Get the look: Monochromatic Minimalism.
Achieving that Zen-like purest perfection.
A minimalist kitchen or bathroom is all about stripped-back everyday living. The goal is to create a haven of calm and tranquility, a sanctuary from the demands of our chaotic lifestyles. Purists believe in trying to thrive with as few materials as possible. The casual enthusiast can take comfort in hiding away their clutter rather than disposing of it. Whichever path you choose it still requires real discipline to go minimal!
The look is characterised by the extensive use of one colour – white. Worksurfaces, kitchen units, floors, walls and ceilings exist simply to bounce light around the room. Using one colour reduces the visual clutter by allowing all the different shapes and finishes to blend together rather than stand out. A key characteristic of this style inspiration is more of a philosophy than a design feature per se. ‘Less is more’ is the minimalist’s mantra and they absolutely live by it. Here are some practical ways to adopt a more minimal approach to your kitchen and bathroom.
As you would expect the use of colour here is minimal. White is used heavily because it bounces light around the space. Tones of white are created by light and shade that moves around the room as the sun rises and sets.
Minimalism doesn’t need to be stark and cold. You can create a softer, more tranquil space by using large areas of natural materials that add subtle texture and earthy tones. Pale woods can be used for large walls or worktops, and grey stone or slate works well for kitchen floors or bathroom surfaces. Try mounting a simple Aysgill fireclay bathroom sink onto a grey stone vanity unit, or for extra ‘Zen points’ a pebble floor is perfect for your bathroom.
Minimalists are obsessive about natural light, not only to create a bright and clean looking space, but to improve wellbeing and mood. Your body is meant to be in the sun, and sunlight during the day is crucial to good health. So invite it in to your home wherever you can. Large floor to ceiling glazing is a stylish way to bring not just light, but the whole garden into your home. Imaginative use of skylights and natural light wells can transform a space.
Espace Panet. Image Credit - Adrien Williams.
Naka House. Image Credit - XTE Architects.
Dunmow Barn. Image Credit - Light Locations.
Hidden storage at The Minimalist House by Shinichi Ogawa Architects. Image Credit - Jonathan Savoie.
Your kitchen is no exception here - it should have all visual clutter removed. Choose plain angular units with smooth doors and no detailing. White is preferred, but pale unfinished plywood can work well too, especially on a freestanding island unit. Simple black marble islands can also provide the ultimate contrast, although not strictly minimal. Choose handle-free cupboards that feature TIP-ON press to open technology.
Appliances should be integrated, hidden or removed completely. Sinks are simple; round or square in form, and often hidden or integrated, with an under-mounted or inset version favoured over a standout feature sink.
In a minimal kitchen, storage is king. If you’re not opting for the hardcore minimalist approach, then you’re probably looking to store or hide your ‘essential’ clutter out of sight rather than live without it. But open shelves and a trendy toaster on your worktop isn’t the committed approach. Maximise your storage and get creative with it. There are lots of clever space-saving solutions to keep your guilty pleasures hidden.
These a just a few ways we can all utilise the basic principles of the Minimalism in our own homes to not only improve the appearance of our homes but also improve the quality of our lives. And remember, if you can’t do without it, you can always hide it.
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