The fresh kitchen trend that’s simple and effective

The Scandinavian revolution is not a new thing. Over the years, we’ve seen influences in the music world from the likes of ABBA and Björk, on the TV with Scandi thrillers and crime series, even in a culinary sense with those infamous Swedish meatballs!

And no doubt partly due to that famous home improvement chain (which needs no mention!), now we’ve got it in our kitchens. Scandi-style kitchens, with lots of white or pale hues on wood, are proving super popular at the moment.

Chances are you’ve seen the same trend, so we thought we’d put together a couple of pointers on how to ‘do Scandi’ successfully.

Why white (or nearly white) kitchens?

Notice how so much of Scandi style is white?  There’s a reason – Scandinavia gets a LOT more darkness than us, and keeping things white is a good way to maximise the natural light they do get.

And it doesn’t have to be traditional, glossy white either. Warmer colours also work well, and blend in with some of the bolder whites, as shown with the ‘Zola’ kitchen below in white and cashmere with wood accents.
A modern white scandi-style kitchen with wooden panelling, shelving and stools

Adding colour to your Scandi-kitchen

Popping a different coloured splashback (like this project of ours below) or contrasting white cupboards with a different coloured window is a great way to create something different, while staying true to the Scandi style.
A white and wood scandi kitchen with green splashback

Remember the walls and kitchen worktops…

Your kitchen elements might all be a mixture of white and wood, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up with some colourful walls – pastels go well. We love the Tavola kitchen below in porcelain and light oak, with a soft duck egg blue for the walls.
A scandi kitchen in white and wood with baby blue painted walls.
There are no rules when it comes to Scandi, and some of the most beautiful Scandi kitchens we’ve created have used a nice pale colour (often pink, blue or green) for the worktops, contrasting with the white and wood of the rest of the kitchen.

For more Scandi-kitchen inspiration, check out our kitchen projects.
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