Opposite design cues attract in the Swedish kitchen

There’s a reason why interior designers worldwide look to Sweden for inspiration: they’ve simply nailed the –modern look! In the kitchen especially, Swedish interior design shines because it effectively combines modern design cues with warm interior elements, often borrowed from their heritage surroundings.

Learners, take note!

Sleek Surfaces = Modern
Modern Swedish interior design is based on a foundation of sleek surfaces, and nothing says “smooth” quite like the integrated kitchen. However, the Swedish kitchen is texturized and made thoroughly liveable through the use of a variety of smooth materials in a single space. By combining handle-free white cupboards with a matte finish, built-in stainless steel appliances and marble worktops, an overall modern base is created.

Nothing says “smooth” quite like the integrated kitchen. (c) leicht.com

Nothing says “smooth” quite like the integrated kitchen. (c) leicht.com

Varied Textures = Warmth
Though texture can bring modernity to the Swedish kitchen, it can also create warmth. In addition to alternating sleek surfaces like stainless steel, marble and glossy wood, Swedish designers use other materials to create warmth with texture, like tiles, reclaimed wood and fabric. To get the picture, consider installing white subway tiles grouted with black for a backsplash, complemented by an original hardwood parquet floor covered with an antique Turkish rug, to add that Swedish kitchen touch.

Swedish interior design is all about keeping things light, bright and monochrome. (c) leicht.com

Swedish interior design is all about keeping things light, bright and monochrome. (c) leicht.com

Neutral Palate = Modern
In terms of colour, Swedish interior design is all about keeping things light, bright and monochrome. As such, the neutral palate of white, off-white, grey, beige (and sometimes even black) are all at home in the Swedish modern kitchen. However, that doesn’t mean Swedish kitchens are completely devoid of colour. For an unexpected pop, consider a traditional green or blue gingham fabric for draperies, exposing a deep brown brick wall, or investing in small appliances made of a cheerful colour like red.

Nothing adds warmth to a Swedish modern kitchen quite like wooden furnishings. (c) leicht.com

Nothing adds warmth to a Swedish modern kitchen quite like wooden furnishings. (c) leicht.com

Wooden Furniture = Warmth
Reclaimed, vintage, or brand new, nothing adds warmth to a Swedish modern kitchen quite like wooden furnishings. Oak, maple and pine, stained naturally to bring forth their natural colour, are all ideal additions for adding warmth to a modern space. In a small kitchen with big social plans, invest a drop-leaf table. For the full Nordic treatment, scour the internet for a perfect mid-century modern Scandinavian dinette set – preferably in teak. It is a luxurious option, but it will provide character and charm for more than a lifetime!

Like it or not, it can’t be denied that the modern and warm Swedish kitchen is a Smorgasbord of interior design inspiration!