Who doesn’t love Scandinavian kitchens? Honestly, you should see our Pinterest boards, literally filled with Scandi-style spaces that we thought we could only dream of creating. But it turns out that adding some Scandi vibes to your kitchen needn’t mean ripping out your old one, as you can DIY the look or just switch up a few things to get a bit closer to the kitchen of your Pinterest dreams.
We’ve put together some easy kitchen ideas to get you inspired. So get scrolling, and make sure you check out our Scandinavian design ideas feature too for more ways to decorate your whole home.
1. Mix modern and traditional Scandi styles
As you will see throughout the rest of this feature Scandi kitchen style has lots of different looks. There’s a very traditional, rustic almost farmhouse look and then there is the more recent popular Scandi style that’s veyr stripped back and simple. For us, a balance of the two creates the perfect look.
See in this kitchen that all the cabinets are simple, handleless and contemporary, but the accessories and the furniture are more in keeping with the period look. Together they create such a cool kitchen that you could definitely copy by just switching up a few of the accessories you have on show.
2. Create simple displays using your kitchen utensils
You all have utensils right? Well then you have decoration. You see this in lots of Scandinavian kitchens, mostly because it’s practical, but it’s a bonus this display looks cute too. All you need is a peg rail to hang your nicest spoons, pans and very stylish string shopping bags from and there you have it – a quick Scandi-style update.
Take a tour of the rest of this Victorian country cottage for more ideas, it has loads of lovely Scandi elements.
3. Go for a clean all white kitchen
You think we have it bad here in the UK? The poor Scandis have almost 24 hours of darkness in the winter, so it’s no wonder they like their indoor spaces to be as light and bright as possible. So an easy way to create a Scandinavian kitchen is to go for white everything. You can warm up the space and add interest with plants, accessories and lighting, but stick to neutral colours and you really can’t go wrong.
For more white kitchen ideas check out our feature.
4. Or pick a dark and moody theme
If you want to create a cosier space, then be brave and go for dark, moody colours that will create an enveloping feel that is big in Hygge culture. Dark kitchen cabinets are everywhere at the moment and painting your cabinets is a great way to DIY the look to see if you like the dark side.
We love a deep navy – something like Farrow & Ball’s classic Hague Blue– but other Scandi approved colours have been popping up recently like deep sage greens (check out Sap Green) and dark greys, of course. If painting kitchen cabinets is something you want to try, then have a read through our step by step guide.
5. Create a rustic, traditional Scandi vibe
What we love about Scandinavian design, is that there are so many ways to pull it off, and that the different styles all tend to contrast each other. You’ve got a very modern, minimal Scandi style for example, alongside that more traditional, super cosy, folksy look. Both very different, both equally cute.
Recreate the more rustic style of Scandi design by adding some freestanding elements to your kitchen – on old butcher’s block, a traditional oak table – and fill your open shelving with interesting knick-knacks like copper pans and glass jars which always work well.
6. Choose functional storage
Because it wouldn’t be a Scandinavian kitchen if it wasn’t 100 per cent practical. Functionality is key, – and that means good storage – especially if you are going for the minimalist look where everything needs to have a space. Make sure you have plenty of closed storage and really make the most of your cupboard space so that all your open storage can be reserved for more aesthetically pleasing things, like your pristine cream crockery.
For loads more kitchen storage ideas head to our dedicated feature.
7. Swap kitchen doors for curtains
The Scandinavians are really clever at balancing the hard surfaces in their homes (think wood flooring) by adding layers of fabrics. In a Scandi kitchen, it’s typical – and rather lovely – to have cushions on dining chairs and curtains instead of base cabinet doors.
It’s a easy update too and you can make curtains for your kitchen doors yourself. Simply pick out a fabric, measure it to fit your cabinet, allowing for a bit extra so it pleats and hangs nicely and then sew a fold at the top of the piece. Thread through a curtain wire and there you go.