The Scandinavian style is a clean, uncluttered kitchen design and nobody does it better than the Scandinavians. A sleek, streamlined kitchen with clever storage solutions and light, muted colour palette, the Scandi style appears a brighter, lighter, super stylish space. Born from Nordic winters the style can be created in modern, traditional and classic shaker kitchens, embracing hints of colour, the warmth of woods and textural beauty.
It’s made up of three components – functionality, simplicity and beauty. The style doesn’t just represent one look, it can be created by many influences and ideas. Predominantly an all-white colour palette is the key to achieving the Scandi look in your home which is very much sophisticated.
When you think of a Nordic, Scandinavian style it automatically makes you think of the colour white. A rough Winters night can be seen as a dark, dull and cold setting, so you want the decor to be bright and cheerful. White is a colour that maximises the available natural light and we all know white goes with practically anything.
A nordic style has been created in our Upminster project with the use of lightly coloured hues and natural beauty from the solid wooden floor and handmade cabinets. Within the large open-plan space, large panelled glass looks out into the spectacular garden, with a lofty ceiling to add great height to the space.
Add hints of colour in the furniture and accessories if you have opted for an all-white themed kitchen. An additional houseplant or vibrant appliance will add the touch of colour your kitchen style deserves, to make the all-important perfect Nordic-style that’s not over the top.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinets create a clean, uncluttered look perfect for a Nordic style and work well in the project we handbuilt and designed in Winchmore Hill. A light hue known as Cornforth White was hand-painted onto the main kitchen run and the island in Plummett, both from Farrow & Ball. The double-galley kitchen layout features lots of stainless steel appliances from the award-winning manufacturer Sub-Zero Wolf.
A wooden floor is a great addition to create the ideal Scandinavian kitchen. There are many types available from colours, to textures and finishes. The perfect floor is planks of light blonde oaks, white-washed boards or oiled finishes. Add a sheepskin rug for the ideal accessory to add a cosy and warm feel to the natural beauty underneath our toes.
The clean-lined white kitchen we created below in Matching Tye gives a rich patina in the space with the copper accessories. They fit in perfectly with the rustic warm flooring and the quartz worktops to add a structural element. The earthy shades of copper are not only on-trend but offer a softer approach to the bright whites, introducing cosiness and warmth, ideal for this period home.
A feature light that creates a dramatic, unique feature to your home is another great way of creating a Nordic style. Add a floor lamp in the corner or hang the most beautiful pendants above the island for a real eye-catcher. Pendants are popular in the kitchen today and are much brighter than a standard light.
Maybe not a pendant light in our Sawbridgeworth project but a stunning feature light that works perfectly within this space and to top the island off. We love the Mongolian seat covers in this Scandinavian kitchen too.
Farrow & Ball’s White Colour Palette
There are over 20 shades of white to choose from the Farrow & Ball colour palette. There are many with different coloured undertones which can create a surprising array of effects in the space. We have picked a selection of whites for you to look at.
Strong White is a grey-based white with a subtle urban feel adding a contemporary twist to period homes.
Blackened is a cool white with the slightest hint of grey, ideally suited to a minimal, industrial scheme.
James White is an off white with a slight green hue. It creates a calm, soothing and airy feel which is particularly useful for darker interiors.
Pointing is a warm and delicate white with a warm red undertone within to create the prettiest of spaces.
Wimborne White is one of the most versatile options. It’s just off of white with the smallest amount of warm yellow pigment.
So are you planning a dream kitchen this 2020 and want a Scandinavian style? The team @ Nicholas Bridger Handmade Kitchen Company will be on hand to design a desirable living space that’s perfect for you and your family. Contact us today to book a showroom appointment or call for more info – we look forward to hearing from you.