It’s the twenty-first century, and the best French country kitchen has never been so good. Modern conveniences, like refrigerators with water heaters, ovens with auto clean functions, and dishwashers with self-cleaning mechanisms, add up to yet another convenience factor. There’s also a trend toward more individualized tastes as homeowners strive for their personal touches in every room. French Country kitchens are no exception.
The days of the ‘stick-built’ have given way to flat-fronted farmhouse-style kitchens. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi (too much of everything). But farmhouse owners have long preferred a rustic appeal that translates into warmth, finesse, and character. This timeless style exudes a sense of mild sophistication. Many feel it lends authenticity to the region’s heritage and food.
Materials are the key to the charm. In olden days, materials such as stone and brick were favored. Nowadays, a variety of woods and woven materials are used. Whether your style is a country farmhouse feel or an urban contemporary feel, the right kitchen cabinets and doors can set you apart. Traditional farmhouse doors with wood handles are among the most popular motifs. However, if you’re concerned about security issues, you might consider going with steel doors or even real wood.
Another focal point in any French country kitchen is the dining table. It’s the centerpiece, and often the entire room is designed around it. Formal dining is done on the French country style farmhouse table, but you don’t have to stick to this traditional style. Today, you’ll find a number of choices, from round to square, and even rectangle.
The table will set the stage for the other fixtures in the space. If you want an ethnic look, choose matching wooden bar stools. You’ll want to pair them off with woven wood chairs. If you want a more modern look, opt for metal pieces with rounded corners, or even rounded metal barstools.
You can go all out when it comes to the flooring. This could include stone tiles, or even ceramic or terracotta tiles. Look for unusual designs that tie the room together in a visually pleasing way. If you have an eating area, look into stone countertops that match those of the kitchen cabinetry.
When choosing lighting, you have a few options. Traditional chandeliers are popular, and you can find many styles online. You can also find some truly unique lamps that will allow you to set the mood. Think about the colors you like, and then find a lamp that has that in mind. Keep in mind the colors you use throughout the house to create a consistent look. (coloring being one of the biggest influences of the looks we are creating.)
Finally, you’ll want to consider the kitchen island until you are completely happy with it. This is where your countertop and cooking space came together. Do you have enough room to comfortably move around the island? Can you work the island effectively with your other appliances? The most important thing is that you choose the one that makes you happy. Take some time looking at some ideas online, or speak with a trusted friend who has a French Country kitchen.
One thing that is common in French country kitchens is the use of natural materials. In particular, marble is very popular. You can even find it used in the flooring. If you aren’t interested in marble, look for granite, stone, or quartz. Each one will provide a different look.
Another trend is the use of heavy dark woods or brassware. Look for solid wood cabinets that will match the color palette of the walls and floors. For the floors, you can choose from sofas, area rugs, and even tile. Accessories should also be as wide-ranging as possible. If you want your kitchen to feel luxurious, think about the right tiles, sofas, and table runners.
When you are done coordinating the colors in your French country kitchens, you are now ready to choose the finishing touches. If you are really adventurous, you can totally redesign your kitchen from scratch. This is actually a good time to think about replacing kitchen appliances, adding custom cabinet doors, and creating a backlash. You can create a truly customized look, and this is an especially good option if you are making a custom kitchen for someone else.
To change the look of your kitchen without having to completely redesign it, you can simply add a few accessories. The key is to find the right ones to complement the style you have chosen. If you are redecorating a kitchen that you love, you can add a few country accessories to give it a sparkly new look. Or if you are simply trying to make a kitchen more rustic, you can add some wooden flooring. No matter what your motivation is, you are sure to have a great time finding the perfect accessories to transform your kitchen from drab to fab.