If you only have a small space available for your kitchen, which is often the case in New York City, there are a couple of things you can do to enhance the space. Minimalist design can make a small kitchen look bigger and function better. It’s about careful planning to make the space feel harmonious without any unnecessary clutter. Below we have compiled a few ideas and details to consider when designing a small, minimalist kitchen.
Tip 1: Repeat materials
Before going into the smaller details of your modern kitchen design, you should take some time to carefully consider what materials you want to use. Working from a set material palette will ensure the final result appears well-coordinated, which will help a small kitchen look bigger.
Tip 2: Play with neutral shades
White is not the only option to make your small kitchen look bigger. Using colors from the same family with minimal contrast can emphasize the changes in depth of a room and make the area appear larger than it actually is. One idea is to pair subtle grays with white for the main cabinet finishes and use dark gray or black on the backsplash or upper cabinets to give the illusion that the back wall is farther away than it is.
Tip 3: Include undercabinet lighting
A small kitchen often has many cabinets in order to maximize storage space and in this case it is very important to add undercabinet lighting, which will make the area feel a little airier and more open. This will lessen the sense of feeling crowded in, while at the same time illuminating your work surface.
Tip 4: Use integrated grip edging
While stylish hardware, such as Cesar’s elegant Eero Shell handles, can add a distinctive highlight to your cabinet doors and drawers, integrated grooves or handleless options give a minimalist kitchen a modern look and can save you a few precious inches of room. This style also means that you won’t hook your clothes or bump your knees while moving around in your small kitchen.
Tip 5: Mix deep and standard upper cabinets
If you have a lot of vertical space, it is a good idea to build your kitchen cabinets all the way up to the ceiling using a mix of standard 12- to 16-inch cabinets above the counter and counter-depth cabinets above those. This gives you some breathing room around eye height, while also adding some extra depth to store larger items.
Tip 6: Use a paneled fridge
While a beautiful stainless steel fridge or dishwasher can be an attractive feature, in a small, minimalist kitchen, you want to choose panel-ready appliances and cover them with a cabinet door. This avoids creating a seemingly busy composition and makes the kitchen seem bigger.
Tip 7: Add a bar counter
When space is limited, and as you can often see in our kitchen project images, the kitchen often becomes part of an open-concept home. While this opens up the space and makes it feel larger, it also means nowhere to hide your kitchen mess. In this case, you can add a bar-height island or peninsula counter to provide a bit of visual coverage.
Tip 8: Keep it concealed
If a small one-wall kitchen is all there is space for in a studio, for example, you can add retracting and pocket doors to close up the kitchen when it’s not in use. You can even add a pullout top that will extend the work area without taking up space when not needed.