European Kitchen Trends 2019

Being on the other side of the pond, European trends can be hard to follow, and those you find online can be watered down or Americanized. To get a full view of a typical European kitchen and the trends that are emerging, we compiled everything you need to know about European kitchen design for your kitchen design and remodel. Helping us compile what you need to know about kitchen design in Europe in European kitchen design expert Paul Pedini, and design specialist Shawn Taylor.

Europe is a big place with many different cultures, so distilling the design trends of an entire continent is troublesome. However, there are common features and elements that are found throughout Europe, especially regarding kitchen design.

In the U.S, the trend for kitchens is all white everything. If you’re tired of the white-themed kitchens of the U.S, then you’ll appreciate the use of color in European kitchen design. The kitchen is often the most important space in the home to Europeans, most notably the Italians, and they tend to be spacious and flow into other rooms for easy gathering. The openness of European kitchens is not uncommon in contemporary American kitchens, but American kitchens lack the use of color and design to create both nostalgia and boldness.

Check out our Italian kitchen examples.

Saturated Accents

Europeans are more willing to use bold colors than Americans, although that seems to be changing in the U.S, but not in big ostentatious ways like painting all of the cabinets or walls yellow. Their use of color is more of a saturated accent. That means they use appliances or kitchen accessories to give bursts of color, individuality, and personality.

Typical Appliances To Add Bright Color

  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Oven hood
  • Stovetop/cooktop
  • Refrigerator

Ideas To Get Started With Using Bold Color:

If the big appliances are too bold for you right now, try getting your fix of vibrant colors by using smaller appliances in your European kitchen design until you’re comfortable with bigger pops of color.

  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Artwork
  • Cookware – pots & pans
  • Vase/flower pot

Matte Finishes

Matte finishes are almost the starting point for European kitchens. Unlike bright colors, matte colors can expand to more than just accent colors and can cover large kitchen spaces. Create cool, modern looks that go well on countertops, cabinets, and worktops.

Dark Wood

In the U.S. people tend toward light color schemes. In European kitchen design, it’s common to see wood. Wood gives the nostalgia of the old days and makes the space seem heavy.

To reduce the heaviness of the wood and make the kitchen feel larger, try open shelves instead of cabinets. Another option is to contrast the heavy shade of the wood with light, sleek, minimalist cabinets.

Work Tables

It’s popular in the United States, but islands are out in Europe. Europeans approach food like a craftsman does their craft. Encapsulate that alimental craftsmanship by replacing your island with a worktable.

Worktables are also cheaper, great if you’re renting, and create the appearance of space and make the space seem lighter because they have legs rather than sit on the ground.


As you’ve probably gathered from above, Europeans love contrast. Dark woods, light countertops or cabinets, dark matte cabinet bodies with light wood doors, white walls with dark wood cabinetry, white and grey cabinetry with strong splashes of color. Maybe even more accurate than contrast is mix-and-match because they love to take different styles and put them together.

Natural Materials

Another cornerstone of European kitchen design is natural materials. We’ve mentioned wood already, but other popular materials are iron and concrete. When juxtaposed properly, they give you a feeling of calmness. Natural materials also have inherent flaws because they’re organic material. Those imperfections age well and get more charm over time.

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