Country-French decorating is the perfect blend of Old-World comfort and stylish elegance. With details taken from a rustic farmhouse nestled in the picturesque French countryside, and the sophisticated charm of a Parisian café, this classic and inviting style is well suited for both traditional and transition kitchens alike.
Whether you live in the city or the country, you can achieve this popular and timeless look with high-end cabinets and kitchen islands, soft hues, subtle patterns, and distinctive pieces of furniture that will add a warm and welcoming Country-French touch right in your own home. Here are the key characteristics of Country-French decorating:
Pretty Provincial Patterns: Soft, beautiful fabrics are essential to the Country-French style. Subtle floral prints, quintessentially French toile, and pretty detailing (think fringe, lace, and cording) add a touch of elegance to windows and table linens. These provincial prints can also carry over to pottery, canisters, and dishes.
Glazed Cabinetry With Charming Details: Country-French kitchens often feature antique white cabinets with beautiful glazing that allow raised panel doors and other charming details (like corbels and molding) to stand out. Glass front doors and built-in wine racks add a special touch to high-end cabinets, as does rustic knobs and pulls in distressed antique silver, gunmetal, or oil rubbed bronze.
Functional Kitchen Islands
Country-French kitchens are comfortable, and suited for cooking Boeuf Bourguignon and Ratatouille, or baking macarons, and Madeleines. Kitchen Islands are ideal the ideal place for meal prep and mixing confections, affording extra storage and counter space. Kitchen islands are also an opportunity for added style. Choose a complimentary finish to your high-end cabinets, and a butcher-block countertop for added appeal.
Neutral And Natural Accents
When it comes to decorating, a tone on tone color palette is very much in style, and fits the Country-French theme perfectly. Paint walls in soothing, neutral hues like creamy, yellowy beige, or soft grayish-brown tones paired with white or off white trim. Accentuate with natural accents, like glass, stone, metal, and wicker.
Wood Floors And Furniture
Give your Country-French kitchen authentic charm with hardwood floors. A warm, distressed finish adds a lived-in touch that you would expect to see in a French farmhouse or cafe. This also holds true for furniture. Choose weathered vintage pieces with French flair, such as large farmhouse tables, and caned bistro or Napoleon chairs. Because this style is trending today, you can also find a large selection of reproduction pieces online and in furniture stores or boutiques.
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