Create a "c'est magnifique" design with these ideas for French style kitchens.
French kitchens encompass a wide range of styles, from bistro-themed designs to ornate Parisian architecture.
Glazed Country Kitchen Cabinetry
Glazed French country cabinetry graces this large gourmet kitchen. The butcher block and granite island is an eye-catching element that melds form with function. The stone flooring adds a dynamic and beautiful dimension to the space. The sunflowers are the perfect touch for this kitchen. Design by Jackie Glisson
Black Accents in the Kitchen
The overall look of this room, designed by Judi Ackerman, is French country with a cottage feel. Most of the furniture is painted in tones of white and highlighted with apple green. Black accents, such as the granite countertops and wrought-iron counter stools, add to the French feel.
This traditional kitchen has classic off-white cabinetry and a vintage feel, thanks to the industrial window, pendant lights and white subway tile with charcoal grout. Lined with ornate black-and-white wallpaper, the glass-front cabinets give the room a French flair. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff
Traditional elements in this kitchen were combined with modern-day conveniences to give an updated look and feel to the space. The off-white detailed cabinetry adds class to the room, while the chandelier is a touch of elegance. The rooster gives the kitchen a French feel. Design by Gail Drury of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
If you are seeking a classic Parisian-style kitchen, then consider a design that features simple, black cabinetry paired with a white marble or slate granite countertop. The effect will be noteworthy, but perfectly understated. This design might also incorporate bistro-style chairs made from wrought iron and lined up along one side of a kitchen island.
On the other hand, a French country kitchen island will call for cabinets made from a rustic wood that might be painted white or stained a light antique green. Top the woodwork off with a white counter or butcher block surface to complete the look. These French kitchen islands also typically work well with an extra punch of colorful tile embedded in the countertop or sides of the island.
Patterns and fabrics are also important in a French country interior. Certain motifs, like the fleur de lis might be included in various patterns, in addition to stripes, small floral prints and checkerboards that are common to French design. There are lots of options for pillows and cushions, linens and accent pieces.
In terms of a color palette, bistro-style kitchens rely on white, black and bold reds to complement a design, while country styles lean toward saffron yellow and intense blue for a French countryside effect.
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