Scandinavian style is clean, neutral and inspired by nature, making it ideal for kitchens. Hands up, who doesn’t want a calm and beautiful design?
I personally love Scandinavian kitchens. My dream design would be minimalist, focused on white, with plenty of natural wood. And, if you are a lover of colour, you can also infuse bright shades into Scandi designs – click here for our article on Danish pastels.
To show you how you can use the Scandi style in different ways, I have spoken with six brilliant designers about some of their latest projects. Let’s get into the inspiration, shall we?
Bright and natural
Olive & Barr leans into the essentials of Scandi design by using light-coloured, high-quality wood to create their new Ash collection. This design uses white on the run of cabinetry and has natural ash wood on the island. To finish off the look, veiny marble dresses the worksurfaces, splashback and shelf.
When it comes to styling this type of scheme, opt for house plants, wood platters or cutting boards, and minimalist jars for decanting your favourite goods.
Scandinavian style is often understated, allowing the materials do the talking. In this design by Wood Works Brighton, the wood is the focal point with charming details, such as the fluting on the sides of the island.
The designers originally thought that the oak could be too overpowering, but the beauty of the natural wood means it really shines. Statement stone used on the splashback completes the scheme.
Dulux Colour of the Year 2024: Q&A with Marianne Shillingford
Practical Scandinavian kitchen
If you love a white kitchen but are worried that it will look too clinical, try adding Scandinavian elements. This design by Brandt Design uses natural beams and matches them to the wall cabinets. Julia Steadman, commercial director at Brandt Design, says: “The enduring popularity of the white kitchen is enhanced with the latest wood-effect finishes and intuitive appliances for a calm and practical Scandi vibe.”
Black and white
The owners of this home told the team at Sola Kitchens that they wanted clean lines, with no appliances or wall-mounted units in sight. The solution? The ovens are hidden under the island and the large floor-to-ceiling cabinets hide the fridge-freezer and a generous pantry.
The kitchen mixes dark traditional Shaker-style units with a classic Scandi fluted design on the wooden units for a more contemporary look.
Classic Scandi kitchen
Using hues of whites, off whites, charcoal and brown helped Sheraton Interiors to create a calm and relaxing space. This design focuses on natural elements, like wood and marble, which are very common in Scandinavian design.
Extra-large family kitchen
This kitchen by Simon Taylor Furniture features the classic clean lines and minimalist look of a modern Scandinavian kitchen and is the perfect base for a modern and large family space.