Kitchen layout

Kitchen design and layout in English style

English style in the interior of any room, including the kitchen, is an eternal classic that will never go out of fashion. Fans of English style are the people with a little conservative, but impeccable taste. They can be called real aesthetes, which hold sacred family traditions. In addition, they appreciate combination of solidity, comfort and luxurious restraint in the interior.

Kitchen design and layout in English style

How to choose furniture for kitchen in English style? Which materials to choose for decoration? How to emphasize the English style in the kitchen design by means of decoration? Read this article and watch the photo sets to find out.

Main features of English style

There are two main stages in English style development.

In the Georgian era, modest and discreet interiors were full of grandeur, symmetry, strict lines and shapes.

However, Victorian direction was not so austere: the colors became richer, the furniture became more elegant and the whole decor more splendid.

Main features of English style

English style is multifaceted, as it absorbed not only old traditions of Britain, but also the cultural heritage of its numerous colonies. Yet, this eclecticism must contain the following traits:

  1. Classic harmony, symmetry, moderation, clarity of lines and shapes. The taboo is imposed on all the flashy and outrageous.
  2. The use of high quality natural materials like stone, wood, metal. English style, especially in the kitchen, does not tolerate any cheap imitations!
  3. Wooden details in English kitchen interior are never much. Parquet, panels, doors, kitchen furniture – everything has to be done from noble wood.
  4. Colors are varied, but slightly muted, excessive brightness and contrast are not welcomed. Popular shades are pastel and deep tones of green, dark red, mustard.
  5. Basic patterns are stripes, plaid, floral, vegetal and heraldic motifs.
  6. The abundance of textiles with a luxurious texture.

English style in the kitchen may be considered in two variants — classic and country. Classic kitchen is more strict, laconic and elegant. English country is cozier, home like, less ordered, but always solid, sturdy and respectable.

Discover more information in simular articles: kinchen design in Mediterranean style and kitchen design in Rustic style.

Kitchen layout

Kitchen interior in the English style is based on the principles of symmetry and functional space zoning. The center of the room usually takes up a large table of round or oval shape, which can be used for cooking (then it additionally has optional hanging shelf). The rest of furniture and a big stove with multiple ovens and many burners are placed along the walls.

Kitchen layout

If you want to implement all of this in practice, you definitely need lots of space. Therefore, it is unlikely to create a real English kitchen in a small space. You can combine two rooms and create a kitchen-dining room or kitchen-living room, however, the inhabitants of the British Isles rarely do this, they dislike free layout.

Kitchen layout

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Ceiling

Kitchen decoration in rustic style

If you are consistent with rustic style in kitchen design, then the room should be decorated with natural materials only. Moreover, you are absolutely free in the decoration methods.

Walls

Decoration with plaster is preferable in this style. The plaster can be smooth or textured. Open brickwork, stone cladding, sheathing board are used quite widely. It is important that the wall decoration does not look too neat, as some clumsiness and the deliberate roughness suits the rural aesthetics in the best way. In addition, the walls may be simply painted, whitewashed or covered with wallpaper with a subtle pattern. However, you should not use the tiles in a rustic kitchen. In some cases, this trimming method is used to decorate the wall in the sink area. The tiles should meet the spirit of the room, for example, to simulate the stone or have jagged edges.

Walls

Floor covering

Natural wood floors is the standard solution for rustic kitchen. A decent choice can be the usage of ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles, parquet boards with expressive structure.  Unglazed ceramic tiles with aged effect will look great on the floor. You may even add small handmade rugs.

Floor covering

Ceiling

Modern suspended or false ceilings are alien to rustic style. Therefore, you would better do usual painting. Ceiling finishing with decorative beams fits the style perfectly. The beams may be wooden or made of polyurethane in imitation of wood.

Ceiling

Lamps

Traditionally, designers hang forged, metal or wooden “antique" chandelier on the ceiling. Local lighting can be provided by brass lamps, wrought-iron sconces, lamps with wicker or glass shades.

Lamps

Rustic style decor

You can underline rustic style in the kitchen with original accessories. They enliven the interior introducing the breath of nature. We should use the following for decoration of this rural area:

  • natural textiles: cotton curtains with ruffles and gathers, linen pillows on sofas, chair covers, woven rugs, embroidered towels and tablecloths, crocheted napkins;
  • ovenware and pottery, antique kitchen utensils, placed on open shelves and in various plasterboard niches;
  • everyday objects, that reflect the national character of the chosen rustic style direction, for example, Russian samovar and painted trays;
  • heirlooms transmitted from generation to generation: photographs, candlesticks, boxes;
  • natural materials: garlands, woven from pepper, onion, garlic, herbs or straw and dry flowers twisted in braids.

Rustic style decor

Look also scandinavian style kitchen, it has same attributes. You do not need major investments of time and skills of a professional designer to create kitchen design in rustic style. There are no strict clear rules apart from the fact that the interior should give a sense of comfort, peace, and security.

Rustic style


Kitchen furniture in rustic style

Kitchen design and furniture in rustic style

In our high technology age - the age of stress and haste, it is quite clear that many people want to create wonderful atmosphere of tranquility and serenity at home, as such atmosphere is typical for life of our ancestors in the lap of nature.

Kitchen decoration in the rustic style solves this problem. Perhaps such kitchen will appear in the most appropriate and advantageous way. This place represents family hearth and, therefore, should be very warm and cozy. However, rustic style seems to be created for slow conversations and intimate gatherings.

Kitchen design and furniture in rustic style
In this article you will find secrets of kitchen design in rustic style and designer tips on how to select the furnishings, finishing and decor as well as pictures of kitchens in traditional rustic rustic style.

Distinctive features of the rustic style

Rustic style is many-sided appearance. Its diversity depends on the national mentality of peoples. Every rustic has its own features of rustic style:

  1. wicker and wrought-iron decoration, images of birds and plants, abundance of white color and textile of bright colors is typical for French rustic (Provence style)
  2. leather covered chairs, stencil designs and Indian tints feature houses of American rural residents
  3. benches and stools instead of chairs, tiled stove, pots and pans on the open shelves are distinctive features of Russian rural style.

Still, there is Swiss, English, Swedish rustic style...

Distinctive features of the rustic style

But all these never-ending areas of the rustic style have some common characteristics:

  1. Usability and simplicity, which even sometimes turns into some negligence, lack of fancifulness and pretentious.
  2. You would better use coarse texture of natural materials: wood, stone, ceramics. High-tech glass, chromed metal, plastic and other civilization achievements are absolutely irrelevant in the rural interior.
  3. Colors of the rustic style are quite varied, but the preference is given to natural shades of wood and stone. Designers usually choose three to four soothing colors as basic ones when making a room. Then they use bright accessories to add bright accents into the interior.
  4. The decoration includes abundance of textiles and various decorative elements, which, ideally, are handmade.

Kitchen furniture in rustic style

It is believed, that kitchen design in rustic style needs combination of mismatched furniture, instead of the one, which is already combined in a set. However, only professionals are able to solve this problem qualitatively. Therefore, it is easier to buy finished kitchen set, which will meet all the basic requirements of the style. See also retro style kitchen, it has some simularities with rustic style. Dining room and kitchen in rustic style are usually made of wood. In some courses of the rustic style (for example, Provence) it is allowed to use wicker and wrought iron furniture.

 Kitchen furniture in rustic style

Countertops are often made of natural or artificial stone, weathered granite, ceramic tiles or solid wood.
Tables, chairs, cupboards, cabinets and open shelves for dishes should be somewhat heavy and coarse to carry the “spirit of time”.

Seasoned look, cracks and cleavage on the interior objects are the distinctive features of the rustic style. Therefore, it would be nice to visually add a couple of decades to the surface of new furniture. You can use different methods of aging for this purpose: it is application of craquele finish, special mordant processing or painting with decape technique.

 Kitchen furniture in rustic style

The simplicity of the furniture in the rustic style does not mean lack of decor. Paneled facades, glass engraved framings, painting, blackened copper handles and hinges will give the kitchen an inimitable charm.

All appliances must be built-in or stylized and the hood should be decorated in imitation of antique fireplace in order not to look as alien object in the rustic kitchen. In addition, the sink should not draw attention with its modern appearance: porcelain or stone sink will not violate the harmony of space. Fireplace or stove (or its imitation) faced with stone will make the kitchen truly rustic.

Rustic style


The interior in the Italian style

Italian style in the kitchen interior – the charm of traditions

Italian style is peace and conciliation, family ties and firm tradition. It gives us wonderful feeling of home and comfort, so Italian style in the kitchen interior looks very organic. We will tell today about some decorating techniques, which can bring Italian mood to modern kitchen design.

Italian style in the kitchen interior

Italian style finishing

Traditional Italian style can be often found in Tuscany villages. They use natural and ecological materials only. In the kitchen interior you should use a lot of wood, dark metal, natural stone or its high quality imitations.

The floor should be covered with wooden floorboards, decorative stone or tiles. Textured finish in combination with stone or brick masonry on the walls will look wonderful. If the ceiling is high enough, you can decorate it with wooden panels or decorative beams.  All aforementioned adds special charm to the kitchen design, the charm that is strongly associated with Italian style. Italian style is based on game of colors’ contrasts and textures. Rough plaster on the walls emphasizes elegance of patterns on beautiful kitchen tiles and underlines smoothness of countertops made of natural stone.

Italian style finishing

When you chose the color for the kitchen finishing, you would better give preference to rich natural shades. Such shades may include deep blue color of the Italian sky and sea, the lush greenery of the Tuscan hills, lavender shade of flowering meadows and bright splashes of wildflowers. Saturated red, orange and yellow colors will bring the warmth to the Italian style interior. Dark wood resembles us of old olive trees, oak trees and the grapevine, while the blood-red and Burgundy colors remind us of the famous Italian wines.

Furniture for kitchen in the Italian style

Italian kitchen usually includes massive furniture of natural wood, endearing us with its thoroughness, marble countertops and intricate metal accessories. It is important for Italian style to feel like the kitchen furniture passed down in your family hereditary. Massive dining table is the heart of Italian kitchen, when wooden chairs or long benches will better suit family gatherings and friendly Italian get-togethers. Genuine Italian furniture is often decorated with a decorative carving of olive, wheat or animal’s figures. Capacious cupboard is very good for the storage of kitchen utensils. Italian furniture is well complemented with kitchen appliances in “metallic” color. It is hard to imagine Italian kitchen without fireplace. It can even be electric but with finishing of natural stone.

Rustic and retro furniture would be of great interest for you.

Furniture for kitchen in the Italian style

Decoration for Italian style interior

 A bit of the “artistic disorder” gives special charm to Italian kitchen. Hereupon, the kitchen looks lived-in and very comfortable. Kitchen utensils becomes a full decoration here. Cooking implements are deliberately paraded on specially adapted hangers for pots and pans.

Decoration for Italian style interior

Сopper and brass, clay and terracotta are relevant for the Italian kitchen interior. Italian style is well complemented with pottery and metal decorations in antique style. Kitchen “backsplash”, and even the floor is decorated with brightly painted ceramic tiles. The most common motif is traditional Italian food and everything that goes with it: olives, sowbelly bottles of olive oil, jugs of wine, fruits, garlic and traditional peasant foods. We use some wicker baskets for additional decoration, as they are convenient to hold lots of necessary things. Such kitchen is decorated with any handmade products as embroidered towels and napkins, mats of patchwork and decorative pillows, chair covers and tablecloths.

Lighting for kitchen in Italian style

Soft side light makes Italian kitchen more comfortable. You may use the lamps that imitate candles and vintage lanterns for kitchen lighting in the Italian style. You would better to use plenty of lights, scattered across different functional areas. The great choice for kitchen is stylized antique chandeliers and candelabra above the dining table or Breakfast bar, wall mounted lights and even a small table lamp on a shelf or countertop.

Lighting for kitchen in Italian style

The interior in the Italian style

Basic rule of Italian style in the kitchen interior is that the kitchen should be comfortable and attractive. So, don’t be afraid to experiment. Everything that makes the kitchen cozy for you and your relatives and gives a wonderful feeling of happiness just because you’re home will be appropriate here.

The interior in the Italian style

Ceiling

Kitchen design and decor in minimalism style

Materials are simple but of high quality. The modern technological materials (plastic, metal, glass) are combined with natural ones (wood and stone).

Ceiling

People often choose white matte ceiling, but the glossy one is also relevant. The ceiling surface should be perfectly plain. Alternatively you can make hanging drywall ceiling and smooth white stretch one without any relief and photoprint.

Ceiling

Walls

Walls should be perfectly plain, monochromatic, sometimes dark, but often light: white, beige, gray. Usually they made with a cold undertone, as it visually expands the space.

The best choice for the walls is: paint, smooth paintable wallpaper, decorative plaster in imitation of concrete with effect of silk or without any obvious texture.

Walls

Kitchen interior in the style of minimalism will be revived by accent wall in the dining area. You can choose contrasting wallpaper, wallpaper with simple picture, the 3D panel. Interior of the kitchen can be decorated with a wooden wall (it can be finished with parquet or laminate) or decorative brickwork.

Floor

It is smooth, laconic and perceived as a single monolithic plane. It can be bright (in tone of the interior) or dark (as contrast to light walls and furniture).

Black and white floors are impractical: they require constant care, as any dirt on the floor is evident. You will have much less cares if the floor is gray, beige or brown.

Floor

Ceramic-granite tiles is also good for flooring. It is plain with no patterns or with beautiful texture in imitation of concrete, stone, wood, metal.

You can make an engineering or parquet flooring, or laminate matching appropriate shade. It can be light or dark, cool or warm.

Blinds and decor

Choose concise, terse, accurate blinds. It can be roman or roller blinds, metal or wooden jalousie, curtains with a simple design, plain, dull. Textile colors are neutral, matching the interior or they are bright, contrasting.

Sea also minimalism decor in kitchen and kitchen in high-tech.

Blinds

Use minimum amount of accessories. Look for the original chandelier or lamp. The walls are decorated with unusual clock, spectacular painting, poster or photograph. Put a stylish vase, stand for fruit or salt/pepper container on the table. Touch of eco-style will enliven minimalism of the kitchen. You can put greenery in simple pots and boxes.

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Lamps

Kitchen furniture and light in minimalism style

Home appliances

Ideally, it is built-in home appliance only, including microwave and coffeemaker. For small appliances (blender, slow cooker and food processor) you should better provide a special compartment or hide it in a drawer of the kitchen set.

Usually an air hole is also built-in. However, the model with minimalistic futuristic design may be an exception.

Here are examples in pictures:

Home appliances

Table and chairs

Dining table can be massive or light, but always with minimalistic design.

Countertop can be made of different materials. Here will fit round, rectangular or square kitchen table made of tempered glass (transparent, frosted or painted), solid wood, MDF or chipboard with veneer. For a small kitchen or small studio flat, the best choice is table-transformer with sliding or folding top. Tables-books badly fit minimalistic interior. The great combination of kitchen-living room in minimalism style is white/black countertop with light chromed legs.

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The combination of white plastic and natural wood in the design of table and chairs will soften the strictness of minimalism and make the interior cozier. In a small kitchen with area from 5 to 7 square meters dining table can be replaced with countertop - sill or narrow bar with minimalistic design.

Table and chairs

Wide bar counter or a projecting part of the countertop often serves as a table in a combined kitchen-living room. Transparent furniture will perfectly fit the interior of the kitchen – dining room in minimalism style. Colorless chairs visually disappear in the space and the room feels spacious, however, the colored ones will be a bright accent.

Lamps

The lighting design brightens up the minimalism interior very well.

LED lamps are very popular. You can optionally change the color of illumination. Look how colored LED lights of the backsplash transform the same kitchen:

In the kitchens with minimalism style, they often use LED backlight of the socle, so the furniture seems floating in the air:

Lamps

3 popular variants of lighting:

  1. Spotlights on the ceiling, chandelier or hanger over the dining table, hidden light over the working area of the kitchen set
  2. LED ceiling lights (behind curtain holder, light panels and strips) and additional lighting over the dining and working areas
  3. Tire lights or spots in conjunction with illumination of the countertops and dining room

Design of the lamp over the table can be simple (the most popular choice is the form of a sphere made of metal or glass) or unusual. Examples of lamps in minimalism style are in the photo-gallery below.

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Color palette

Kitchen interior in minimalism style — professional advice

Making of the kitchen interior in minimalism style — designer’s prompts.

Kitchen set in minimalism style will fit both tiny kitchen in small studio flat and combined kitchen-living room. Laconic furniture visually dilutes in the space around, and the kitchen made by considered project will always be in perfectly in order.

5 main features of the style

Minimalism style in the interior is:

  • lots of air, light and competent space zoning
  • compact and functional furniture in the same style
  • minimum of decoration, colors and textures
  • clean forms and clear lines
  • built-in home appliances

Kitchen interior in minimalism style

Color palette

Neutral basic shades of white, gray, black, beige and brown.

The interior in minimalism style can be monochromatic or contrasting. They often use no more than 2-3 hues.

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You can use bright colors (red, orange, yellow, blue, green) and beautiful textures (dark and light wood, stone, brick, concrete and other textured materials) as accents in the kitchen.

Color palette

Minimalism should not necessarily make your kitchen strict, austere and impersonal. Pure style in modern interiors is rare. Use minimalism as a basis, add favorite things and vivid details from the other styles and you will get cozy and stylish kitchen that reflects your personality.

Minimalism in the city apartment is friendly with eco-style, modern classic elements, Art Deco, loft and ethnic style.

The kitchen basis in minimalism style is well thought-out planning. While developing your design project, you should carefully think over the kitchen set ergonomics and find a place for storage of each thing. Otherwise, minimalism will soon disappear from your kitchen.

Choosing kitchen set in minimalism style

The kitchen furniture is simple and functional. Simple kitchen design and minimalism facades are compensated with smart accessories, hidden storage systems and good organization of cupboards.

Kitchen set is often built-in. The cupboards are "submerged" into the walls and join them in a single plane. Block of high cases with integrated appliances and capacious storage modules is almost mandatory element for such kitchen.

Facades are usually smooth and flat, matte or glossy. There is no any handles (doors are opened by pressing, using "Click — open" system), or the handles are hidden (milled or made of aluminum profile). The exception may be the simplest handle-rails on the lower facades.

Choosing kitchen set in minimalism style

If smooth doors seem too impersonal for you, you can order kitchen with relief facades from MDF (Medium Density Fiber) with 3D milling. It is important that the shape, color and finishing of the furniture do not contradict canons of minimalism.

Minimalism kitchen looks great without upper cupboards.

Kitchen in minimalism style with its straight lines and smooth doors is good, as the furniture can be quite cheap. The most inexpensive kitchen is the one with facades made of wood chipboard, covered with plastic or acrylic. MDF sets are more environmentally friendly and durable, but cost a lot. For decorative coating of MDF facades manufacturers usually use PVC (polyvinylchloride) layer (cheap model), plastic, acrylic, enamel or veneer (the latter two choices are the most expensive).

The color of the covering for kitchen set can exactly match the color of the walls — let it visually merge with them.

The most popular choice for apartment in light colors is white gloss or matt kitchen. If you want to highlight the kitchen area in the combined kitchen-living room, choose the colors, contrasting with the color of the walls.

The black color of the tabletop and backsplash often acts as an accent. The gallery below represents good examples of the kitchen in minimalism style in a small studio apartment:

Small studio apartment

Minimalism can be bright too! Kitchen set with red glass backsplash dilutes well the monochrome design of this small studio:

A popular combination is a mixture of white matt or glossy facades with wood. Walnut is especially good. Covering with exotic woods trimming looks spectacular. The woods used here are wenge, Makassar, Zebrano and rosewood. Manufacturers use HPL plastic for cheap kitchen sets and natural veneer for more expensive ones.

The minimalism in the interior of the kitchen does not tolerate open shelves. All storage space should be hidden behind cupboard shutters; small kitchen utensils should be stored in drawers with separators.

Small kitchen in minimalism style in Khrushchev’s flat looks light, bright and spacious:

Countertop

It is white, grey or black. Artificial stone fits the kitchen in the minimalism style best of all. Ideally, it should be monochromatic, but it is acceptable to use the stone with small pale disseminations and a slight flicker effect.

Countertop

Backsplash

Backsplash color may exactly match the tone of the kitchen set covering, or it may contrast with them. Kitchen set with backsplash and countertop made from the same artificial stone looks stunning, stylishly, strictly, laconically. Such kitchen design will better fit minimalism aesthetics.

Backsplash

Glass backsplash can be transparent or solid painted without any drawings. Good choice is white subway tile in imitation of brick with no bevel.

Tiles or ceramic-granite should be plain or with texture in imitation of stone, concrete or wood. Rectified tiles or ceramic-granite perfectly suit here, as it can be laid with minimal joints. Scouring should match the tiles color, as such backsplash looks like a monolithic surface.

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Lighting

Kitchen decoration in scandinavian style

Ceiling

Ceiling is always white. It is usually painted in white, but you can order matte stretch ceiling or make hanging drywall one.

Ceiling

White painted batten perfectly suits ceiling decoration of the Scandinavian kitchen with a touch of country.

Walls

The most popular coating for walls of Scandinavian kitchen is paint. If you have a flat in a new building, you can buy a non-woven wallpaper for painting (it will help to hide the cracks from shrinkage of the house) or fiberglass (it helps to extra reinforce the walls).

Coating for walls of Scandinavian kitchen

Popular in Scandinavian interior method is one accent wall papered with a beautiful print. You can buy typical northern designed colors and patterns from Scandinavian wallpaper manufacturers (e.g. Borastapeter and ECO wallpaper). Moreover, Mr.Perswall offers mural with a typical Swedish design.

Brickwork or brick tiles will perfectly dilute smooth white walls. If your kitchen is combined with the living room, you can put bricks in both areas - it will bring the space together.

Backsplash

Scandinavian backsplash is of two kinds:

  1. White or very light backsplash. Usually it is white tile with and without sloped edge, white mosaic, white brick or wall panel of tempered white glass.
  2. Bright, contrast, accent backsplash. For this choice you should choose bright tiles with pattern (handcrafted cement tiles are especially good, but many manufacturers offer more affordable choice), vivid mosaic or 10x10 tile or tempered glass with photo print. The best colors for the contrast backsplash are gray, wet asphalt, red and various shades of blue (ultramarine, turquoise, light blue).

backsplash

Floor

The Scandinavians love wood and they often make the same floor throughout the apartment. Wood shades are often bright. Cold shades (bleached oak, oak, Nordic, white ash) make the room lighter. Warm shades visually make the space around warmer but they produce an effect of Scandinavian country to the kitchen interior.

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The most popular choice is a wooden floor made of engineering board, parquet or flooring. Less expensive choice here is good waterproof laminate in imitation of solid wood. It is beveled on all sides and has a single-band pattern.

Owners of the kitchen-studio often make the same floor in all the flat areas as it helps to visually expand and merge the space in a small flat.

Floor

Option that is more practical would be ceramic tiles or granite in imitation of stone next to the kitchen set; the rest of the kitchen-living room may be covered with parquet or laminate. Color of the floor tiles in the kitchen is usually dark, light gray or beige-brown with streaks. Such color is the most practical and non-marking.

Skirting board is usually white, matching the walls color, and it necessarily should be high. Look for the model made from foamed polyurethane with 12 -15 cm height. These ones can be found, for example, in the range of Tarkett, Ultravud, Evroplast.

Lighting

The natural light is never enough in Scandinavia. Therefore, good lighting is the main element of any interior. The more light sources, the better.

Lamps design is very important as they often serve as focus in the Scandinavian interior.

Chandeliers with wooden elements, details of chromium, copper and colored wire also look good.

Lighting

Crystal chandelier will perfectly fit the interior of the kitchen-dining room-living room with a touch of classics.

You will never find fabric lampshades in the Scandinavian kitchen as they absorb too much light. However, you can often meet the easiest type of lamp - incandescent lamp without any lampshade on black or colored cord and "granary" or "factory" lamp with metal lampshade.

Decor

Northern kitchens usually have not much décor. Scandinavians worship things with meaning, which are beautiful and useful. Please watch the gallery below for decor ideas that will decorate the interior of the Scandinavian kitchen.

Decor

Blinds

The windows are always open in Scandinavia. The kitchen has no any curtains.  The most thing it includes is white roller blind without pictures.

If you dislike such appearance of the windows, you can hang light curtains made of translucent fabric, lace curtains or roman blinds made of a monochromatic fabric matching the walls color.

Blinds

Linen curtains of neutral shades, light curtains of soft pastel tones or accent curtains of cloth with bright Scandinavian design and distinctive prints will give the best fit to the kitchen-living room.

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Kitchen furniture in Scandinavian interior

Kitchen set

  • Scandinavian style includes simple and laconic kitchen set. Its color is often white. Sometimes there are kitchens with coating made of light, honey-golden shades or cognac wood. Combination of light and white wood makes Scandinavian interior warmer and more interesting.
  • Coating should be matte or semi-gloss. High white gloss is also good, especially if the kitchen is very small. Here the shutters reflect the light and add depth to the space around.
  • Scandinavians like open upper shelfs (kitchen looks more comfortable with crockery in sight), and upper cupboards, which they make high, often up to the ceiling.

The photo below is of the Scandinavian kitchen with smooth and framed coating:

smooth and framed coating

The most popular Scandinavian design furniture is IKEA kitchen set:

  • Modern classic in Scandinavian – the set with framed coating without any decorations and with modest milling (like the Budbin kitchens from the Method series), or similarcustom-made kitchen sets.
  • Scandinavian interior with a touch of country or Provence is ideal for IKEA kitchen set with Hitarp coating, which replaces the popular Stot one.

Choose simple handles for kitchen furniture - rails or brackets (if your kitchen is in modern style), buttons or "shells" (for Nordic kitchen in classic or country style). There are especially good facades, which are opened by pressing or have hidden milled handles.

Choose built-in home appliances in metallic color.

IKEA kitchen set

Tabletop

Tabletop is often wooden; it makes Scandinavian design warm and cozy. The best choice here is solid wood tabletop. If the set is cheap, here suits the particleboard tabletop decorated with wood veneer, plastic wood or stone. Stone tabletop should be black or gray: monochromatic or with fine specks "salt-pepper".

Tabletop

Table and chairs for Scandinavian kitchen

The dining table is usually made of wood. It is varnished or painted white, sometimes black. A great option here is a wooden table made of pine, oak, beech. The low-cost models are made of particleboard with wood veneer instead (ash, oak, beech).

The perfect solution for small kitchens is small table for breakfast and a couple of chairs. It is often used folding table with a hinged countertop or compact bar table. If the kitchen is very small, the table is replaced with a narrow bar along the wall or a folding table-shelf (it can be purchased at IKEA or made to order).

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Large dining table for 4-6 people is usually in the living room. Be sure to hang over the dining room beautiful chandelier or a group of several lamps-hangers.

If you have a small kitchen-studio in the Scandinavian style, then table-transformer with rectangular or round tabletop (folding, sliding or retractable) is the best choice.

Table and chairs for Scandinavian kitchen

Chairs in a Scandinavian style are wooden (with a retro design, curved back and colored cushions) or pointedly modern (made of white, transparent, colored plastic or leather with metal-chromed legs). You can often find chairs of legendary designers - Ant model by Arne Jacobsen or Eames by Eames spouses.

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Scandinavian kitchen

Scandinavian kitchen – all the design secrets

All the secrets of the Scandinavian kitchen design - choose furniture, decoration, lighting, décor and inspiring photos of real Scandinavian kitchens.

Scandinavian design is perfect for a small kitchen and a kitchen-living room or a small studio apartments. You can easy transform such interior at any time - by the means of textiles and décor only.

Scandinavian design in the kitchen interior - 6 main features:

  • Functionality and usefulness – are the main criteria, design is secondary one
  • White background and bright / contrasting details
  • Simple strict shapes
  • Natural materials
  • Abundance of wood with fine texture
  • Abundance of light and space, a bit of decoration

Scandinavian kitchen

Which styles go with Scandinavian Interior?

If pure Scandinavian interior seems to be trivial for you, you can add bright accents and interesting details from the other styles: northern country, eco-style, light classics, contemporary and modern.

Scandinavian Interior

Color palette

Basic Scandinavian colors are white and its shades: snow, cream, milk, vanilla cream, baked milk, ivory, eggshell or white sand.

The design of Scandinavian kitchen is perfectly supplemented with complex whitewashed cold shades of gray, beige, blue and green.

You should use dark (black, graphite, asphalt) and bright colors (yellow, green, blue, turquoise) for the accents.

In addition, you can apply light colors from Tikkurila palette of paints.

Kitchen - living room layout

Kitchen - living room layout

They often combine kitchen with living room and dining room in Scandinavian studio flats. Tabletop or large dining table will help you to demarcate the areas.

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You can accent table and chairs with rug: natural rug made of jute and sisal, or woven lint-free rug. Use solid color rug or the one with a geometric print.

Kitchen - living room layout

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