Thursday, April 3, 2008

Swedish Kitchens from Kvänum Kok

I stumbled upon a wonderful Swedish kitchen cabinet manufacturer as I was searching relentlessly for inspiration for my own kitchen renovation. I fell in love with the photos. This wonderful company seems to compare to the quality and design of my favorite US cabinet maker, Christopher Peacock. The company name is Kvänum Kok and all photos are from their website. If we just look at the cabinets and countertops, this could be any off white cabinet/black countertop kitchen in America - and yet it has such a Swedish feel. Let's look at how they achieved this.

First, notice classic candle chandelier with greenery and the light floors (for a great post on light floors click on Things That Inspire blog on the left) Also the checked fabric slipcovers on the slat back chairs strengthen the Swedish feel. I love the slipcover tie detailing.
Two lovely Ivy topiaries on the window sill. These are classically Swedish and you can pick them up at Target or Walmart and put them into an ironstone pot.

The sheer printed roller shade drape is beautiful. Add the ironstone, fresh flowers in a pitcher and viola - Swedish Kitchen!

The next kitchen has Cross detailing on the transom part of the cabinet. I love this design because it add a lightness to the space, but keeps all the mess still hidden with in the cabinet. Notice the more contemporary light fixture hanging over the island. It adds an interesting contrast to the rustic fireplace.

Here is the kitchen from a different angle. It shows a traditional banquette. Notice the natural linen cushions and slipcovers - also hanging candle chandelier, sconces, ironstone and bead board. The deer head is certainly a conversation piece, though I hope venison is not on the menu!

Here are the same upper cabinets again, but shown now in full glass panels. Backsplash is bead board and counters are marble. Glass panel cabinets or closed panel cabinets - soapstone or marble. Which do you like? I am understandably torn!

Kvänum Kok has a lovely color palette of green grays and off whites. They also have showrooms in Fort Lauderdale and San Francisco. How lucky for all of us! Check out their website here.


  1. Lovely pictures you show on your blog! Thank you for you kind comment, it's wonderful that we are so many around the world that have similar taste :)

  2. Dear Gina,

    Thank you for sending me a lovely message - your blog is beautiful, elegant and classy! I'm sure I'll be back :) Take care, S.

  3. Wow - these kitchens are absolutely stunning!!!

  4. Gina - what wonderful photos! We're just about to start a major kitchen reno. so I was so excited to see these. Your blog is stunning, I'm so glad I found it.
    I visited Boston 3 yrs, ago & loved it. Had a fantastic Parker House experience.
    Millie from Australia ^_^

  5. I am happy to let you know that Kvänum Kitchens are opening their first showroom in San Francisco in September 2008 (526 Washington Street)

  6. I see you visit sweden..yes i agree kvänum has such lovely kitchens..

  7. ohhh, I love their kitchens! great post.

  8. The last picture shown is actually from a Kvanum showroom in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Unfortunatelly it is closing out, so all floor models are for sale now, including the one in the picture. They have one more classic kitchen, one library in cherry and 3 modern kitchens. They are located at 2754 North Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale. Ph: 954-567 3403. I think this is a great opportunity to get one of these wonderful kitchens.

  9. Those are gorgeous kitchen pictures! I stumbled across your blog while looking for kitchen pictures. Thanks for the eye candy!

  10. How do the prices of Kvanum Kok compare with other designer cabinetry? I am relatively new to the cabinetry world but am in the process of renovating my kitchen and love what Kvanum Kok has to offer. Great blog!


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