Scandinavian design has been around since the 1950s. The characteristics of this design focus on the idea of minimalism, absence of clutter, and simple lines to name a few. When considering a home remodel, you can incorporate Scandinavian design ideas into your kitchen. There are many ways that this can be done. Here are some ideas to incorporate Scandinavian design into your kitchen space.


One way to do this is through the use of color. Where some designs favor bold splashes of color and pattern, Scandinavian design focuses more on the paler, more neutral tones. These colors would include whites, soft pinks, and pale blues. Most walls are kept towards the whiter spectrum so that the décor on and around the walls can take center stage instead of the walls themselves.


Lighting is another factor in this design scheme. You can use the light color on the walls to reflect the natural light and interior lighting to brighten the room during those cold winter days and nights. With more time generally spent indoors, you can use lighting to create a warm, cozy place to relax after a long day at work. You can use several different types of lighting sources as well for variety.

Lack of Clutter

One of the hallmarks of this design is the use of storage and shelving to reduce or eliminate the idea of clutter. Everything has a place in the Scandinavian design. In addition to the lack of clutter, there is a less is more mentality. This creates a cleaner looking room. So, while there is shelving and storage, it will not be brimming with things.

Window Treatments

Another distinguishing characteristic of the Scandinavian design is the minimal use of window treatments. Since light is favored in every way, the windows are kept as unadorned as possible to let the maximum amount of light in. This does not mean that all treatments are not used though, light or sheer fabrics can be placed for a little more privacy.


Natural elements like wood and live plants are used and are in tune with the Scandinavian love of the outdoors. So, items such as flooring or furniture can be made of wood, with live plants sprinkled throughout the rooms. An herb garden would be the perfect addition to the kitchen to allow for live plants and have functionality at the same time.  The herb garden can be placed in a wooden holder and set in the window to receive the proper light to grow.