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12 Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchens

Kitchens can often feel overrun with clutter and a great way to avoid that is to keep the overall design simple and scaled back. Scandinavian-inspired kitchens are probably the best example of this approach, keeping cabinets clean and the details sparse, while still remaining visually appealing. Take a look at 12 Scandinavian-inspired kitchens that are doing it well.

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12 Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchens

This Swedish apartment recently sold and from the kitchen, you can definitely see why. They paired neutral colors, navy and gray, with clean lines and simple details, including one, long single shelf instead of upper cabinets.

Ben Newton and Marie Pedersen shared their Hackney, London apartment that was once a shoe factory on Apartment Therapy. The duo used IKEA products to achieve their Scandinavian-inspired kitchen with white cabinets and appliances and a butcher block countertop and shelves.

Photo by Simon Maxwell

Photo by Simon Maxwell

The simple kitchen in this London apartment by Architecture for London features flat-front white cabinets with beautiful Carrara marble countertops and backsplash.

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A mini kitchen designed by HTH that lets you mix and match the cabinets to get your own color scheme. The mixed a bold yellow/green upper cabinet and refrigerator with a neutral gray lower cabinet and backsplash.

A family of five calls this kitchen home in Stockholm, Sweden and along with the white cabinets and wood floors, they’ve incorporated lots of color, like the pink light and LEGO box on the counter to hold utensils.

Photo courtesy of Tvis

Photo courtesy of Tvis

Using a series of open boxes in muted colors, like a light blue, this Danish kitchen was made by Tvis for a woman and her daughter. The same blue is used n the lower cabinets.

Photo by Shannon McGrath

Photo by Shannon McGrath

The Seaview House, by Jackson Clements Burrows, features a pavilion-like kitchen with simple white cabinets, wooden countertops, and an island that has a black panel underneath the bar. Vertical wood boards skim the walls and continue up the pitched ceiling adding warmth to the open space.

With classic black and white tiles on the floor, this kitchen designed by Russian for Fish keeps a light palette except for the pink and yellow chairs. They also brought in open shelves above some of the cabinets.

Photo by Anders Hviid

Photo by Anders Hviid

Once a factory, this space was transformed by the CEO of Vipp with a cantilevered, floating island unit that was custom-made by Boform with panels of green-tinted glass on once side.

Photo © Kobenhavn Design

Photo © Kobenhavn Design

Designed by Kobenhavn Design, this open kitchen has floor-to-ceiling white cabinets with built-in appliances, along with a massive stainless steel covered island that contains the cooktop and sink.

Photo courtesy of deDRAFT

Photo courtesy of deDRAFT

This Victorian home in Queens Park, North London was remodeled by deDRAFT to include a Nordic-inspired kitchen with Svane cabinets imported from Norway. An original brick wall was painted white to match the white elements in the room, along with soft greys to warm up the space.

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Another kitchen from HTH that’s built under a sharply slanted ceiling with black and white details that create a striking contrast in the relatively small, narrow space.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.