The beauty of Scandinavian
design is such that you might already be enjoying its many benefits
without actually realizing that you are adopting this timeless style.
Known for its simplicity, efficiency and a sense of cheerful
elegance, many Interior designers have combined Scandinavian style
with local eccentricities in the Philippines to create a fusion of
new styles and approaches. Yet, at its heart, it still showcases a
clean-lined, minimalistic setting that also embraces a hint of color,
warmth of wood and textural beauty. This makes the Scandinavian style
perfect for the modern kitchen.
kitchens are all about the
seamless blend of form and functionality wrapped in an inviting
ambience. Cutting across budget constraints and themes, Scandinavian
design fits in with almost any style that you already have going in
1. White, light hues
for your Scandinavian kitchen
Think of Scandinavian
style and the first thing that comes to your mind is the color white.
Traditional Scandinavians shaped the style dictating this color
choice, as homeowners wanted an interior that was airy and cheerful.
White is the obvious choice, as it maximizes the available natural
light while keeping the visual fragmentation to a minimum. Since
white is already a popular hue when it comes to kitchen design, most
of us will have little hassle in switching styles.
But having a white kitchen
does not make it automatically ‘Scandinavian’, and you need
additional elements such as soft wooden tones, lovely lighting that
drives away any dark corners and a hint of color to achieve the
transformation. Clean straight lines, a clutter-free environment and
smart organizational solutions help in achieving that fabled
Scandinavian look. Plus, the simplicity of light hues will provide a
continuity of Scandinavian style to your dining room.
2. A hint of color to
your Scandinavian kitchen
Adding color to your
Scandinavian kitchen is a lot simpler than in the case of living
rooms or bedrooms that adopt the same style. Chic kitchenware with
flower patterns, pastel hues that also usher in a breezy summer charm
and pops of bright yellow or green that stand out thanks to the
neutral backdrop are the most preferred options. If you have an
all-white subway tiled backsplash, then think of another section in
the kitchen where you can add colorful geometric tiles or even some
wallpaper to break the monotony.
It is generally the summer
colors that agree with this style, but stronger hues also seem at
home when used with restraint. Remember that whether it is pattern or
color, moderation is a mantra that you need to stick to when it comes
to the classic Scandinavian look. Cabinets in gentle green or light
aqua along with matching chairs in the adjacent dining space take the
appeal to a whole new level.
kitchens can go bold and dark
Are you bored with the
traditional all-white look? Maybe you want your kitchen to stand out
from the pack. Even though black might not be used extensively in the
Scandinavian kitchen, you can still employ it in a clever and
creative fashion to delineate spaces, highlight architectural
features, anchor the light, bright kitchen, and create visual
contrast. A black kitchen range, cabinets, a hood or even an island
can instantly shape a fascinating focal point in an otherwise neutral
space. If black seems too heavy visually for your kitchen, try darker
shades of gray or even deep navy blue instead.
Cheery lighting ideas for an airy
While some homeowners love
to combine a rustic look with Scandinavian style, others prefer a
more contemporary approach to kitchen design. No matter what your
idea of a lovely Scandinavian-inspired kitchen is, make sure that you
get the lighting of the space spot on. It is lighting that makes or
breaks the look of the Scandinavian kitchen. Large windows are a
trademark feature of this style, and a flood of natural light is
always welcome here. Couple this with smart pendants and warm ambient
lighting, and you have the ideal setting.
Having hanging lights in
your kitchen are all the rage at the moment and many people are
opting for these over standard lights or spotlights. There are so
many available to suit different kitchen styles, perhaps opt for low
hanging cream lights which will give your kitchen character and are
also much brighter than standard lighting, or a unique
floor lamp in the corner of your
kitchen which would add drama to the design.
5. A Scandinavian
kitchen for small spaces
If you have a small
kitchen (which is the case with most of us) and need to make complete
use of every inch on offer, then your search ends with Scandinavian
style. Unlike many other styles, the Scandinavian look works
elegantly both in the case of small utility kitchens, as well as in
lavish catalog creations. Since minimalism, frugality and
organization are an inherent part of the style, you will never have a
problem while working with it. Modular wall-mounted cabinets, sleek
floating shelves and ergonomic worktops that put efficiency over form
make up the core of Nordic-inspired kitchens.
Moreover, white opens up
the area so opt for a cool white painted wall and marble-tiled
countertops. Light hardwood
flooring will keep your small kitchen unit light and airy and large
windows will add more openness to your kitchen area.
One of the benefits of
Scandinavian style is that it does not really force you to splurge
whenever you want to remodel or renovate the kitchen. Its neutral
backdrop, crisp form and effortless functionality will let you switch
styles and themes with ease down the line. But once you are hooked on
Scandinavian, it will be hard to shake it off!