Modern Kitchen Designs
The Modern Minimalist’s Guide to Nordic Kitchens
The more we travel and see the world, the easier it becomes to mix and match until you discover your favourite style. One that travels a lot may have an eccentric collection of Chinese tea cups combined with the homely design of a French country kitchen. A few design styles are easier to combine than others. The Scandinavian kitchen style is one of these, and you can match its clean lines and simple warmth with whatever inspiration you find in other interior design. Here is a quick rundown on how to achieve the look and the basic principles of a cozy and functional Nordic kitchen.
Any other kitchen colour than white is, to most Scandinavians, quite a controversial kitchen choice. But what are you going to do if you’d like to sell it in a few years, they’ll cry, looking at those dark tiles and wondering how on earth this can boost the value of your home.
Nordic interior design means white colours and light hues – it helps to fill those dark dinner evenings with lots of bright light when the sun starts to set at 4 PM. If you’re planning on doing a kitchen renovation anytime soon, you’ll definitely find a certain cheerfulness in this bright design in the midst of winter.
Natural light bounces from one white cupboard to the other during the daytime, and a generous amount of inside lightning helps to bath your kitchen in a softer, more orange-hue when evening falls.
If you’re not a fan of having so little colour in your design, remember that white works as a wonderful background shade when you want to add a splash of colour. Spice it up with a fun backsplash, for example, and combine the clean look with your other favourite design elements.
Opt for modern bright and pale turquoise accents, or how about mint green kitchen cupboards to go with your white wooden floor?
Simple, Functional & Warm
The main thing to remember when piecing together a Nordic interior design style is that your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. The furniture you choose should be sturdy and homely, preferably painted white, or just left in a wooden colour – and the table tends to have a central role in the kitchen.
Simple meals, such as breakfasts and mid-week dinners, are usually enjoyed around the kitchen table while Sunday dinners may be moved to a separate dining room for the occasion. Equip your kitchen with breakfast bar stools (they’ve got some cool ones, e.g.) if you’d like to keep your island as it is and leave the kitchen table out of the equation – the most important this is that you include an area to be social in.
When the world outside is wet, cold, grey, and snowy, you want to look at it from a cozy kitchen through large and airy windows, and you want to do it while around the table with your family. It’s the one you’ll set the evening before any early morning, and where you’ll sit and read the news until you have no choice but to leave the comfort of your home and head off into the snow.
A Scandinavian kitchen is all about making it homely, bright, and sociable – cook up some of the area’s best winter recipes this year, by the way, and you should be able to stay warm throughout the winter.
What ‘kitchen-style-type’ are you? Do you like cozy or rather pure and minimalistic? White or colours? Feel free to start a chat about, leave your reply below in the comment field, I’ll get back to you soon.
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Great tips! We always like to keep our kitchen clean and clear. It makes it such a better work space when it’s functional