A Sleek, Minimalist Scandinavian Kitchen
Written by Kimberly Denis @beurl
From the very beginning of this project, I had in mind the idea of creating a true Scandinavian kitchen. A sleek look and a minimalist design were what I was going for. To achieve this look, I went for matte, handleless off white cabinets and a white oak island with delicate wood slats at the front that add a unique touch to the stools. Almost everything is built into the cabinets - the refrigerator and dishwasher go unnoticed. My partner and I chose a grey quartz countertop and backsplash. My goal was to create a modern yet inviting environment.
Attention to detail
Part of me was afraid that painting the whole wall in white would give off a cold atmosphere. To counteract that effect, I decided to add different farmhouse touches, like the oh-so-popular farmhouse sink and a black faucet.
The ProTerra TM125
I chose the ProTerra TM125 fireclay sink because it was a perfect match for the entire kitchen. We positioned it right in the center of the island to give us a full view of the living room and the fireplace when we wash the dishes. Given that the island is nearly 15 feet long, I chose to go with a 32-5/8'' X 14-3/4'' X 9'' size sink.
The curve that ties it all together
When I proposed to my spouse the idea of having a farmhouse sink, he was not very keen on it but I am glad I insisted, for two specific reasons. Firstly, a farmhouse sink is very ergonomic, whether you are in cooking or cleaning mode. I found out that not having a counter edge between yourself and the sink really makes a difference in feeling comfortable in the workspace. Secondly, the fact that the sink has an exposed front-facing side with curved edges really adds depth and softness, thus perfectly complementing the linear symmetry of the cabinets. Talk about a WOW effect!
Maintaining my ProTerra TM125 sink is a charm! I make sure to clean the sink bowl regularly with soap and water, and that’s it! To avoid damaging it, I purchased the ProTerra sink grid and I don't regret my choice. I was hesitant at first, but in hindsight, it comes in very handy to avoid damage coming from pots that are dropped too quickly or from sharp kitchen items.
Another point I hadn't thought of, but which could come in quite handy in the near future, is using the sink as a bathtub for a baby or small child :) In conclusion, my partner and I are both extremely pleased with the end result of our kitchen and how the ProTerra TM125 sink helps give it the sleek, minimalist look we were going for.