The Scandinavian countries are having something of a renaissance at the moment. Scandi-cool is on everyone’s lips, from their taut crime dramas such as The Bridge or The Killing, to the way they live their lives. Hygge is the word of the moment. It’s one of those beautiful words that has no simple translation into English but still explains an emotion or feeling that we all have felt. Pronounced hue-gah, it’s a Danish word that explains that feeling of joy taken from the ordinary and the everyday. Think rain hitting the window during a lazy Sunday morning, turning over to the cold side of the pillow or the smell of a freshly brewed pot of coffee wafting through the house.

As kitchens have become the new communal space in a home, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be brushed over with the same simple pleasures as a sitting room. Here’s how you can transform your kitchen into the height of Scandi-chic.

Less is more

ffff

This is fairly simple. Keep it clean; keep it minimal; keep it Scandi. Clutter is not hygge. Clean lines are. This should permeate through every element of your kitchen. Elegant storage units should be used to ensure prep surfaces remain clear and show off the stunning material they’re built from. If you have an island in your kitchen, avoid filling this up with clutter. A simple focal point of a potted plant and some low-hanging lighting will draw the eye to the central island.

 

Light hues

This one’s understandable when you consider how dark it gets in Scandinavia. Trying to fill your house with as much bright light as possible is a simple way to give your kitchen the lift it needs. This can be achieved quite simply with whites and pastel shades of grey or teal. Exposed floorboards are stunning, but the dark wooden colours can bring down these light tones. Consider treating dark woods to a light white wash or a thicker layer of paint to surround yourself in these crisp, light tones.

 

Splashes of colour

With a main colour scheme of white or off white, a kitchen can quite easily feel a bit hollow or clinical. Counter this with rich splashes of colour. This can be done in a number of ways, such as targeting the splashboard above the stove. Using tiling with geometric shapes can really pull the room together. Consider also your cabinet doors; could these accommodate the splash of colour you’re looking for? If you don’t have so much scope to actually change the way your kitchen looks there is another nice little workaround. Look at your kitchenware. Go for brightly coloured chopping boards, cups, mugs, plates and even pots and pans to bring that touch of brightness you’re after.

 

Rustic woodwork

gfgfgf

The Scandinavians, in particular the Swedes, are deeply in touch with nature. While many will live in the south of the country due to harsh winters, they will often have a summer home around the lakes, fjords and forests of the north. This connection with nature is transported into their home with the use of rustic woods. These can usually be found in a dining table, or as the exposed woodwork of the floor. The key to this particular touch is to aim for bright woods such as pine or maple, so as not to let dark colours bring down the airy feel to your kitchen.

 

Ample side lighting

Atmosphere is essential if you want to evoke that hygge feeling in your kitchen. The best way to achieve this is with some stunning side lighting. This can be achieved with lighting underneath wall-mounted cabinets. This will give the whole space a softer feel when it’s dark outside. If you have an open-plan kitchen with a dining area or island, consider a low-hanging light to draw attention to the area and focus dinner guests into that section. A dimmer switch for this lighting can really help shape the mood of whatever event is taking place there.

If you’re looking to give your kitchen a new lease of life in the new year, we have just what you’re after. Have a browse through our gallery of contemporary kitchens for a taste of what we offer. Get in touch to arrange a chat with one of our experts in a showroom near you.

The Scandinavian countries are having something of a renaissance at the moment. Scandi-cool is on everyone’s lips, from their taut crime dramas such as The Bridge or The Killing, to the way they live their lives. Hygge is the word of the moment. It’s one of those beautiful words that has no simple translation into English but still explains an emotion or feeling that we all have felt. Pronounced hue-gah, it’s a Danish word that explains that feeling of joy taken from the ordinary and the everyday. Think rain hitting the window during a lazy Sunday morning, turning over to the cold side of the pillow or the smell of a freshly brewed pot of coffee wafting through the house.

As kitchens have become the new communal space in a home, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be brushed over with the same simple pleasures as a sitting room. Here’s how you can transform your kitchen into the height of Scandi-chic.

Less is more

ffff

This is fairly simple. Keep it clean; keep it minimal; keep it Scandi. Clutter is not hygge. Clean lines are. This should permeate through every element of your kitchen. Elegant storage units should be used to ensure prep surfaces remain clear and show off the stunning material they’re built from. If you have an island in your kitchen, avoid filling this up with clutter. A simple focal point of a potted plant and some low-hanging lighting will draw the eye to the central island.

 

Light hues

This one’s understandable when you consider how dark it gets in Scandinavia. Trying to fill your house with as much bright light as possible is a simple way to give your kitchen the lift it needs. This can be achieved quite simply with whites and pastel shades of grey or teal. Exposed floorboards are stunning, but the dark wooden colours can bring down these light tones. Consider treating dark woods to a light white wash or a thicker layer of paint to surround yourself in these crisp, light tones.

 

Splashes of colour

With a main colour scheme of white or off white, a kitchen can quite easily feel a bit hollow or clinical. Counter this with rich splashes of colour. This can be done in a number of ways, such as targeting the splashboard above the stove. Using tiling with geometric shapes can really pull the room together. Consider also your cabinet doors; could these accommodate the splash of colour you’re looking for? If you don’t have so much scope to actually change the way your kitchen looks there is another nice little workaround. Look at your kitchenware. Go for brightly coloured chopping boards, cups, mugs, plates and even pots and pans to bring that touch of brightness you’re after.

 

Rustic woodwork

gfgfgf

The Scandinavians, in particular the Swedes, are deeply in touch with nature. While many will live in the south of the country due to harsh winters, they will often have a summer home around the lakes, fjords and forests of the north. This connection with nature is transported into their home with the use of rustic woods. These can usually be found in a dining table, or as the exposed woodwork of the floor. The key to this particular touch is to aim for bright woods such as pine or maple, so as not to let dark colours bring down the airy feel to your kitchen.

 

Ample side lighting

Atmosphere is essential if you want to evoke that hygge feeling in your kitchen. The best way to achieve this is with some stunning side lighting. This can be achieved with lighting underneath wall-mounted cabinets. This will give the whole space a softer feel when it’s dark outside. If you have an open-plan kitchen with a dining area or island, consider a low-hanging light to draw attention to the area and focus dinner guests into that section. A dimmer switch for this lighting can really help shape the mood of whatever event is taking place there.

If you’re looking to give your kitchen a new lease of life in the new year, we have just what you’re after. Have a browse through our gallery of contemporary kitchens for a taste of what we offer. Get in touch to arrange a chat with one of our experts in a showroom near you.