Minimal Kitchen Designs


When Jay and I discuss our kitchen design, we know what we want. We want matte white lacquer cabinets with no handles. We want white corian counter tops. We want all the appliances integrated so it doesn’t look like a kitchen. That’s right, we want a kitchen that doesn’t look like a kitchen.

verve-kitchen-sliding-top-75741-1900At the latest Interior Design Show (IDSwest) in Vancouver, we became obsessed with the idea of sliding counter tops, hidden sinks with retractable faucets and integrated convection cook tops. 

verve-kitchen-sliding-top-75739-190015-PLANK-1-STRIP-ASH-BARRIQUE-WHITE-brushed-with-bevel-on-all-four-sides-brushed-with-bevel-on-all-four-sides1-465x360Hidden appliances are a must to complete this look – oven, fridge, even the coffee maker needs to disappear. What do you think lovely readers? Do you think this look is too new? Too cold? I agree the images above are a bit stark, it’s their artistic look – they’re trying to prove their point.

In our world everything is white as well, but the floors are a wide-plank vintage-looking ash wood, and the floor-to-ceiling windows let in the green forest and blue ocean on one side and the granite wall on the other. And our sofa is in the same room:

3I think with the colourful sofa, the warm floor and the beautiful views, the kitchen will just fade into the background – which is what we’re hoping for it to do. We want it to co-exist with the room but not take over it in any way… Let’s hope our vision works in real life!

 (all photos of kitchen are from minimal usa)

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  1. October 13, 2013 / 9:27 am

    Umm, I LOVE this kitchen design. This would make it so awesome to be able to do projects or host parties and such. What a great space!

    • Margarita
      October 13, 2013 / 7:30 pm

      Isn’t it amazing? We honestly became totally obsessed with the versatility of it all.

  2. October 13, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    I love this design, but I don’t think my family could handle it. I would be hearing a lot of: “Where’s the x?” I do love hidden refrigerators, though. I know I need mine hidden from me.

    • Margarita
      October 13, 2013 / 7:30 pm

      The hidden fridge thing is what I’m hoping will help me lose 50 pounds. STAT.

  3. Alexis
    October 15, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    When you were at the show, did you find that it was easy to access the appliances? Like, if you had your hands full of a mess, would it be easy to get to the sink? From what I know of your style, I think this look would be awesome for you and would play really well with the vista from your windows. Rock on!

    • Margarita
      October 15, 2013 / 9:40 pm

      It was easy enough, however you’d want to keep most of it open while cooking for easy access (and if the over is on, you can’t close the doors for ventilation and safety purposes. With the sliding counter, although it’s a good weight so it’s not flimsy, you can move it with your elbow if you had to access the sink 🙂 I’m really excited for it all!

    • Margarita
      October 16, 2013 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. October 17, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    I think the kitchen concept is a great one but for me personally, that will be very impractical. I’m in my kitchen a lot whether to fill up my water jug, make tea or grab a snack (not so much cooking LOL) and I would be so annoyed if I had to open cabinets and push over things just to get access to my fridge or stove.

    Love the colorful sofas though! I think a a bold splash of color in minimally designed rooms are gorgeous!

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