Give your kitchen a minimalist makeover
The Scandinavian kitchen has a simple and elegant design that manages to be both classic and modern at the same time. Bright, minimalist and clutter-free, white surfaces make the use of the pattern and colour pop all the more. Whether you have a large space, or something more snug, this look can work anywhere.
We’ll show you how to create the ideal Scandinavian kitchen in your space.
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Scandinavian kitchen ideas
Kitchen cabinets & storage
Fitted kitchens or just bottom cabinets – the choice is yours with this look - always looking to keep clutter to a minimum. Make the most of our innovative storage solutions and you’ll not only be able to keep more in a smaller space, you’ll be able to get to everything quickly and easily.
Our fitted kitchen range includes the IT Brookfield (pictured) in muted grey and ice white options for a clean, minimalist design, and the IT Sandford available in ivory and three wood-effect finishes for natural warmth. Cool it down with the Cooke & Lewis Raffello in gloss white - a streamlined style that will look perfect with a pop of colour.
If opting for base cabinets only, select top shelving to match the walls, or break up the colour scheme with a bright wood like beech, birch or oak. Stack your crockery and glasses neatly and add the odd herb pot or a pot of lavender for a punch of colour and scent.
When it comes to keeping your space free from clutter, explore our range of Kessebohmer storage for a quirky but practical way to keep your equipment and utensils in order. This includes metal wall storage, innovative cabinet storage and pull out larder storage.
A solid wood worktop will deepen in colour over time and needs to be regularly oiled or stained. Alternatively, laminates can cleverly imitate the warmth of natural wood, require hardly any maintenance and make a great choice for those working on a budget. Whichever material you choose, be sure that it has a square edge for a contemporary look.
Or if you're looking to continue the modern, neutral look, our Exilis range is ideal. Super thin at just 12.5millimetres (mm), it's available in four finishes and these heat-resistant, waterproof laminates are a durable choice that will last for years.
Kitchen sinks & taps
Like everything else in the minimalist kitchen, your choice of sink and tap should blend in seamlessly to allow your feature points to stand out. For a truly streamlined look opt for an undermount sink. These are sunk into the worktop so they can't be seen from the side. They're available in single or 1.5 bowl options and in round or square shapes to suit your space. Depending on the rest of your look, consider different colours and materials. We offer white ceramic, as well as greys, blacks and metallics.
It’s also simple when it comes to tap choices – the Scandi look is all about monobloc or single lever taps. Both have a single spout, curve over the sink and only require one tap hole - look for black ones to match a black sink.
Kitchen appliances, cookers & hobs
Cooking and eating together are the cornerstones of a Scandinavian kitchen, yet the look is all about keeping things simple and functional. Because of that, built-in ovens and ceramic or induction hobs look best. Built-in ovens - available as either singles or doubles - sit discreetly amongst the kitchen's cabinets and drawers, while the hobs fit on top of a worktop and are minimalist and unobtrusive.
Continue this approach with other appliances - look for built-in models and hidden storage solutions. Dishwashers, fridge freezers and washing machines can all be integrated into a fitted kitchen – and even bins can be kept out of sight. If you do have have appliances on display, select ones that coordinate as seamlessly as possible with the rest of your colour scheme.
Kitchen walls & floors
The Scandinavian look is all about white walls and floors creating a clean and bright effect. This is then injected with pattern and texture - great ways to add interest to a white space without using too much colour. Create texture with paintable wallpaper. With its raised patterns, this wallpaper can be painted your chosen shade of white and yet still adds character and subtle style to add depth to your look.
Scandi style isn't completely against colour - it just prefers to use dramatic flourishes in a handful of coordinated shades rather than a rainbow of colours everywhere. If you're feeling arty, get handy with a paint brush and create some geometric shapes on the walls. Or if your walls are off limits, add a colourful splashback for a bright pop of colour that will draw the eye.
Moving from the wall to the floor, it’s common for the Scandinavian kitchen to have either a pale wooden floor or monochrome tiles. Both of these looks can be created with our vinyl flooring available in sheet form, self-adhesive tiles and planks. Vinyl is comfortable underfoot, cost effective and easy to install and remove when you redecorate.
Statement lighting is a popular look with the Scandi kitchen, with coloured pendant lighting another great way to bring colour into the white space. Alternatively, add light and colour with coloured or colour-changing lighting. We love Philips Hue smart lighting - available as light bulbs, strip lighting or portable lamps - that not only change colour but can also be controlled remotely through an app on your smartphone or tablet. The strip lighting can be cut to fit any size and attaches to any surface with the tape supplied. Place under your cabinets or shelves and enjoy the colour sequences lighting up your white walls.
While the pendant lighting is about creating a feature, the rest of the lighting should be more subtle. Think about adding a few spotlights that are the same colour as your ceiling. That way they won’t distract from the rest of your look, but will make sure you get the illumination you need.
Windows tend to remain uncovered in Scandinavian design – no blinds, curtains or shutters. This allows as much light into your space as possible. However, if this isn't an option, consider using self-adhesive window film (also known as sticky back plastic) to ensure some privacy. Available in a range of looks, it combines practicality and no-nonsense, minimalist style.
Kitchen accessories & finishing touches
Accessories are all about bold colours or geometric prints. If you’ve gone for white walls and floor, introduce colour with a rug - one of the style staples of the Scandinavian look. While your wooden flooring is also warm in texture, a rug adds an extra level of softness and comfort and helps zone the space. For narrow kitchens, add a runner down the centre of the room, while in bigger kitchens place the rug in front of the oven or sink for an unconventional way to protect your floor from splashes. Check out our Elyza rugs available in a trio of colours. Or why not choose one of our Larissa rugs which combine classic, Scandinavian geometric design and are available in subtle tones of turquoise, grey or pink?
For smaller touches, add geometric swirl cushions to kitchen chairs or benches. Cushions not only add colour but also soften the look and make your kitchen a more comfortable space for you and your guests.
And lastly, finish the look with the odd brightly-coloured vase, fruit bowl or lantern. If you've chosen open storage options, remember that your cooking and dining utensils will be on show, so opt for ones in eye-catching, decorative shades.