Recently, a friend of mine who lives in the Czech Republic sent me a magazine article that featured photos of a beautiful kitchen. It turns out that the kitchen featured in the story was actually hers! She worked with a designer to turn her small kitchen into a large and very modern space decked out with top design elements, like a glass range hood, glossy white cabinets, and natural wood flooring.
European homes can be outfitted with very small kitchens or large ones depending on the size of the home or apartment. So, like North Americans, Europeans need to apply the right design concepts that maximize whatever kitchen space they have.
Europeans love mid-century modern design (which actually got its start in Sweden and its neighboring Nordic countries). So, clean lines and pieces that are both functional and beautiful are essential. European kitchens incorporate a lot of natural colors and elements, like wood and stone.
Glossy finishes help make small spaces look large and clean. Notice the ample storage available in the kitchen pictured above. Just because you live with a small kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t own a lot of kitchenware!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: just because you’re designing a kitchen doesn’t mean you have to stick to typical kitchen furniture. Repurposing and reimagining furniture that usually lives in dining rooms or offices will go a long way in personalizing your kitchen space. Don’t discount professional equipment, too. There’s no reason why you can’t put a professional level sink and stove in your kitchen.
Sometimes, your kitchen doesn’t seem to want to cooperate with your dream plans. Many homes – old and new – seem to have been built in ways that forces the kitchen into strange size dimensions. Maybe your kitchen isn’t perfectly square or rectangular. Regardless, you can still have what you want with just a few adjustments. Change the size or shape of your counters and cabinetry to accommodate your storage, work, and space needs.
Over to you: what feature do love most about European kitchen design?