A light blue kitchen

A light blue kitchen

In the 1920s, Kungsladugård is a residential area in Gothenburg. It was built in the 1920s and was intended for families from working and lower-middle class families. Almost a hundred years later, Liselotte and Johan live here in a house dated 1922.


Their house was originally built to house four families, but since then it has been converted into a semi-detached house.


“The walls were adorned with fibreglass wallpaper…” “


However, when the couple bought their house in the autumn of 2018, there were no traces of the charming 20s left. The house had been renovated in the 80s. Johan tells:


The kitchen consisted of old 80’s style cabinets and the walls were adorned with fibreglass wallpaper…


But a lot has happened since Liselotte and Johan took over the house,. For example, there is a hand-built kitchen from Scandinavian Shaker kitchens, painted with linseed oil paint in a light blue hue.


– We have tried to restore the original look of the house. That’s why we thought that the Shaker style would suit our house from the 20s.


Angled corners and custom built cabinets


They started to designing their own kitchen but then got help from Adam and Johan at Scandinavian Shaker kitchen. Some cabinets needed adjusting in order to fit.


– The dimensions are not exactly standard. For example, there is an angled wall in the corner so the corner cabinet had to be specially built.


The Silestone worktop in the color Nimbus matches the sandy tone of the wooden floor and the fact that the cooker hood goes with the colour scheme of the kitchen is no coincidence either.


– The kitchen fan comes from Fjäråskupan. We didn’t want any of their standard colors so we were so happy when we realized that we could choose our own, in the same colour as the kitchen. We are really happy with that choice!


19th century door was the cornerstone for the pantry


A lot of thought and planning has gone into choosing this kitchen. What are they extra pleased with?


– The best thing about our kitchen is the light, the kitchen island in the middle, and that the sink is in front of the window. It’s great when you’re standing there doing the dishes!


Liselotte and Johan also talk about the pantry; how they found an old door in Johan’s family house in Marstrand.


– The door is from the 19th century and is an old balcony door that nobody used. Our carpenters used the door for inspiration and built the pantry around it.


In the original kitchen, there was a pantry in exactly the same place as it is now. Liselotte says that she always dreamed of living in an older house with a pantry, hook and eye locks on the toilet doors, a washing line in the garden and other charming old details.


“We can easily get 10 people round the kitchen island!”


This has now been combined with more modern details, such as spotlights in the ceiling and a kitchen island, around which all their friends congregate. They only moved in in early December, but they have already had guests on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and a house warming party in January.


“The kitchen is not massive but we can easily get 10 people round the kitchen island!”


Enamel, brass and powder blue


The knobs in enamel and old-fashioned brass come from Byggfabriken in Gothenburg and the lamps from IEMS.


They ordered the bar stools online and it was a bit of a gamble, says Liselotte. A very good gamble as it turned out because they match the lamps and complement the kitchen’s light blue hue perfectly.


“…we test- painted with several different colours…”


And the colour! It’s not that common to see light blue in Swedish kitchens. (By the way, the colour code is NCS S 3010-B).


– We have worked round a colour scale in pastel. Since the floor and worktops were a naturally sand-coloured, we didn’t want doors in white or grey, so we started looking at bluey, greeny shades.


– Then after a period of testing several different shades to compare we finally reached our choice.


They are quick to add:


– And we can always repaint the kitchen in the future if we want to!


See more pictures of the kitchen HERE.