Scandinavian design, with its pure clean lines, white colour and clutter free interiors, has been cool and in fashion for decades now; and the best thing is it’s quite simply unbeatable when it comes to practicality. A match made in heaven: beautiful design meets functionality.
So how can you design your own Scandinavian kitchen?
Start with the functionality. Functionality means that the space lets you live your life the way you want to live it. Everything works, there is space to move around the furniture and there is enough storage for all your belongings. The only things left to see are carefully selected either because of their looks or pure practicality, but there is no clutter. The end result is relaxing and peaceful, a place where you can feel at ease.[/ezcol_2third_end]
How do you want to use your kitchen and who else needs to use it? If you are single, your needs are probably very different from the ones of a mother of 3 children. Make sure all the choices support your way of life. For example, I know a bachelor who decided to get rid of most of his kitchen wall units and instead have two dishwashers: one for the dirty dishes and another one for the clean ones. He didn’t see the point of emptying the dishwasher so the system was perfect for his lifestyle.
Once you’ve sorted the practicalities, it’s time to think of the look of your kitchen. Choosing the colours for your Scandi style kitchen couldn’t be easier: you can choose between white, grey and black. Easy!
The number one colour in Scandinavian kitchen units is white. Mix wall units with open shelving and units with glass doors to give the kitchen an airy feel.
Just as white colour is typical in Scandinavian interiors, so is wood. And specifically light coloured wood, like birch. A wooden work top is a nice contrast to the white units and brings warmth into your kitchen. Use white or light grey tiles and you have a beautiful and harmonious Scandinavian style kitchen.
If you want something more dramatic, choose black work surfaces and black tiles. Black and white interior is definitely very Scandinavian!
As always, devil is in the details: choose contemporary mixer tap, door handles to go with your chosen style (contemporary or country), lighting that’s in the keeping with the rest of the design. If you need to have curtains, roman blinds are simple and stylish. If you want pattern, use a stripy fabric or geometrical patterns. No florals, please! When it comes to furniture and accessories, keep to your colour scheme and use clean line pieces of furniture.
Green plants and herbs will really stand out from the white/grey/black background and they also soften the interior. Herbs are great, since there is actually a practical reason to have them in your kitchen.
Have friends coming over and enjoy your kitchen! Eat, drink and be merry!