‘Scandinavian style’ is a bright, fresh and minimal approach to interior design that began in the 1950’s in the Nordic countries. Think ‘less-is-more’, refined luxury and comfort.
Check out our list of 4 important elements to incorporate when designing a Scandinavian kitchen.
1. White or light colours
White, greys and blacks are key base colours in a Scandinavian style kitchen.
Use white or light coloured kitchen cabinets to create an open and bright feeling and opt for matt finishes as opposed to gloss for a more natural look. Keep architectural features clean and crisp and choose a white or off white paint colour for walls and trims. Inject rich infusions of colour and warmth with accessories, crockery and books.
2. Wooden surfaces
Wood is a naturally tactile and warm material. Wooden surfaces and earthy shades are integral to achieving a true Scandinavian kitchen design. Choose timber flooring or timber benchtops with a natural oiled finish to bring some natural rustic beauty to the space. Break up blocks of white cabinetry with accents of timber such as some timber open shelves or even timber handles. This brings an inviting and homely feeling to an all white kitchen.
3. Minimal and functional
A Scandinavian style kitchen is all about keeping everything minimal and function. They should include all the essentials but nothing unnecessary or excessive. ‘Less is more’ is definitely the concept to follow here. Plan the layout so that everything is close to hand in the area in which you will use it.
Clean lines are an integral part to creating a streamlined and minimal looking kitchen. Choose flat cabinet fronts as opposed to profiled ones and consider opting for handless opening cabinets.
4. Metallics and pops of colour
Layering pastels and metallics is the perfect way to add some color and personality to a Scandinavian style kitchen. Pair an eclectic mix of display items on open shelves and benchtops for a relaxed and homely feel.
Copper pendant lights over an island bench add visual interest without being overpowering. Pastel greens, blues, oranges and pinks all work wonderfully in a Scandinavian kitchen. Look out for pattern tiles with hints of pastel colours and metallics to use as a splashback.