Scandinavian — or Scandi-chic — design has surged in popularity over the last few years, and with good reason. The aesthetic combines form and function with clean lines. This means that Scandi style is extra appealing for people looking for kitchens that feel modern, mostly minimalist, but still full of fun. The range of colors that the Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes bring to their kitchens is also appealing — kitchens are either neutral/dark or can include a pop of color to make a cook space feel jovial and family-friendly. Here are some tips for creating a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen.
1. Combine the kitchen and dining area into an open space.
For Scandinavian families, the kitchen is often the center of the home, which makes sense — with all that cold weather you'd want to be close to the heat. If you're designing a kitchen from scratch, consider how you can configure an open cook space (as seen in this Oslo apartment) to create a cozy feeling of warmth.
2. Light woods are key.
3. Stick to clean lines, but throw in a bold accent color.
In this century-old Swedish apartment, the open kitchen design is exceedingly modern but far from cold thanks to the canary yellow paneling on the backsplash, island, and cabinetry. Just keep in mind: A look like this is very custom, so you'll need a designer or architect to help you out.
4. Go sans-hardware.
One of our favorite Scandi companies transforming kitchens these days is Copenhagen-based Reform, which makes stylish fronts that fit with IKEA cabinets. Unfortunately, goods aren't yet available in the U.S. but Reform's styles have inspired us plenty to nix hardware on drawers and cabinetry to make a kitchen even more streamlined.