This Copenhagen Kitchen Is Everything We Love About Scandinavian Design

updated May 2, 2019
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For Stine Marie Rosenborg, her 800-square-foot apartment in Vesterbro, Copenhagen is a haven where she can wind down after a long day of cycling throughout the city’s streets.

“I would describe our home as calm, very personal, and cozy,” she muses about her personal decorating style, which could not encapsulate her calm kitchen more.

“I love the light in the apartment — the soft Nordic light. Some days, parts of it feel like a painting by Vilhelm Hammershøi,” Stine says. We agree — especially when we’re talking about the kitchen.

A hallmark of Danish style is restraint, but that doesn’t mean that Stine’s kitchen is devoid of personality. Her simple, minimalist design aesthetic is complemented by floods of natural light that make the space feel both clean and cozy.

“I love to surround myself with muted colors, and it’s nice to come home to this calm apartment after a long day at work,” Stine says.

Of the space’s simple color palette, Stine jokes: “We often hear the label ‘The Gray Home’ when friends and family talk about our apartment, and they are quite right.”

Not so surprisingly for a Scandinavian kitchen, many of the space’s elements were sourced from IKEA, including the pendant lamp and drawer/ cabinet pulls.

The door next to the countertop (in the photo above) used to just be a window, but the homeowners blew it out for easy access to their newly added balcony. As a bonus, it lets in even more natural light.

“Surround yourself with things that make you happy … and bring nature and life into your home with plants.” It’s clear that plants, ceramics, and muted colors make Stine happy, which is why her home is filled to the brim with all three.

See the rest of this House Tour: This Copenhagen Home’s Light Is So Beautiful It Looks Like a Danish Painting at Apartment Therapy

What’s your favorite part about this calm and cozy apartment?