is for finally ready to post. I started writing and sourcing this post last year, wanting to go live with the post on Bastille Day. Last year’s horrible terrorist attack in Nice, France on the Promenade des Anglais on Bastille Day naturally became the entire focus of our thoughts. Posting a blog post about French kitchen design was the last thing of interest or on my mind at the time; thus, a bump over to the draft file was in order. In celebration of Bastille Day, here is the out of the draft file and dusted off post.
French kitchen design speaks fluent style to legions of Francophile obsessed decoristas. Does French kitchen design speak your language? Oscar Wilde tells us imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Imitating the distinctive European elegance vis-à-vis design and decor pays a compliment to the classic French kitchen. Classic French design marries formality with rustic finesse juxtaposed against a weathered patina. Rustic refinement coupled with old-world charm personifies the characteristics of the country French kitchen.
Some say country French while others say French country. A tomayto, tomahto point perhaps, but Country French is the term used most often in the antiques world so country French it is.
Inspiration is everywhere, and listening to French music is an excellent source of inspiration- my definition of French immersion. Shall we take a listen?
It is said that kitchen design starts from the ground up. Flooring serves as a principal foundation piece in terms of the overall balance of kitchen design.
The above image from Traditional Home is a marvelous example of country French refined. The very right of the white kitchen is in the complementing presence of provincial color, texture and pattern design greatness.
Subtle drama, a decorating oxymoron if there ever was one, engages my eye past the toile on steroids of the traditional country French kitchen to the accents in the not trying so hard to exemplify the look category.
Cabinet hardware as a focal point?
Never underestimate the small details and the ability they have to make a visually grand statement.
Accenting with as opposed to a total immersion in is the key to alleviating the risk of a dated look.
Sourcing home decor items is routine, but never mundane.
This Caned Black Wingback Chair by GuildMaster instantly introduces elegance into the decorating equation. Grand style is present and accounted for in this excellent option for captain’s chairs.
I believe my love of the well appointed French kitchen began when I was in junior high. My best friend’s mother had impeccable taste in home furnishing and home decor accessories, and their home was and continues to be one of the premier homes in our area. The entire home was gracefully designed and decorated, but the traditional kitchen, appointed with classic French flair, was indeed the design pièce de résistance.
A delicate mix of French blues with cream white accents served as both color palette and focal point. Less is more echoed throughout the design and decor, and the style statement being made was more ethereal than overt.
Accents in ç’est vraiment magnifique detail translates to it’s really beautiful- the quintessential design element of the curated French kitchen.
The French Country kitchen faucet by Kingston Brass represents the detail of vintage French country design, bringing elegance of old to the contemporary kitchen.
Wonderful option for a prep sink.
a small, decorative ornament or trinket.
Ooh La La Love this Belgian Kitchen Cabinet
Distinctive European elegance is the standard of style and signature component of French kitchen design.