Published at Sunday, August 06th 2017. by Iven Muller in Kitchen Style.
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.
When it comes to flooring and tile work in European kitchen designs, these aspects tend to adhere to the overall design. Some European kitchens may adopt the individual style flourishes of a particular region or country—for example, Tuscan kitchens often feature terracotta or earth-toned ceramic tile for flooring and backsplashes, as is the custom in that fabled region of Italy. French country kitchens, similarly, may feature natural colors and tones to create a soothing, welcoming atmosphere.
Backsplashes are a great way to incorporate lively design flourishes in a Tuscan kitchen design, with mosaic tile and terracotta being popular choices for materials. Matte finishes may generally prevail over glossy ones in Tuscan kitchen designs, but backsplashes are one area where there may be an opportunity to add a little shine to the design, breaking up an otherwise earthy, laid-back feel with some gleam.
When it comes to materials, Mediterranean kitchens tend toward natural ones, or at least natural-looking synthetics. Hardwood floors are common, usually in lighter shades to continue a light, bright and welcoming feel. Cabinets are often constructed from high-quality woods like cherry; they can be left in their natural state, stained or painted to add a colorful element to the design.
One of the details that sets rustic design apart from other styles is that the approach to decor is a little more flexible — and there’s often more of it. Feel free to amass a collection of various pieces that you love in order to create an eclectic design.
When it comes to accessories and decor for your Mediterranean kitchen design, you'll have plenty of options to continue building on a theme of relaxed enjoyment. Small appliances like coffee makers, mixers and toasters are now available in a wide array of colors, many of which can pair nicely with a Mediterranean design. Cookware, cutlery and large utensils are similarly manufactured to provide a pop of color and some visual interest to your design, so you may want to explore incorporating these throughout your Mediterranean kitchen, whether on countertops, hanging from a storage rack or otherwise displayed.