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Integrated design for a minimalist family kitchen

Minimalist means as little as possible, and as little as possible means more room – and a feeling of more space. An integrated kitchen design will really help you to achieve this, or you can use the principles of an integrated kitchen in your own kitchen to make it feel a whole lot more spacious.

Integrated kitchen design

In a fully integrated kitchen, the appliances have fronts that match the cupboards, and all of the appliances blend in seamlessly. There is no doubt that when the washing machine, tumble dryer, and fridge/freezer are hidden from view, the appearance is smooth and clutter free. Everything blends in and the result is one of calm because the lines are smooth and there is nothing to clutter up the surfaces and complicate the aesthetics.

Decorating your kitchen

Paint and furnish your kitchen in one color, or choose a neutral base and accent it with bright décor such as a cabinet or a set of vases. Opt for white, glossy kitchen cabinets that can be pulled out or opened without the need for bulky handles; as well as maximizing light, they will be easy to wipe clean, and white creates an illusion of space and airiness. Modern kitchen cabinets can accommodate all your appliances and cutlery as they are made with more sections. It is also worth investing in high grade appliances and innovative electric gadgets so that there will be no need for unnecessary appliances. Choose smaller, more compact options such as drawer dishwashers and refrigerator drawers as well as combined washer dryers to avoid the need for two separate appliances.

Tips for creating more space in your kitchen

  • Maximize storage with cupboards that go all the way to the ceiling.
  • Install bespoke shelves in corners or small, awkward spaces for spices or cookbooks.
  • Buy specialized wall mounts for kitchen roll, knives, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Use wall space to hang pots and pans on hooks.
  • Use storage racks that hang from the ceiling for larger pots and pans.
  • You can get smaller hooks from DIY stores for items such as towels and mugs.
  • Use a breakfast bar or bar counter and stool if you don’t have room for a table and chairs.
  • Consider a kitchen island with storage underneath for an extra work surface. Some islands are on castors so that they can be wheeled away when not needed or when you have guests.
  • Install spot lights instead of fluorescent bulbs, and under-cabinet lighting for a gentle, more sophisticated glow.
  • Appliance garages can be installed under wall cabinets to hide appliances such as toasters and blenders when they are not being used.
  • Hide electrical outlets beneath cabinet door panels for an even more seamless appearance.
  • Make use of reflective surfaces or mirrors to create an illusion of space and light.

When trying to make the most of a small kitchen, think how you can maximize every bit of space, including corners and difficult-to-reach places. Decorate in light colors and use plenty of hooks. Then, be ruthless in getting rid of what you don’t need for the ultimate clutter-free kitchen that you will enjoy cooking in, instead of it being a chore.

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Published on: January 22, 2015

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