One of the world’s most design-conscious countries comes up with great kitchen style

The Netherlands is a world leader in kitchen design and innovation. With a range of internationally recognised kitchen design houses, you can be sure that the nation is increasingly being compared to traditional kitchen design leaders like Italy and Germany. People from around the world look to the Dutch for their kitchen design style, and want a piece of it in their home.

Dutch kitchens are the heart of the home
There are plenty of Dutch words that are untranslatable, but “Gezellig” is an international favourite, because it captures a broad range of terms relating to fun and good atmosphere. If a house is “gezellig” for instance it is cosy and homey. The Dutch kitchen style certainly lives up to the word, because it is the heart of a home. Often positioned quite literally in the centre, the Dutch kitchen is meant to bring people together from around the home.

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The Dutch kitchen is meant to bring people together from around the home. © larkandlarks.co.uk

Dutch kitchens use space efficiently
The Netherlands is the most densely populated country in the European Union, and one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Space therefore is at a premium and the Dutch kitchen design style accommodates the small footprint of most houses in its galley layout. Traditionally set up with two walls of parallel cabinets and worktops, the galley layout of the Dutch kitchen design style allows for maximum storage and workspace in the smallest of areas. In the efforts of avoiding a closed-in feeling, the Dutch kitchen often then leads to a dining and social area.

The Dutch kitchen often then leads to a dining and social area. © Nancy Hugo

Dutch kitchens embrace historic details
With its clever use of space and contemporary style, it’s tempting to assume that the Dutch kitchen is an unrepentantly streamlined and practical place. However, The Netherlands’ long and rich history ensures that virtually every Dutch kitchen contains historic details that bring character and customisation to the space. In a historic home, refurbished wooden floors add warmth to glossy modern cabinets. Charming blue and white Delft pottery allows you to keep your everyday ingredients at arm’s length. An old-fashioned Dutch door can create much needed ventilation in a tight area.

A door can create much needed ventilation in a tight area. © larkandlarks.co.uk

Blending contemporary design cues with old world elements, you certainly don’t need any “courage” to make this style work in your home. Visit Kitchen Styles for more.