Scandi-style is the perfect fusion of warmth and simplicity, and it’s a look that Australians love. But all trends evolve and recently the look has taken on a more elegant feel, incorporating minimalist lines and luxurious materials.
This kitchen in an Adelaide home perfectly captures the look. Here, the designer of the space – Carmel Siciliano Klemm, interior architect at Klemm Homes and also joinery designer Stefan Vignogna of Stefan Vignogna Joinery and Interiors – reveal the five secrets of new-look Scandi style.
- Focus on natural materials
Natural materials are essential to the minimalist Scandi aesthetic, creating a look that’s both warm and inviting. Cosentino Super White dolomite, a luxurious natural stone, is the star of this kitchen, adding subtle pattern and textural interest with its intricate grey veining. “For the benchtop and splashback, we wanted to use a natural product that wouldn’t date and that would complement the white joinery – this stunning stone was the perfect choice,” says Carmel. “Not only does it fit the colour palette perfectly, but it’s also an extremely durable and easy-care material,” adds Stefan. Painted timber joinery, rattan-backed bar stools and a polished concrete floor complete the natural materials palette.
- Keep it calm with gentle colours
“We wanted to make this kitchen feel light, airy, minimalistic and calm,” says Stefan. To achieve this, he and Carmel specified a classic Scandi palette of pale grey and white that emanates serenity and maximises the sense of space. White-painted joinery with matching handles and white Venetian plastered walls create a seamless look, and keep the focus firmly on the eye-catching stone benchtops and splashback, while a deeper note of grey in the flooring gently grounds the space.
- Add touches of texture
Introducing natural textures, such as the richly veined Super White dolomite and the rattan-backed bar stools, adds character and depth to this predominantly white kitchen. “If you’re going for a minimalist look, the key is not to overdo it – just one or two touches is enough to create a warm, liveable feel,” says Carmel.
- Introduce softening curves
Scandinavian design celebrates the rounded, organic lines found in nature. Here, the curves in the island and wall above the rear benchtop and the sculptural, brushed nickel tap soften the kitchen’s angular lines and tie it in with other parts of the home that feature arched doorways and mirrors, says Stefan. “They’re also a great way to add interest to the space without visually dominating it with any overly ornate details,” he says.
- Pare back the detailing
Classic Shaker cabinetry is a natural fit for Scandi kitchens, but here the designers have given it an elegant upgrade with slender-framed panelling. “We wanted to achieve a minimal look, but still with a touch of character – this is our modern take on a traditional Shaker design,” says Stefan. A fine shadowline under the benchtop adds subtle, extra detailing.
Extra Tip: How to care for Cosentino Super White dolomite
Cosentino’s Super White dolomite is extremely durable and long-lasting, plus it’s resistant to staining and etching. Like all natural stone, you should have it sealed upon installation and annually after that, clean up spills immediately and avoid putting hot pans on the surface.
Explore Cosentino’s range of natural stone here.
Photography: Jody Allen
Kitchen design: Klemm Homes and Stefan Vignogna Joinery and Interiors