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European vs. American Kitchens! What’s best?

What is a European kitchen style?

European kitchen cabinets often display a simple, unadorned style, featuring flat surfaces, little or no hardware, and flush doors. Traditional kitchen design tends to incorporate natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture.

American kitchens. Open-plan American kitchens have the kitchen, dining-room and lounge area in one space. This has several benefits, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. They are ideal for small homes in which space must be used to the best advantage.

It should not take you by surprise the fact that Americans love to collect, thus their love for big kitchens with lots of cabinets.  European kitchens, on the other hand, tend to be smaller for the reason that Europeans tend to buy only and mostly for current consumption, instead of purchasing and freezing food for weeks.  Americans love functionality and comfort, Europeans love the simplicity and no hustle.  Kitchens in America usually have big room pantries where they stack up on all kinds of food.  On the aesthetic side, Europeans gravitate towards no upper cabinets perhaps as a reflection of their more simple lifestyle.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. It can be command central and the gathering space that is “the heart of your home.” So when a kitchen remodel is considered, the layout and functionality must realistically reflect your needs, personality, and lifestyle. To accomplish this goal, your kitchen layout must utilize every square inch with an efficient work triangle and the decorating must represent the character of your family.

The word ‘style’ has multiple meanings when it comes to the kitchen. Just like clothing and furniture there are also many types of kitchen styles to select from.  There are really only two things that affect a kitchen style – your own personal look and feel and your home. There are many variations of kitchen styles but the look that you select can be a blend of several styles.

Most likely your kitchen will reflect your personality but because the kitchen remodel is such a large investment you can’t let your design style run wild – the kitchen must blend with its surroundings. For example if you live in a brand new loft you probably shouldn’t select a country style kitchen. At the end of the day your style will be your decision and you need to love it because you’ll be living with your kitchen for at least 15-20 years.

Should You Choose a European or American Kitchen Style?

There is no easy answer as to what kitchen style is best for your home, but now that you know a bit more about the details of a few popular styles, you might be able to discuss your choices with a designer more readily. Note a few important factors to keep in mind when you're ready to schedule a kitchen to remodel for your home.

    * Smaller European cabinets might not have room inside to hold taller food containers, jars, and the like. If you do choose a European style kitchen for your home, ensure that the interior shelves can be moved to different heights, as needed.

    * Be sure you choose a kitchen style that is in keeping with the size of your current kitchen. For example, a Tuscany kitchen, with all its details and warm tones, might overwhelm a small space or make it seem dark and cave-like. On the other hand, a European style kitchen, with its clean and simple lines, might make a large space seem stark and dull.

    * You also need to consider the lighting in your kitchen. If a kitchen doesn't have many windows or none at all, you might avoid a Tuscany kitchen and its deep wood tones. A European style kitchen, with lots of light cabinetry and countertops, will look brighter and cleaner in a dark space.

You might also check with a real estate agent regarding home styles and property values in your area, and how a kitchen remodel will affect your home's overall value. A European style kitchen might add more value to a small house in the city or a home with a more modern look and feel, whereas a traditionally American kitchen might be a better fit for suburban homes or older homes with a distinctly American style.

Professional designers from @EuroCucinaUSA would be happy to assist and guide you through entire process of the kitchen design and help you to choose the right style for your kitchen.

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