8 French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Rustic wood ceiling, open shelving, marble counters, and #Frenchfarmhouse style in this kitchen with #rusticdecor

French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

We can never go very long between interior design inspiration posts which spotlight kitchens! Especially a French Country, French Farmhouse, or French Cottage style kitchen. My longtime blog pal Desiree of Decor de Provence fame just happens to have one of the most character-filled Provence-inspired kitchens around.

Exquisite French Country cottage in Utah mountains #Frenchcottage #stonecottage #FrenchCountry

French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Located in Utah, this quality crafted French inspired home for her family is filled with collected antique treasures, rustic elegance, and the beachy colors Desiree loves: soft blue-greys and aqua-greens. The charming kitchen is a lesson in rustic elegance and a wonderful backdrop for a young family’s memories. Though the family has collected treasures from around the world for this home,

French Country stone cottage with Old World style and eyebrow dormer in mountains of Utah #Frenchfarmhouse

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Look at the beautiful roof!

Amazing craftsmanship on this new construction French stone cottage in Utah with distinctive roof #stonecottage

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Let’s take a closer look at design details and finishes in the kitchen and dining area inspired by European farmhouses, yet interpreted in a pleasingly personal way. (Stylist extraordinaire Bonnie Broten styled these dreamy images, and I recall Desiree raving about the experience…don’t we all wish a stylist would show up on our doorstep with a fresh artful eye on our spaces?)

Source: Country French Magazine

Styling: Bonnie Broten

French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas

French Country decor in dining room with rustic farm table, aqua, lavender and Provence accents #FrenchCountry #Frenchfarmhouse

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

1. French Lavender.

I love how English and French lavender add an aromatic layer of lovely to the everyday. I learned lavender can mean devotion, luck, success, happiness or distrust (as far as floral language goes) and the following fun facts about lavender via GrowerDirect:

The name Lavender comes from the Latin verb, “lavare,” which means to wash
Lavender comes from the same family as mint
Over 2500 years ago, lavender was used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process
Back in the Elizabethan times, when baths weren’t common practice, lavender was used to perfume clothes and bed linen
The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests from the area
Lavender oil can be used to soothe aching muscles and joints, reduce anxiety and stress, and to induce sleep
It is a commonly used ingredient in potpourri
Nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey
Lavender plants don’t produce seeds; propagation is done by cutting or root divisions
Most lavender plants are blue or purple, but there are some varieties that come in pink and yellow

Beautiful rustic elegant Nordic French farmhouse style home in Utah #Frenchfarmhouse #FrenchCountry #rusticdecor

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

2. Airy Woven Dining Chairs.

While you might expect to see sturdy wood dining chairs or even Gustavian style feminine chairs in here, we see instead a casual, vintage set of chairs. The woven dining chairs paired with the rustic wood farm table have a casual, laid-back, beachy feel and add quiet color and a cohesive feel with the painted aqua green cupboard in the space. Since the French don’t rush out and buy new furniture just because it shows age, scratches, or dents, these chairs don’t even necessarily require re-painting or re-sprucing.

A modern French Country kitchen with rustic wood ceiling and green and blue accents #Frenchcountry #rusticdecor #rustickitchen

French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

3. Zinc Finishes.

The pendant lights have a beautiful patina suggesting age, and a zinc topped table (below) or a simple vase with fresh flowers is an easy addition to bring zinc into your French Country kitchen.

Beautiful rustic elegant Nordic #Frenchfarmhouse style home in Utah #cottagekitchen #rusticdecor

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Beautiful rustic elegant Nordic French farmhouse in Utah #rusticelegance #FrenchCountry

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

4. Open Shelving.

Farmhouse kitchens often feature open shelves for ease and casual charm, and in this French Country kitchen, smaller essentials are stowed in lined chickenwire baskets for a tidier look.

5. Green Glass Bottles.

Reflective, functional as vases, and sculpturally beautiful, the trio of green glass bottles on the vintage cupboard below is a pretty look you can steal to achieve South of France flavor in your own space.

Beautiful rustic elegant Nordic French farmhouse dining room with vintage cupboard and green accents #farmhousediningroom #FrenchCountry #rusticdecor

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

6. Hanging Lantern.

Even if you can’t find the “just right” vintage lantern for your space, you can improvise with a new one by changing the color and creating a vintage-look distressed finish by studying beautiful examples like this soft green one:

Rustic wood ceiling, weathered French lantern, and green accents in #Frenchfarmhouse dining room

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Green glazed subway tile in #FrenchCountry kitchen with stainless range hood #subwaytile

French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Weathered green country cupboard and green glass bottles in #Frenchfarmhouse with #rusticdecor

French Country Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

7. Charming Collections on Display.

So often we tuck our treasures away and only get to enjoy them on occasion. The open shelves of pretty collected dishes and glassware are proof positive they can play starring roles. I know what a few of you are about to say: BUT THE DUST, MICHELE, AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! And Mrs. Clean hears you, she truly does. But you could apply this idea to collections beyond everyday dishware, enjoy the items everyday, and dust them once in awhile.

Open shelving and green subway tile in rustic #Frenchfarmhouse with wood ceilings

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Beautiful rustic elegant Nordic French farmhouse style home in Utah

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

8. Think Beyond White Trim.

I love how Desiree has stained/painted her trims a blue-grey rather than white. She did this in their prior home as well, and it adds a Nordic French feel that is more interesting and at home with the creamy walls. (It’s a custom shade, btw, so I can’t provide the exact color, but it seems similar to Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray.)

Dining room with #FrenchCountry decor and #rusticelegance by Decor de Provence

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

SWEDISH PAINT COLORS - Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray 242. "When I was in Sweden, the restaurants and homes always had a lot of candles burning. It's all very inviting and creates this wonderful atmosphere that works so well with pale gray walls and light Gustavian furniture. And then you have that dramatic backdrop of the deep blue sea and the huge blue sky." —Sara Story

PIN ME TO SAVE for LATER! Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray 242

Arched front door in #FrenchCountry elegant home with #rusticdecor and French antiques

French Country Home Decor & Kitchen Decorating Ideas With Blues & Greens {Decor de Provence}

Don’t you love a timeless design like this that will still look relevant in a decade?

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. February 3, 2018 / 5:44 am

    wow looking nice..its feel like a vintage design

    • michele
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Yes – hard to achieve with new construction! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. February 3, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    Hi Michele,
    French country is so romantic to me! Love everything about it. Thanks for the info on lavender. I’m really happy with ours, didn’t realize that it lasts year round but it’s still going strong and we’ve had a frigid winter so far!

    • michele
      Author
      February 3, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      I wish we had that climate in Chicagoland! So much to learn from the French approach to home. 🙂

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