A fresh look at the Scandinavian secrets to successful kitchen design

With the world currently obsessed with Danish (and Scandinavian) design, it’s no surprise that Denmark has reformed the kitchen industry with its export of stylish minimalist designs. The clean look, with its streamlined cabinetry and neutral tones, has become a key trend, perhaps due to the fact that more homeowners want flexible open-plan living, where the kitchen is integrated into the rest of the space.

While no one can tell for sure what materials will dominate Danish kitchens in the future, we can certainly track what’s been happening with Danish design in 2018. Scroll down and discover the most visionary trends set to hit Danish kitchens this year.

Designer, Katrine Martensen-Larsen private kitchen illuminated by natural daylight. © kmldesign.dk

Designer, Katrine Martensen-Larsen private kitchen illuminated by natural daylight. © kmldesign.dk

Minimal and clean

The Danish kitchen steers clear of clutter by going with a basic but visually appealing layout. White walls and cabinetry run through most of these kitchens with wood elements and flooring adding warmth. Images of super-stylish Danish kitchens are always impeccably finished, with no trace of disorder in sight; it seems keeping things pure and simple is the secret to smart kitchen design.

Don’t buy stuff that you don’t need for your kitchen,’ quips Danish interior designer Katrine Martensen-Larsen when asked about the best way to achieve a minimalist kitchen.

Many people are impulse buyers and hoarders, so this advice might be hard to follow, but the trick is to be savvy with storage solutions – just don’t have it all out on show. Martensen-Larsen hides her rarely used items, such as bulky juicers, blenders and mixers, in storage units, rather than keeping them out on the worktop.

White window panes and candles blend in softly into this kitchen. © kmldesign.dk

White window panes and candles blend in softly into this kitchen. © kmldesign.dk

One colour all over

There a certain need most people have to counterbalance our often hectic lives. It’s something that regularly manifests in the colour trends we follow. That’s why kitchens adorned with only one shade are becoming more popular in Danish design.

A one-colored room can be a calm refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern connected world. We long for surroundings that are simple and clean. And if there’s one kitchen style that’s all about simplicty, it’s the Danish one.

Scandinavian style is already renowned for strong geometry and a simple palette, but unicolour rooms and bigger areas with a single focal element are something we’ll be seeing more of in private homes over the next few years. It’s the perfect complement to the Danish kitchen, harmonising perfectly with the clean lines so often associated with the style.

Renowned Danish designer Knud Kapper Hansen agrees that the way forward is to create timeless, streamlined designs.

‘We need to make modern classics again. We did right after the Second World War, and it was a success,’ says Hansen. ‘We have to nurture the next generation of young designers who can make these modern classics again that will become icons of Danish design.’
But Hansen says that it’s not just about opting for the right style – in order to achieve a truly modern classic design, a designer must spend a lot time researching and testing the product to come up with a kitchen that will last.

The continuation of this kitchen into a segment for entertaining guests  © kmldesign.dk

The continuation of this kitchen into a segment for entertaining guests © kmldesign.dk

Herringbone Wood Floor

There’s little doubt that the floor is a crucial consideration when designing any kitchen. If you’re going with the Danish style, herringbone hardwood floors would do the trick. Herringbone has a rich history as a traditional floor pattern in Europe. It can be installed in several configurations, and when used with a pure white base colour, herringbone floors radiate warmth and practicality.

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© Kitchen Unknown

Practical Storage

The Danish kitchen is usually quite spacious, even when installed in a small area. This is often due to practical storage design like placing cabinets on narrow side walls instead of main walls. Grouped cabinets are practical space savers – and you’ll often find these cabinets using leather pulls instead of knobs. These leathers are not only convenient and stylish, but thoroughly Danish. Find out how to conquer kitchen clutter with these kitchen cabinets trends.

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© Erin Berzel Photography

The kitchen has always been a functional space – and often doubles as a social area in modern homes. No one knows this better than the Danes with their minimalist yet timeless kitchen designs leading the way in Denmark, and indeed the world.