Exciting times! After sharing the before & after floorplans of our new home last week (if you missed it then find it here) I am happy to share that our new IKEA kitchen was installed last Wednesday. I created this moodboard a while ago, and I thought it was finally time I share it with you.

My main concern with the look of the kitchen was to have a minimal and classic kitchen, a place that felt open but still was practical with enough storage space. I knew from the start I did not want to have a white kitchen, so a pale grey colour was a great choice as it is in my eyes timeless and still soft. I also knew I did not want to have overhead cupboards to keep it open and airy, so instead, we will eventually have a thin open shelf over the backsplash where we can display a few items. I decided to go for both matt cupboards as well as backsplash tiles, something I am so happy about as it does not reflect the strong Italian sun too much. When it comes to the knobs and faucet I had been eying up gold for a while as I think it pairs beautifully with the blueish grey of the kitchen and adds ‘the little dot on the i’ (as we say in Norwegian). The statement lamp is the one that used to be in my parent’s kitchen when I grew up so it will bring lots of memories. I have quite a few Royal Copenhagen items, in fact almost every Christmas my grandmother has given me something for my collection, so the typical Royal Copenhagen blue was what inspired me when it came to the colour scheme of the whole room.

Here are my choices for creating a Nordic, minimal and modern kitchen which is affordable and yet looks great (scroll down for links as well as inspiration images):

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1: Simplistic Bagganäs knob in brass from IKEA.
2: Modern Nyvattnet kitchen mixer tap also in brass from IKEA.
3: Blue bottle grinders from Menu designed by Norm Architects.
4: Ekbacken laminate kitchen worktop with a white marble effect from IKEA.
5: White walls and laminate flooring from the Italian store Leroy Merlin.
6: PH 5 lamp by Poul Henningsen in classic white with blue details.
7: Pale grey and matte Veddinge kitchen cabinets from IKEA.
8: Hexagon shaped white and matt tiles from Leroy Merlin used as a backsplash.
9: Ypperlig dining table from IKEA as a collaboration with HAY.
10: Ildhane candle holder designed by Anderssen & Voll for Nedre Foss.
11: Blue Fluted Mega thermal mugs (3 pcs) from Royal Copenhagen.
12: Bejublad white induction hob from IKEA.
13: Classic Norraryd black chairs from IKEA.

A few of the beautiful kitchens I found on Pinterest for inspiration in my design process when it comes to style, colours or simply the look:

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^ Bright kitchen with pale grey doors seen on Homes to Love.

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^ Minimal style with a simple open shelf in the Oh Happy Day’s kitchen.

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^ Grey and gold in the beautiful kitchen of blogger Sarah from Coco Lapine Design.

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^ Lovely minimal Nordic style kitchen with gold knobs seen on Dadaa blog.

Check out my Pinterest board ‘Nordic style kitchens’ for more inspiration.

Hope you enjoy this little sneak-peak of the heart of our new home. I will also do a full reveal of the kitchen with images here on the blog but I want to make sure it is all finished first so in the meantime, make sure you follow me on IG for little snippets of the kitchen and the rest of the home.

Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.