrating that minimalist does not have to equal tiny.
Visualizer: Insight Studio
Creative minimalist kitchen storage underneath the island in this design is clever and practical.
Visualizer: SOD Architects
In another black on black design option, open minimalist shelving forces homeowners to pare down.
Visualizer: Mitaka Dimov
This dark kitchen appears to contrast with the rest of the house, going from black to white rather abruptly. The result is chic if a bit jarring.
Visualizer: Igor Sirotov
Lighting underneath the cabinetry and inside the shelving gives this dark minimalist kitchen a rather ethereal feel.
Visualizer: Polyviz Studio
And here, a final example of just how stunning minimalist black kitchens can be, particularly when they make use of natural wood elements as well.