12 Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchens for Your Inspiration

A Scandi-inspired kitchen

Heidi Caillier Design


Sure, Scandi style seems to be on every interior designer's lips, but what if you are not exactly sure what it means? We got your back. In a nutshell, Scandinavian design principles revolve around functionality, clean lines, and an overall less-is-more approach. When it comes to kitchens, creating a Scandinavian-inspired cooking space typically involves layering on accents of warm wood in the forms of cabinetry and flooring, paint colors in pale hues, and a minimalist yet textured backsplash. Sleek stools and scaled back kitchenware complete this timeless design look. But these rules are also meant to broken. Here we show numerous ways to implement Scandinavian style in your kitchen. 

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    Freshen Up With Two-Tone Cabinets

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    Beyond the Box Interiors 

    Scandinavian inspired kitchens are rooted in minimalistic design, but that doesn't mean they look boring! Here the decorating expert behind Beyond the Box Interiors shows how neutral kitchen features can make a sizable impact. Two-toned cabinets with white on the top and lightly stained on the bottom add a massive helping of visual interest. Note the backsplash that piles on a soft layer of subtle, yet impactful color. Another excellent design trick to steal is using wall art to introduce vibrant colors. Here two prints with robust sherbet-like hues enlivens things.

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    Incorporate Minimalist White Into a Scandinavian Kitchen

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    AMA Designs & Interiors

    As we implied earlier, typically, the Scandinavian style relies heavily on neutrals, bright whites, simple lines, natural elements, with pops of wood. This bright white cooking space by AMA Designs & Interiors is the quintessential example. For a little Scandi edge, the team added modern counter stools with gorgeous walnut wood legs and black leather cushions. The striking seats add contrast and warmth to the mostly white cooking space.

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    Infuse Retro Coastal Kitchen Vibes

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    Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

    In keeping with the Scandinavian aesthetic, Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath designed this open concept kitchen to be light and sunny with strategic pops of color. The white glass front cabinetry and open shelving paired with quartz countertops and retro-inspired appliances in Robin's Egg Blue bring a refreshing, welcoming feel. The mosaic-tiled backsplash in a circular pattern complements the color scheme and adds visual appeal while not overwhelming the kitchen. Incorporating elements such as plants and simple containers helps to maintain a clean, uncluttered look. 

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    Add a Natural Wood Backsplash

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     HomeRenoGuru

    This stellar cooking space featured on Home Reno Guru features classic Scandinavian-inspired elements, including flat-front white cabinetry. Adding a warm zing to the room is the natural wood backsplash that has been treated with a water-resistant coating.

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    Bring Drama Into a Scandi Kitchen With Black

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    Kitchen Design Centre

    If you are wondering if Scandi kitchens can feel dramatic, this, for instance, by Kitchen Design Centre answers the question. Setting the tone is a jet black wall that provides a striking background for visual textures like the concrete countertop and rustic wood kitchen island.

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    Keep Things Bright and Airy in Small Kitchens

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    Jojotastic

    When we think of Scandinavian-inspired design, thoughts of bright and airy spaces with intentions of color come to mind. Joanna Hawley-McBride, the blogger behind Jojotastic agrees. Her mostly monochromatic kitchen features two-tone cabinets and streamlined surfaces that keep things stylish and simple. But that does not mean she skimped on chic touches. Note the use of mixed metals that bring glam appeal to the table. On the floor is a colorful rug that would look great in any room.

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    Infuse It With a Modern Farmhouse Twist

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    House Seven

    Arguably, bright white kitchens are timeless like this Scandinavian-inspired cooking space by the blogger who pens House Seven. Items equally comfortable in a modern farmhouse kitchen can work in rooms like this one. The natural wood farmhouse table is an example. Decor with a mid-century vibe also works well in Scandi spaces like the sputnik pendant light shown here.

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    Feature Blue Painted Cabinets in a Scandi Kitchen

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    Objekt Historiskahem

    In addition to white, blue is a popular color in Scandi-inspired spaces, which works beautifully with natural, neutral tones. The glorious example above featured on Objekt Historiskahem has rich blue cabinets. They create an excellent background for natural elements, including the hanging rattan lampshade and lovingly worn wood table.

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    Test Out a Gray-Toned Cooking Space

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    Oslo Design Fair

    Dusty shades of grayish-blue lend a serene vibe to this incredibly chic Scandinavian kitchen featured on Oslo Design Fair. Colorful accents make the most of the monochromatic backdrop. Note how objects, including vintage artwork, plus red and pink chairs enliven the cooking space.

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    Play With Black Cabinets and an Eye-Popping Backsplash

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    Nicolaj Bo Kitchens

    Many of our favorite Scandinavian-inspired kitchens feature high-end cabinets that resemble chic, modernist furniture. The clever designers at Nicolaj Bo Kitchens created these sleek matte and black cabinets to frame a chic wood hexagon backsplash. The insanely stylish cabinetry is equipped with brown leather cabinets pulls. All types of cooking spaces in an open concept layout usually have a place to dine. Here a mid-century-inspired dining table with mismatched trends adds a casual boho vibe. Another modern kitchen staple deeply rooted in Scandi kitchen chic is the elegant rug. The one above would be equally at home in a living room.

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    Increase Nordic Charm With Classic White

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    Heidi Caillier Design 

    Every single feature in this cooking space by Heidi Caillier Design together creates a classic Scandi kitchen. White shaker-style cabinets add practical storage and beauty. Simple back cabinet knobs enhance their sense of stylish utility. On the floor are mismatched rag wool rugs that add a pinch of old-timey comfort. Task lighting is a must in any cooking space—here brush brass fixtures are both timeless and breathtaking. Three natural elements seal the deal of this kitchen's charming appeal: the handmade wood stools, plants, and rustic branches.

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    One-Wall Kitchen With Blue Cabinetry

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    Stay Lokal 

    The blue cabinetry is in this one-wall Scandi-inspired kitchen created for Stay Lokal features clean lines combined with an abundance of storage. Taking the kitchenette to the next level are two mid-century brass wall sconces. One more lesson to know from this space is layering in at least one piece of artwork. Whether it is something new or old, a painted portrait or abstract print will make any cooking space feel instantly Scandi chic.