Scandinavian style kitchen
Design for the kitchen - living room in the Scandinavian style is often chosen for studios and one-bedroom apartments with limited space. In such an interior, the kitchen should be not only a room where food is prepared, but also a place where you can gather at the table and relax over a cup of tea after a busy day. Kitchen - living room should be one with the room and there should be a lot of light in it.
Distinctive features of style
- Practicality and maximum functionality - this is the motto of this style. The absence of useless details in this interior is striking. Here every little thing has its own purpose.
- White color traditionally dominates the interior. It is taken as a basis, and on it, like on a blank canvas, other details appear.
- Use of natural materials. It can be wood, stone, ceramics or imitation of these structures.
- The abundance of natural light in all its manifestations. This applies not only to the colors of decoration, but also to artificial lighting - the Scandinavian style hails from Northern Europe, where the climate is harsh and the sun is a rare guest.
- Proper zoning of the room. In case you are planning a kitchen - living room, you can separate these two rooms with a column counter. It can also be used as a support for a table or bar counter.
- The correct geometry with clear lines. Since the Scandinavian style is a minimalist style, there is no place for various ornate monograms, curlicues and intricate patterns. Everything is as simple as possible, understandable and without frills. Straight lines and no heaps of designs.
To avoid the feeling of sterility of the operating room, you can dilute the Scandinavian interior with other colors. However, one should adhere to the rule that the white color and all its derivatives — beige, ivory, pale blue, pale pink, the color of the first greenery, etc. — should prevail. Smooth transitions of one shade to another are allowed. So, if the ceiling in the kitchen area is boiling white, then above the living area it can be made ivory colors.
In connection with the appearance of new materials, some relaxations are allowed when creating a Scandinavian interior. For example, the kitchen wall can be laid out with tiles or clapboard, and the living area can be covered with wallpaper to match the kitchen finish, or vice versa, play on the contrast - make dark tiles in the kitchen and light wallpaper in the living room. The combination of brown wooden countertops in the kitchen space and pale green wallpaper in the living room also will not contradict the canons of the Scandinavian style.
If you prefer a wallpaper with a pattern - let it be only one wall, and the rest can be pasted over with plain wallpaper from the same collection, or for coloring.
As for the material for furniture - plastic and chrome is not for this interior. Here are relevant solid wood arrays or natural veneer. A wooden tabletop of a shade of coffee with milk or whiskey color perfectly harmonizes with the light wall and vice versa - if the working wall is dark, then the tabletop should be chosen as opposed to it. Metallic elements may be present in the interior, but only as accents.
If you want in the kitchen interior, combined with the living room, to focus on the modern style, choose rectangular furniture. It will look good built-in furniture and facades with hidden buttons, opening with a simple click.
In a small kitchen - a living room with Scandinavian motifs a small folding table or bar stand will organically fit in, which fences off the area for eating food from the rest area.
If space allows, you can put a massive wooden table in the style of medieval knighthood. The dining area must be well lit. If the ceiling does not have built-in lights or they are not bright enough, hang a large chandelier over several lamps above the table.
Since there is a shortage of sunlight in Scandinavia, it is not customary to close it with heavy curtains and the windows often do not curtain anything. If the kitchen in combination is also a living room or bedroom, you can hang on the windows light organza and roller blinds with a dense texture. Both that, and another should be necessarily light tones.
In the kitchen with a slant to the provence window can be decorated with light lace tulle, reminiscent of homespun lace. For classic design fit linen monochrome curtains to match the walls.
Many people mistakenly believe that Scandinavian design is boring and solid. Perhaps because the summer in the northern countries is very short and the locals do not have time to enjoy it, they are trying to extend it in patterns on the fabric and other types of finishes.
To do this, they choose bright warm tones that are mixed with cold. All shades of yellow and deep red are intermingled with deep blue, strong gray and neutral white. Ornaments with these colors are present in all the details of the Scandinavian interior: on curtains, on napkins and tablecloths. It can be tacks or a rug on the floor, sheep or cowskin can be used. At will fur can be replaced with artificial, stylized as natural. And so that the kitchen and living room looked like a single ensemble, throw a few pillows of the same material on the sofa. Options to beat the Scandinavian interior weight, it is only important to properly combine materials and colors.