7 Design Tips For a Sleek and Contemporary Kitchen

It's as easy as decluttering your space and swapping some old fixtures for new ones.

A lot of working hours are spent in the kitchen and because of all the materials, ingredients, and equipment that go into preparing a homemade meal, the kitchen is not necessarily the sleekest room in the house. If you're looking to renovate your kitchen or even just looking to give it some modern streamlining, these minimalist design tweaks will give the room the decluttered update it needs.

1. Cooking equipment can play a part in your aesthetics.


The tricky part about designing your kitchen is that large cooking equipment tends to be bulky and hard to store or hide away. Luckily, there are some sleek-looking accessories that both serve as functional tools for meal preparation and beautify the kitchen counters. Think of each piece of equipment purposefully. This food-warming lamp from Scavolini’s Mia kitchen line, for example, is easy on the eyes while ensuring each dish is hot upon service.


2. A statement lighting fixture will add charm to your kitchen.

Mix things up by installing a statement lighting fixture into the center of your kitchen. While homeowners don’t always think of chandeliers to adorn their ceilings, having an eye-catching piece will polish up the space and make the room look instantly more elegant.

3. Opt for moody cabinets systems to add a bit of character to your kitchen.


Instead of a completely transparent glass cabinet, take the road less traveled and display your smaller appliances behind frosted or dark glass. This will add a whole new feel to your kitchen and make your appliances instantly look glossier.

4. Don’t limit yourself to black and white.

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Mix dark elements with neutral tones to strike a balance. You could have lighter-colored countertops and charcoal-hued cupboards or shelves. A modern kitchen can also use some color to break the monotony. Consider incorporating a few wooden pieces or even bricks here and there to amp up the space and give it personality. 

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5. Keep some of your gear out of sight.


The easiest step to a more minimalist kitchen is to declutter the counters. Install convenient storage systems that not only do a practical job of saving space and keeping everything in order, but also hide any unsightly tools such as peelers, bottle openers, whisks, and more.

6. Swap some cabinets for shelves.

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While your equipment may be stored away in glass cabinets or elaborate storage systems, leave some space for a few home accessories to shine. Leave bowls, chopping boards and your best-looking mortar and pestle out to adorn some shelves on above the kitchen countertop. While you’re at it, add a bit of life into the room with some plants in a vase.

7. The kitchen island is a make-or-break element.

One of the most vital parts of the kitchen is the island, which is usually the first thing guests see when they enter the room. It’s also where some breakfasts and other light meals will be shared. One of the more modern options is a waterfall kitchen island, which is a counter that cascades down continuously on one or both of its ends. You can find many luxurious options in marble, wood, or dark metals. Pair it with a set of high stools.


Scavolini is available at Peninsula Manila, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati, 812.3456 loc. 3703

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