These minimalistically styled kitchen are grand spaces that demand large work spaces for many chefs to use in one kitchen. They have these large spaces, due to the way in which the rest of the kitchen is styled, making sure that there is not too much on the kitchen countertops, not too many appliances lying around, and basically that everything that needs a place will have one, and be placed in there.
Something that is clearly evident in a Scandinavian kitchen is how modern the architecture is that creates a spacious, and timeless look. The kitchen might even be called futuristic in its main concept, as the kitchen makes kitchen work work simple, and easy to complete. The Scandinavian kitchen is also constructed to have ample amounts of storage, that can be in the form of elongated cupboards that run from the ceiling to the floor, shelves that take on a functional as well as a decorative purpose, cabinets and drawers.
Below we will discover what the most commonly used building and decorating materials are to use in a Scandinavian kitchen. Whether it be the materials used in the furniture, or the materials used in the countertops, the materials found in the appliances and lastly the materials found in the decoration and styling of the kitchen. The first material to pay attention to in a Scandinavian kitchen is granite. This material became popular in the 1990’s and has been sophisticated now in the 2000’s. It can be commonly found in Scandinavian kitchen countertops, and sometimes even in the walls with marbled granite to add that extra element of luxury.
Another popular material in a Scandinavian kitchen is stainless steel. This is a popular material used in almost every modern kitchen, but these style kitchens especially. Particularly spotted within the appliances like the stove, the oven, the kettle, the toaster, and the refrigerator. Besides being found in the generic appliances, where else could this material be used you ask? Some designers and homeowners have opted to make their kitchen look more like professional kitchens found in restaurants, stainless steel could be used in the cupboards and cabinets, standard in a professional chefs kitchen.
Wood is a material that can also be used in a Scandinavian kitchen, and can be used as an alternative to granite, as a countertop. If wooden elements are not found in countertops, wood can be found in the furniture used, for instance in a stylish bar stool or chairs used. The use of wood as a material may also be used in the cupboards and cabinets, this occurs in the more traditional and colonial style kitchens. The floors are most often wooden and as well as the alternative storage, like an independant shelf.
A very modern and easy to style material brick, belongs to the industrial group of design style, most commonly found in the walls where they can be left bare to expose their natural colours that add a layer of texture to any room design. Brick can be roughly painted with any colour that accommodates the rest of the kitchen.
Like brick, other industrial materials are also becoming more popular in the design of kitchens, modern and traditional alike. This trend is becoming increasingly popular amongst interior designers and architects, that prefer using this natural material to keep kitchens cool and stylish. Keeping with the industrial material category, exposed wires in lighting fixtures have been used in many modern designs to create a sense of minimalistic design.
A typical Scandinavian kitchen is best complimented by simple yet functional furniture, such as metallic bar stools, light weight plastic chairs, and predominantly square or rectangular plastic or wooden tables. These large pieces of furniture that are used on a daily basis, must obviously be durable and easy to replace. These are not pieces of furniture that can be maintained to keep a certain image.
The main point of a Scandinavian kitchen is not to waste what has been been placed in the room. Every piece has a purpose and has a function, otherwise it would not be placed there. Within these modern kitchens, a lot of the materials used are recycled from either paper, plastic, or metal, and have been refurbished to help the environment and cost of creation.
So we’ve described a Scandinavian kitchen to be very modern in style, functional in terms of ease as well as spacious in design. Now we can explain which colour pallets work best with these features. The most popular colours used start at white, is soft and subtle blues, greens and even yellows. Another colour made famous in Scandinavian kitchens is beige. This may also be used to highlight the kitchens simplicity rather than paying attention to all the ‘stuff’ that is in a or on the kitchen counter.
This article should have answered a few questions about what a Scandinavian kitchen is, what the most common materials used within the kitchen and just a general look at how you can make your own kitchen more luxurious and enjoyable for your home.