In this New York City home high above the city, the kitchen’s lacquer cabinetry is custom made for a clean, modern aesthetic. It is echoed in style by the backsplash and countertop, made with Calacatta marble. The range is by Viking, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the print is by Ellsworth Kelly.
Clean lines and straight angles give the kitchen a professional lookWhite is the main color in most modern and minimalist kitchensEverything is hidden behind closed doors and the rooms appears very clean and organized
Another characteristic of modern kitchens is the neutral and light color scheme. White is the most common shade but other colors are also popular. Typically, the palette doesn’t include bold tones but mostly pastels or the timeless black and white.
Ralph Lauren’s kitchen opts for modernism over tradition, with ovens and a cooktop by Wolf, a custom-made vent hood and cabinetry of white lacquer and stainless steel. The island is sheathed in Celador, and the Bertoia barstools are by Knoll.
5 | Visualizer: Robby BrymerA 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.
33 | Visualizer: BrainfactoryMinimalist design does not have to preclude luxuries like an eat-in kitchen, as seen here.
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Inside this Palm Beach apartment by architect, Lee Mindel, the interiors are inspired by the water, sand, and sky. Artwork by Mircea Suciu hangs on the sliding wall of bleached mahogany that separates the kitchen from the dining area.
Inside a Palm Springs home, the swanky decor recalls the glamour of Old Hollywood. The kitchen range, hood, and refrigerator are by Viking, the sink fittings are by Grohe, the cabinets are ebonized cerused oak, and the stools are by BassamFellows.
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Sure, minimalist interiors have a reputation for being sleek and simple. With details like marble-topped islands and perfectly neutral color palettes, these kitchens are no exception. While pared-down furnishings are the norm of any minimalist space, these 25 kitchens still manage to spice things up with dazzling light fixtures, strategic pops of color, and more unexpected accents.
Perfectly serene, artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian’s Greenwich Village townhouse is the epitome of contemporary grandeur. The kitchen range is by BlueStar, and the cabinetry and countertops are by Minimal USA; folding doors by Durango Doors lead to a glassed-in seating area.
23 | Visualizer: Anastasia Andryushchenko White and wood cabinetry in this kitchen create almost a dip dyed effect.
Minimalism is the perfect style for small kitchensLight wooden floors usually ground a white kitchenView in galleryThe wooden ceiling is an unexpected detail designed to balance out the whitenessView in galleryAlthough color contrasts do exist, they’re subtle and harmoniousBuilt-in appliances always look natural in contemporary kitchensView in galleryGray is popular in contemporary design and usually part of any kitchenView in galleryStainless steel surfaces are preferred because of their simple and versatile structure
38 | Visualizer: Mitaka DimovThis 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.
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Despite being known for their luxe interiors, designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes chose to keep things simple in their Soho loft. The kitchen features custom-made cabinetry with vintage hardware, 1950s sconces by Gunnar Asplund, and 1970s light fixtures; the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, and the countertops are white glass.
39 | Visualizer: Igor SirotovLighting underneath the cabinetry and inside the shelving gives this dark minimalist kitchen a rather ethereal feel.
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.
The only place not covered in pattern in this textile maven’s Brooklyn townhouse: the kitchen. Though the purple rug adds a nice pop of color. The kitchen counters are Calacatta Gold marble, the backsplash tile is by Waterworks, the range is by Capital, the stools are from ABC Carpet & Home and the light fixture is by Apparatus.
13 | Visualizer: Ivanna Pavlus & Anna NeimanA minimalist kitchen can also make unique accessories stand out, as with the unique kitchen stools in this space.
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2 | Designer: Piotr Matuszek & Gosia CzarnyIn 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.
17 | Visualizer: M3 ArchitectureIn marble kitchens like this one, the cool, smooth surfaces and minimalist decor scream luxury.
An Upper West Side Apartment proves that style and practicality can co-exist. The kitchen contains a Bertazzoni oven, a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator, and marble counters; the subway tile is from Home Depot and the flooring is oak painted with a custom design.
35 | Source: Paul MThis minimalist kitchen with island is actually quite large, demonstrating that minimalist does not have to equal tiny.
7 | Visualizer: Ilkin GurbanovThis 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.
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26 | Designer: Arent & PykeFor an artistic minimalist kitchen design, it would be hard to do better than this white design with bright red and green accents.
31 | Designer: Pura ArquitecturaThe exposed wood beams in this kitchen give it a bit of a rustic feel, considering its otherwise minimalist style.
36 | Visualizer: Insight StudioCreative minimalist kitchen storage underneath the island in this design is clever and practical.
21 | Visualizer: Modom StudioAgainst the white design, the large, unique dining pendant light becomes a centerpiece in this open home.
Architect Cynthia Wang and designer Jamie Bush bring urban cool design to a sultry Tahoe vacation home. The kitchen cabinetry is by Bulthaup, the oven is by Miele, the stove and hood are by Gaggenau, the sink, by Blanco, has Dornbracht fittings, and the countertop is quartzite; the custom-made stools are covered in an Edelman leather, and vintage chairs by Pierre Paulin are upholstered in a mohair by Kneedler Fauchère.
18 | Visualizer: PlasterlinaIn another colorful example, a bright yellow backsplash creates contrast and joy against the black minimalist kitchen design.
3 | Visualizer: Filip SapojnicovMinimalist black and white kitchens are another common sight, with the contrast in shades adding a contemporary feel.
The kitchen area of a ’70s-era Monaco apartment, decorated by Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, is equal parts sleek and glam. The kitchen table and chairs are by Jeanneret; the oven, cooktop, and hood are by Aster Cucine.
Inside a Gramercy Park apartment, designed by Bennett Leifer, rooms pay homage to the environment outside. The kitchen’s range is by Wolf, the sink and fittings are by Lefroy Brooks, the cabinetry is by Smallbone of Devizes and the Bertoia barstool is by Knoll.
1 | Visualizer: Filip SapojnicovThe 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.
This may be a contemporary Los Angeles bachelor pad, but Edelman cowhide makes a surprise — and uncharacteristically blue — appearance with custom-made stools in the kitchen. The island’s surface is by Caesarstone, the lacquered cabinetry is custom made and the sink fittings are by Dornbracht.
24 | Visualizer: 3D World RenderingsThis white and wood kitchen also features an island and stainless steel appliances.
25 | Visualizer: Dark Room StudioSome, but not all, Scandinavian style kitchens also have elements of minimalism like this one.
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A lover of the Arts and Crafts movement, Madeline Stuart brings a new spirit to the California tradition of handmade artistry with her Beverly Hills cottage. The kitchen counters are quartzite, the cabinetry is custom made, and the flooring is Marmoleum.
16 | Designer: Yael PerryIndoor plants are a welcome addition to white on white kitchen design, adding both color and texture.
This minimalist Swedish cottage set on an island outside Stockholm couldn’t be more charming. At the opposite end of the great room, the kitchen and dining area features a removable staircase and a 19th-century Swedish table; the cabinets, sink, fittings, counter and vent hood are by IKEA, the cafe chairs are from the 1940s, the gray cabinet is antique, and the rug is from Armadillo & Co.
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Not only does this New York City apartment look sleek, its little bohemian touches, like furry chair seats, lend a touch carefree style. The kitchen’s range and microwave are by Wolf, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the custom hood is by Vent-a-Hood, and the countertop is Calacatta Gold marble; Hans Wegner chairs, purchased at auction, flank a table by Eero Saarinen from Design Within Reach, and the vintage pendant light is by Max Ingrand for FontanaArte.
27 | Visualizer: Artyom BezfamilniyOpen cabinets force minimalist kitchens to stay clean while a red contrast shelving unit brings in a bit of brightness.
In the kitchen of a contemporary Central Park apartment, the table is by Egg Collective, the Holly Hunt chairs are covered in a leather from Keleen Leathers and the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman.
Designer Alison Palevsky manages to pull off both nods to Art Decor glamour and breezy California style in her Pacific Palisades home. The kitchen stove is by Viking and the Carrara marble tiles are by Walker Zanger; the 1920s pendant lights came from Thanks for the Memories, and the barstools are from Organic Modernism.
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32 | Designer: BataviaA window to the outside can also be quite helpful when designing for a small kitchen like this one.
34 | Designer: Helen Baranova Visualizer: Vitaliy BozhenovWhen a kitchen is open to any visitor, simple colors like white and wood, plus cabinets that hide clutter, can be the best choice.
In the guest barn of Amanda Seyfried’s cozy Catskills hideaway, the kitchen island is framed in concrete, with a base painted in Overcoat by Benjamin Moore; the pendant lights are a custom design, and sliding doors repurposed from the original horse stalls lead to the guest rooms.
If you were to pick a room of the house which should feature a minimalist design, wouldn’t that room be the kitchen? It’s a natural response. We enjoy minimalist kitchens because they all look so clean, simple and tranquil. But there’s more to it than that.
8 | Visualizer: Orange GraphicsIn 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 Greek island of Folegandros serves as the perfect laid-back locale for designers Miguel Queda and Simone Ciarmoli’s vacation home. The kitchen table is by Ciarmoli Queda Essentials, the 1950s chairs are from an Athens flea market, the pendant light is by THPG, and the wall lamps are by FontanaArte.
Although very simple, this kitchen feels welcoming thanks to the wood accentsView in galleryThe black and white combo is well-balanced by the concrete floorIn a minimalist kitchen, everything seems to have a sculptural sideView in galleryThe minimal window frames make the views that much more impressiveThe architecture of the space is highlighted through simplicityView in galleryWhite and wood is a combo typical to Scandinavian designsDespite the apparent emptiness, this kitchen is equipped with everything necessaryView in galleryIn open floor plan designs, the kitchen island/ bar serves as a dividerView in galleryEverything is in place and hidden out of sight yet still very practical
29 | Architect: 3XAAnd going even smaller is this narrow minimalist kitchen that no doubt sits somewhere close to a city center.
19 | Architect: Zoom ArchitectureAnother example of yellow accent kitchens that work is this, which uses white as its neutral contrast rather than black.
30 | Visualizer: Kuoo ArchitectsAn all white design is how this narrow minimalist kitchen keeps from getting too cramped
Marble tiles in this modern kitchen of London designer Colin Radcliffe’s Notting Hill townhouse set the foundation for a cool, clean space. The design is markedly modern, with the exception of a 1950s FontanaArte chandelier and 1970s barstools. The cabinetry is custom made, and the refrigerators are by Liebherr.
37 | Visualizer: SOD ArchitectsIn another black on black design option, open minimalist shelving forces homeowners to pare down.
22 | Architect: Project A01 ArchitectsThe geometric minimalist kitchen island in this design is extremely unique.
20 | Visualizer: InutiAmong black and white kitchens, this one is particularly sparse in its design.
15 | Visualizer: Marina SelivanovaBut a white minimalist kitchen with high shelves and black appliances can have its own futuristic appeal, too.
14 | Visualizer: Orange GraphicsMoving into some darker options, this copper and black minimalist kitchen is almost futuristic in its style.
40 | Visualizer: Polyviz StudioAnd here, a final example of just how stunning minimalist black kitchens can be, particularly when they make use of natural wood elements as well.
Sanguine, comfortable, and durable, a family’s horse farm outside Philadelphia keeps things simple. The kitchen’s cooktop is by Miele, the hood is by Zephyr, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, the counters and shelving are of Corian, and the pendant lights are by Horne; the floor is local bluestone, and the walls are painted in All White by Farrow & Ball.
12 | Visualizer: Patricia BagienskiThe use of levels is another minimalist design technique. Here, the kitchen is elevated above the living area and shelving continues the stair step effect.
9 | Designer: ZunicaThe 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.
Inside a family’s weekend home in East Hampton — designed by John Kureck and Doug Jones — you’ll find kitchen stools by Thomas Hayes are upholstered in a Holly Hunt leather, the cabinetry is by Bulthaup, the range is by Wolf, and the flooring is antique French oak.
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28 | Visualizer: Marcin KasperskiSome small minimalist kitchens are clean and simple by requirements, as this colorful but small space can attest.
10 | Visualizer: Phil RyanA good minimalist kitchen design maximizes the space available, as evidenced in this simple, wood kitchen.
11 | Visualizer: P&M StudioIn another example of stylish white and wood kitchens, this space has a bit more square footage but still defaults to simplicity.
6 | Visualizer: Alex DorokinA 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.
A once abandoned Swedish farmhouse is now a vision in Scandinavian and minimalist design. The kitchen’s range, hood, and sink are all by Smeg, the fittings are by Vola, the counters are Carrara marble, and the cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White.
4 | Designer: ZitturiOf 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.
A former warehouse space serves as the ideal backdrop for San Francisco art dealer Francis Mill to showcase his varied art collections. The kitchen’s cabinetry is by Henrybuilt, the countertops are PentalQuartz, the faucet is by Dornbracht, the stools are by Overgaard & Dyrman and the wall sculpture is by Manuel Neri.
Minimalist kitchens are not the best suit for large families. Because they’re so simple, they’re not designed to be used by more than one person at a time. This is a style that requires an organized ritual. In a minimalist kitchen, the appliances seem to take very little space. That’s because they are designed this way. Modern kitchen appliances usually feature sleek and and simple lines and they’re often built-ins.
Aside from a bright pop of color in the flooring, the kitchen of a Florence estate keeps things classic with an all-white palette. The kitchen cupboard and marble-topped Tuscan tables are 19th-century and the flooring is handmade cement tile from Florence.