Scandinavian-style kitchens: our design ideas

Scandinavian-style kitchens: our design ideas

Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester

Guide written by:

Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester

Looking for an white and wood kitchen that's easy to clean? Here are our top tips for creating a practical and light-filled Scandinavian-style kitchen. Read on to find out more!
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Creating a Scandi-style kitchen

Scandinavian kitchens: our design ideas

Are you dreaming of a modern, practical and spotless kitchen where everything has its place? Scandinavian design can deliver all of that! White surfaces, wood accents, functionality... here are our top tips for bringing a taste of Sweden or Finland into your kitchen – without having to get your winter woollies out!

White and wood: Scandi kitchen basics

White and wood: Scandi kitchen basics

White kitchens are really easy to clean. In fact, white might just be the easiest option when it comes to maintenance – just a quick swipe with a sponge and you're done! But you do have to pick out the perfect finish.

Matt white vs. high gloss

Matt white vs. high gloss

White can be a great option in a darker kitchen as it reflects the light and helps to create the illusion of a bigger space. Modern high gloss acrylic units are much less fragile than other materials (and that is a worthwhile quality in the kitchen). But if you're not keen on the thought of cleaning off fingerprints, go for matt white. This finish is more hardwearing and you don't have to worry so much about scratches. Between high gloss for a contemporary touch and matt white for a more classic look, you're sure to find a finish to match your needs perfectly.

White meets wood

Mixing it up with white and wood

If you're tempted by a bit of contrast, try combining white and wood. Play around with space by teaming up white units with tall wooden units with faux wood fronts. You can also mix up textures by combining high gloss white base units with matt wood wall units. Or why not alternate white doors with pale wood drawers for a beautiful flow and a hint of originality? When it comes to Nordic style, any combination is allowed. Alternatively, you can go for a solid wood fitted kitchen. If all wood feels like too much, you can always just add a touch here and there with a kitchen trolley or a bar island in one corner. With such a wide variety of options, you can really let your imagination (and inner Viking) run free!

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Scandi style: it's not all just white!

Design purists may be all about pure white, pale wood and clean lines. But there's nothing stopping you from doing something different! Big fan of colour? Have a bit of fun!

Day-to-day accessories

Scandi style: it's not all just white!

Got a few coloured accessories you really love? Whether your kitchen is big or small, you can always display your favourite pieces on solid wood wall shelves. From mug collections to antique pots and vintage metal boxes... there are lots of ways to bring a personal touch to your Nordic kitchen or even create a little extra storage.

Show your colourful side

Show your bright side 

If you're all about subtlety, go for kitchen paint in soft tones like sage green, grey or pastel blue. These colours play a huge part in Gustavian style which was the leading trend in Swedish décor in the 18th century. For a more contemporary look, opt for darker blues or greens, but stick to one wall to keep the space as light as possible.

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Scandi worktops and splashbacks

Now you've set the tone, it's time to think about worktops and splashbacks. Scandinavian style is all about creating a space that's pleasant to be in and easy to clean.

Simple countertop designs

Simple countertop designs

A real or faux wooden worktop will look perfectly at home atop a kitchen island in a Scandi kitchen. It'll warm up the ambience and bring a touch of the natural world into your fitted kitchen. Finish off the vibe with a few indoor plants like ferns or cacti. Hidden behind pot covers or hung in hanging pots, these plants are easy to care for. Otherwise, you can go all white with a laminate, glass or Corian countertop. The most important thing is to ensure your worktops are functional and easy to maintain.

A practical splashback

A practical splashback

When it comes to splashbacks, porcelain or ceramic tiles will win every time. If you prefer a more uniform look, go for a matching worktop upstand for a quick and easy solution. You can also opt for a stainless steel cooker splashback – just remember not to clean it with the scouring side of a sponge (trust us on this one...!). If you're all about white interiors, a white tempered glass splashback is the ideal option for you.

Just like in the bathroom, a Scandi kitchen should match your personal style whether you're looking for all white, white and wood, or splashes of colour. And good news – once you've settled on a theme, you're already halfway there!

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Guide written by:

Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester

Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester

After years of DIY, renovation and designing, I decided to turn my passion into a career. Starting in 2006, in the South-West, I helped people with renovation or construction projects. My expertise and curiosity led me to look further into innovative ideas for myself and my clients. Indeed, to live your passion is also to transform the space you live in and the objects you use daily. My family love my creations and ideas that I bring into their lives! My favourite thing to do: use colour to brighten up interior space. But also tips to hide away clutter. Your home is just never big enough, is it? It is therefore a great pleasure to share my tips with you, so that you also can take as much pleasure as I do when starting up your next project!

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