How to Turn Your Kitchen into a Zen Haven
It’s the final year of the 2010s, a decade marked by ramping feelings of overconnectedness and “TMI”. Hundreds of phone notifications pull our mind every which way. Because of this, it can be challenging to find time to step back and reflect on what’s important. It’s not surprising to see the Marie Kondo Method exploding in popularity or a growing exodus from social media. People need a break from the chaff in their lives, and interior design offers an excellent solution. The worst part is that this drain on our focus happens without our full awareness. Achieve a focused, stress-free start to your day with a few updates that will turn your kitchen into a minimal and mindful fortress of solitude.
How less is more
The process of simplifying can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Embrace the philosophy of less is more. You will see that as you take away the fluff, you create a space that is honest and potent. Focus your mind with clean-lined cabinetry. Take away unnecessary moldings and heavy finishes. Give purpose to your kitchen and in turn your life with a design that inspires focus.
Use contrast to give purpose to your kitchen
It might seem counter-intuitive, but with a darker kitchen comes more opportunity for drama and in turn emphasis. As you embrace a minimalist style, you might realize there isn’t as much chaos keeping your once overly stimulated mind distracted. With a darker and moodier kitchen comes the chance to use lighting and careful object placement to spotlight what is deserving of your mind’s attention. Give the layout of your kitchen a sense of purpose by highlighting what’s important to you, or turn something as simple as a bowl of fruit into a stunning still life.
Remove clutter to focus on what’s important
If your space is cluttered and noisy, then minimal kitchen design and dark colors contrasted with dramatic lighting won’t have the intended effect. An effective kitchen looks good, but it also has to operate smoothly behind the scenes as well. Take the time not only to organize your countertops but invest time in organizing your cabinets and the clutter that we all stuff away for another days headache. A minimal kitchen means a decongested kitchen.
Why matte matters
Matte finishes are a must if you are looking to reduce distraction. Matte finishes are enjoying a jump in popularity for 2019. Not only are they neutral and timeless, but they are also easier to clean. From faucets to cabinets and everything in between, this finish does an excellent job of not overloading you with unnecessary information. Bold, neutral, and non-reflective matte finish keeps your space focused and productive.
Maximize mood with potent placement
You can maximize the effect of your minimal design by showcasing items that have special meaning to you. Your favorite plants can help pull life into the kitchen or use an art piece to permeate your personality throughout the space. Maintaining mindfulness extends to your other senses as well. Avoid chemical cleaning products that distract from your feelings of contentedness. The goal is to create a space that focuses the mind and the senses.
Think of this article as a start to your quest for mindfulness in the kitchen, and as you make space in your mind for more reflection, you will find your creativity flowing. Place your best foot forward and in the direction of more thoughtful and meaningful mornings.