Less is more. As with any design direction, there are critical elements to nailing minimalism; clean lines, refined wood grains, geometric patterns, and angular design on appliances are common elements when keeping things simple.
Remember that minimalism in the kitchen focuses on function and simplicity, no matter what you choose for color, hardware, wood species, or countertops. Need help figuring out where to start? Our design specialists are here to help you refine your vision or provide elements to help you make the right decisions.
Oak and Walnut
White cabinets may always have a place in kitchen design. Still, as we move into a place where designers bring unique elements into the home, there's a resurgence of the linear grains of Oak and Walnut. There's no surprise that we added this to the list of our favorite new trends of 2023.
Not ready to fully commit to a wood cabinet face? Check our unique cabinets featuring walnut drawers with beautiful dovetail accents.
Keep it natural. Natural kitchen elements are timeless and easy to incorporate into any kitchen design. Stone, cement, and fine woods easily complement neutral colors bringing unique peace to your space. Typicaly seen in minimalistic design, natural kitchen choices can be statement pieces or complement more grand design elements.
Consider cement countertops or quiet stone countertops with little grain or veining. If your budget allows, go with woods in medium browns with a linear grain.
Kitchen islands are a huge bonus for any kitchen, so investing in this trend
is likely to provide a bigger return on your overall investment.
Blue, green, white, or wood, we've seen several design trends hit our kitchen islands throughout 2022, but no matter which color, form, and function should always be paramount.
An up-and-coming island trend is to have a double island. Instead of one long island, consider breaking them into two smaller islands. Include a bar-style island at an outside edge of the kitchen and a task-oriented island in the middle. Make sure you have the space. Two islands can take up more square footage than you may think. Choosing a layout that allows guests to move freely past others while sitting or prepping food keeps the kitchen open and airy.
Regardless of current trends, Benchmark has an incredible team to help you navigate options and design the project that fits your lifestyle. The best place to start is by visiting our showroom in Salem, Massachusetts. We hope to see you soon!