AMERICAN AND SCANDINAVIAN KITCHEN STYLES
DIFFERENCES

People love white kitchens! Other trend tones come and go, but white remains.
White cozy Scandinavian-style kitchen is most desired. Sometimes I also have to design a luxurious American style kitchen. What is the difference between the two?

Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula

1) Cupboards

In Europe, the kitchen is generally Scandinavian in style, where the frame of the kitchen cabinet does not stand out from behind the door. Cabinet doors are located next to each other, close to each other. No edges visible below or above.
In an American-style kitchen, however, the cupboard frame is made in such a way that the doors are located inside the cupboard frame and the frame is around the doors: on the sides, top and bottom. It is also often done to make the door hinges stand out. And then they are luxurious and a kind of design elements.

Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula

2) Details

The Scandinavian style is generally considered minimalist and modest, but here are too there are illustrative details. Black handles are used the most. Knobs on the upper cabinets and bar or cup pulls on the lower cabinets. Contrast is added with the black kitchen appliances: stove, oven, sink, faucet, and small kitchen appliances on the work surface. The kitchen is often supplemented with black ceiling lamps and railings and kitchen utensils.

Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula

The American style is characterized by luxury and richness of detail. Pilasters, ie decorative moldings or posts in the corners of the kitchen island, are also mainly used to highlight protruding places.
In America, this is a stove area that is made with greater depth and it is ahead of the rest of the kitchen furniture. Moldings are often carved and decorated. By highlighting the hob area, the hood cabinet above it is also brought forward. It is also decorated with various details. Also played in different sizes. Some cabinets are lower and some are higher, some are deeper and step forward. The whole kitchen is sort of symmetrically articulated.

Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula

3) Materials

The main difference is in the materials of the work surface. In Scandinavian-style kitchens, the work surface is natural wood or its imitation as a high-pressure laminate. Warm wood gives the kitchen a cozy look, which we Nordic people really appreciate and need.

Photo: Hendrik Osula

American-style kitchen has a more luxurious work surface and is mainly made of granite. Although other stone materials are already being used more and more, granite is still popular. The stone countertop is placed next to the work zones. Sinks and stoves are the ones that require a strong work surface. Solid wood is also used on the kitchen island because it is a warm and good material. The material of the cabinets is different. In the Scandinavian style, cupboards are often made of furniture board or
MDF board. In the case of American cuisine, everything is made of solid wood. Both cabinet doors and frames.

Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula

4) Size and ergonomics

In America, everything is bigger. Everyone knows that. Also the kitchen. The kitchen definitely includes a large kitchen island and a display cabinet. Sometimes a display cabinet and a coffee corner are combined. Scandinavian kitchens also have kitchen islands and display cabinets, but this is not always the main thing. Americans always have very large sinks. As large as sinks as in American kitchens, Estonians generally do not love. In America, a lot of thought would be given to ergonomics and ease of use. For example, the dishwasher is raised so that you do not have to constantly bend over when inserting and removing the dish. In Europe, on the other hand, dishwashers are being invented, the lower basket of which can be raised (elevator system) so that it does not have to bend. Ergonomics is an issue that is being addressed on both sides. I am pleased to say that Estonian kitchen furniture manufacturers can make and install kitchens in both styles.
Good kitchen!

Photo: Hendrik Osula
Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula
Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula
Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula
Nordic kitchen by kitchen designer Hiie Harm
Photo: Hendrik Osula

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