Scandinavian interiors are quickly gaining audience. It all started in the early 2000s, when a Swedish shop Ikea appeared in the area. Many have understood that simplicity is stylish and cozy. And all thanks to light shades and excellent ergonomics. Pleasant unobtrusive design, natural materials and convenience in everything – these are the principles of Scandinavian style kitchens.
The nordic style kitchen is very interesting, let’s take a closer look at it.
Kitchen Style Features
Any Scandinavian country is a northern country. And in Norway, Finland and Denmark there is little light and lots of snow. Winters are harsh and temperatures are low. But man adapts to everything. The northern peoples, in order to soften this gloomy atmosphere of eternal cold, began to create an incredible comfort in their homes. And, I must say, they’ve become real champions in creating coziness. The warmth and comfort of these interiors makes it impossible to leave them.
It is this distinctive feature of the Scandinavian design that helps it to be among the first in the global market.
The main features of the Scandinavian style are:
- light walls;
- natural materials;
- simplicity of design;
- large number of light sources.
Color plays an important role in the interior. In a Scandinavian house it is very rare to see black furniture and brown colors in the decoration of walls. As there is not much light in the Nordic countries, the inhabitants compensate for this with light wallpaper and the lack of curtains. Of course, this is not always the case, but for the most part northern peoples prefer shades of beige, white, pastel tones. And such color palette in almost every room, whether it’s bedroom or kitchen.
Scandinavian kitchen has also won the love of Russians. Their main advantages are, above all, high ergonomics and simple design.
Such a kitchen can fit in any interior, so the universality of Scandinavian headsets is an undoubted advantage among the great variety on the furniture market.
Scandinavians do not change their favourite white in the choice of colour in the kitchen area. The walls in Scandinavian cuisine are almost always white. But on kitchen facades you can often notice grey and green shades, as well as the colour of wood. Yes, wood is also a favourite material for Swedes and Finns.
It can also be present as a kitchen headset material, and is also often used in the manufacture of kitchen accessories and decorative elements
Light is an important factor in creating coziness in a Scandinavian home. It is not customary for them to have one large chandelier over their heads that will illuminate the entire room. There are many light sources in Scandinavian interiors: floor lamps, lamps, ceiling lamps, garlands, all kinds of lighting. Thus, you can adjust the amount of light in the room, creating either a festive atmosphere or a cozy intimate setting.
Design and zoning
To design a kitchen, the customer can come to the Swedish furniture store and in the kitchen department to design his own individual headset in a special program.
Of course, in the same department there is a large number of specialists who are ready to help the buyer at any time and pick up for him what you need. But even if it’s not possible to get to the Ikea shop, they have on the official website online can perform this procedure for free.
In modern European houses and in houses with old layouts it is often possible to notice the studio location of the kitchen zone, namely: the kitchen and living room in one room, and therefore designers often use different methods of zoning to distinguish functional zones. These can be partitions and a bar, as well as a kitchen island. The kitchen area is also sometimes marked on the floor with tiles framed on all sides by wood.
Even on 9 sq. m. Scandinavians manage to zonate the space. Usually they do this by lighting the working and non-working areas. In this way, the ergonomics of the kitchen is multiplied. Lighting is available almost everywhere, even in cupboards, and the hostess can easily find the thing she needs in seconds.
The Scandinavian house often mentions the scandinavian kitchen witch, so we’ll show some pictures of her too. The witch is used as a decor, it is believed that she protects the house from evil.
The people of Scandinavia love white for a reason. Harsh weather conditions and lack of light encourage the use of a large number of light shades in the design of rooms.
Kitchens often use white paint on the walls and white tiles near the stove.
The colour of the kitchen fronts can vary from white to beige. Scandinavians also experiment with other natural colours – green, salad and yellow. Kitchen facades can also be in natural wood, and facades of different colours are often combined with each other. For example, the coating of the kitchen bottom cabinets can be made of white lacquer material, while the hinged top is in the colour of light oak.
There are shades of grey and blue in the kitchen, but they are not bright, but rather muted.
Bright kitchens are often diluted with bright accents such as coloured accessories such as tackles and towels. Cookware in kitchens often contrasts with the general background.
Materials and design
It is in the selection of materials and interior design and can walk the soul of the designer, as with the help of these secondary characters and creates a cosy Scandinavian style.
Snow-white and faceless walls acquire vividness only thanks to the cozy texture of materials, warm wooden decor and original patterns on textiles.
It is quite difficult to flavour the kitchen with fabrics at a glance, because all the accents in this room are usually concentrated on kitchen furniture and appliances. But textiles are still present in the kitchen design. These are kitchen towels, neatly hung on the handle of the oven, and a warm cozy mat under your feet near the sink, and soft tackles, and tablecloths and napkins.
Of all these seemingly insignificant trifles there is a Scandinavian coziness, warmth from which is remembered for a long time.
Some might think that kitchen textiles create clutter and look untidy. But it’s a profound delusion. It’s not a country style where all the rags are lying or hanging for beauty. Scandinavians don’t have anything superfluous. All textiles have a certain function, and it is definitely necessary in either case. That’s why the Scandinavian style is sometimes called this “cozy minimalism”, and it really is.
Scandinavians do not like curtains or any other curtains. They block the way to light from the window, so the people of the Nordic countries do not complain about them. They give preference only to light transparent fabrics or roll-up curtains, which fall only in the evening. If a Swede and a Finn suddenly have curtains on their windows, they are made only of natural materials. They are linen and cotton.
All kinds of potted plants, which are often present in the interior on open kitchen shelves, add to life in Scandinavian kitchens.
The light interior of the kitchen is usually achieved not only by the light facades, but also by the light walls of the room. Most often the walls in Scandinavian interiors are painted. Wallpapers only act as an accent. Only one wall can be decorated with them, which sets the tone for the whole room. They can be not only green and beige. Cold shades of blue or lilac with unobtrusive scanty plant patterns are often used as well.
Walls can also be decorated with decorative MDF panels imitating natural wood, which is popular in Scandinavia and Denmark in particular.
Ceramic and plaster tiles imitating brickwork are often used to decorate walls in the kitchen and other rooms. But as this material absorbs dirt well, it must be painted matt white after laying in the kitchen to support the idea of Scandinavian style and protect the walls from unpleasant hard-to-remove stains.
To dilute white on the walls, homeowners often hang various paintings, posters and other accessories, which in turn create a relaxed atmosphere. Paintings in the kitchen usually support the themes of the kitchen, food and cooking.
Since the Scandinavian interior is quite restrained and the freedom is allowed only in accessories, the walls of the Scandinavians are quite monochrome. Still, sometimes northern peoples give their homes a touch of naughtiness by decorating one of the walls in a room or kitchen with a piece of photo wallpaper. But then again, nothing screaming.
It can be a blurred image of Norwegian fjords, a northern forest or a herd of deer.
Any kitchen is a wet area, and using tiles on the floor is often the most versatile solution in such areas. The colour of tiles is traditionally grey, white, dark blue and beige.
Some adherents of classic Scandinavian style still have wooden planks on the floor. More modern Scandinavians lay parquet boards on the floor under ash or oak, treated with special waterproofing agents. But be it tiles or laminate on the floor, the floor is also covered with fabric materials: a path, a small mat in the work area. If there is a dining area in the kitchen, a lint-free carpet is usually placed under the table.
Any textile flooring creates a cozy atmosphere and warms the feet of those present.
The Scandinavian ceiling has few color options. It, like the walls of the room, looks mostly white. Yes, many residents of northern countries are not thinking hard about how to decorate the ceiling, so in repairing this part of the room need only putty, plaster and white paint. Scandinavian design has a lot of innovations and tricks.
Since the kitchen in a multi-storey house at any time can be flooded with a neighbor from above, this problem can be avoided by installing a stretch matte ceiling in the kitchen. It will not spoil the appearance of the Scandinavian style, but only emphasize it. And the big problem with unreliable neighbors can easily be solved without spoiling the whole view of the new kitchen.
Since the Scandinavians love everything natural and natural, they will clearly not mind the wooden ceiling. It can be made from a regular Eurovagon, or use the usual laminate. The difference between the first and second only in weight, and if there is no confidence in the reliability of the fasteners, it is better to use laminate, and so they have the same appearance.
The colour of wood on the ceiling gives the kitchen a cozy atmosphere of a Norwegian country chalet, and when you turn on the ceiling lights in the evening the whole room will be filled with soft, warm light, which is so lacking in the cold northern countries.
Gypsum plasterboard as a ceiling decoration material should also not be discarded. However, it is only suitable for leveling the surface of the ceiling, as the Scandinavian style does not provide for the presence of various uneven surfaces on the ceiling or multi-leveling.
The choice of furniture most often depends on:
the chosen style;
- room size;
- the buyer’s financial capacity;
- individual preferences.
In modern times, the style of the room has become a very important factor for furniture buyers. The kitchen, made in your favourite style, brings aesthetic pleasure and cooking in such a room becomes a pleasant pastime.
As for style, Scandinavian furniture is quite simple. There are no bas-reliefs or excessive decor on the facades. Everything is very simple and clumsily. But this is not a minus, but a big plus of Scandinavian cuisine, because this option is like a clean sheet on which you can create any picture.
For example, you can’t make something elegant and sophisticated out of an interior with complex oak solid furniture, and Scandinavian facades give you complete freedom of choice in this regard.
For example, by choosing forged handles for cabinets, you can easily transform a Scandinavian style into a loft, and elegant handles help to bring the kitchen closer to a more classic version. So the possibility to use Scandinavian furniture in any style is its undoubted advantage.
The size of the room also plays a role. If the kitchen is relatively large, it is of course easy to put all the benefits of civilization of any size and relate it all to the selected style.
If the kitchen is small, not every style can stand in a room of 8 sq. m. And here comes the Scandinavian style with its undeniable ability to build maximum of everything you need in a minimum of space. After all, Scandinavian kitchens are good because they work very well with space, thus using not only the floor, but also the walls and ceiling.
And if you use Scandinavian versions of kitchens on a large space, you can then swing at the bar and the kitchen island. By the way, the bar counter is often used as a dining table on small spaces.
Swedish designers actively use this idea in their interiors with limited space.
In terms of price, you can’t say that Scandinavian cuisine is expensive. If you compare it with their German opponent, you can be sure that German cuisine is several times more expensive than Scandinavian. But at the same time, for example, the same options from Ikea are an order of magnitude more expensive than their Russian counterparts. Everything here already rests on style. If the European version of the buyer closer, the Scandinavian cuisine will be the most advantageous option. The more so that these kitchens are several times more ergonomic than the Russian kitchen sets.
Well, no one’s canceled their individual preferences yet. All kitchens are different in taste and color here. Somebody chooses a strict kitchen with closed cabinets and blank doors. Some prefer open shelves, and they are not afraid of dust on open surfaces. Individual preferences also affect the material of the cupboard fronts and the height of the work area, as well as the size and availability of kitchen appliances.
Most of the appliances in the Scandinavian kitchen are built in.
For her skilful Swedish designers carefully consider and design cabinets, which can then easily be built into a purchased dishwasher or oven.
Swedish built-in appliances also have many options. For example, cooktops are available in both electric and gas versions. The number of burners can be selected according to the cooking frequency. For ardent housewives, Swedish engineers offer as many as five burners on a single hob, while two are enough for busy people.
Scandinavians are very active in enjoying all the charms of the industrial world, so every Swedish and Norwegian home has a dishwasher and microwave oven. In particular, dishwashers are standard, 60 cm wide, and also narrow. The choice depends on the number of dishes to be washed in the dishwasher.
The prudent Scandinavians have taken care of everything in the manufacture of facades, so they have standard variants of overhead panels, as well as copies for kitchen appliances.
You can talk a lot about this or that style, but scandinavian pictures will say a lot more anyway.
This photo shows a classic of the Scandinavian genre. Wooden shelves, axe kitchen fronts, work area light zoning and white walls.
For the kitchen-living room, the zoning of the area is very important. In this photo it is done in three ways – with flooring, bar counter and lighting solution. The kitchen area has black and white tiles on the floor and the rest area is covered with light laminate. Moreover, the room is divided by a bar counter, above which hang three three-dimensional plafonds, separating the rest area and the work area.
There is also a classic version of Scandinavian cuisine with wood, white, and the entire area is divided into zones using a hanging lamp above the dining table and swivel lights above the work area. As a characteristic feature, there are no curtains in the interior.
Painted grey walls in this photo emphasize the whiteness of the kitchen headset. The interior design also includes posters on the wall, wooden accessories, and the areas, as is customary in Scandinavian tradition, are divided by lighting and floor covering.
The brutality of this hood in the photo does not seem to give any chance of Scandinavian coziness, but the green on the table and in the work area, as well as feminine ornament on the tiles and the white color of the facades soften its rough forms.
And another bright Scandinavian kitchen corner, which also has a dining area. The zones are distinguished by a bright accent on the floor, and are also highlighted with light above the table and work area.
Scandinavian style even from the smallest kitchen will make a cozy nest, where everyone will feel comfortable. All thanks to warm wood, white flowers, green plants and well thought out ergonomics. Somebody will find this style too “naked”. Some will not appreciate Scandinavian minimalism, and some will say that this amount of lighting in the kitchen will ruin it.
But no one can argue that the Scandinavian style is the part of northern comfort that is sometimes lacking in our homes. That’s why even in this northern style you can try to find exactly what will warm the cold interior and melt the heart of its owner.