When someone says, “Scandinavian kitchen,” what comes to mind? You will probably think of all the kitchens you have seen in the IKEA catalogue, right? Well, the truth is that a Scandinavian kitchen style can be achieved in a variety of ways. The basics of a Scandinavian kitchen is that it provides an almost minimalist style with a strong element of warmth. Even though this may sound contradictory, the Scandinavians really have a way of making seemingly opposing design elements work in perfect harmony.
In fact, if you are looking for a modern kitchen, you can’t go far wrong with a design from northern Europe. So, for anyone that wants to completely change their kitchen, or for those of you who just want to add some small amendments, here are 5 ways in which you can create a Scandinavian kitchen style effectively.
- Picking the right colours
A Scandinavian kitchen style is one that makes use of a lot of white, black and grey shades, however using light blues also play a big role in achieving this look.
For example, using shades such as aqua work really well to break up the often white or black scheme. This can be something really small such as the sides of your replacement kitchen doors or even the kitchen units themselves. What you want to achieve is not only consistency but also grouping colours together in the same family.
- Full height cabinets & single shelves
One of the cornerstones of a Scandinavian kitchen design is the single shelf concept, as not only does it look incredibly modern, but it will also give your kitchen that Nordic edge.
Single shelves are ideal for displaying items in the kitchen, and also provide a way for you to access storage easily. Full height cabinets are another great way to emulate northern European design and can give your kitchen a bigger and more spacious feel.
Modernity and a minimalist design are trends in Scandinavian kitchens, so creating space, or the illusion of more space, will help you greatly in perfecting this look.
- Choose light flooring
We might think of the Nordic nations as suffering from dark and dreary winters, however, when it comes to a Scandinavian kitchen style you should aim for light coloured flooring.
Look at pale shades that provide a crisp and light finish. For example, engineered ash wood flooring is a great way to achieve this effect. You want to keep the entire kitchen light in colour because it creates the impression of space, in addition to keeping everything bright and cheerful.
Also, be sure to avoid features such as kitchen islands. While we might love the idea of an island in the kitchen here at Kitchen Warehouse, when it comes to creating a Scandinavian kitchen style, you want to avoid anything that adds more clutter to the room and fills space.
- Make use of stripes
As we keep mentioning – space is key to a Scandinavian kitchen and you won’t see many kitchens in this style that are confined or cluttered.
This is where stripes come in. Using stripes is a great way to make a room feel bigger and elongate the space available to you. A good tip is to use a stripe patterned rug and place it in the centre of the room. Remember to follow the colour scheme – so make sure you keep it light and use colours such as blues, reds and whites to make the room feel much larger as a result.
Scandinavian kitchens often also have quirky patterns and design features so you can also incorporate the stripe technique into your walls by painting vertical stripes – particularly useful if you have a low ceiling and not much natural light creating a contemporary look.
- Colourful accessories
The finishing touches are your Scandinavian kitchen accessories. Even the smallest of items in the kitchen can really add to the overall look and feel.
For true Scandinavian kitchen style, you want to add colour to the pale shades that have already been discussed. Strategically placed tea towels, a selection of herbs or even flowers and plants (cacti are very popular), means you can add a hint of colour without being overbearing.
Just remember to try and make everything match up, so we recommend you don’t invest in bright green tea towels when you have a stripy red rug in the room. Be smart about your choices and you will achieve the Scandinavian effect with relative ease.
A Scandinavian kitchen style
The Nordic nations always seem to have an edge when it comes to home design, and the kitchen is no exception. It doesn’t take a huge amount of effort to create a Scandinavian kitchen style and you can even work to achieve this look in stages if you can’t afford to go all out in one go. Just a few upgrades here and there will work wonders.
Just remember that light colours (although some black and grey is allowed for contrast), creating space, using stylish accessories and also installing pale flooring will set you on the right path to creating the perfect Scandinavian kitchen style. To discuss this design further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. Contact us today by giving us a call on 01765 640 000 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.