I’ve written before about my dream home. A spacious modern house in a rural area with a large garden, stables, a swimming pool, gymnasium and photography studio. There would be floor to ceiling windows and sky lights to let in as much natural light as possible, white walls, resin flooring, open plan living downstairs and the coolest playroom for the boys. But it is just that…a dream…because our current home is our forever home and I have no intention of moving so I’m determined to make it as perfect as possible.
I’ve already repainted most of the walls white and converted one of the bedrooms into a playroom for Riley and Harry, but I still have a never-ending list of other things I want to tackle – from new carpets, and putting up family photos to creating a chalkboard feature wall and re-organising wardrobes.
One room I’d really like to focus on is the kitchen. I mean, i’m happy enough with the overall layout of the room and the amount of storage space I have, but I would like to change the look/feel of everything to better suit my tastes and give it a minimalistic Scandinavian vibe.
At present the walls are a pale yellow colour, so I would like to re-paint these white and also replace the current oak wood kitchen units with some white glossy ones. When it comes to worktops, I’m a little undecided. A black or white worktop would be more in keeping with the sleek, modern design, but I think a wooden option would add warmth to a very neutral palette.
Similarly, I like the idea of adding some bright wood (beech or birch) top shelving to the walls and stacking some crockery neatly with the odd plant pot or two for a pop of colour.
Like everything else in my dream minimalist kitchen, I would want the sink to blend in seamlessly so I would probably opt for one of those undermount sinks that’s built into the worktop and can’t be seen from the side. Kitchen taps would also be kept simple. In all the images I’ve seen online of Scandinavian kitchens, Monobloc or single lever taps seem to be the most popular choice, both of which have a single spout and curve over the sink. Superbath stock a large range of trendy and modern taps, but I’m particularly drawn to the touch activated Monobloc taps by Grohe.
Simplicity is key in a Scandinavian kitchen, so I would opt for a built-in oven and hob that sat discreetly amongst the kitchen’s cabinets and drawers. I would probably continue this approach with the dishwasher and fridge freezer as well and have them integrated into the fitted kitchen so they’re kept out of sight. For small appliances like the kettle and toaster I would select ones that coordinated as seamlessly as possible with the rest of the colour scheme.
When it comes to lighting, I love the idea of creating a feature with pendant lighting and then having ceiling spotlights and under-cabinet strip lighting for a subtle effect.
To finish the look, I’d add texture, colour and prints with chair cushions, vases, plant pots and other small accessories.
That would be my dream kitchen…what would yours be like?