Bring the functionality of German engineering right into your home. Kitchens should be as functional as they are beautiful. But many people consider aesthetic needs over how well the kitchen works.
German kitchens are at a higher standard than others and are beloved for their affordability and functionality. They’re clutter-free and have clean, modern lines.
But what a homeowner will love about a German kitchen is the customized solutions, so the space feels like it’s made to address your needs and utilizes every inch of space for functionality. Don’t worry; these kitchens still don’t give up style.
If you’re looking to remodel your space in a stylish German-inspired design, here are eight ideas you can bring into your own home.
1. Customized Smart Storage
A German kitchen emphasizes functionality over nearly everything else. And one of the best ways to make a kitchen more functional is with proper storage.
But you don’t want to choose basic storage options and try to make it work for you. Choose storage that reflects your kitchen and lifestyle needs.
Drawer organizers can help keep cooking utensils in place. Create a dedicated rack to store jars of herbs and spices. Make a place where you’ll be able to retrieve and put away plates, bowls, and glasses.
2. Multifunctional Spaces
Efficiency is a must in a German kitchen, so it must use the entire space well. Whether you have a small or large kitchen, you’ll want to incorporate multifunctional spaces to use the whole room to your advantage.
Allow your kitchen island to be a place where you can prep meals as well as sip a cup of coffee. You may also want to create a designated space in the room for sit-down dining. Whether you use it as a casual dining area or formal dining, it’s up to you.
3. Smart Appliances
One way to make your kitchen more functional is with improved technology. Upgrade to smart appliances that will make your kitchen run like a well-oiled machine.
Swap out your traditional cooktop with an induction range, which won’t be hot to the touch, but provides even heat no matter what you’re cooking. Refrigerators and microwaves with smart features can help you keep track of ingredients and recipes.
Voice-activated and touchless appliances can help you use your kitchen hands-free and streamline the cooking process. But this doesn’t mean you have to fill your kitchen with technology if you don’t want to. Choose the items that will help you most and focus on your needs.
4. Durable Materials
Germans are renowned for their immaculate engineering, which is one of the reasons why many homeowners opt for German-made kitchens. Whether you buy a German system or simply take inspiration, you’ll want to choose durable materials for your kitchen.
Choose cabinets made of wood or a strong veneer, or a metal framed cabinet. Durable countertops that have been rigorously tested are a must. And don’t forget the appliances like the sink, which would do best in a stainless steel material.
5. Streamline Cabinets
German kitchen design is known for its clean lines and handleless cabinets have become the way to achieve this. This creates a streamlined look that captures the modern aesthetic German kitchens are famous for. These cabinets open via a groove that you can grip onto.
You can also create a streamlined look by not allowing the counters to hang over the cabinets to maintain straight lines. Also, consider a glossy finish to highlight the flat facade and add a visually interesting detail.
6. Dark and Moody Aesthetics
A modern German kitchen brings in plenty of contemporary and ultra-modern design. And that can mean a darker and moodier aesthetic throughout the space. This differs from the light and bright, all-white spaces that have been popular in recent years.
Darker kitchens are more dramatic, and they complement modern materials and streamline designs. Opt for grays, navy, and black as the main colors in the design. But don’t be afraid to soften the design with lighter shades like white or even a pop of color like green or yellow.
7. Metallic Finishes and Natural Textures
Break up the block of dark colors with stylish metallic finishes. A pop of metallic can add an interesting detail to your space. Use metallic finishes wherever possible. If you opt for cabinets with handles, choose a metallic finish.
You may want to incorporate metallic in light fixtures, appliances fixtures, appliances, and furniture, as well.
Also consider using natural textures throughout the wood. Your cabinet doors may be streamlined with a glossy or matte finish. Contrast that with something natural from wood, stone, or ceramic. They can be large features like the countertop or island or small details like shelving.
8. Broken Plan Living
Open-concept living has been a popular layout for many modern homes. But as beautiful as they can be, open floor plans aren’t always the most functional. That’s why German kitchens employ an open but broken floor plan.
A broken floor plan doesn’t mean it’s staggered and confusing. But rather, this creates distinct areas for you to do different tasks in the same room.
In the kitchen, this can look like a raised breakfast bar that can hide dirty dishes from the rest of the home but also provide a space where you can enjoy a casual meal.
Bring the Beauty and Function of a German Kitchen Into Your Home
The kitchen is the room that gets the most traffic, starting in the morning with breakfast to dinner in the evening and periodic snacks throughout the day. And no matter how extravagant of meals you like to create, you should have a kitchen that functions well.
That’s why many people are opting to add a German kitchen to their homes over the traditional American or English kitchen. German kitchens perfectly combine function and design aesthetics into a beautiful place to prepare your favorite foods.
Transform your kitchen into the most stylish and functional area in your home. Contact us today to discuss your upcoming remodel and begin the process on your kitchen, bathroom, closet, or laundry.