Traditionally Scandinavia is considered to be three countries: Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The severity of the climate and the diversity of the natural world are reflected in the Scandinavian interior - simple geometric shapes, natural materials and light, sometimes even cool tones make this style so different from the others. Recently, he managed to fall in love with many and gained popularity, not least due to the fact that you can apply it in the kitchen of any size, and in the interior of a small kitchen, he just fits in perfectly! In addition, the Scandinavian design looks great in the kitchens, combined with the living room. If you are a fan of laconic design, but the minimalism of high-tech is too boring for you, and if for you the kitchen is first and foremost a place for eating, and you prefer resting not only your body and soul, but also your eyes - that design of the kitchen in Scandinavian style for you!
Today we will analyze the key features of this style, we will reveal the secrets and techniques of Scandinavian decoration and learn what it takes to make your kitchen become a real Scandinavian oasis.
Well, let's designate the main features of the kitchen in Scandinavian style:
- Light colors with bright impregnations;
- Many sources of natural and artificial lighting;
- Natural materials;
- Strictness of forms, including in furniture;
- Functionality and utilitarianity of each thing;
- Minimal decor, maximum free space.
50 shades of white
A short light day and frequent lack of sunshine Scandinavians compensate for light decoration and furniture. Of course, the main color in the Scandinavian interior is white and all its variations. White color will expand the space in a small kitchen, refresh the room and add airiness to the interior. And to avoid the "hospital" effect, it can be diluted or replaced with light blue, gray, any shades of beige, lavender or mint, and in details and accents - bright yellow, blue or green. Read more about the design of white cuisine here.
If the kitchen is combined with the living room, then the zones can be demarcated by different color solutions (in this case, it's better to have different shades of the same color), but to unite them with common motifs in the decor, which will be discussed below. We need to make sure that the color of the walls contrasts with the color of the furniture. Take a look at the combination of absolutely white walls and black furniture - it looks very impressive and fresh.
Finishing of floors and walls
Best of all, an eco-friendly design emphasizes the plank floor or laminate of light colors, reminiscent of massive planks.
Effectively look will be a combination of light walls and dark, even black floors.
Tile is a good alternative to a wooden floor. Choose a tile of light cold colors.
In the decoration of the walls you can stop on a light gray, white or egg-colored paint or melted milk.
The wallpaper is also suitable, and the choice is better to stay on traditional Swedish companies, not hearsay knowing what Scandinavian design is. For example, on such as Boråstapeter and ECO wallpaper. The wallpaper can be both monophonic, and contain a picture, in which case you can beat it with other details in the interior of the kitchen.
By the way, if you decided to glue wallpaper with a picture - it's better to do it on one wall, and the rest to make it monophonic, so that the interior does not turn out to be too active. Loft style can borrow the idea of brickwork, but only partially, not to make the interior too "industrial." If you have a kitchen-living room, then their design can be combined just by using a resonating brickwork in different zones.
What about the apron? Usually it is white and imitates brickwork, although it can also be colored. Other suitable options for finishing the apron are glass, mosaic and, of course, wooden panels. We picked up several suitable for the kitchen options, which you can see in the photo.
Let there be light
In the Scandinavian style kitchen, you will always see large windows and light curtains made of light material. The most authentic thing is not to hang the curtains at all (as in the photo below), but if there is another house with curious neighbors on the opposite side or you just prefer privacy, then you can not do without them.
Often the color of the windows echoes with the color of the flooring. Even if the windows in your kitchen are small, you can curtain them with light curtains to make the room even lighter.
Scandinavian interior is characterized by one more integral part - a lot of sources of artificial lighting. Take care not only of the chandelier, but also of point and floor lamps. Just the lamps can become that bright color accent, different from the white color of the walls and furniture. Chandeliers at the same time can be the most futuristic forms, or, conversely, breeze retro style - be inspired by the photo!
Scandinavian cuisine is dominated by austerity and laconic forms. The minimum of furniture, and the one that is, has a utilitarian character even in large spaces. The kitchen set and the dining room will be made of natural materials, most often wooden, without any excesses. What comes to mind first when referring to Scandinavian design? Of course, this is the Swedish firm IKEA and their corporate identity, thanks to which the notion of cuisine in the Swedish style has spread. On their catalogs, and should rely on the arrangement of such a kitchen. The facades of the kitchen set can be absolutely white, and the countertop of contrasting color, for example, black, will decorate them.
This is also necessary in order to avoid "merging" into one white spot. Handles on the headset are simple, metal or missing at all. It is noteworthy that the surface of furniture and appliances is often glossy and thus reflects the light - you can try this technique in a small kitchen: glossy cabinets, chrome technology and an abundance of metal surfaces will visually expand the space and look modern.
In the Scandinavian interior, tables and chairs are made of light wood, and received minimal treatment or vice versa, bright colors.
Plastic will dilute the naturalness of the interior well. Often the bar counter replaces the large dining table - is there no way out for a small kitchen, where every meter counts?
In the photo you can see many different alternatives to white or wooden furniture in a laconic northern version.
If the decoration and arrangement of the kitchen appreciates the simplicity, then in the decoration there is where to clear up! It's the decor that breathes life into this northern design and gives it mischief. For example, you can decorate walls with colorful posters, floors - a bright carpet, and do not forget about the pleasant look of textiles: unusual towels, pillows and covers on chairs and a window sill. In the kitchen-living room, textiles can resonate in different zones: the same pillows, rugs in a similar style and much more. And do not forget about the minimalist watch! Arrange the pots with plants, even if you do not like to care for them, because you can choose something unpretentious.
Even if you are not fond of hunting, it will look great imitating horns or animal heads, for example, from cardboard.
Another nice piece of decor, conditioned by the climate of the Scandinavian countries is natural or artificial fur and skins.
Also great will be a chalk board on which you can write a menu for a week or reminders and notes to loved ones.
So, why do we love Scandinavian design? For the fact that he manages to successfully balance between the coldness of Hi-tech, the simplicity of the Provence style and at the same time remain a modern classic. We love it for the fact that it perfectly fits small and combined with the living room kitchen due to light colors and space ergonomics. It turns out that the cuisine in the Scandinavian style is the choice of a modern person who loves space and looking for peace in the interior with notes of mischief.