Aged-stone, floor tiles and distressed-wood cabinets often set the tone of the French kitchen. The look is casual but elegant, and combines well-worn, natural materials. A comfortable layout invites visitors to linger for conversation before, during and after meals.
What are French kitchens?
You might find a 100-year-old stone countertop, a porcelain, farm-style sink and a chunky wooden farm table. The farm table typically anchors the room and doubles as a baking station and family dining space. Sometimes called French country kitchens, these family-focused rooms often tuck storage nooks along the perimeter. Vibrant wall tiles add a dose of personality with floral, fruit and vegetable themes.
French kitchens are designed for activity and conversation, so a large meal preparation area with ample seating is essential. In lieu of an old farm table, a well-placed island with stools can also work well. Whether island or farm table, the size of the piece should be at least 5-feet by 3-feet with at least 48 inches of space around it for ease of movement. Explore more on today's French kitchens.
When designing a French kitchen, consider these factors:
- Cabinets: Details are important, so find a cabinet company that offers molding, carved corbels and built-in wine racks. This means buying mid-range cabinets from a home center or kitchen showroom, instead of more economical entry-level cabinets. Many companies offer glass cabinet, door inserts for about $75 per door.
- Furniture: Check out antique stores and garage sales for hutches, wrought-iron plant stands or hand-painted bar stools to accent the island.
- Colors: Creams, blues and soft yellows required! Get more color tips for French kitchens.
Pull the look together in 3 easy steps
- Examine existing furniture and decor for elements that fit a French kitchen.
- Determine a comfortable budget for remaining features you'd like to install.
- Get estimates from local kitchen contractors and cabinet makers, who can help you achieve those finishing touches.
Start now by filling out the form on this page. With the right contractor, you'll be well on your way to bringing home the warmth and elegance of Provence.