Danish Design Queen Katrine Martensen-Larsen shares her top tips on how to create a successful kitchen design
When you think of Danish kitchen design, often you’ll conjure up images of immaculate, clean-lined and muted designs. Interior designer, stylist and blogger Katrine Martensen-Larsen’s interiors are archetypal of this cool Nordic look, which is taking the design world by storm.
K!tchn caught up with this top-notch designer in her own breathtakingly beautiful Scandi-style kitchen to find out more about her personal design mantra and to get some key insider tips.
‘I want my clients to be deeply involved in the projects so that I can capture exactly the right look that they want for their kitchen,’ says the classic kitchen designer. ‘I like to quiz them to find out what they like and what they don’t like so that we can discover who they are and ensure their kitchen has its own personal stamp, otherwise it would become just like everybody else’s.’
The Nordic designer is well known among her fans for the stunning moodboards she makes, which are packed with creative concepts and subtle, tonal colour palettes that are used to develop each client’s interior scheme and build their own personal story.
Martensen-Larsen is clever at bringing out the client’s individuality by combining the best of her design talent with the homeowner’s respective taste.
When asked what’s the most common mistake made by most home renovators when remodelling their kitchen, she revealed that the average homeowner tends to forgo patience and ends up choosing quick fixes.
‘They often try to choose everything on the same day,’ she explains. ‘A lot of people end up opting for so many new things and not mixing the old with the new because it’s easier.’
However, Martensen-Larsen wants to emphasise the significance of carefully curating individual pieces over a longer period of time to achieve a real balance of personality and smart design.
She’s the first to admit that, in order to create a unique look in her own property, it took her years to discover the treasured possessions that now make her house a home.
Commenting on the Danish interiors industry, she would like to see more hand-painted furniture available in kitchen designs, finding what’s currently on offer quite limited.
‘There’s a large amount of cabinetry available in Denmark, but it’s often either white, grey or black and what I like is to hand-paint the cabinets and to be able to see the grain of the wood but there aren’t that many suppliers that can provide this.’
Martensen-Larsen, who has long stood by Nordic tradition, says that she’s started utilising social media, particularly Instagram, to find creative design inspiration, which also helps her clients to visualise her ideas and bring them to life.
Finally, as someone who spends a large amount of time in her own kitchen, she adds that the best thing you can do before you even start a project is to understand the way you use your kitchen on a daily basis to work out what you really need from the design.