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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By: Sean McEvoy

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.

Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Ideas and Options

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Stainless Steel Backsplash & Red Kitchen Cabinets

From: Kim Alexandriuk

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Modern Kitchen With Purple Wall, LED Lighting and Quartz Counter

Farmhouse Sink Area in Cottage Kitchen

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Rustic Transitional Kitchen

Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash and Wine Racks

Old World Kitchen With Nailhead Accents

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Contemporary Neutrals

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Smoky Gray Subway Tile in White Kitchen

From: Elizabeth Tranberg

Contemporary Kitchen with Metallic Tile Backsplash

From: Dave Stimmel

Green Glass Tile Backsplash in Modern Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Multicolor Tile Backsplash

From: Nomita Joshi Gupta

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Transitional Kitchen With a Stainless Steel Island and Green Backsplash

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Sleek Contemporary Kitchen With Photo Backsplash

Traditional Kitchen With Dark Wood Island

Black and White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Stove

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Eclectic Kitchen With Stone Countertops and Exotic Pendant Lights

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Contemporary Black Metallic Kitchen With Red and White Bar Chairs

Eclectic Stone Bar With Blue Ceramic Backsplash

From: Dave Stimmel

Red and Yellow Kitchen Backsplash

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Traditional Kitchen With Stainless Steel Range and Yellow Tile Backsplash

From: Dave Stimmel

Transitional Kitchen With Rustic Table

Brown Mid-Century Modern Kitchen With Metallic Mosaic Tile

Neutral Kitchen With Gray Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Sparkling Espresso Bar

White Transitional Chef Kitchen With Stainless Range

Room to Work

Gray and White Chef's Kitchen With Dot Backsplash

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Modern Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and Mosaic Backsplash

From: Dorothy Willetts

Detail of Kitchen Range and Microwave UO 2011

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

From: Barney Maier

Cream & Brown Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Kitchen With Teal Mosaic Tile Wall

Spacious Gray-Blue Transitional Kitchen

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Photo By: Andrew Bruah

Contemporary Kitchen With Island Seating

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Bright and Fun Green Tiled Backsplash

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Gray Mediterranean Kitchen With Open Shelving

Transitional Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinets and Granite Backsplash

From: Drury Design

Contemporary White Kitchen With Industrial Barstools

White Transitional Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

From: Drury Design

Modern Apron Sink in White Mid-Century Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen With Marble Counters and Undermount Sink

White Contemporary Kitchen

Dark Bamboo Cabinets in Contemporary Brown Kitchen

Modern Kitchen With Frosted Glass Cabinets

Mediterranean-Inspired Kitchen With Striped Tile Backsplash

Subway Tile Backsplash With Cabinets

Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets With Green Marble Countertops

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Floral Window Shade in Pale Yellow Kitchen

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

Tiny Traditional Kitchen With Gray Stone Tile Backsplash

Contemporary Kitchen With Green Tile Backsplash

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Green Kitchen With White Farmhouse Sink

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Black Kitchen Cabinets With Copper Range Hood

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Retro Cabinetry

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Traditional White Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

Reflective Kitchen Backsplash

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

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From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Contemporary Gray Kitchen WIth Glossy Cabinets and Striped Tile

Contemporary Grey Kitchen With Corner Cabinet Lazy Susan

Countertop-to-Ceiling Kitchen Backsplash With Stainless-Steel Open Shelving

Modern Kitchen With Chocolate Brown Cabinets

Mediterranean Kitchen With Blue Backsplash

Colorful Tile Backsplash Gives a Vintage Look

Eclectic Eat-in Kitchen

Kitchen With Repurposed Buffet Table

Small Butler Pantry in Transitional Kitchen

Range Hood and Horizontal Wall Cabinets

White Farmhouse Sink in Country Kitchen

Open Shelving in White Cottage Kitchen

Marble Backsplash Adds Texture in White Transitional Kitchen

Deep White Sink

Stainless Steel Built-In Kitchen Range and Hood

White Kitchen With Blue-Gray Glass Subway Tile

Kitchen With Mirrored Backsplash and Marble Countertop

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White Cottage Kitchen With Wet Bar and Built-In Desk

From: Drury Design

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Pro-Quality Stainless Steel Range

Farmhouse Sink in Transitional Green and White Kitchen

White Cottage Style Kitchen With Open Shelving and a Farmhouse Sink

Charming Cottage Kitchen In Classic White

Small Space White Kitchen With Pendant Lights

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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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