I don't envy the Swedes their weather, but I am a little jealous of their design climate: they seem to think of everything just a little sooner than we do. Case in point: this beautiful kitchen, with modern style yet undeniable warmth. The apartment where it's located is for sale, but in case you're not planning a relocation to Scandinavia, here are seven ideas to steal for your own space.
1. The mix of colors.
We've seen a lot of black and white in the kitchen, and even grey, but this combination, with navy and grey and white and even a little aqua, is truly next-level. It's beautiful and interesting and soothing. The takeaway? Don't feel that you have to limit yourself to one color, or even two, in your kitchen. It might be wise to keep everything in the same color family, though, unless you want the look to be really wild.
2. A single shelf.
Opting for just a single shelf (instead of upper cabinets or a collection of open shelves) is a great way to give your kitchen a spacious feel while providing a landing place for kitchen items you use often (or, in this case, for some treasured art).
Feeling inspired? Check out this gallery of kitchens with only a single shelf.
3. Upper cabinets grouped together on one wall.
One way to keep your kitchen feeling light and airy, while still providing yourself with a place to stash things, is to group all the shallower cabinets together on a single wall. You can see something similar in this kitchen, where the owners opted to create a small 'hutch' of double-height cabinets and forego upper cabinets elsewhere.
4. Leather pulls.
Leather cabinets pulls are still a very new idea, but they're a great way to add warmth to a modern space without spending a ton of cash. Anthropologie has some nice options, or you can DIY your own.
5. Special range hood treatment.
It's interesting (at least to a design blogger like me) that as upper cabinets disappear from kitchens, range hoods are more and more in the spotlight. Here, the vent for the stove is contained within a minimal box, painted the same color as the shelf so it can harmonize with the rest of the kitchen.
6. Cabinets with 'feet'.
I first spotted this particular detail in this kitchen, and I love it in this space too: the way the dividers between the cabinet doors don't end at the toe kick, but go all the way to the floor. It's a small detail that gives the cabinets a luxurious, custom feel.
7. A herringbone wood floor.
All those cool tones might come off as a bit cold were they not balanced out by that gorgeous herringbone wood floor. You can have your contractor lay new wood flooring in this pattern, or, for a budget-friendly (and low maintenance!) option, you can do the same thing with wood-look tile (as in this Brooklyn kitchen).
To see more photos of this kitchen (or to buy the apartment, if you just have to have it), visit Entrance.
via Lovely Life