One of the terms frequently cited in kitchen design is ‘clean lines’; this is often in union with reference to a ‘minimalist’ and/or ‘flowing’ kitchen look.
But if you are new to kitchen planning it might not be immediately clear what this means, or more importantly, the benefits that clean lines can bring to a kitchen in respect of both looks and function.
So what are clean lines within a kitchen?
This phrase typically refers to a run of kitchen units where the arrangement, dimensions and finish are the exact same, so all units line up in a straight and seamless fashion. The doors and drawers are perfectly aligned, and this smooth and even finish creates an uninterrupted or ‘flowing’ look. Essentially, this styling is very clean and minimalist, and that which is not needed is not present, or else is removed from sight.
Adopting the ethos that ‘less is more,’ minimalist kitchen designs tend to favour a handleless kitchen finish, a limited colour palette, and integrated appliances with unfussy facades. In many cases, and where possible, the units will employ symmetry, achieving proportion and balance. The end result is typically a modern or contemporary kitchen look. But the same minimalist principals can certainly be applied within traditional kitchens too, and provide the same benefits. The benefits of a kitchen incorporating clean lines are as follows:
Kitchens with clean lines offer excellent storage options
Kitchens with clean lines will exude an uncluttered and tidy kitchen appearance. But without sufficient storage space in a kitchen, this look would be extremely difficult to maintain. So minimalist kitchens are always very carefully designed to ensure everything within the kitchen has its place and can be easily tidied from sight when not in use.
For example, cutlery inserts, secret drawers and integrated storage racks will each provide a neat home for utensils, knives and spices. This means they won’t clutter up a worktop and spoil a kitchen’s look. Similarly, sophisticated storage systems such as le mans corner units, carousels and larder pull outs offer excellent use of kitchen space. This includes tandem or swivel pull-outs, integrated rails and shelving on the inside of cupboard doors. These options can be especially useful for tall items such as cereal boxes or fancy cooking oil bottles. Similarly, rather than hanging above a cooker, saucepans, as well as small appliances such as mixers and bread makers, can fit comfortably in pan drawers and cupboards. This makes them very easy to see and access, whilst ensuring they don’t interrupt the clean lines of a beautiful kitchen design.
Integrated appliances will enhance a seamless look
Similar to storage solutions, appliances can integrate with kitchen furniture’s clean lines, and in so doing further enhance the kitchen’s look. In fact, appliances are increasingly being redesigned to exact a perfect and seamless fit, with unobtrusive exteriors. The new Siemens iq700 appliance range is a perfect example of this. E.g., apart from being easier to use and offering multi-functional cooking options, the new oven range exude a slimmer profile door than its predecessors for a sleeker look. Similarly, induction hobs can be fully integrated to form an entirely flush fit with worktops. Integrated microwaves save space on a worktop and avoid spoiling the clean look. And a discreet extractor might be incorporated above an island, or else hidden from view entirely with a model such as the downdraft extractor:
Clean lines make a space seem bigger and brighter
Clean lines can impact on how we perceive a room’s size. Within a kitchen design they can enhance the look by creating an added sense of height or depth. This might be the inclusion of streamlined tall cupboards, making a room seem taller. Alternatively a continuous run of identical units might make a room look longer.
Combined with the uncluttered worktops, walls and shelving that storage options easily allow, the lack of ‘stuff’ upon surfaces will easily make a room seem both bigger and brighter than it really is.
Clean lines make a kitchen more user-friendly
Clean lines can make a kitchen more user-friendly and functional.
An example of this is that a lack of door handles mean you can’t bang your hip or snag your jumper as you brush past kitchen base units. Similarly there is more ‘free’ preparation space for working at without a microwave or utensil pots cluttering your worktop. And simpler controls and dials on appliances make their use much easier and more accurate.
Clean lines will let kitchen features stand out
Be it a richly textured kitchen door finish, a beautiful marbled worktop, or else a vibrant splashback colour tone, if you have included a ‘feature piece’ within your kitchen design then you want this to stand out!
Clean lines and a clear surface area will ensure this can happen, as there is nothing to compete with, and detract from your kitchen’s intended focal point.
Clean lines embrace a clean colour palette
Clean lines are entirely harmonious with a clean kitchen colour palette. ‘Unfussy’ is key to the success of this style so the less ‘busy’ a colour palette, the better for achieving simple elegance.
Clear colours such as white and pale grey tones are ideal for a fresh and beautiful look. Alternatively a classic black and white contrast can also show off a kitchen’s stunning design, including those carefully engineered clean kitchen lines.
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