13 Minimalist Kitchens to Inspire Your Next Renovation

White and sleek large modern kitchen

 ​Luca Lanzetta Group

Paring down your cooking space has nothing to do with skimping on style or function. In fact, cooking up a minimalist kitchen means different things to different people. For some, it is all about having plenty of concealed storage, so countertops are free of stuff. Other folks embrace minimalism as a decor aesthetic punctured by plain, flat-front cabinetry and luxurious stone waterfall islands. We think the idea is all about creating a modest and uncluttered space with budget essentials. Even those obsessed with maximalist style have their own unique take on the simplified cooking space. But do not let other people's personal choices confuse you. We are here to sort through the broad range of styles that encapsulate the minimalist kitchen.

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    Minimalist Kitchen With a Modernist Dining Set

    Minimalist white and brown Kitchen
    Mosaik Design & Remodeling

    Clean lines and warm accents define this minimalist cooking space by Mosaik Design & Remodeling. Gray quartz countertops and a rectilinear white tile backsplash add serenity. Cabinets and accents in dark walnut lend a hand-hewn feel to the kitchen. Fixtures and furniture like the handblown smoke glass lighting and tulip style dining set give the room some midcentury flare that feels both fresh and modern. In some spaces, the trick for creating a neat and tidy kitchen is tons of storage—here it takes the form of contemporary, flat-front cabinetry. 

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    Minimalist Kitchen With Pops of Color and Natural Textures

    Traditional white kitchen with minimalistic vibe
    Fiona Leonard

    Minimalist cooking spaces are all about making less feel like more, according to interior designer Fiona Leonard. Her version of the aesthetic is all about keeping surfaces free of extraneous stuff by giving kitchen tools and countertop appliances a specific place inside cabinets. She also finds that having a white kitchen with a few simple pops of color and natural textures creates the illusion of calm.

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    Maximalist and Minimalist Blend

    gray, white, and natural wood kitchen
    James Judge

    You can undoubtedly combine moody colors, natural textures, and dramatic patterns into a pared-down kitchen, as shown in this gorgeous cooking space by James Judge. The backsplash toes the line between minimalism and maximalism. But what keeps the striking black tiles from feeling visually overwhelming is the large pantry cabinet on the left side of the range. It eliminates the need for upper cabinets on the far left wall, which keeps the space feeling uncluttered. Natural wood accents epitomize the minimalist vibe and the material takes the visual heft off the dark kitchen features.

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    High-End Minimalist Kitchen for Wine Lovers

    elegant high-end minimalist kitchen
    Britto Charette

    Another reason so many people love minimalist kitchens is that the design aesthetic packs enduring style. This luxurious example by interior design firm Britto Charette illustrates the point. Stainless steel features combined with high-end marble add both beauty and function to the food prep areas. Along the back wall glossy black fronts conceal cabinetry and the refrigerator creating a seamless appearance. A stunning wine fridge with teak shelving is a spectacular sight that would make any wine aficionado drool. Stone tile floors can get pretty chilly in winter. Here, radiant heating solves the problem by keeping bare feet warm no matter the season.

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    Small Kitchen With Plenty of Personality

    tiny kitchen with minimal vibe
    Anja Home

    Anna, the do-it-yourself blogger behind Anja Home, decided to ditch the upper cabinets in her small kitchen to make room for a tea nook. The result is a minimalist cooking space that does not skimp on style or customized function. She says her idea is a great way to create a clutter-free, simplified look while still having room to display a collection of cute kitchen-related accessories. One more tip worth sharing—in small spaces like this one, is it important to have a simple color scheme to keep things feeling minimal. Anna stuck to a black and white palette with a few natural wood accents.

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    Minimal Kitchen That Makes Meals the Star of the Show

    White and sleek large modern kitchen
    Luca Lanzetta

    This all-white kitchen with matte, flat-front cabinets is a minimal masterpiece by interior design firm Luca Lanzetta. Cooking spaces like this one create a fresh canvas for cooking meals at home by keeping appliances and kitchen gadgets out of sight. Note the two rectangular-shaped cabinets on the kitchen island. They are handy dish drawers.

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    Minimalist Kitchen With a Built-In Dining Table

    Traditional kitchen with minimal angle
    Carrie Long

    Interior designer Carrie Long outfitted this minimalist kitchen. Shaker-inspired cabinetry, white quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances create a sleek finish with a modern vibe. Further elevating the space is the built-in dining table designed for both casual meals and formal dinners.

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    Minimalist Kitchen That Feels Traditional

    Sleek white cabinets and marble backsplash in modern kitchen
    Amy Kartheiser

    Two words sum up this spectacular cooking space by Amy Kartheiser: open and airy. While the all-white kitchen is rooted in minimalism, it also feels traditional because of a few key features—most notably the high-end kitchen range and Carrera marble backsplash. Gold hardware and black pendant lighting punctuate the white space.

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    Stunning Masculine Kitchen

    pops of red in minimalist kitchen
    Helen Green Design

    Dark or moody colors totally work in minimalist spaces. Helen Green Design combined woodsy yet modern cabinetry with brown and black granite to create a warm and contemporary kitchen fit for a bachelor. Pops of red lends a playful touch that feels 100 percent grown-up.

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    Practical and Pretty Minimalist Kitchen

    white kitchen with stainless steel appliances
    Tandem Contracting

    Tandem Contracting designed this neat and tidy kitchen to fit the needs of their client. The goal was to maximize square footage for practical use—a key feature of minimalist kitchens. The two counters in the foreground provide plenty of room for both food prep and cleaning up. Toward the back by the range is the main cooking space with plenty of room for chopping and stirring. Lots of cabinetry means only small appliances used daily take up counter space.

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    Kitchen With Room for Style and Function

    Blue and white contemporary kitchen by a blogger
    Allison Richter

    A few years ago, Lauren Mochizuki, a nurse and decor blogger who pens Casa Mochi, designed her own kitchen. A few of her smart ideas include a spacious pantry and a large kitchen island. Both eliminated the need for upper cabinets, giving her space minimalist appeal. Experts say the best kitchens are suited to the homeowner's taste. Lauren quenched her thirst for style with an eye-popping backsplash. The black grout turned the white triangle tiles into a graphic statement.

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    Thoroughly Modern Minimalist Kitchen

    minimalist kitchen with no upper cabinets
    Justin Krzyston

    When renovating this minimalist kitchen, interior designer Justin Krzyston kept clean lines top of mind. To keep thing visually pleasing, he combined a playful mix of visual textures and durable materials. The kitchen walls are lined with white subway tile with contrasting gray grout. Calacatta marble countertops lend natural pattern. Accenting the stunning navy blue cabinetry is antique brass hardware from the modernist era. Grounding the modern space is warm, wood flooring.

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    Dark Oak Cabinets for Warming up a White Kitchen

    brown and white minimalist kitchen
    Alisberg Parker Architects

    The clients wanted a minimalist kitchen, which meant lots of storage space for concealing clutter, says Alisberg Parker Architects. At the end of the kitchen island (not shown in the photo), there is a large pantry for small appliances and platters. A super white quartz backsplash paired with Calacatta marble countertops creates a clean surround that does not overwhelm. The darker oak cabinets on the perimeter and island provide a pop of natural texture.