French kitchens encompass a wide range of styles, from bistro-themed designs to ornate Parisian architecture.
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.