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If you have been looking for inspiration for kitchen remodeling, you must have noticed how many homes have invested in a European style kitchen. This style blends together modern designs with mid-century Nordic fashions. The result is a kitchen that is functional, efficient, and aesthetically stunning. Homeowners hoping to sell their home as well as those eager for a change should strongly consider investing in this style of kitchen.
There are a few ways that European kitchens set themselves apart from their North American counterparts. One of the most noticeable ones is the focus on sleek and minimal designs, especially when it comes to the cabinets, drawers, and counters. This means that there are very few protruding handles and hinges. Instead, the European style relies on hidden hinges and handles, maximizing storage space and resulting in a much more elegant design.
Another characteristic is that European-style kitchens are modular in design. In Europe, many individuals bring their kitchens with them when they move. They may bring only the major pieces, such as cabinets and countertops. This means that they are versatile, adaptable, and fit easily into any size home. Modular appliances and cabinetry can be highly customized, designed to suit your space, your lifestyle, and your preferences. For example, some kitchens may have a focus on counter space while others may focus on giving you a ton of storage.
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Aesthetically speaking, the European design is characterized by combining geometric forms and gentle curves. This blend can be seen in areas of the kitchen such as the chairs, tables, and counter edges. There are tons of flat surfaces in this type of kitchen, especially in the design of the countertops and cabinets.
European kitchens also incorporate accessories into their designs, such as an over-the-sink drying rack and built-in storage for cookware and cooking utensils. They also incorporate interesting pops of color, meant to provide some visual diversity to an otherwise monochromatic design. Materials used can be anything from natural stone to man-made materials such as ceramics and molded plastics, depending on your style preference.
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Investing in a European design offers a lot of benefits when renovating your kitchen. One of the biggest ones is that these designs are highly functional. They are meant to make maneuvering, cooking, or baking much easier. When these kitchens are being designed, you can have a lot of input on the process. As a result, you can organize your kitchen in a way that works best for you. For example, if you like having your stove close to counter and prep space, you can do that. If you prefer having your sink at the far end of your prep area, you can also make that request.
European kitchens are known for being energy efficient as well as functional. A true European style takes the energy status of each one of its appliances into consideration. This can dramatically lower your energy bills, especially if you are switching from outdated and older appliances. Opting for materials that are easy to clean, such as natural stone, can also save you money on cleaning supplies. These natural materials also make your home more environmentally friendly.
European kitchens also typically incorporate a range hood in their design. Range hoods are incredibly useful, especially if you cook with foods that produce a lot of smoke. Unlike North American designs, European-style hoods are elegant, efficient, and blend in naturally with the rest of your cabinets.
If you are looking to construct the European style kitchen of your dreams, contact us at Kitchens By Us. Our professionals are happy to come to your home to install European style kitchen cabinets and countertops. We work with you to find the perfect choices for your home. Contact us today to learn more or to book your appointment. You can also visit us in-store to see our vast selection of European kitchen cabinets and countertops.