Published at Monday, August 21st 2017. by Navarre Lemoine in Kitchen Style.
Taking its inspiration from the elegant, romantic Victorian era in Europe, Victorian kitchen design often features luxurious materials, antique furniture, soothing color palettes and intricate details. One of the hallmarks of Victorian kitchen design is an open kitchen space. Open U-shaped and L-shaped designs are common, with a kitchen island (a common inclusion in many Victorian kitchen designs) providing extra space for food preparation and storage.
Italy's fabled Tuscany region is legendary for its beauty, food and wine culture, and distinctive architecture—a rustic mix of natural, sunny hues and textures that's reflected in Tuscan kitchen design as well as Mediterranean kitchen design and other Italian kitchen designs.
Speaking of romance, another way to add to the whimsical, rapturous feel of a Victorian kitchen is through artwork. Sumptuous still-life paintings of fruits, wines and cheeses can add an elegant and artistic touch to the space, while other touches like flowing, floral patterned curtains in soft colors or elegant chair cushions in velvet or velour can help create a welcoming space filled with beautiful touches.
A galley kitchen's layout is characterized by two parallel countertops that incorporate a walking area in between. Because the space can appear small, it is important to choose light colors to make the kitchen feel open and airy. Stainless steel or white countertops, glass-front cabinets, and colorful backsplashes are all key to making a galley kitchen design appear larger.
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
Walls often feature white or light beadboard, a direct reference to the style commonly found in vacation cottages. When it comes to furniture in cottage-style kitchens, the casual and comfortable theme is generally upheld by using sturdy tables of natural wood, often paired with equally substantial chairs, fitted for comfort with cushions in colorful patterns or solids.