After reaching its peak in the 50s and 60s, Scandinavian interior design has continued to be a trend – not only in the Nordic countries, but also across Europe and many other countries around the world. These designs are inspired by the cool colours of the Nordic landscape, which have created neutral colour palettes and natural textures. Scandinavian design is also known for its minimalism, and as the kitchen is the heart of the home, it comes to no surprise that Pinterest and Houzz are overflowing with design inspiration in this department.

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When thinking of Scandinavian kitchens, streamlined surfaces and seamless designs will most likely come to mind. Since designs are kept minimal in terms of furniture type and colour, a variety of textures are often used as a focal point, and as a way of bringing surfaces and furniture pieces to life. You may choose, for example, to place a beautiful marble surface next to a workstation that has wooden or copper finishes. Scandinavians are also known for their ability to maximise storage space in the kitchen. This can be executed by hiding storage space within panelling, or displaying items on an aesthetic open-shelving unit – whilst being careful not to overfill it. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry is also popular, since these fit in seamlessly with the minimalistic design – whilst also providing that all-important storage space. Additionally, handle-free drawers provide a slick and highly functional addition to the design, and work particularly well with smaller kitchens. 

Colours and textures in Scandinavian design remain very minimal. Largely based on neutral palettes, pops of colour are mainly added with furniture and appliances. Since the Nordic countries receive very little daylight, it has become second nature for the locals to make the most of the light that they have. Therefore, they aim to choose colours and finishes that will reflect light - including white walls and surfaces. Scandinavian kitchens tend to stick to specific colour palettes of whites and cool greys, with pops of metallic finishes to add warmth and character. These colours, as a combination, help the kitchen to feel more spacious whilst still being minimal. White and warm metals, such as copper, are a staple combination in kitchen design trends. They complement each other perfectly, creating the ideal balance between cleanliness, spaciousness and warmth.

‘Earthy’ shades are also a popular addition within this design, and include terracotta and tan. These colours help to soften bright white colours, creating a more balanced design without compromising on space. Similarly, natural materials such as wood and leather add a variety of textures whilst introducing the increasingly popular biophilic design.  

Generally, Scandinavian design focuses on a balance between creating a kitchen that’s functional yet minimalist. It’s now perceived as a design staple rather than a trend, and is characterised by its de-cluttered nature and simplicity.

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