Essentials For New Nordic Kitchen Style

8th June 2016
New Nordic grey kitchen styling, photography © Kristofer Johnsson, styling Josefin Hååg

Combine designer pieces with high street and vintage finds for a softer, lived in feel. Photography © Kristofer Johnsson, styling Josefin Hååg

[This Nordic kitchen essentials post include affiliate links.]

If there’s one thing that frustrates me about renting on a daily basis, it’s looking at the unreleased potential in our kitchen. I spend a good portion of each day in it and yet, I’m unable to give it a major new look. I really do daydream about ripping out the cupboards, fitting concrete work tops, matt black taps and open shelving. Does this sound like you?

Yes, I’m that sad. So, settling instead for the easy to add, inter-changeable details, I’ve dissected some of my favourite kitchen looks in New Nordic style in the hopes that it’ll inspire you, particularly if you’re in the same predicament as me. This style is all about enjoying the simplicity of the space, choosing and using well designed accessories that stand the test of time in both function and aesthetic. It’s about a muted colour palette, natural materials that don’t impact the environment, contrasting textures.

Don’t assume that white is right. New Nordic isn’t just about monochrome, why not explore blush and nude, dark greens or soft grey (as above) used in the cupboards which holds together tonally through the granite countertop and splashback, through to the details of the warm, worn wooden chopping boards, touches of black stoneware and woven baskets on the recessed open shelves.

New nordic kitchen, Ikea open-shelf kitchen by Beeldsteil styling & photography

Stylist Wendy van Woudenburg displays her grey and white Serax Catherine Lovatt collection above her sink                         © beeldSTEIL

Pay attention to the shelving that you choose as its as much a feature of the space as the pieces you display and use daily. Use an all-in-one design which blends into the wall to feature every day collections in similar tones (see above) or find a style which both compliments the setting but provides an unobtrusive contrast. These stainless steel, professional kitchen shelves bring in a metallic element in high shine alongside the white metro tiles but the warm herringbone flooring stops it feeling clinical and cold. The glasses look fantastic on display here and the wall-mounted Anglepoise lamp supplies directional lighting over the worktop.

Inside the kitchen of interior stylist Daniella Witte

White tiles, stainless steel shelves and adjustable lighting provide a striking backdrop for all the important everyday items. © Danielle Witte

Organise your kitchen according to how you use it – if you always have stove top coffee in the mornings, reserve an area for all your bits and pieces; the coffee beans, the scoop, your favourite mugs. Pay attention to the accessories you use from the strainer to the brewer, the scoop, the beakers. It’s about simple shapes and high quality materials. Trust me, incorporating well designed details into your daily coffee rituals just lifts the whole experience.

Coffee corner in New Nordic kitchen style in stylist Katerina Dima's home

Keep tea and coffee essentials to hand with a dedicated space like the home of stylist Katerina Dima

For an extra shot of inspiration, my shopping page of New Nordic kitchen essentials will set you off in the right direction. Remember to stick with simple shapes, natural materials such as glass, wood, cork and choose tactile, every day accessories. Stack up and layer, play with muted colours and enjoy the quiet simplicity…

Essential kitchen accessories for Scandinavian New Nordic Styling


DRINK / Sinnerlig glass bottles, IKEA | Jono Smart matt black ceramic cup + rest, The Future Kept | Iittala grey smoked glass tumbler, Finnish Design Shop (Affiliate link) | Nobel Design stacking cups, Shedquarters

EAT / Viktigt stacking plates, IKEA | Cutipol stainless steel and black resin flatware, Amara (Affiliate link) | Teak cereal bowl, The Conran Shop | Biodegradable bamboo plates, The Conran Shop

BREW / Kinto glass coffee pot, SCP | Mette Duedahl Push coffee press, Muuto | Nambu cast iron kettle, Native & Co | Emma electric kettle, Stelton at Skandium

SERVE / Georg Jensen Alfredo salad servers, Heal’s (Affiliate link) | Round cutting board, Twelvedots | HAY Field rounded bread board, Really Well Made | Black stoneware pitcher, Another Country

STORE / Forminimal Jars, Clippings | Woven wire basket, SCP | Menu Norm cork and stoneware container, Nest | Dania black storage crate, Skagerak


Oh my goodness, these kitchens are just perfect. We’re in the middle of a mini makeover in our kitchen. As much as I love open shelving it really doesn’t work for us. We’re so short on storage space that we can not afford to reserve shelving for pretty display objects that look nice. Such a shame as it really does open up the space. But ours just looks like a big messy, cluttered area of everyday essentials. The shelves have sadly got to go.

Pretty dreamy aren’t they Stacey?! I hear what you’re saying about open shelving-although it’s about using the things you display rather than just having them for show, you do need to keep them clean and tidy to keep them looking good. Good luck with the makeover! x