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Scandinavian Kitchens - shades of gray

Scandinavian KitchenI tried to break out of black and white Scandinavian kitchens, but I'll tell you one thing, it's not easy! There is more black than I realized lurking in Scandinavian kitchen designs I am coming across.

Black is very interesting in kitchens...sometimes you hardly know it's there. It is a neutral and it makes a statement, but sometimes it comes on like the strong, yet silent type of statement, sort of like Leonardo DiCaprio...don't you just wonder what's going on behind those eyes (and those eyebrows?) I know I do. Moving on...

Many of us are familiar with a classic light to medium blue gray color, found more in Swedish kitchens than in Danish kitchens, for example. Why gray? Isn't the air cold enough to be also reminded with a cool color? I wonder about that. Doing some quick research does not reveal answers. I'll need to get on this trail. 

The light gray kitchen and dining area is from Vakre Hjem & Interior. The white kitchen, from Interior Magasinet, as well as the top image. The rustic wood and white kitchen, from Bo Bedre.


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ScandKit 4_16_7.jpg ScandKit 4_16_8.jpg The top light gray kitchen, is very subtly eclectic in style. Notice the lighting fixture above the table. While a classic design, by Poulsen, and designed many decades ago, it is a contemporary feel. The cabinetry, to me, seems a beautifully simplistic country style, yet, with modern overtones, which complement the lighting fixture. The expanse of wall in a singular color, with little ornamentation can also be interpreted in a simplistic modern way as well as simple country. I suppose in the end, we seem to be looking at a modern country look. Do you agree?

Oh, before I go, again, here are some wonderful Scandinavian blogs...I hope the authors will comment on what they see makes their kitchens so special! Take a look at Dreamhouse, a white kitchen in the latest post, and Annas hus pa landet, with a list of blogs to make you procrastinate all afternoon! OK, and one more, Sara vill fara.

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Reader Comments (7)

I love the light gray kitchen! I also like black in a kitchen. If I ever replace my appliances, I plan on doing black, vs. stainless. I think it's more timeless. What is your opinion on stainless appliances, Susan?

that white kitchen is so country chic, very comforting!

April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJLee

I also love the light gray kitchen! I think black appliances were sort of shunned in recent years, for stainless. Some kitchens look better to have black appliances. I don't have a problem with stainless steel in appliances, the thing that bugs me is that so often, my clients automatically gravitate toward the large, professional, pieces without considering that they may not want the appliances to have such a dominant role in the kitchen. So, I have more of an issue with the knee jerk "pro" appliance choice than considering more understated appliances, even if they are stainless. Did I confuse you sufficiently, Linda? ;-)

Thanks for commenting JLee! You have great kitchens in your blog!

April 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersusan

by the way, I must have had this post subliminally going on in my mind, because I did a "Shades of Gray" post late last night. I just came back here and realized! Well, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

I love Scandinavian design for its ability to perfecly blend elements of modern and classic design, and I see that in these kitchens. It provides an eclectic but warm feeling that is so livable. Great posts.

April 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Linda, that happens to me too...so many things floating around in our heads!

Susan, thanks for the comment. Yes, I'm telling you they do it effortlessly and it's just so "right" it's eerie. But, delightful.

April 23, 2007 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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