French Kitchen Design

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By: Sean McEvoy

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

Beautiful, Efficient Kitchen Design and Layout Ideas

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Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

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Blue Coastal Kitchen

Multicolored Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

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Green and Brown Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Creamy White Country Kitchen

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Mixed-Color Mediterranean Kitchen

Transitional Stainless Steel Kitchen

Black and Brown Traditional Kitchen

Brown Wood Old-World Kitchen

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Celebrity Communities

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Neutral Traditional Kitchen With Island

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Mixed-Color Tuscan Kitchen

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Cherry and Emerald Modern Zen Kitchen

Black Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Brown and Neutral Tuscan Country Kitchen

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Katheryn Cowles

Neutral and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen

Cherry and White Traditional Kitchen

Red Modern Kitchen

Green Transitional Kitchen

Brown Kitchen With Contemporary and Rustic Elements

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Arts and Crafts Kitchen With Yellow Cabinets

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Abe Jerome

Neutral and Blue Rustic Kitchen

Copper and Cherry Kips Bay Kitchen

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Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Vaulted Ceiling

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Contemporary Kitchen With Island

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John Colaneri

Blue Rustic Kitchen

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Brown Modern Kitchen and Dining Room

White Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen With Reclaimed Wood

Brown Old-World Kitchen

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Celebrity Communities

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Brown Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

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Montreux Custom Homes

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White Traditional Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen

White & Gray Country Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Red Contemporary Kitchen

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Jane Ellison

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Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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White Contemporary Kitchen

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Kathleen Perkins

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Brown Traditional Kitchen

Turquoise Transitional Kitchen

White and Gray Modern Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Turquoise Tropical Galley Kitchen

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White Traditional Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

White and Red Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island

Green and White Modern Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

White Country Kitchen

Black-and-White Modern Kitchen

Beige Transitional Kitchen

Beige Old-World Kitchen

Brown & Gray Modern Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Mixed-Color Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional White Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

White Contemporary Galley Kitchen

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White Traditional Kitchen With Island Seating

White Contemporary Kitchen

White and Stainless Steel Modern Kitchen

Neutral Modern Kitchen

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Yellow Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Open Contemporary Kitchen

White and Gray Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

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Deena Castello

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

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Judith Taylor

Transitional Kitchen With Wood, Stainless & Marble

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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Dorothy Willetts

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

White & Gray Kitchen With Farmhouse Table

Neutral Old-World Kitchen With Island

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Karen Kettler

White Contemporary Shaker Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Warm Wood Tones

Brown and White Contemporary Kitchen

Warm, White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Island

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Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Urban Kitchen With Green Tile and Light Wood

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Ben Herzog

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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Mary Broerman

Espresso and Stainless Contemporary Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

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Tracy Dunn

Brown Transitional Kitchen With Tile Backsplash

Green and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Island

White Townhome Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

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.

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