American-style kitchen: 20 key design elements

American style kitchen

At the heart of American interiors has always been the classic style of England and the Old World, but their distinguishing feature was the desire for greater practicality and less pretentiousness. As a result, the American-style kitchen turned out to be both beautiful and, at the same time, super-functional.

  • In this article you will learn how to create an American kitchen design from 20 basic elements, and you will be able to draw insights from 60 photo examples of interiors of small and large kitchens.

20 basic American style kitchen items

1. Centralized planning

All furniture and equipment in a typical American kitchen is built around the perimeter of the room G-, P- or C-shaped, and the center is located Isleor lunch group. Such a grouping of objects is convenient in that it allows you to unload the space for free movement as much as possible and put together a sink, a refrigerator and a stove according to the “working triangle” principle.

U-shaped kitchen layout with an island

Centralized layout

2. Big Island

It is impossible to imagine the design of American cuisine without a massive island in the center. Sometimes it is several islands at once, if space dimensions allow. The island is a multifunctional desktop, equipped with a variety of shelves for storage, as well as a stove, sink, wine rack and / or bar.

  • Island in the kitchen
  • The island must follow the shape of the room or workspace.
  • Passages around the island should be at least 90 cm, ideally 120 cm, but no more. Therefore, it cannot be put on small kitchen.
  • If your the kitchen has an area of ​​18-21 square meters. m, then choose a small island with a size of no more than 90 × 120 cm. Well, if it is mobile, then if necessary you can move it to another place.

Mini-island on wheels

Mini-island on wheels

  • A more compact island replacement is the peninsula, which is distinguished by the fact that one of its ends is built into the kitchen suite or rests against a wall.


3. Placement of a sink by the window

American-style kitchens suggest placing a sink under the window. This, firstly, is very convenient, since natural light illuminates the washing area well, and secondly, it is pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, in a city apartment, the transfer of washing is not always possible, since a significant lengthening of communications is extremely undesirable.

  • Window wash

4. Wood in decoration and furniture

Wood is the most popular material in American cuisine. Wooden furniture is used everywhere. For example, it can be a kitchen set with wooden (most often veneered) facades, a worktop, tables and chairs, sideboard. Wooden beams often adorn the ceilings of the American kitchen-dining room, and panels are used to decorate walls.

The interior of the kitchen in the style of American classics

The wooden floor is also an integral part of the American style in the interior.

  • Batten

5. Kitchen fronts with panels

The kitchen in the style of American classics always has paneled facades, but not too elegant, but concise. Glossy solid facades are characteristic only for kitchens in the style of an American retro cafe.

Facades with panels

By the way, Americans are not afraid to repaint their kitchen several times.

6. A large number of storage sites

Any American kitchen has a lot of various cabinets and shelves, and the set in it is built up to the ceiling. Americans use separate cabinets for storing plates and cups, various utensils, a festive service, textiles, cookbooks and small household appliances.

Grocery storage shelves

Shelves for storing dishes

Open shelves “facilitate” the interior, but complicate the cleaning - dust accumulates on them very quickly

Sometimes a separate storage room is located next to the kitchen for storing food items and groceries (see photo slider).

  • Pantry

7. Open plan

A characteristic feature of the American kitchen is its unification with the dining room, living room and often the hallway or corridor. On the one hand, this technique increases the space and allows the cook to communicate with the other inhabitants of the house or guests. On the other hand, the open-plan drawbacks are also sufficient. So, for example, an untidy kitchen, where they were just preparing in a hurry, will disturb the comfort of the living room or the main dining room. Other disadvantages: the penetration of odors from the kitchen into the living room, because of which all the textiles begin to smell like food, as well as the noise from the kitchen, say, from a working hood, often interfering with the rest in the living room.

American-style kitchen

American-style kitchen

American-style kitchen

8. Zoning room

The American-style kitchen is always clearly divided into zones, for example, working, dining and bar. The following can act as a visual or physical separator: furniture (for example, bar counter, island, peninsula, table, etc.), partition, ceiling beam, large plants in pots, carpets and rugs, fixtures.

An example of zoning through partition

An example of zoning a kitchen-dining room through a partition

Beam Zoning Example

Beam Zoning Example

9. Spacious and comfortable dining area

Regardless of family size, the American-style dining table should be spacious (for 6-8 people or even more) and massive. The table is supplemented with simple wooden / metal chairs or more elegant semi-chairs with soft upholstery. The table itself is decorated with a walkway and a central decoration, for example, a vase of flowers, a fruit platter, topiary, candy and other decor.

  • American style dining area

10. Solid worktops

To cover the working area using a single monolithic tabletop. It can be made of natural or artificial stone, from a natural tree and even concrete. But MDF or laminated chipboard, popular in our country and Europe, in America is not too favored.

Marble Countertop

11. Neutral colors

  • The most common options for painting walls are white, beige and light gray shades.
  • Kitchen facades are most often white, but light gray and olive shades are also popular.
  • The floor is almost always brown or dark brown (wood), due to which the American kitchen acquires a striking contrast of dark and light shades.

Examples of colored kitchens in the style of American classics, see the following photo slider.

  • American style kitchen

12. Tile "hog" or small mosaic in an apron

Rectangular ceramic tiles "hog" ("Metro") is most typical for facing the working area. It is usually white or light gray.

  • Apron hog

Other suitable design options: small square tile, small tile mosaic, figured tiles, herringbone tiles, as well as stone trim to match the worktop or wood panels.

  • Tile apron

13. Abundance of textiles

American kitchen interior is unimaginable without cotton or linen textiles:

  • Curtains and curtains on the windows;
  • Narrow rugs in the working area and a large carpet in the dining area;
  • Desktop textiles - tracks or napkins under the plates;
  • Napkins in the interior gamut;
  • Bar Stools or main chairs in fabric upholstery.

Textiles in the interior of the kitchen

14. Household appliances

In the US, it is customary to equip the kitchen with the latest appliances. Here is the minimum set of devices and gadgets that will be useful in every kitchen:

15. Large built-in or dome hood

Built-in or dome hood is a mandatory attribute of American cuisine, because, as already noted, it is almost always combined with the living room. Often the hood and all the space around it is decorated elegantly - the dome has a thread or arch, a large clock or other decor is sometimes hung on its facade, and an apron under the hood is usually decorated differently from the rest of the work area. For example, in this place the tile is made up of a mosaic or a picture / panel is put behind the slab.

Exhaust hood

Exhaust hood

Exhaust hood

16. Classic lamps in each of the zones

Creating a uniform lighting with the help of several lamps, rather than a single central chandelier - this is the principle of kitchen design, which is really worth taking note.

  • The working area is illuminated by furniture lights or wall sconces.
  • The island and / or the bar counter is illuminated by a large chandelier or two or three hangers.
  • The dining area is illuminated by one or two elegant chandeliers, suspended directly above the table at a height of 70 cm from the table top.
  • American style kitchen lighting

17. Availability of bar

In many American homes there is a bar or sideboard in which alcoholic beverages, glasses and glasses are stored, often there is a wine cabinet or at least a baker and a trolley with drinks. Below is a selection of ideas for arranging a large and small American-style bar.

American kitchen bar

American kitchen bar

American kitchen bar

18. Breakfast table

Almost every kitchen has a main and additional dining areas near the work area. Quick breakfasts and snacks are carried out either at the bar, or behind an island / peninsula with seating, or at a coffee table with a corner stool.

  • Breakfast table

Bar counter

19. Things with history

Americans value such a thing as the spirit of a place or the spirit of things that must be cherished and appreciated. Therefore, in their kitchens you can often see things with history, whether it be a vase found at a flea market, a family heirloom, or an old cupboard that was simply repainted. For the same reason, when planning an interior from scratch, homeowners are not in a hurry with a radical redevelopment or a complete renovation of the decoration.

20. Ceramic or stone sinks

If you want to equip your kitchen in the American style, choose a sink made of white ceramic or artificial / natural stone. Mixer is better to choose the classic dvuhventelny.

Ceramic sink

Kitchen with ceramic sink

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