Thursday, November 21, 2013
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is when you take away everything that isn’t necessary from a room, leaving it bare.
While this may sound like you’re taking all the fun out of interior design, minimalism is actually a great way to give your house a calming, modern look and clear out all the unnecessary clutter.
This look works especially well for the kitchen. As the place where all meals are prepared and maybe even eaten, you want your kitchen to look clean and feel spacious. Getting rid of things that you don’t need will make your kitchen a more relaxing environment to work in. And as well as creating a more calming atmosphere, you are also making things easier on yourself – a minimalist kitchen is much easier to clean, after all.
So how do we achieve the minimalist look?
Get rid of any unnecessary furniture
Maybe you like to eat meals in your kitchen or perhaps you just enjoy sitting down to enjoy a cuppa while the dinner cooks. You don’t have to get rid of your table and chairs. But think about the kind of furniture you are using. Clunky, wooden chairs are stressful to move around and does your table need to be that big?
Plain, simple furniture will give your kitchen a calming, uncluttered feel and often give the room the illusion of having more space.
Go through your kitchen and get rid of anything that isn’t an essential! A great way to test whether or not something is needed is whether you have used it in the last six months. It’s amazing how quickly old bills, extra pots and mismatch utensils can build up. If you don’t need it, bin it!
Once your kitchen is clutter free, you will already begin to feel the room has become a less stressful environment.
Having a minimalist kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t use any kind of decoration. But make sure you keep it plain and simple. Too many different colours or patterns in one room can be distracting and will take away from the overall look of the kitchen. Why not try having a vase of brightly coloured flowers to highlight your minimalist room?
Give Everything a Place
The less of your things that are out in the open, the better. You have cupboards for a reason! Try to make sure that everything has its own place. If you do run out of space, try buying large, wooden bowls or subdued coloured boxes to store additional items in. This will make sure the clutter does not build up again and give you more space to work with.
So there you have it! Your guide to creating a clutter-free, calming minimalist kitchen. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to go back! If you want some more advice on the top interior design trends, you can find it here.
Do you like the minimalist style? Let us know in the comments below.
Jasmine is an online blogger who loves to write on a variety of topics.