Elements of French Kitchen Design

F is for3rench 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.

country-french-kitchen-copper Traditional Style 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.

French inspired flooring

It’s my definition of French immersion.

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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.

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Hand Scraped Strand Woven Sahara Engineered Bamboo Flooring
Dixiewood Herringbone Brown 9.25 in. x 11.22 in. Marble Mosaic Tile
Balsa Decor Caramel 24 in. x 24 in. Matte Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile
French Oak Santa Cruz Solid Hardwood Flooring

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The very right of the white kitchen is in the complementing presence of provincial color, texture and pattern design greatness.

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Antique French Pine Cabinet Doors

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.

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Grosvenor Large Single Hanging Shade Grosvenor Large Single Hanging Shade

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French Country 6 Light Chandelier

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Bria Hammel Interiors

Chapman & Myers Modern Globe Lantern 

Chapman & Myers Modern Globe Lantern 

Possini Euro Design Warm Gold Metal Pendant

Possini Euro Design Warm Gold Metal Pendant

French style cabinet hardware

Cabinet hardware as a focal point?

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Absolutely!

Never underestimate the small details and the ability they have to make a visually grand statement.

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Accenting with as opposed to a total immersion in is the key to alleviating the risk of a dated look.

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Lubbock WTBHA 2015 Parade of Homes

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Sourcing home décor items is routine, but never mundane.

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Woven La Rochelle Antiqued Oak Finish Taupe Dining Chairs (Set of 2)

Maria Wood and Cane Upholstered Dining Chair by Christopher Knight Home

Maria Wood and Cane Upholstered Dining Chair by Christopher Knight Home

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 décor accessories, and their home was and continues to be one of the premier homes in our area.

Set of 2 Black Hand Carved Mahogany Wood Caned Wing Back Chair

I wish these Guild Masters Caned Wingback chairs would come back to a retail source – love these!

The entire home was gracefully designed and decorated, but the traditional kitchen, appointed with classic French flair, was indeed the design pièce de résistance.

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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 décor, and the style statement being made was more ethereal than overt.

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Accents in ç’est vraiment magnifique detail translates to it’s really beautiful- the quintessential design element of the curated French kitchen.

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The French Country kitchen faucet by Kingston Brass represents the detail of vintage French country design, bringing elegance of old to the contemporary kitchen.

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Heritage 2-Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Side Sprayer in Antique Copper

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Antique Stone Sink

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Wonderful option for a prep sink.

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Antique 18th Century French Apothecary Stone Sink 

Marielle 1-Handle Bar And Prep Faucet

Marielle 1-Handle Bar And Prep Faucet

Single-Handle Bar Faucet in Copper

Akicon Single-Handle Bar Faucet in Copper

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a small, decorative ornament or trinket.

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 Antique French Blue Transferware Bowl 1878 Earthenware

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 Country French Cupboard

Vintage Antique Walnut Ornately Carved Louis XVI French Provincial Sideboard Buffet

Ornately Carved Louis XVI French Provincial Sideboard Buffet

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Traditions Wall Plates, BlueWhite

Traditions Wall Plates, Blue and White

Vintage Bread Boards

Vintage Bread Boards

French Porcelain Boar Baking Dish (2)

French Porcelain Boar Baking Dish 

Madeleine 48 in. Matte Black Standard Rectangle Composite Console Table with Storage

Madeleine 48 in. Matte Black Standard Rectangle Composite Console Table 

French Cafè & Chicorèe Canisters, Pair

French Cafè & Chicorèe Canisters, Pair

Steel Cookware Stand w/ 6 Shelves

Six Shelf Satin Copper Cookware Stand

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Ruffoni Historia Hammered Copper Roasting Pan with Artichoke Handle

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MALACASA Series Ceramic Oval Baking Dish Bakeware Set

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Paisley Floral Block Print Cotton Tablecoth Collection

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Antique Linen Napkins Set of 4, Mismatched Monogrammed French Damask White Dinner Napkins

Antique Set of 4, Mismatched Monogrammed French Damask Dinner Napkins

French kitchen design provides the perfect opportunity to add a single focal point lamp or perhaps a duo to the countertop for accent lighting perfection.

Park Hill Collection Capital Lamp

Park Hill Collection Capital Lamp

Josephine Silver White Table Lamp

Josephine Silver White Table Lamp

Although it is sold, I could not resist adding this Belgian kitchen cabinet to the mix.

Ooh la la love it!

Belgian Kitchen Cabinet

 Belgian Kitchen Cabinet  

Distinctive European elegance is the standard of style and signature component of French kitchen design.

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