What Is Scandi Style Kitchen Design?

Scandinavian design came about towards the end of the 19th century, however, it has risen in popularity over the last few years in homes across the world. A Scandi style kitchen is now extremely sought after by those looking for a kitchen makeover, and to make better use of the space they have available. The general principles of this style of design are to use a light, muted colour palette paired with sleek and streamlined surfaces to create a brighter, lighter and overall more spacious feel.

Being such a timeless and versatile style, it can be adopted in almost every kitchen. If your style is more traditional, you can create a rustic feel through use of natural woods and materials. On the other hand, if you prefer a contemporary feel, you can use metals and high gloss finishes to better suit your style. Not only does Scandinavian design win awards for its beauty, but also its functionality and simplicity. So how can you adopt the Scandi principles of design within your own kitchen?


Scandinavian design is renowned for its use of a muted colour palette. White and light greys are at the core of their designs, however, you can inject darker hues, dusky pink, pale blue, burnt orange and even forest green as accent colours within your kitchen. As long as the overarching feel is clean, bright and spacious, you are safe to use some muted colours within the space. If these colours aren’t your style, why not consider introducing some metallic accessories? Polished steel, copper and chrome look amazing against whites and greys.


Despite the use of muted colour, by no means does your kitchen need to be boring. This is your opportunity to make use of texture, pattern and shape to create that luxurious finish. A great way to do this is through your tile choice or splashback; keep the same colour palette the same but add some texture. Using wood is also an excellent way to add some natural, earthy texture back into your space, whether this is through your worktops, cupboards or accessories.

Smooth Lines

Now you’ve got an understanding of what colours to use, the next big decision is deciding on the design of your kitchen. What cabinets will you opt for, and where will all your appliances and gadgets sit? Scandi design is characterised by smooth, continuous lines that aim to create the illusion of more space. To incorporate this into a kitchen, choose cabinets that have no handles, and instead opt for ones with push latches and integrated handles. Avoid choosing design features which naturally divert the eye's attention. Using floor to ceiling cabinets similarly creates a clean and continuous line that is associated with this style of design. To continue this minimalist style, consider using integrated appliances to avoid breaking the smooth lines you have created. There is a range of options available including dishwashers, induction hobs and integrated microwaves and fridges.


Storage is key in the world of Scandi design. Clutter should be kept to the bare minimum, making your choice of storage really important. Instead of opting for open shelves and baskets that can appear cluttered, instead, consider hidden storage and make full use of your cupboard space. If you’re lucky enough to have a utility room, use this as your storage solution and instead use your kitchen for what you really need. None the less, Scandi kitchens work really well in small spaces, this is because every design feature and inch of space is used for something practical. You’d be surprised at how much you can fit in a small space by adopting their design principles! By embracing this minimalist style, you’ll help to keep the clutter away, create more of those smooth lines and in turn make your kitchen look larger than it actually is.

These design ideas and principles should help you get started on your Scandinavian kitchen of dreams! Get in touch with our team to assist you in your kitchen makeover today!

Posted on: 20th September 2019

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