When trying to reproduce the traditional European kitchen look, the first place to start is the cabinetry. There are no flat panels here. All panels, doors, and drawer fronts should have some form of edging or detailing. This can be in the form of panel surrounds, or even tongue and groove striping. These panels and fronts are then painted rather than having the wood exposed.
Kitchen Cabinetry Color
Traditionally this style of kitchen has a painted finish and there are two approaches to what color you choose for your cabinetry.
The first is to go neutral. By choosing pale neutral creams, greys, greens, or taupes the shadow lines created by the detailing on your cabinetry give some pattern and interest. Neutral colors give rise to beautiful relaxing kitchens and allow individual items, such as appliances and splashbacks, to be the main focal points.
The second approach is to paint your cabinetry in strong traditional feature colors. Deep greens or bright blues and yellows give character to the room. In these kitchens, it is the cabinetry color that is the focal point.
The next big item is the countertop and the most commonly used material is granite. Dark almost-black granites look great in brightly colored kitchens while creamy colors will blend in nicely with a light neutral. Timber tops are also common and due to their nature can be any color. Timber looks best in its natural state so if you want a dark countertop to choose dark-colored timber rather than staining a pale wood. Synthetic stone and stainless steel are not at home in this type of kitchen and should be avoided.
Splashbacks and Furniture
A European kitchen’s splashback is tiled. A neutral-colored tile with contrasting grey grout will look great behind your cooker. Accentuate this with some decorative tiles for even more impact. You will only need a few as too many will make the area look busy. Talk to your tiler to come up with an interesting layout rather than a standard brick pattern.
One of the greatest things about this kitchen style is the ability to incorporate antique pieces of furniture. Old marble-topped tables, dressers, and plate racks can be incorporated into the design and add to the unfitted feel of the room. These items can sit alongside new cabinetry to add a real sense of history and tradition.
European traditional kitchens are less ornate than their American cousin, but their use of color and space make them a tempting option. These types of kitchens are timeless, you may never need to change.