French Kitchen Design

Get all the info you need on French kitchen design, and prepare to add an elegant and comfortable design to your kitchen space.
6-kitchens-french_s4x3

6-kitchens-french_s4x3

By: Sean McEvoy

French kitchen design often combines a casually elegant pairing of high-end, quality materials and welcoming, comfortable design.

Kitchen Style Guide

Cottage

Traditional

Transitional

Old World

Modern

Contemporary

Romantic

From: Dave Stimmel

Craftsman

From: Mary Broerman

Tuscan

Commonly inspired by the cooking and entertaining-focused French country kitchens, these spaces conjure thoughts of long, luxurious brunches filled with great conversation and culinary delights.

French kitchen design often features an open, airy kitchen space. L-shaped, one-wall or U-shaped-with-peninsula designs are common, and many French kitchens often feature a kitchen island for extra storage and food preparation space, as well. Classic farm-style sinks, great for food preparation or cleanup after large meals, are also a stylish element often featured in French kitchens. Furniture is often antique or antique-looking, to match the casual but still Old-World feel.

Countertops, floor, cabinets and furniture are almost always constructed from natural materials. High-quality woods like oak, cherry and maple are common for cabinets and furniture, which are most often painted in white or light colors but may also be left in their natural wood state or stained to bring out a deeper hue. Cabinets often feature intricate woodworking or cutouts, paired with simple, sturdy hardware in silver, bronze or iron. Furniture and flooring often has a lived-in, weathered look. Floors may feature large planks, and ceilings may feature exposed wood beams for an elegant but countrified look. Farm-style tables commonly feature large planks and sturdy, intricately carved legs.

Countertops also most often feature natural materials, like granite or stone in high-gloss or matte styles. Paired with light cabinets, a darker countertop is often seen in black or dark grey, for a bold contrast.

Artwork and accessories can be an important aspect of French kitchen design. Simple frames containing botanical sketches, pastoral scenes or other natural subjects, flora and fauna are common. Kitchen implements, large utensils and antiques, farm equipment or artifacts and other curiosities are often displayed on walls to add further interest to the design.

Simple wicker or wire baskets, cabinet designs that eschew doors, and open shelving are common storage elements in a French kitchen design. All of these options allow the kitchen to "breathe" and create a welcoming space that can be both convenient for cooks and appealing for guests.

Tile work can be an important feature of French kitchen design, as well. Classic white subway tiles pair well with the simple, elegant design of a French kitchen; they can be especially effective if a color scheme contrasting lights and darks is employed.

Chic Home Lighting Ideas

Next Up

Luxury Kitchen Design

Explore the options for luxury kitchen design, and prepare to create a best-in-class kitchen in your home.

French Touches Translate Nicely to Kitchen

A fireplace, white marble and La Cornue range are just a few of the distinct details in that make this kitchen design fresh and upscale.

Country Kitchen Design

Explore your options for country kitchen design, and get ready to create a warm and welcoming country kitchen in your home.

Luxury Kitchens

Sleek style and high-end appliances are the hallmarks of this kitchen design.

French-Style Kitchen Islands

Pour on the European charm with a French-inspired kitchen island.

Kitchen 2.0: Design a Smarter Cooking Space

From high-tech gadgets to space-saving solutions, these clever kitchen updates will streamline your cooking and cleaning routine.

French Kitchen Islands

If you are thinking of saying "oui" to a French kitchen design, then it's important for your kitchen island to match your style.

'Lifestyle Design' in the Kitchen and Bath

Find out how homeowners use their space before designing it.

High Style in a High-End Kitchen

It's all about elegance in David McNulty's kitchen design for a sophisticated and expensive Chicago kitchen, from hand-carved friezes to fabulous freezers.

French Country Bathroom Design

Explore ideas and options for French country bathroom design, and prepare to add a romantic and elegant bathroom design to your home.

On TV

6:30am | 5:30c
7am | 6c
7:30am | 6:30c

Flip or Flop

12pm | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30pm | 11:30c

Flip or Flop

1pm | 12c

Flip or Flop

1:30pm | 12:30c

Flip or Flop

2:30pm | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
Tonight
Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:30pm | 8:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Flip or Flop

12am | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Catch Up With Our Blogs

We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, DIY projects, clever entertaining tips & more.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.