Interior designer Vanessa Arbuthnott has given us her six luxe top tips for creating a Scandinavian-style kitchen space.

Simple spaces

SCANDI-STYLE KITCHENIf you want to create a real Scandi-style kitchen, your best bet is to opt for all white units and simple décor. Using a lighter colour scheme will allow much more light to flood in and reflect off the walls, giving the illusion of a larger kitchen space. It will also give your kitchen a contemporary feel and the units will allow much more storage space for those bits you want to stow away.

Feature lights

Having hanging lights in your kitchen are all the rage at the moment, and many people are opting for these over standard lights or spotlights. There are so many available to suit the different kitchen styles, perhaps opt for low hanging cream lights which will give your kitchen character and are also much brighter than standard lighting, or maybe a unique floor lamp in the corner of your kitchen which would add drama to the design.

Wooden flooring

Solid wooden floors are a must in any kitchen. They are much more practical and they are also a key component in any cosy, Scandi-style kitchen. Other great options are ceramic tiles or stone flags, both are easy clean options too.


In true Scandinavian-style, if you have an all-white kitchen the best way to add a pop of colour is by adding pieces of brightly coloured furniture. Many people may opt for a stylish Smeg fridge, a cactus or vibrant coffee machines which add a touch of colour without going over the top. Why not design your own bespoke made to measure furniture with some Scandi-inspired fabric? Vanessa’s woven collection includes vibrant pink and yellow Baltic stripes or the Lapland cornflower stripe – something a bit more out there.

Contemporary art

No Scandinavian kitchen would be complete without adding some wall art into the mix. It adds to the character without over doing it.

Colourful Flowers

If having bright furniture is a bit too much or pricey, you may opt for colourful flowers instead to brighten up your neutral space. Unconventional flowers such as a bouquet of tulips, bird of paradise in a tall vase, or potted red hot poker plants can easily brighten up any area of your home without compromising your scandi-themed decor.

View Vanessa’s Scandinavian woven collection here: