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6 of our favourite minimalist kitchens

These pared-back kitchens feature clean lines, restrained palettes and tons of light. They’re timeless, effortlessly modern and offer a lesson in 'less is more'.

natural textures

natural minimalist kitchen Image: Greg Cox/Bureaux.co.za

Sitting pretty in a relaxed summer-holiday house on the Spanish island of Mallorca, this kitchen is elegant, simple and compact, with a beautiful slab of natural stone topping the prep station in its centre. The counter tops are made from the same softly textured stone, as is the superbly integrated rectangular sink. Running parallel to the kitchen's back wall is a rough-hewn tree trunk that perfectly compliments the light wooden cabinets and bar stools. See more of this picturesque villa.

light touch

open plan minimalist kitchen Image: Greg Cox / Styling: Gemma Bedforth

This country cottage in Greyton is built on clean, Scandinavian-inspired lines and utilises a classic all-white background. In the kitchen, on-trend subway tiles from Kenzan Tiles add light and texture to the space. The table and tulip-style chairs were imported from Habitat in London, and subtle pops of yellow offset an otherwise monochrome palette. Glassware, pots and other essentials are openly displayed in a built-in wooden shelving unit by James Mudge, adding interest without feeling cluttered. See the rest of this bright holiday home.

black on black

black on black minimalist kitchen Image: Ivan Muller

When two minimalists – architect Joe van Rooyen and his partner John Fleetwood – decided to renovate a neglected 1930s house, the results were bound to be interesting. This kitchen proves that a space can be both simple and incredibly bold. With a sultry mix of charcoal, black and white, it's cocoon-like yet highly sophisticated – and ultra-functional, too.

cool collective

white minimalist kitchen Image: Micky Hoyle / Styling: Mia Vincent

This holiday home on the eco estate of Fransche Hoek is a thoroughly modern take on the kraal concept styled in contemporary Cape vernacular. Inspired by the Caribbean hotel Amanyara, the house is a group of linked pods with a central hub. Located in this main living space is the kitchen – a purist's dream. The fittings from Eagle Lighting, custom-made cabinetry by Joos and ceramic tiles from Italcotto come together to create a functional artwork. See more of Derek Priestley's beautiful home.

treasure island

black and gold minimalist kitchen Image Credit: Lar Rattray

The updated island style popular in chic coastal resorts – such as those fabled spots in Nassau in the Bahamas – was Kim Rowan's inspiration for the home she shared with her husband Sean and son Hunter in Mount Edgecombe, Durban. Make no mistake, the approach is far from your typical palm trees, pineapples and flamingos. The high contrast black and white of this mod-tropical kitchen gets a lift from copper fittings, gold and a touch of greenery. A trio of bronze mirrors on runners in front of oak shelves and white Caesarstone counters complete the glamorous yet toned-down look. See the rest of this offbeat abode in Durbs.

quiet time

minimalist kitchen Image: Elsa Young

Minimalism at its absolute finest, this kitchen in the Joburg home of Richard and Gaby Sutton is all about serene, understated luxury. To achieve this elegant interior, the couple consulted designer Mia Widlake of Studio 19. The walls are painted a stark gallery white, creating crispness in the kitchen, and the only accents that stray from the strict all-white palette are a few decor items in different shades of grey. See more of Richard and Gaby's quiet Oaklands home.
Want more kitchen inspiration? Check out our April 2017 kitchen issue.