What exactly is a French country kitchen?
It is a beautifully decorated cooking space that feels both homey and elegant. Think kitchen cabinetry that resembles traditional furniture, fancy oven hoods with crown molding or scalloped edges, and charming rustic accents that feel more Parisian shabby chic than rural.
While your grandmother's take on French country kitchen style may include ceramic roosters, collectible plates, and toile curtains, these days spaces like these have swapped out purely decorative items for modern features packed with plenty of practical function such as vintage-inspired task lighting. To see all of the different components that go into cooking spaces such as these behold these modern, French country kitchens.
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French Styled Range Hood Makes a Chic Statement
This timeless French country kitchen by The Refined Group situated in Arizona exudes livable luxury.
Its contrasting color scheme avoids the monotony that comes with single-hued kitchens by pairing crisp white cabinetry with a sage kitchen island and coordinating tile backsplash. Then there's the classic French-inspired range hood, a stunning architectural feature that makes a chic statement. The vintage wood box planter with herbs is a delightful rustic accent that serves a purpose. Lantern style lightings over the island lend a big dose of European flair.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Old-Look Surfaces Add Rustic European Charm
A stone wall adds old-world character to this French country kitchen by Lisa Luby Ryan, an interior designer situated in Dallas, Texas. Another old-look surface that layers on the rustic, European charm is the distressed wood china cabinet on the right, which contains white French country-inspired dishware.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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French Country Meets Modern Farmhouse
Grace Hill Design, based in Wayzata, Minnesota, reinvents French country style in this cooking space using neutral colors, natural textures, and decorative accents that resemble a modern farmhouse look.
Over the kitchen island are three pendant lights. Covering the marble-topped kitchen island are white shiplap boards. The Candelabra Home Loom Counter Stools are a fresh take on classic French cane chairs. The pièce de résistance in the cooking space is the wooden French-inspired range hood mounted on a wall covered with practical, white subway tiles. Antique brass sconces function as task lighting.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Kitchen Inspired by the French Countryside
This charming cottage kitchen by California's Alison Kandler Interior Design instantly transports you to the French countryside.
The hand-painted wood floor imbues the cooking space with old-timey style. The bistro rattan stool adds a pinch of Parisian chic. The overhead iron scroll lighting creates the illusion of age. Furniture inspired cabinetry and a scalloped edge oven hood bolsters the overall vintage feel. The aged appearance of the brass and Bakelite cabinet pulls complete the French country look.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Kitchen Inspired by a French Country Cottage
Here is a classic French country kitchen by Design Studio International out of Fall Church, Virginia. A mix of materials and colors create a layered European look. Yellow stone tiles on the wall are suggestive of a rural French country cottage. Decorative molding introduces a layer of elegance to the traditional kitchen cabinets. The furniture-like detailing on the muted green kitchen island adds warmth and comfort. Above it is French scroll lighting made of wrought iron. The dark metal has a slight rustic rust finish.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Old-World Inspired Copper and Brass Range Hood
An elegant range hood is a crowning jewel in most French country-inspired kitchens. Case in point, the luxurious example in this traditional kitchen by 13 Thirty Designs based in Southlake, Texas. The copper and brass range hood with a black patina adds a layer of old country charm to this modern white kitchen.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Colorful French Country Kitchen
A white, Arabesque lantern tile backsplash pops courtesy of orange grout. The hammered, copper apron sink along with wood flooring and the vintage farmhouse table adds cozy warmth to cooking space. Shabby chic wrought iron chairs with a chippy paint finish have a distinctive French country vibe. Fiestaware in vibrant colors on display in the dish rack turns everyday dishware into a feast for the eyes. Notice the beautiful collection of platters, trays, and trivets displayed on open shelving? The pieces all feature classic French country patterns.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Taupe Kitchen Cabinets With an Antique Finish
Light taupe cabinets with an antique finish set the tone in this cozy French country kitchen by The Refined Group.
A practical, white subway tile backsplash offsets the luxurious marble countertop. The skirted apron front sink is a traditional farmhouse touch that brings the country. Covering the upper half portion of the window is a canvas roman shade that is more shabby chic than rustic. Countertop topiaries are an elegant touch that brightens things with beautiful greenery. Because comfort is another hallmark of French country style, the stool is topped off with padded seat cushion.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Delicious French Country Kitchen With a Modern Tile Backsplash
Alison Kandler Interior Design, based in California, created this delectable French country kitchen.
Bistro-inspired counter stools and brass scroll lighting are both comfortable and elegant features that possess a dash of rustic appeal. The gorgeous backsplash is a modern take on the classic French country look, which typically features decorative tiles with delicate patterns. Topping off the cooking space is a shiplap range hood with crown molding.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Consider a Shabby Chic Chandelier
Elegant lighting is an essential French country style ingredient. Here a shabby chic chandelier illuminates this New Orleans kitchen by Louisiana-based Logan Killen Interiors. Bistro-inspired side chairs by Brass & Burl provide c'est magnifique details.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Classic French Country Kitchen Color Scheme
One of the easiest ways to achieve the French country look is to stick to a classic blue and white color scheme as shown in this lovely cooking space by Martha O’Hara Interiors situated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The gorgeous tile backsplash features a French country-inspired pattern. The traditional cabinetry and chic oven hood are reminiscent of European furnishings. The counter stools and pendant lights also have a distinctive French appearance.