Simple Kitchen Design Ideas that Let You Do More with Less

Simple kitchen design that is functional, beautiful, and easy to love even 30 years from now may not be that simple to create. Enough room for prep and cooking with loads of countertop space, efficient and well-proportioned layout, large pantry, modern and efficient but still warm and cozy space — an ideal simple kitchen design usually includes much more than we first think.

The trick to creating a kitchen space that is simple to work in and appealing to the eye is to know what you need, plan your budget wisely, choose quality and well-priced products, and work with professionals. This is a sure-fire way to create a kitchen design that is simple, effective, beautiful, and timeless.

However, there are many simple kitchen design ideas that can inspire you into creating a space that will stay highly functional and fresh for years to come. Take a look at some of the ideas that prove how much more you can do with less.

How to Design a Simple Kitchen

Choosing soft colors, mixing and matching favorite materials, making a statement with geometric details, going neutral with white or gray cabinetry, adding a singular accent wall, tackling navy, black, and other bold colors and adding them to the mix, choosing a singular statement piece of furniture, creating symmetry, or going all marble, are some of our favorite ideas of a simple kitchen design.

However, not all of these ideas will work for everyone. You may be a white kitchen person or white simply doesn’t feel right for you. Perhaps you prefer wood and marble or you love metal accents and industrial design. But when trying to design a kitchen that is, above all, simple, beware of the details. It is true that details can make or break a design, but now you need to have a large picture of what you wish to create.

Work with Us

After many years in kitchen design in the NYC area, we have loads of experience working with Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan homeowners. Square footage, daily habits, way of life, and budget are the most important factors when deciding what kind of design you need in your kitchen. Having this in mind, we advise our customers to set up an appointment with one of our kitchen designers before they even start making plans. The extensive experience our designers have saves time and makes it possible for our customers to figure out what they can do much more quickly than they would do on their own.

We encourage you to think about the most important areas and elements of your kitchen. Focus on cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and tiles. Appliances are, of course, important, just as faucets and sinks, but these large elements are the main workhorses and will carry the most weight of your daily chores in the kitchen.

We help you with a 3D design of your kitchen, lend you a hand with measurements, help you choose the right products, and also help you find a trusting and reputable local contractor.

If you’re not in the NYC area and thus not able to work with us, let this article and these tips be your guide when working with another kitchen remodeling showroom in your area.

Simple Kitchen Wall Tiles Design

Modern kitchen wall tiles design can be impactful or subtle. These are the two main paths you can take when creating a simple kitchen space and deciding on the backsplash style. However, 2 in 1 is also possible, because subtle and simple can also be impactful in its own unique way.

A simple kitchen marble design backsplash can invigorate your kitchen and make it truly timeless. You can opt for real marble that will show the patina that accumulates over the years and the unique charm that comes with it. But then again, you can choose a marble-looking quartz backsplash that easily cleans and maintains — it’s almost maintenance-free. If you’re aiming for simplicity just as you are, then we recommend you a quartz backsplash that imitates marble. A good quartz fabricator will be able to perfectly match veining and slabs to create the perfect flow.

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Marble style kitchen backsplash is a timeless choice and an eye-candy that will serve you flawlessly for years to come; photo source: Unsplash

Another simple kitchen wall tile design idea is installing a white subway tile backsplash. The shape and the color together make one of the simplest yet very effective options that always looks modern and fresh, and pairs with any style. Feel free to choose the color of the grout to successfully create a match with other elements in the kitchen.

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White subway tile kitchen backsplash as a timeless option that is beautiful, versatile, and easy to clean; photo source: Unsplash

For even more simplicity and greater ease of maintenance, you can also choose a full-height backsplash, meaning that your backsplash can go all the way to the ceiling. This can give your kitchen a very special vibe and introduce many creative options, like adding open shelving, for example.

Explore a variety of backsplash mosaics for your kitchen.

Simple Kitchen Shelf Design

Open shelving is one of the most convenient options for any kitchen design, especially if you’re lacking space or you need to update it on a budget. If it’s within reach of the dishwasher, sink, and countertops, it makes the working flow super-efficient and practical. You can also use open shelves to showcase the dishware that you also use on a daily basis.

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Open kitchen shelves allow you to use wall surface more for storage and elevate your kitchen style; photo source: Pexels

Adding open shelves to your simple kitchen design helps you improve efficiency and also allows you to use your wall space to the max for storage. Plus, it can look really stylish. You can go for metal, quartz, or wood, or even implement a combination of metal and wood, for example.

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Kitchen Cabinet Design for Simple Kitchens

When our customers are looking to create a simple kitchen design, they usually have a limited kitchen space. This is not always the case, but often, the amount of available square footage in the kitchen is less than they would ideally want. In small kitchens, storage space can be a number one issue. Homeowners with small kitchens that are not carefully designed tend to overcrowd countertop space with appliances and other items that are used on an everyday basis.

Simple cabinet design is a lifesaver in cases like these. If carefully planned and designed, they will introduce enough storage space for everything. Have in mind that pull-out drawers can store much more items than cupboards can. At the same time, 3 to 4 drawers can fit in the space only one cupboard takes, creating a much more organized and space-saving arrangement.

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Drawers save storage space in the kitchen more than cabinets and bring storage functionality to the maximum; photo source: Unsplash

The functionality of storage is very important in a simple small kitchen cabinet design but looks play a significant part, too. Alternating white and black cabinets create a special geometric design flair while a single cabinet color brings in a more streamlined look. You can also opt for more bold colors like green, navy, or even black. Hardware can significantly change the overall look of the cabinetry, so have that in mind if you ever wish to shake things up a bit at a minimal cost.

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Modern simple kitchen cabinet design that stores appliances with flat panel cabinet doors in neutral timeless color; photo source: Pexels

Containing a fridge or another appliance is another simple pantry design idea that can help streamline and simplify the design of your kitchen further.

To further improve the functionality of your small and simple kitchen design, bring kitchen cabinets all the way to the ceiling. This way, you’ll skip on a useless gap between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. This also means less dusting and an improved, more streamlined appearance.

Browse our kitchen cabinets selection. Explore high-quality cabinets from specific, reputable kitchen cabinet manufacturers like Fabuwood Cabinets, CNC Cabinets, and Forevermark Cabinets. Look into specific styles and colors, like White Shaker Cabinets, Traditional Kitchen Cabinets, and Gray Kitchen Cabinets.

Simple Kitchen Design with Island

A small simple kitchen design usually excludes a kitchen island but the truth is that it doesn’t have to. Kitchen islands are an important part of any efficient kitchen layout, regardless of the size of the kitchen. Of course, you won’t choose an oversized island for a small kitchen space but you can install a smart island with loads of storage space. With countertop surface and storage space, a kitchen island can play an essential part in any small and simple kitchen design.

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Simple kitchen island design with multitude of options that extend functionality and productivity in the kitchen; photo source: Pexels

Not only that kitchen island can serve as a convenient spot for food preparation but also for dishwashing, dining, and entertaining. With it, a simple small kitchen turns into a charming spot where you can hang out with your family and friends.

Explore Custom Kitchen Islands design ideas from our designers.

Simple Kitchen Countertop Design

A simple home kitchen design is never complete without a good, sturdy, hard-working countertop surface. This kitchen element will surely make or break both your kitchen design and its functionality. Without it, your workflow in the kitchen is not only bad but impossible. Countertops are an investment that will last for years to come and are especially important if you cook or bake a lot or spend a lot of time in the kitchen, which is usually the case in modern families.

When looking to simplify your kitchen design and make your cooking, baking, and serving process easy, pay attention to some aspects of countertops. Heat resistance, stain resistance, and chip resistance are some of the most important traits of any kitchen countertop material. Hardness, durability, and ease of maintenance are also very important.

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Classic granite countertops for a simple and functional, easy maintenance kitchen design; photo source: Pexels

So how to choose an ideal countertop for your easy simple kitchen design?

If you love patina showing, baking, and don’t mind some extra maintenance, choose marble. Its looks is unmatched. Those who prefer easy to almost no maintenance and modern, uniform look should choose quartz countertops. Granite countertops are perfect for those who love classic and unique natural stone looks and don’t mind occasional sealing maintenance requirements.

Browse our countertops selection. Explore specific countertop brands: Quartz Master Countertops, Caesarstone Countertops, and MSI Countertops.

Create a Modern Simple Kitchen Design with Home Art Tile Kitchen & Bath

A simple home kitchen design is closer than you might think. Our designers will learn all about your style and preferences and share their in-depth knowledge and expertise to make possible what you imagined for your home. When looking to create low-cost simple kitchen designs, you’ll greatly benefit from our friendly and personalized, professional, and hands-on service. Experienced in designing small and simple kitchens that need everything big kitchens have, our showroom is number one in the NYC area.

We won’t only share our simple kitchen ideas with you but we’ll also show you how the kitchen would actually look like and help you choose the best products that provide high quality but also save money. Our experts take away the stress and uncertainty out of your simple kitchen interior design creation process with top-class products at rock-bottom prices. You simply need to stop by our showroom to check for yourself.

After you choose the cabinets, countertops, backsplash tiles, faucet, and sink, we won’t just leave you there. We’ll also help you with installation and recommend a reliable, highly experienced, insured, and fully licensed local contractor to bring your simple kitchen design to life.

Speak to a designer at 718-433-0060 to get started or fill out the form on this page and we will get back to you within a business day.