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Try a new design for your kitchen with the Scandinavian interior design style and you definitely won't regret going Nordic!

Scandinavian Kitchen Design: Wood Blend

Most people consider that the kitchen does not deserve a special design or don’t give enough time or thought for that. However, the kitchen is an important part of our home and deserves equal attention, as do the rest of the rooms. For those of you who are fans of the Nordic fashion and interior design, today we bring you the Scandinavian kitchen design! Quite an innovative trend in the interior design industry, it’s definitely a style that’s worth your read, so keep on reading!

A word that would describe the Scandinavian kitchen design is “neat“. In general, the furniture used is very practical and simple, easy to clean and to use, but this thing does not take away from its beauty, quite on the contrary! So whenever you decide to create such a design for your kitchen, don’t forget to choose simple furniture items and plain colors.

And since we’re talking about colors, it’s time for you to know which colors are appropriate for this type of design. Since it’s based on simplicity and elegance, the most common colors you will encounter are white, grey or blue. They really remind you of the Nordic countries and landscapes and they are also very soothing and help in creating a calm atmosphere. However, this does not mean that you cannot play around with colors! You can choose one of the colors mentioned above as a base one and then you can add to it various details in bright colors. For instance, you can choose a white furniture complete with bright orange cutlery or towels, napkins, glassware and so on.

In what concerns the materials used in the Scandinavian kitchen design, it is a good idea to use wood. Not only that it brings some warmth to the cold color scheme, but it also reminds you of the cold Nordic forests and the snow there. The more warm the color you choose, the bigger the contrast with the rest of the design. If you don’t particularly like wooden floors, you can go for models of log furniture or even simple wooden cabinets or countertops. Your imagination is the limit!

Don’t hesitate to use metallic details! They are a great addition to the cold color scheme we mentioned above and they’re also practical, being easy to clean and easy to match in the room. Ideally, you should use stainless steel, but you can also opt for warmer variations like copper.

Last but not least, sculptural elements are a must in creating a perfect Scandinavian kitchen design. By this we mean that you can use for instance a round chandelier or round armchairs. The shelves are a great place to start playing the shapes and there are lots of stores where you can find segmented book shelves, for instance. The effect is even more impressive if you combine sculptural elements with bright colors. For instance, if you have a neutral background in shades of white, beige or blue, you can choose only one furniture item in a different bright color, like orange.

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If you want to improve your organizing in the kitchen, you will totally need to read the following kitchen lifehacks and apply them for an easier life!

Kitchen Lifehacks: organized shelves

As organized as you might be, there comes a time when you need to reorganize and rethink the kitchen, especially if you don’t have a lot of space to waste around. Some lifehacks for your kitchen are always helpful, so don’t hesitate to read and apply as many as possible.

  1. Make a list of what you have in the cabinet. It’s much easier to see the list of the contents of the cabinet at one single glance than to browse through boxes and bags to see if you have that absolutely important ingredient you need.
  2. Chalkboard. You can keep a chalkboard in the kitchen where you can write down the measurement units, correspondences or where you can organize measuring spoons to have them more accessible.
  3. Pegboard. A pegboard can prove to be really useful and probably one of the most comprehensive lifehacks for your kitchen. Thank us later!
  4. Magnetic knife holder. A magnetic knife holder will be very useful in saving space in the kitchen. You can simply attach it to the wall near the counter and you have any knife at your disposal whenever you need it.
  5. Use shelves instead of cabinets. Sometimes shelves prove to be a much better organizer than cabinets, since they value space much more. Many times there is a lot of unused space in a cabinet which, with a good organization, can be very valued.
  6. Magnetic racks. Whether you use them for spices or bigger things, magnetic racks are great because they are very flexible and can easily be moved according to your needs. They are probably one of the most popular lifehacks for your kitchen people use.
  7. Hang them around. If you don’t know where to put your pans and pots in the kitchen, hang them from the ceiling. You can find on the market special systems to hang them above the counters or wherever you feel it’s suitable.
  8. Over the sink cutting board. Such a cutting board can really extend the space you have for cooking something, at least temporarily. It is very useful when you need to handle long things, like a fish, or to shift and move several pans or pots.
  9. Use hooks. Hooks are the easiest way to save some space around the kitchen and to take advantage of the existing space. Instead of occupying a lot of space with gloves or kitchen towels, use hooks and take up vertical space.
  10. Narrow rolling cart. A narrow rolling cart doesn’t help only with transporting stuff, but it can also prove to be a great way to store away several smaller things. Perhaps this is the most unusual of the lifehacks for your kitchen, but it will surely save you a great deal of time when looking for multiple packages, storing sugar, flour, oil, vinegar or any other things you need really often in the kitchen.

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