European kitchen designs are a very popular trend in the United States currently. The fusion of centuries of timeless design and innovation in functionality make this style very attractive to Americans who are used to standard kitchen features. People who are looking for a unique design that seems a little foreign yet catches the eye, will fall in love with European kitchens.
One of the design details that makes a European kitchen standout is the countertops. Europeans go for bolder counter options and we love recommending granite countertop variations for people to achieve this unique European look. Granite countertops provide a variety of coloring and pattern options to fit in with any European kitchen style, from Greek to Scandinavian. Here are some of our favorite granite countertop picks for European design.
Greek design is very classic with a balance of light, dark, and wood accents. Many Greek kitchens are known for light colors to reflect lots of sunlight. However, for a dramatic and eye-catching look, choose a dark granite countertop to go with light colored cabinetry and hardwood floors. A square edge profile is best for the Greek style kitchen counter.
English kitchens are very homey with bright color accents to brighten up dreary weather. Blue cabinets are a popular choice in English kitchens. The white countertops will reflect light better and stand out from the colors in the kitchen. For your edge profile, we recommend to keep it standard or choose very unique rounded edge cuts.
A Beaux kitchen design is all about being sleek and modern. Stainless steel appliances and cabinets with glass doors are common in a Beaux kitchen. For granite countertops, we suggest a taupe, silver, or dark tint to your granite countertop with minimal pattern. This will highlight the modern accents throughout the rest of the kitchen. Go with a rounded or beveled edge profile for your countertop.
The Classic Revival kitchen design has changed in coloring throughout the years, but the current trend is white cabinets with a colored backsplash and walls. The color of the backsplash and walls is usually a light color to complement the white cabinets. To contrast all the light of the classic revival look, choosing a medium or darker shade for your granite countertop is an excellent choice. We prefer a dark gray or black to make it really stand out with flecks of silver and white in the pattern. Stick with a simple edge profile, either standard, rounded, or bullnose.
With a Romantic French kitchen design, you can get really creative with the frills and details! Choose any color countertop that goes with your kitchen design, but we recommend a combination of light cabinets and darker granite. The defining granite countertop feature for a Romantic French kitchen is the edge profile, choose a more detailed edge, such as ogee, waterfall, or bevel.
Danish Modern kitchen style is all about the warmth of the wood from the cabinets to the flooring to the furniture. The lightness or darkness of the granite coloring depends on the wood tint you select for your kitchen, but we do recommend to keep the pattern very simplistic to not distract from the wood centerpiece.
An Italian kitchen design is extremely modern with slate or white colors for cabinets and countertops. Your granite countertop should be white or gray in lighter shades and be without pattern. Choosing a standard or square edge profile will bring out a modernist motif.
A Scandinavian kitchen design is all about straight lines and light colors. The cabinets are usually white with flat fronts and minimalist accents. The details that stand out in Scandinavian kitchens are the light fixtures and countertops. We recommend simple stone patterns to reflect the lightness and simplicity of the design.
The Tuscan Provencal design is focused on warmth and grandiose details. Think about sculptures and ancient art and you have your Tuscan Provencal kitchen design. For your countertops, you will want to choose a warm hue with plenty of pattern in the design. The edge profile should be dramatic and extravagant to match the rest of the kitchen.