You hear all the time on HGTV about "farmhouse" kitchens or "contemporary" kitchens. What about a kitchen with international appeal? If you haven't traveled, but would like that "old world" or sophisticated foreign flair--I have a few ideas on how to get the look you want.
Investigate International Intrigue - What kind of international flair do you want? Viennese? French? Mexican? Maybe some sort of eclectic European style? Whatever it is, if you haven't been there to see for yourself what all that entails, look it up! Look up the country or countries of your choice and see what is unique to their style. Once you have made your choice, then you need to work on fleshing out what you want in your kitchen.
Classic or Contemporary Culture - Decide if you want it to be really true to the history of area with deep, classic style or if you want an updated version of your country-of-choice's style. You can do a mix of the two--like an old fashioned sink, but current counters or the look of old style cabinets, but new with contemporary features like soft-close drawers.
Textures, Tints and Triangles - After your country and basic style choices have been made, the next thing you have to do is see what textures of products are used most often for hardware, furniture, decorative pieces and fabrics. Also, what colors are mostly associated with a country's style: like muted tones for French country or the bold and bright colors of Mexico. Then, notice the shapes they have in their pieces. Are there curves to their chairs and decor or is it angular or abstract? Make sure you keep the theme of your country as a thread through everything. Use neutral textures, colors and shapes for a base to bounce all the other off of. This can help keep it from looking too 'on the nose' if you choose.
Fancy and Frugal - It's always nice to have something that makes a statement with beauty, but, it's even better when everything else is kept in line with your budget. Things don't have to be expensive to give international style. You can be as ornate as you would like or keep things toned down. Every country has it's unique voice, however, that voice is usually interpreted by all sorts of different listeners. You decide how you want your International Flair to be spoken!