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 like vintage-inspired task lighting. To see all of the different components that go into cooking spaces like these behold our favorite modern, French country kitchens.
This timeless French country kitchen by The Refined Group situated in Arizona exudes livable luxury.
First, let’s talk about the contrasting color scheme. It 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.
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.
Grace Hill Design, based in Wayzata, Minnesota reinvents French country style in this cooking space using neutral colors, natural textures, and decorative accents that remind us of the modern farmhouse look.
Over the kitchen island are three E.F. Chapman Country Industrial Pendants. 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 wood, French-inspired range hood mounted on a wall covered with practical, white subway tiles. Antique brass sconces function as task lighting.