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Cozy Scandinavian Kitchens

What can I tell you? I can't resist even MORE Scandinavian kitchens! I was cleaning up my desk (I probably have 100 magazines in my office) and this one recent magazine had such great images in it. They're cozy, they're woody, if not in the cabinetry, then in the surrounding walls. 

I decided to show the last image of the oak door because oak is still quite unpopular in the U.S. But, look at that finish. It's new, fresh, and very sophisticated. This is not the "golden oak" finish that we once knew. From Interior Magasinet from Norway. 

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Interesting to note that all these Scandinavian Kitchens have recessed panel doors, except for the slab door. I have been a fan of the shaker door but it seems Americans still love their raised panel door.

The oak door does have a contemporary appeal with a blend of two types of grain pattern. The center panel with the very straight, linear grain pattern looks to be quarter sawn oak, The frames are rotary cut.
Very good update for Oak!

October 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Thanks Susan!

The concepts and designs using oak are nice. The way you use your kitchen and the added features you hope to incorporate will dictate how you design the space.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClara John

Susan- Thanks so much for the Oak photo. I have just installed a very similiar look into my new kitchen and I have resisted telling clients and colleagues what style of cabinets I used fearing they would think I "cheaped out" by using Oak. Mine are Quartersawn which came at a premium but I love the texture and wanted to do something different. Maybe I'm ahead of the curve. You have vindicated me. Khat

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkhat

I agree with Lauries comments. (The center panels are "rift" cut oak) I think americans are tired with standard random cut oak.
I have seen some great projects done with rift and quarter sawn.
The floors in one of our showroom displays are French white oak with knots and checking. A great look and a good alternative to knotty alder or pine.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMIKE

good to see such nicely designed kitchens. space management is quite goood

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdown

This has to be one of the most unique things I have read about in a very long time. I love that idea and the design Can you tell me who's the designer?

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdiscount furniture

That is an amazingly cozy kitchen. Love the effect of the dark panels on the room.

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCashmere Lashkari

I really liked the wicker baskets for space management. Neat and tidy kitchen. Well organized.

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrestle Tables

Yes Indeed, Love the oak choice! Very different, stands out and would be a perfect back drop for the chandelier.
Also I came through this site about diff types of furniture. Great one!

November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Islands

Great use of wood!

November 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYour Online Handyman

We do have a golden oak kitchen (1986!) but the cabinets are custom made and we like it still although my chef husband had stainless steel counters and backsplash installed. The wood ceilings however (which we also have) soak up light. After 10 years we probably should get some lighting design help...

Susan I remember you from the dream house diaries on the Times website. Every so often when the latest downward real estate numbers come out, I think of Paul and Alison and wonder if their terrible timing came back to haunt them. Cheers-

November 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermoxie

I like the stark contrast of old world meets new world in wood floors, walls, roofs, meeting the stainless steel fridge/oven etc...

November 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterInterior Designers Perth

The cabinetry looks incredible.

November 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterI Luv Cooktops!

Great Kitchen designs. Everything arranged perfectly.

Thanks for posting.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Accessories

Thanks for the great pictures for a cold winter day (here in Detroit at least).

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Great designed and unique style and very different. Soapstone counter tops looks amazing with the attached cabinets. Some more ideas on countertops here.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCounter Tops

This used to be such an interesting and informative blog.
Susan, you're way too busy!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

Oooh...I love me some rustic kitchens! These are fabulous! Great post!

December 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I have to say this is the type of kitchen I would love to have. Being a country boy oak fits nice with my lifestyle. Thanks for the photos.

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCedric

I love the woodwork and the feel of these spaces. You just want to go into them and relax.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I want a Scandinavian Kitchen please !!! Everyone of these photos of these Kitchens are outstanding ! I especially love the first image and then the one about mid section with all the baskets and the gray/blue color.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheri Burhoe

These images are all lovely! I especially like the last two.

January 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaloma {La Dolce Vita}

Man, this thing's getting better and better as I learn more about it. It's exactly what I've been looking for. You guys rock!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterowen

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