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How to Create the Perfect Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchen

We love the clean lines of Scandinavian design, and creating your own Scandi kitchen is easier than you think. Here are 12 items to get you started on the kitchen of your dreams.

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Natural Wood Floor

To create the ambiance of a Scandinavian kitchen, a wood floor is a must. Generally, light-colored woods are preferred because Scandi styling is all about creating a light and open feel. Pine is popular, but if you prefer hardwood, this Douglas fir solid wood flooring is a great choice. It can be left with a natural finish, or you could stain it. This flooring features vertical grain and is kiln-dried to prevent warping. Each 12-piece pack covers 26 square feet. Installing a wooden floor is less complicated than you think – follow our detailed instructions for the perfect result..

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Gingham Cafe Curtains

Another way to get the Nordic look quickly is to choose traditional cafe curtains in the ever-popular Nordic colors of red and white. This pretty set contains two red and white gingham cafe curtains, together with a matching valance, made from cotton and polyester for easy machine washing. Installation is a cinch using tensions rods, so you’ll have your cafe curtains up in no time. Matching standard window drapes are also available. And here are 25 other ways you can use tension rods around the home.

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Folk Art Stenciling

Nordic folk art is immediately recognizable and adds an instant Scandi vibe to your décor. Using folk art stencils, like this Swedish-designed chicken, is a simple way to introduce folk art to your kitchen. Try a decorative border around your wall, stenciling on wooden kitchen furniture, or go the whole way and stencil on some of your kitchen appliances (you can also buy folk art stickers if you don’t fancy stenciling).

Not sure how to stencil? This handy guide tells you what you need to know about stenciling techniques.

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Kitchen Linen

We all need kitchen linen, so make the most of the opportunity to reflect Scandinavian kitchen design in the little things too. Stick with the red and white theme, and this kitchen linen bundle gives you variety while retaining the color palette. With two dish towels, 2 dishcloths, 2 pot holders and an oven mitt, you can achieve an instant Nordic effect. And they’re all machine washable for easy care.

Pot holders and an oven mitt will protect you against burns when you’re cooking. Here are 10 other kitchen safety products every home cook should own.

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Dish Towels

You can never have too many dish towels. Even if you own a dishwasher, they’re still essential, so stay with the Scandinavian theme with these super-soft dish towels made from pure cotton. This set of six towels features two striped towels, two red, and two checkered gingham. And if that’s not enough, you can also buy a host of coordinating items including an apron, placemats, napkins and a table runner. Did you know that dirty dish towels can cause food poisoning? Don’t let that happen in your kitchen!

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Glass Chopping Board

Get yourself in the Nordic spirit while you’re prepping your food. Made from tempered glass that won’t break, scratch or stain, this glass cutting board won’t harbor hidden bacteria and is dishwasher safe. And with its pretty folk art design, it’s also beautiful enough to use for serving food. Want to make your own wooden cutting board? Check out this beautiful board designed by April Wilkerson.

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Nordic Tablecloth

Table décor is another area where it’s simple to enhance your Scandinavian kitchen appeal. This striking tablecloth features a classic folk art pattern in red and white. Made from 100% polyester with hand-sewn edging, it has a silky feel, is easy to care for, and can be machine-washed on a cold cycle. It measures 60 x 85 inches. Of course, a wooden dining table is perfect for your Scandi kitchen, and building your own from reclaimed wood isn’t difficult—just follow our step-by-step guide.

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Fabric Place Mats

And, to match your red and white tablecloth, how about some bright red fabric placemats with an embroidered white checkered border? These mats are reversible, you can opt for solid red if you prefer. Measuring 13 x 9 inches, and crafted from crisp cotton, these placemats are machine-washable (cold cycle) for easy care. Check out these 30 inexpensive kitchen cabinet add-ons you can DIY.

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Nordic Dessert Plate

Don’t neglect your tableware when you’re planning your Scandinavian kitchen. Echoing the folk art design of the tablecloth, this dessert plate with a red and white pattern is the perfect centerpiece for your dining table when you’ve got guests for dinner. Made from porcelain, it’s ideal for serving individual desserts, cookies, bread rolls and more.

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Coffee Pot

And why not serve your after-dinner coffee in this lovely enamel coffee pot? Decorated with a woodland folk art design, this pot is both traditional and modern. And since it’s made from tough enamel, it’s great for outdoor use or camping in style too.

Are you making your coffee the right way? Avoid these 10 mistakes that everyone makes when they’re brewing coffee.

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Coffee Mugs

There’s no way better to enjoy your morning coffee in your Scandinavian kitchen than with these beautiful ceramic folk art mugs. The nature-inspired design features a motif with birds and flowers, printed on both sides so you can enjoy it whether you’re right or left-handed. It comes in two sizes – 11oz. or 15 oz. (enough to satisfy the thirstiest coffee lover) and is microwave and dishwasher. Beautiful mugs deserve special storage, so take a look at these 12 mug-tree and display ideas to show your mugs off to their best advantage.

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Chicken Ceramic Jar

Who could resist having this motherly Nordic chicken on their countertop? With a traditional look and minimalist Scandi pattern, this novelty jar has gingham checkered accents to match with the rest of your décor. Ideal for holding your cookies or candies, this plump chicken will soon become a treasured resident of your kitchen.

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Elizabeth Manneh
Elizabeth is an experienced freelance writer, specializing mainly in digital health & transformation, health & wellness, and education & learning. She's been published on,, The Family Handyman, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and The Good Men Project. She was also a regular contributor to Love Live Health and Daily Home Remedy. Elizabeth is a retired primary school principal and education consultant, with a continuing passion for education and learning.