The Basics behind European-Style Cabinets
It’s a commonly known fact that a kitchen in a European home will be smaller than the kitchen in an average American home. Dishwashers tend to be shrunken, residents might get by on a mini-fridge and cabinets are generally more compact.
As a result, the European style of cabinetry is often a lot less ornate than traditional American varieties. While European-style kitchens feature more wood than is popular in contemporary-style cabinets, they borrow a lot of the modern focus on industrial and functional designs. Cabinets are frameless, lines are straight, and the emphasis is always on maximizing space.
As European-style cabinets are so focused on efficiency, adding a few minor decorative touches can liven up the space. Potted plants or a bright and engaging backsplash can elevate a kitchen out of overly-industrial into something more warm and welcoming. If you find the simplicity of contemporary cabinet and kitchen design too harsh, you may want to consider the European style for a happy medium of function and comfort, no matter the size of your kitchen.