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Inspiring Tips to Mimic a Scandinavian Kitchen in Your Rental

Inspiring Tips to Mimic a Scandinavian Kitchen in Your Rental

Interior design is an unpredictable field, with trends coming and going more frequently than the opportunity to remodel or redecorate. As such, opting for a timeless style is the most practical choice in the long run. When it comes to kitchen design, you want something that is both durable and stylish—because much of your time will be spent there.

One of the most fruitful designs for kitchens—recommended again and again by designers—is Scandinavian. This style focuses on minimalism, practicality, and clarity, and its features are appropriate for a wide variety of people, apartments, and tastes.

scandinavian kitchen cabinet

However, to achieve this style, there are certain areas you should focus on—including textures and colors—more so than furniture choices. For instance, try to find a unit with stainless-steel appliances, which are easy to clean and elegant. As for the rest of the design, you don’t have to necessarily change much; that’s because simply working with lighting, colors, and small details will transform any kitchen.

Color Palette

The signature Scandinavian style comes from its open and light feel, primarily because white is its central color. For example, creamy, white tiles with dark gray tiling grout are an elegant and practical solution. Or, if you want to bring the design into 2020, think about incorporating champagne details through rugs or curtains.

Once you’ve laid down your light background, it’s time to add contrast. Select a dark, navy blue for your larger pieces and combine that with golden accents. Or, alternatively, go for a fully sophisticated look with dark gray or even black furniture. Depending on which color scheme you choose, you can also add colorful details in olive, mint, yellow, or red.

modern scandi kitchen

Textures & Materials

Scandinavian kitchens are smooth and sleek with straight lines and minimal features. Therefore, you want countertops that are strong, easy to clean, and primarily functional. To really embrace the Nordic feeling, try to find a natural material like wood, especially oak and pine. Or, for a more modern Scandi kitchen, choose a concrete or marble countertop and search for wooden floors when browsing your rental options. You could also incorporate wood in smaller accents, such as cutting boards or chair legs.

wooden features

Additionally, Nordic kitchens can sometimes have a cold feeling, so integrate soft, plushy materials—such as comfortable chair cushions or maybe a soft cotton rug in the transition area—to subtly make the space feel cozier.


One of the most important aspects of Scandinavian kitchen design is lighting. The signature style is to hang long, thin lamps—usually in threes—in either black or a metal of your choice. In particular, brass, gold, and copper work great. For the lighting itself, depending on your personal preference, choose either a warm, yellowish light or a cool, white hue.

nordic kitchens

Apart from this main lighting feature, you can also incorporate lights on dimmers at the entrance of the kitchen, as well as above the stove. If you have a larger kitchen, you might also add a standing lamp to brighten darker corners.

Details & Décor

Now, for the fun part: it’s time to personalize it. If, so far, none of the recommendations seem possible for you, rest assured; you can mimic the Scandinavian style with just a few details. Remember, it’s all about cleanliness, order, and creating a clutter-free environment; so, if you store everything properly and have just a few items on display, adding some Nordic features will create that Scandinavian feeling.

As we discussed, consider incorporating natural elements into your décor. Invest in roughly finished, hard wooden cutting boards to display, as well as a central element that utilizes river stones. Also, have a potted plant or a vase with freshly cut flowers on the counter, but keep the color variation to a minimum with a dark, rich green foliage and white or very lightly colored flowers.

scandinavian kitchen

Moreover, if you want to add artwork, keep it as minimal as possible. Of course, your decorations should be aesthetically pleasing, but don’t forget that Scandinavian kitchens are, first and foremost, practical. As such, invest in kitchen accessories that are both beautiful and functional.

As with all interior design, these are not rigid instructions; feel free to incorporate the elements that are right for you and adapt any aspect to fit your lifestyle and preferences. In the end, it’s all about how you feel in your own home, so don’t be afraid to experiment with the colors and textures you enjoy.

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Published at Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:49:02 +0000

7 Cheap and Easy Kitchen Updates for Rental Apartments

Whether you’re a home chef or more of an order-in or microwave meal type of person, everyone spends enough time in the kitchen to care about how it looks and feels. But, while you might sometimes get the itch to shake things up and update your apartment, it’s easy to give up before you started; besides, a busy life with little spare time and a tight budget can really turn you off from home renovations. Luckily, with a few quick and cheap DIY updates, you can revamp your kitchen hassle-free!

Remove cabinet doors

Give your plain cabinets an easy makeover by converting them to open shelving. Bonus: all you need for this one is a screwdriver. Removing the doors will have a significant and instant effect, and you’ll be able to show off your most stylish items. Plus, you can stash away the cabinet doors and screw them back in at any time.

Hang floating shelves

Speaking of open shelving, if you don’t want to remove your cabinet doors—but still want to display a beautiful set of glasses or some of your most valuable cookbooks—floating shelves are the way to go. Even better, find options that don’t require drilling here so you can set these up even if your landlord is strict (or if you’re not handy at all).

Paint window frames

Painting your window frames allows you to add a splash of color in a kitchen that’s otherwise neutral or make brightly painted walls pop. A good rule of thumb is to create contrast by going at least three shades lighter or darker than the rest of the room. Or, if your landlord won’t allow you to repaint, try experimenting with chalk spray paint or stickers.

Revamp walls & tiles with stickers

Even if your landlord won’t let you repaint your apartment, you can still add a lot of personality to your kitchen with a few well-placed stickers. Whether you want to add a few statement designs, cover an entire wall, or make it seem like you changed your kitchen tiles, stickers are easy to use, easy to personalize, and—best of all—easy to remove.

Turn your fridge into a chalkboard

Turning your fridge into a chalkboard will give your kitchen a trendy edge while also making household planning more practical. What’s more, if you have children—or if you’re an amateur artist yourself—it provides the perfect space for creativity. Simply apply a few layers of magnetic primer and chalkboard paint, and you’re all set.

Play with textures

You surely have a few tea towels and totes around the house. So, instead of stashing them in drawers, consider hanging them on cabinets and walls. Add a few baskets to the mix and play with how you layer the textures. Combining a diverse set of textures to your kitchen will make the space look warm and lived-in, and—if you’re using items you already have—it will also be free.

Recolor appliances with vinyl

When we think of personalization, kitchen appliances rarely come to mind. But, you can easily give them a completely new look with colored vinyl. Choose your favorite color online or from a local custom vinyl shop, effortlessly apply the sheets to appliances, and remove them in a snap. Plus, because vinyl is heat-resistant, you can even use it on your stove.

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Published at Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:43:05 +0000