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Kitchen(s) of the Week: Our Favorite Swedish Cook Spaces (And 11 Ideas to Borrow)

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Kitchen(s) of the Week: Our Favorite Swedish Cook Spaces (And 11 Ideas to Borrow)

June 13, 2024

Over 15+ years of Remodelista, we’ve rounded up our favorite French kitchens, Brooklyn kitchens, cost-conscious kitchens, chefs’ kitchens. We’ve even corralled Scandi-inspired kitchens the world over. But we’ve yet to pay homage to the Swedish kitchen.

Readers, forgive us our oversight. At long last, here are our favorite Swedish cook spaces from our archives, in city apartments and summer houses, both pale and colorful—with ideas to borrow to boot.

1. Keep it spare.

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Above: Clean lines, a restrained palette, and an attention to both function and beauty: This Kitchen of the Week: A Living-Room-Inspired Minimalist Kitchen in Stockholm has a distinctly Swedish sensibility. Photograph by Kristofer Johnsson, styling by Caroline Sandström, courtesy of Nordiska Kök.

2. Stick to the rule of three (neutrals).

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Above: On the matter of a simple palette: Hew to two or three neutrals colors that play well together, as seen in Kitchen of the Week: A Hushed Old-World Swedish Design by Kvänum Photograph courtesy of Kvänum.

3. Designate a place for everything.

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Above: The key to a well-ordered, efficient kitchen: a place for everything and everything in its place. Photograph from Kitchen of the Week: A Hushed Old-World Swedish Design by Kvänum, courtesy of Kvänum.
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Above: Considered storage keeps the countertop free and clear. Photograph courtesy of Ballingslöv from Kitchen of the Week: A Swedish Kitchen with a Place for Everything.

4. Super simple components can make a kitchen.

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Above: The Swedish kitchen needn’t be fancy: Consider this petite, moveable kitchenette in a Stockholm flat made from workbenches, as seen in The Unfitted Kitchen: 14 Deconstructed Spaces.
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Above: And a cook space in southern Sweden done all in plywood, a reference to traditional Swedish barn construction. See the rest in Kitchen of the Week: A Cost-Conscious Kitchen in Sweden. Photograph by Markus Linderoth, courtesy of Förstberg Ling.

5. Natural light is everything.

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Above: In the Swedish kitchen, light is as essential an ingredient as other natural materials. Photograph courtesy of Nordiska Kök from Kitchen of the Week: A Creative Couple’s Swedish Farmhouse Retreat.

6. Squeeze in a place to eat.

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Above: Even the tiniest of kitchens can accommodate a snug breakfast perch. See more in A Summery Flat in Stockholm, with Affordable Small-Space Ideas to Steal.

7. Consider beadboard.

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Above: Particularly in a constrained palette—as in this monotone Kitchen of the Week: Country Chic in Sweden, Minimalist Edition—texture, in the form of beadboard or wood cladding, adds visual interest. Photograph by Annie Hyrefeldt, courtesy of Alvhem.

8. Hang a peg rail (of course).

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Above: Need we elaborate? Photograph of a Stadshem kitchen from Steal This Look: Smart Storage in a Swedish Kitchen.

9. Add plants (and art).

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Above: The kitchen can be a place of display: part workhorse, part gallery. Photograph from Kitchen of the Week: A Colori Kitchen by Artilleriet in Sweden (and see also The New Art Gallery: 12 Favorite Kitchens with Paintings on Display).
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Above: Glass display cabinets, also in this Colori Kitchen by Artilleriet in Sweden, put favorite ceramics on view.

10. Look to Swedish storybooks.

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Above: Lest we give the impression that Swedish kitchens are all shades-0f-white minimalism, others employ bright palettes, like this Kitchen of the Week: A Pastel Kitchen Inspired by Swedish Artist Carl Larsson, which takes its cues from the Swedish artist’s idyllic paintings.
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Above: The kitchen in full.

11. Go dark.

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Above: Or go dark, per Swedish tradition, as seen in Master Mix: A Shoppable Apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photograph by Johanna Bradford courtesy of Artilleriet.

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