European Kitchen Design

Gather ideas and inspiration for European kitchen design, and prepare to add an elegant and efficient look to your kitchen space.

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European kitchen design can range from modern kitchen design to a more traditional style—but a consistent theme in contemporary European design tends more toward styles inspired by the midcentury modern design that originated in the Nordic countries.

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Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Blue Coastal Kitchen

Multicolored Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

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Green and Brown Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Creamy White Country Kitchen

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Mixed-Color Mediterranean Kitchen

Transitional Stainless Steel Kitchen

Black and Brown Traditional Kitchen

Brown Wood Old-World Kitchen

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Neutral Traditional Kitchen With Island

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Mixed-Color Tuscan Kitchen

Cherry and Emerald Modern Zen Kitchen

Black Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Brown and Neutral Tuscan Country Kitchen

Neutral and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen

Cherry and White Traditional Kitchen

Red Modern Kitchen

Green Transitional Kitchen

Brown Kitchen With Contemporary and Rustic Elements

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Arts and Crafts Kitchen With Yellow Cabinets

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Neutral and Blue Rustic Kitchen

Copper and Cherry Kips Bay Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Vaulted Ceiling

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Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Blue Rustic Kitchen

Brown Modern Kitchen and Dining Room

White Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen With Reclaimed Wood

Brown Old-World Kitchen

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Brown Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen

White & Gray Country Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Red Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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White Contemporary Kitchen

Brown Traditional Kitchen

Turquoise Transitional Kitchen

White and Gray Modern Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Turquoise Tropical Galley Kitchen

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

White Traditional Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

White and Red Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island

Green and White Modern Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

White Country Kitchen

Black-and-White Modern Kitchen

Beige Transitional Kitchen

Beige Old-World Kitchen

Brown & Gray Modern Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Mixed-Color Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional White Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

White Contemporary Galley Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island Seating

White Contemporary Kitchen

White and Stainless Steel Modern Kitchen

Neutral Modern Kitchen

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Yellow Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Open Contemporary Kitchen

White and Gray Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional Kitchen With Wood, Stainless & Marble

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

White & Gray Kitchen With Farmhouse Table

Neutral Old-World Kitchen With Island

White Contemporary Shaker Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Warm Wood Tones

Brown and White Contemporary Kitchen

Warm, White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Island

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Gioi Tran

Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Urban Kitchen With Green Tile and Light Wood

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Ben Herzog

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Espresso and Stainless Contemporary Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

Brown Transitional Kitchen With Tile Backsplash

Green and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Andrew Bruah View original photo.

White Transitional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Island

White Townhome Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

Often featuring a mix of dramatic angles and flowing curves, midcentury modern design can be seen in many European-style kitchens, reflected in the furniture, cabinets, accessories and even colors employed.

The designs that proliferated in the Nordic countries from the 1930s to 1950s often featured hard lines and geometric forms alongside flowing curves, often seen in the arms, backs and legs of chairs, for example. European kitchen cabinets often display a simple, unadorned style, featuring flat surfaces, little or no hardware, and flush doors.

Traditional kitchen design tends to incorporate natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture. European kitchens may do the same, or, if their style is more modern or contemporary, they will often feature materials like laminate, ceramics and molded plastics. But even the most avant-garde European kitchen design can benefit from the use of natural materials, as granite countertops, sleek hardwood floors and aesthetically striking wooden furniture can be a tremendous complement to any kitchen, whether the prevailing design is modern, traditional or somewhere in between.

Accessories and other small components can be an essential feature of European kitchen design. For an easy-to-install, updated look, cabinet doors can be replaced with frosted glass, or a wood or laminate-style veneer. Another great way to add visual interest and pops of color in your European kitchen design is with cooking accessories like blenders, coffeemakers and mixers. These are now available in hyper-colorful, modern styles, many of which seem to live at the intersection of vintage and contemporary design and therefore can work exceedingly well in a European-style kitchen. Cookware and large utensils are available in similarly bold designs, helping to create a lively and interesting kitchen space.

When it comes to flooring and tile work in European kitchen designs, these aspects tend to adhere to the overall design. Some European kitchens may adopt the individual style flourishes of a particular region or country—for example, Tuscan kitchens often feature terracotta or earth-toned ceramic tile for flooring and backsplashes, as is the custom in that fabled region of Italy. French country kitchens, similarly, may feature natural colors and tones to create a soothing, welcoming atmosphere.

Furniture can be both functional and attractive in European kitchen designs. Because European kitchens are often smaller spaces, efficient table and chair sets in wood, plastic or metal—sometimes featuring bold colors like yellow, red, orange and blue—are common, offering an aesthetically pleasing but also convenient eating space.

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