Scandinavian kitchens are usually associated with clean lines, whites and light woods together with natural materials as a foundation.
What is also common to see in Scandinavian kitchens is the display of functional decorative objects that usually stand out and speak the homeowners unique story.
In fact I think this is something that Scandinavian kitchens nowadays do really well – adding a uniqueness to an otherwise simple foundation. This is also very common for the Scandinavian interior design style in general, regardless of room.
While kitchens in Scandinavia might not have the same center stage as in other cultures. The stories happening in these kitchens are still important. All those hours spending time making homemade jams and making slow cooked meals, means that kitchens have always been an important part of the culture.
I have collected here my 29 Scandinavian kitchens ideas and inspiration, that I use and that will hopefully inspire you.
While I encourage you to get ideas and inspiration – I also want to help you to understand why this style matters to you.
Try to identify what it is that matters to you. After you have looked through the different images and design tips. Write them down on a piece of paper or create a mood board with images that translate this “why” into a visual story. Have fun!
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Key Features Summed up
- Light and space
- Clean lines
- Storytell with details
- Natural materials
- Whites, neutrals and grays
- Functional decorative items
29 Ideas from Scandinavian Kitchens
#2 Use subway tiles with darker grout in the kitchen.
#3 Decorate your kitchen counter tops with stunning natural elements like chop boards.
#4 Us decorative objects that gives you a certain feeling – like for wine lovers, a stunning wine display is perfect.
#5 Mix grays colors on the cabinets with wood details.
#6 Add a fire place in the kitchen. For those cozy evenings.
#7 Skip upper cabinets and go for a stylish light fixture.
#8 Invest in a durable light wood flooring for the kitchen area.
What is also common to see in Scandinavian kitchens is the display of functional decorative objects that usually stands out and speaks the homeowners unique story.
#9 Combine bricks and whites if you can. Stunning contrast!
#10 Add open shelving to display your most inspiring objects.
#11 Decorate with functional objects, like items that you use to cook with.
#12 Add prettiness with cute soap dispensers.
#13 If you are lucky and have an extra nook – then a pantry is a must in the traditional Scandinavian kitchens.
#14 Movable kitchen islands and tables are great for curating the objects that makes you inspired to cook.
Scandinavian living rooms are characteristic of spaces with ample light, neutral materials and clean lines.
#15 Try to add your kitchen table by a window. Light is important.
#16 Instead of upper cabinets, go for decorating with your favorite art pieces.
#17 Add a suitable carpet in the kitchen to stand on when cooking and washing dishes.
#19 Functional wood pieces. You cannot have too much of it!
#20 Decorate with items that you use and want easily to reach.
Use window sills for decorating inspiring objects
#21 Create plenty of floor to ceiling, storage if you have a chance.
#22 Get creative with your fixtures!
#23 Use subtle and soft colors that you know you will like over a long time.
#24 Keep materials simple to avoid a busy look and feel.
#25 Hey you coffee lovers! Make a space where you can get inspired by your most loved coffee items.
#26 Let light in!
#27 Try to get views of greens and nature inside.
Credit: Norm Architects
#28 Go for open storage and display all the food items that gets you motivated!
#29 Mix and match – new furniture with historical furnitures.
Scandinavian Kitchen design ideas summary
- Keep the foundations (doors, top and flooring) as simple and clean looking as possible
- Mix and match with white and woods
- Add objects that speaks to you and that tells your unique story
- Add fun and cool lighting
- Think of adding some unusual or inspiring handles and knobs to your doors
Go for it! Have fun!
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I am Caroline, an ex interior design consultant, turned into a content creator, 30+ something Swedish born with an insane passion and interest for design, blogging, and living a meaningful and creative life. Design to me is about creating a (your) story – it is about understanding what matters and how to create something unique and meaningful which speaks and motivates you.