Streamlining a kitchen doesn't mean making it bare, it means choosing carefully what remains out, and displaying and using it with clear determination and intention.
Keep the lighting simple by using lighting under hood ranges and cabinets, and providing an elongation through tract lighting.
The slim windows, the lighting, the wall hangings, and the line-up at the island all create a slender shape.
Here the tract lighting over the counter space reinforces the long, skinny, convenient cooking space.
Smaller kitchens work more efficiently with the surfaces cleared, consistent organization established, and any extras removed.
Pared-down kitchens need not be clinical and bare. The dark finish in this kitchen gives it a warmth--and this kitchen provides all of the needs of a serious chef, behind closed doors.
This table could easily also provide extra workspace for the cook. Pieces that can perform double functions help minimalize the furniture.
When the kitchen requires and island, modern choices such as this keep the look simple and eliminate the need for more furniture by doing double duty. The "wine cellar" side gives culture and class to this island.
Bars can be similarly simple. Rather than choosing for this eating surface to stand out, the materials blend discreetly into its surroundings. Simple chairs. Simple lines. The chairs can be taken away to provide for a chic and sleek buffet.
Another kitchen, another example of elongation through the addition of a freestanding table.
Choosing chic, simple flooring contributes greatly to a streamlined kitchen by standing out pleasantly and helping to keep the space uncomplicated. Darker floors like this hide the crumbs and bits that inevitably fall, and make for a quick clean-up.
The spaciousness of this kitchen might tempt one to put an island or table in the center, but it is precisely this open space that keeps things simple. If the chef needed extra work space, a slender steel island would integrate well--but nothing is lost here in the balance of empty space.
This modern kitchen successfully adds visual depth and interest through color, keeping the room unique and personalized without adding knick-knacks.
Another successful use of color, just enough, and just in the right places, helping the island to stand out as a sort of piece of art amidst the streamlined design. The transparent chairs keep the eyes on the color and suggest a lightness to the sharp stark lines around.