Scandinavian design is very popular in British homes thanks to its organic shapes, materials and colours. A Scandinavian inspired kitchen uses all of these features to create a fresh, cosy and relaxing room that exhibits both contemporary and traditional designs. In this blog post, we give you our tops tips for creating a kitchen that has been inspired by Scandinavian design.
Warm White Washes
The colours used in a a Scandinavian kitchen are predominantly white, grey and occasionally pastels or muted tones. Warm whites such as Farrow & Ball’s White Tie, New White or Matchstick are all yellow based which prevents them from looking cold or clinical – ideal for creating a cosy atmosphere, especially in the winter. Neutrals are very easy to live with and will not over power a room. They can be used to deliver a relaxed ambiance and will combine well with a range of colours if required.
Choosing a pale timber for your worktops will help you to achieve a Scandinavian aesthetic. Maple, ash and bamboo are some of our palest worktops and each one will work perfectly in this style of kitchen design. Shaker doors are a fantastic choice for a Scandinavian inspired look as they perfectly encompass the ideals of lagom. Having them sanded or painted with one of the warm whites mentioned above would give you a lovely Scandinavian feel.
Scandinavian inspired kitchens aim to be cosy, especially during the winter months. One of the most effective ways that you can achieve this is by implementing warm lighting. Overhead pendant lighting positioned over a table looks great, especially if you choose a minimalist design. Recessed lighting in the ceiling is an option which you could consider if you want a more contemporary feel, otherwise select slimline lamps made from wood or matt metals in black or pastel shades.
Faux fur is another design tool that will help to enhance the cosiness of your kitchen. Whether as a throw on seating or as an area rug, faux fur will add an additional texture to a kitchen and soften the hardness of wooden surfaces. By adding this tactile feature to your kitchen, you will make it more inviting and welcoming.
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