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What Does An Italian Kitchen Look Like?

Are you ready to take your kitchen design style to the next level? Dreaming of a space that transforms your home from dull to dynamic? For the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at various design ideas from Europe. You may find that you’re ready to take a bold step and make your kitchen speak volumes about your style and vision.

This week we’ll be showcasing the country that undoubtedly provides America with its favorite European cuisine-Italy. So, are you ready to find out where this Italian cuisine was inspired? Check out these Italian kitchen design trends that you’re sure to love as much as your favorite Italian restaurant.


It’s hard to define Italian style. From clothes to cars to home trends, there is no real definitive set of principles. Italian design is more a state of mind than anything else. Above all else, like its culture and countryside, Italian style is diverse and colorful.

There are many different regions of Italy, and each one seems to have its own separate design style. In Tuscany, for example, you’ll find vibrant hues. In the Mediterranean, style is a bit spicier with its subtle combinations, and in the northern provinces and Italy’s central regions, you’ll discover more of a classic look that is both artistic and earthy. Then, there’s Italy’s modern design, like you’ll find in the ever-fashionable city of Milan. Modern style can be separated into three categories-modern luxury, contemporary bold and modern rustic. Although these are all modern themes, they have one thing in common-they all incorporate a bit of the classic design of old into their new creations.


All Italian kitchen design is defined by one crucial element-color. Some colors that are popular in the Italian kitchen are various shades of soft blues, such as those found in the earth and sky, terra cotta, mustard, sienna, red and all varieties of greens. These colors are near and dear to the Italian heart. So, consider hiring a kitchen cabinet painter to splash some blue on your cabinetry and paint your walls terra cotta. This will help you capture light into your kitchen space. If you’re feeling bold, check out some Italian pottery and incorporate colors you find on the clay into your home for your kitchen cabinets, backsplash, furniture, walls and trim.

Another great idea is to paint your cabinets ivory and your walls buttercream. This simple design is very popular in Italy. You can also harness the look of classic Italian ceramics. Find a piece that has citrusy hues, such as yellow, lime green and orange with blue accents. Design your kitchen around these colors. For example, paint a single wall clay orange and use these other colors on your island, cabinetry, remaining walls, backsplash, floor and décor.


If you’re looking to stick with earth tones, you can’t go wrong with Italian kitchen design. Check out pictures of landscapes in Italy online. For instance, look at an olive grove and incorporate the colors you see into your home. You may find grayish greens in all variations from light to dark. You can accent these greens with light wood cabinets and dark olive countertops. Then, install a reddish brown floor that plays off these colors like an Italian country road.

Although Italian kitchen design is a bit more difficult to define than some other European countries, it’s easy to see why it can be such a bold and desirable look for any American home. It’s full of color, simplicity, beauty and character. Take your kitchen to the next level with bright colors, traditional beauty and versatility.


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