Scandinavian design is rooted in minimalism — emphasizing a less-is-more approach to decorating, embracing a muted color palette, and putting a premium on functionality. As a result, interiors generally shy away from bright color in favor of white walls, natural wood tones, and an abundance of neutrals, which offer a welcome respite from winter's dark skies, and allow sunlight and artificial light to easily circulate.
And what Nordic interiors lack in color and decorative accessories, they more than make up for with an abundance of soft, cozy textures (which is where the term hygge comes from) that infuse warmth and visual interest into otherwise pared-down spaces. Patterns are also incorporated in limited and thoughtful doses, and are generally influenced by nature with botanical and animal themes taking center stage. Looking for a way to include both pattern and color? Enter: Scandinavian kitchen floor tile ideas.
Intrigued? Scroll on for seven eye-catching spaces that have the idea down pat.
1. Create a larger pattern out of individual tiles.
Hex-shaped tiles in a trio of colors come together to create a cheery floral pattern — their size keeps the design from looking busy — in this charming kitchen by Filippo Colombetti. Telltale Scandinavian elements like white walls, wood countertops, and reflective surfaces keep things bright and allow light to bounce throughout the space.
Get the look: Clé Tile Black Solid Hex, $14.74 per square foot
2. Coordinate with a feature wall.
No need to be afraid of color if you're looking to create Scandi moments in your home; many highlight colors found in nature like blues, greens, and rust. Create contrast and add depth to a white kitchen by painting an accent wall in a soothing teal hue as Cuisishop did in this inviting cookery. Moroccan-inspired encaustic tile echoes the gorgeous hue and adds interest to the minimalist space, while traditional spindle-back chairs and a petite table offer a practical perch for meals.
Get the look: Cement Tile Shop Royale (12 pieces), $82.80 per box
3. Opt for elevated simplicity.
What's not to love about this perfectly balanced cook space with Scandinavian kitchen floor tile belonging to Kate Arends of Wit and Delight? It's a little bit moody, a little bit glam, and a lot gorgeous. A focus on white — walls, countertops, and backsplash — keep a bank of black cabinets from looking too severe while open shelves and a wood-topped peninsula add plenty of warmth. Ceramic floor tile in a feminine motif introduce a dash of welcome pattern.
Get the look: Cement Tile Shop Star (12 pieces), $82.80 per box
4. Work with what you've got.
Most European kitchens don't have the luxury of space (translation: they're small), but that doesn't mean they lack in functionality or design. Case in point: This compact space by Kai Interiors is big on personality and features everything you need in a hardworking kitchenette, including glossy cabinets, ample prep space, and floor tile in a Scandi-esque pattern.
5. Use tile to delineate areas.
Tile adds visual interest to an expanse of wood flooring and creatively carves out different areas —particularly effective in large kitchens and open concept homes. In this culinary space by Stacklab, patchwork style floor tile is reminiscent of a quilt and brings a cozy feeling to this large room. Robin's egg blue cabinets add contrast to the white walls.
6. Give in to the allure of herringbone.
There's a reason that herringbone is a popular choice when it comes to Scandinavian kitchen floor tile ideas: It's a classic pattern that adds visual interest without overwhelming a space. In this galley design, the gray tile resembles slate, bringing depth to the floor: plenty of natural light, white cabinets, and black accents complete the sophisticated setup.
7. Or, opt for fish scale instead.
Take notes from the folks at Austin-based Dōr Design House and opt for a fish scale or fan shape for your Scandinavian kitchen floor tile. Here, the white color keeps the curved pattern from being too busy, yet still adds a hint of dimension and interest. The white cabinets and backsplash are paired with wood countertops and shelving for an end result that looks and feels cohesive and quintessential Scandi.