The Principles of Design of a Scandinavian Kitchen

Are you thinking of installing a Scandinavian kitchen in your home? If so, you need to do plenty of research to make sure that you are creating a kitchen that is true to form. Here, we are going to consider the various features of this type of kitchen. This article will help you to develop a good understanding of the type of design that you should be using. If in doubt, you should consult the advice of a professional kitchen designer — or, at the very least, flick through the IKEA catalogue!

The Kitchen Floor
This isn’t something that we particularly pay attention to in the UK. We just generally throw a few tiles down there (mainly terracotta) and ignore it. With Scandinavian kitchens, the flooring is much more important, but usually in a subtle and understated way. You have two options here:

1. You blend the floor with the walls, creating only a slight variation. Scandinavian designs use a lot of white on the walls, and so the floor must be a very light, off-white, grey, or extremely washed out colour. 
2. You contrast the floor with the walls. It’s fairly common to see darker floors contrasting with the walls. However, do be careful here, because it shouldn’t be too stark. For example, you should never combine black floors with white walls, but choose a dark brown or grey.

Finally, Scandinavians use a lot of wood. For this reason, you should install wooden floors, rather than tiles. Some people even install wooden ceilings, but we think that’s taking it a step too far by way of design, and is actually too much for English sensibilities. There’s a fine line to walk, so if in doubt, contact a professional designer.

The Colour Scheme
Well, we’ve already discussed the fact that Scandinavians make use of a lot of white, but this isn’t the only colour they use. They’re also fond of grey. Now, we can understand you balking at that: just white and grey? It’s not particularly adventurous, and it sounds very clinical. However, they make careful use of bright colours that they use to accessorise the room. For example, they might buy bright vases, or huge bunches of flowers.

In short, the colour scheme is a blank canvas that they then accessorise accordingly. This allows them to change the feel of the room depending on mood. For instance, in winter, they might decide to have a strong blue theme, but it summer, prefer reds.

It’s actually extremely clever and a fantastic approach to design. It prevents the room from stagnating in style, which is weird, because that’s exactly what you’d expect from a white and grey room!

The Materials
Without a doubt, if there’s one thing that Scandinavian design is renowned for, it’s for its use of wood. This applies to Scandinavian kitchens too. Use wood for the cupboards and draws, the kitchen island (if you have one), and use wood for things like the cutlery holder or washing up tray.

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