Scandinavians are always at the forefront of design, and nowhere is that more true than in the kitchen. In the interest of bringing you the most beautiful and stylish ideas for your home, I've combed through a vast collection of kitchens from Sweden, Norway and Denmark and highlighted some of the best ideas here.
Mixing old and new elements, like shiny square tiles and dark wood shelves, or stainless steel cabinets and a farmhouse sink, can have surprisingly beautiful results.
Bright white upper cabinets, paired with black lower cabinets, almost disappear into the wall. (This is a nice alternative if you like the minimal look of no upper cabinets, but don't want to give up the storage.)
Pale blue and marble makes for a striking combination.
An elevated island feels lighter and more graceful but still provides plenty of storage.
Dark walls (and a black faucet) make a beautiful contrast to light marbles.
Use open shelves to screen your kitchen from other living areas without completely blocking it off.
An antique furniture piece, used as an island, adds a welcome bit of contrast to a modern kitchen.
Can't decide on open shelving or upper cabinets? Why not combine the two, for the best of both worlds?
Matte black accents are especially eye-catching in an all-white kitchen.
A glass-front china cabinet is a great way to add a little extra storage in any kitchen.
Leather cabinet pulls add a little warmth to a modern kitchen.