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Kitchen with white and timber cabinets, timber benchtop and marble splashback.
Characterised by clean lines and efficient use of space, Scandi style is functionally beautiful by nature. Channel this look for a kitchen that's practical, understated and blissfully calming to be in.


What is Scandi style?

Pale and understated, the Scandinavian aesthetic has evolved into a classic style that is incredibly calm and easy to live with. The palette is tranquil, taking its cues from nature with muted, muddy colours and organic textures. Pale timbers combine with white finishes to create spaces that evoke the natural forests, snow-topped mountains and rugged landscapes of the Nordic regions.

Kitchen with white and timber cabinets and timber benchtop.

Scandi style in the kitchen

Light timbers are the key to this style – limewashed wooden benchtops and floorboards, and bleached timber accessories match with matt white cabinets to capture a snowy Nordic vibe. A handle-less cabinet style – plus loads of storage space to minimise clutter – keeps the look streamlined and in keeping with the no-fuss functionality of Scandi interiors. Match with classic chrome accessories, along with stainless steel appliances.

Kitchen with white and timber cabinets, timber benchtop and marble splashback.

Scandi with a twist

While pale timber and white perfectly capture the calmness of Scandi style, it’s not the only way to achieve the look. Get into the Nordic noir mood with black accents or swathes of charcoal grey. Or bring in warm pastels; consider Kaboodle ‘Paint Your Own’ cabinets in a muddy sage green, or try an almost-pink glass splashback – whatever you choose, just keep the colours minimal and muted.

Stone-look materials are a great match for Scandi style but, if marble’s not your thing, try a terrazzo-style laminate benchtop (Kaboodle Terrazzola).

Keep up the Scandi theme throughout your home

Check out our calming Scandi bathroom and shop everything you’ll need at Bunnings Warehouse.


Photo Credit: Alejandro Sosa 3D


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.