Scandinavian Kitchens and Design

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#KDChat Kitchen Design Chat Today 5:30PM ET

Please join me today for a Twitter chat on kitchen finds from High Point. Designer Tamara Stephenson will be the guest host and has just come back from High Point, in part, looking for trends and ways to incorporate home furnishings for other uses into the kitchen - alternative storage pieces, multi-use furnishings, dining trends and more.

Kitchen Design Chat Monday Oct 22 at 5:30 pm ET #KDChat - just go to tweetchat.com and enter KDChat

http://www.kitchendesignchat.com

Interesting mix of materials in this kitchen - zero storage, but I will assume a few things: 
storage is elsewhere
the kitchen gets light use
it’s a kitchen in a second home
Here is a case where the desired aesthetic completely drove the design of the kitchen and trumped function. No judgment on that - I’d love a sort of fantasy kitchen solely designed around an aesthetic vision - that’s true luxury in one sense. From Rum magazine. 
http://feeds.feedburner.com/ScandinavianKitchensDesign

Interesting mix of materials in this kitchen - zero storage, but I will assume a few things: 

  • storage is elsewhere
  • the kitchen gets light use
  • it’s a kitchen in a second home

Here is a case where the desired aesthetic completely drove the design of the kitchen and trumped function. No judgment on that - I’d love a sort of fantasy kitchen solely designed around an aesthetic vision - that’s true luxury in one sense. From Rum magazine. 

http://feeds.feedburner.com/ScandinavianKitchensDesign

Scandinavian Design Inspiration

I like to look at images I’ve taken in Scandinavia and translate colors, textures, and styles to our interiors for design inspiration. 

First, I love the combination of the softest white/gray walls combined with charcoal, white, brown and a color accent such as the green or yellow seen in the plants. Serene and calm to my eye, see below:

Wow, below is another inspiring combination, unexpected too…orange/terracotta color paired with soft gray with a blue/green undertone and dark blue accent. I can visualize a floor painted the soft blue/gray color in a kitchen with bright melon walls or isolated accents such as painting the backs of glass cabinets.

And yet another group of traditional Scandinavian colors which can surely be placed into a modern interpretation. Warm oyster gray, soft blue/gray, white and terracotta, perhaps again, as accents. Any combination can be used as kitchen design elements.

Concrete, yellow bricks, rich red/brown branches can provide inspiration for a kitchen design in unexpected ways. Soft grey cabinetry paired with a rich cherry countertop (yes!), very light oyster gray backsplash and walls with rich yellow tile accents and/or accessories. Flooring might be quartersawn white oak in a medium shade…OR in a medium to dark gray tone. Or, rich red/brown cabinetry with soft gray countertops with yellow/gray accents…room for interpretation. Image by Susan taken in Copenhagen

Concrete, yellow bricks, rich red/brown branches can provide inspiration for a kitchen design in unexpected ways. Soft grey cabinetry paired with a rich cherry countertop (yes!), very light oyster gray backsplash and walls with rich yellow tile accents and/or accessories. Flooring might be quartersawn white oak in a medium shade…OR in a medium to dark gray tone. Or, rich red/brown cabinetry with soft gray countertops with yellow/gray accents…room for interpretation. Image by Susan taken in Copenhagen