European-style kitchens are known for their crisp minimalism, open feel, and striking elegance. European styles have been the standard bearers for anything modern and chic for several decades. If you want a timeless kitchen that is guaranteed to impress, a European-style kitchen is a sure way to go. Read on for some design tips that will help you stay true to European design ideals while you plan out your perfect kitchen.
When designing your kitchen, you want to stay away from too much detail. A kitchen that is stylized heavily can look loud and crowded, even if it is an expansive and open kitchen. White is a common color in most European designs. A white kitchen looks cool and calm; the white walls and cabinets act as a blank page so that attention is not drawn away from the accents in your kitchen. When it comes to accents, try something clean, simple, and artistic, like a framed picture of large typography or a bright set of stylized shelves. You can also direct attention to your appliances when you have a clean, crisp kitchen with a sleek, silver stove, oven, refrigerator, and sink. Brushed silver also has a modern and crisp effect, so silver appliances pair well with a European-style kitchen.
Rather than all-encompassing, bright kitchen lighting, try more directed and controlled lighting in your European-style kitchen. Pendant lighting above a kitchen island provides extra light to those using the island. The light fixtures you choose can also blend in to the theme of clean lines and smooth textures in your kitchen. Conversely, you can make your light fixture your focal point by choosing something elaborate or brightly colored.
Clean lines are an essential theme in any European-style kitchen. The goal of a European kitchen is to create a harmonious design that feel fresh and modern. If you have too many conflicting colors, textures, or accents, then the effect of the European design is undone. Pay attention to the vertical and horizontal elements of your kitchen. If you have vertical stripes on the walls and vertical trim on your island, then pendant lighting that is big and fans out horizontally may be a bad idea. But, if you have horizontal wainscoting and a horizontal tile backsplash, then a light fixture with a wide brim may be a fitting choice.
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