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.
Scandinavian-style 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 your home.
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.
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 sophisticated 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.
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.
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.
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!