Today, we are going to get right to the French farmhouse kitchen decorating inspiration with 10 beautiful, inspiring, PIN WORTHY examples of the spirit of this style of decor (not all of these kitchens are located in France), 10 ideas for decor you may consider incorporating into your kitchen decor plan, and 10 secrets to guide and inspire a French farmhouse style kitchen project.
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10 Lovely French Farmhouse Kitchens & Decor Ideas
1. Lantern Style Pendants.
They’re rustic, timeless, and a casual alternative to a fancy chandelier. The first example is more pricey than the friendly-priced second one.
2. Rustic Farmhouse or Harvest Tables.
An antique or vintage chunky farmhouse table is ideal, but until you hunt down the perfect one, here are two examples with radically different price tags.
3. Apron Front Farm Sinks.
I love our fireclay farmhouse sinks! We have one apron front farm sink in the kitchen, and a small one in a bathroom. They are durable, beautiful, deep and so useful! Even though they’re a bit on trend at the moment, they are a timeless element to include in your kitchen design.
4. Farmhouse Shelving.
Open shelving is everywhere these days when it comes to farmhouse style kitchens. Shelves in lieu of upper cabinets can be a budget friendly move and one that creates an airy, unfitted feel in your farmhouse kitchen.
5. Handsome Bar Stools.
Authentic French farmhouse kitchens are not likely to have a giant center island, but if they did, I bet a handsome, chunky, rustic bar stool would be preferable to anything dainty with ruffles.
6. Chunky Artisan Cutting Boards.
I have a collection of boards I use for entertaining, working, and decor. They add instant rusticity to any kitchen and will work hard for years.
7. Brass Details.
Brass kitchen hardware is everywhere! Designer Brooke Giannetti (it’s her kitchen above) loves incorporating unlacquered brass fixtures and hardware into her designs since the finish develops a desirable patina over time. Brass with an antiqued finish is another alternative.
8. French Country Storage Baskets.
The French love their accessories and decor to be functional, and these picnic type baskets could hold any number of essentials, linens, or seasonal items.
9. French Country Pottery.
I have a simple utensil crock like this one for organizing spoons and spatulas I use everyday.
10. Pretty Breakfast Room Dining.
We have a table and chairs almost identical to this one in our cozy breakfast area, and the beauty of a round dining table is it seems you can always gather a few more chairs around it as needed.
10 Secrets to achieving a French Farmhouse and French Country look in your home
1. Bring the outdoors in. French farmhouse style originates from the lovely landscape of rural France with its hills and valleys. Think lavender, herbs, and roses. 2. Patience, ma cherie! The French take a very effortless, unhurried, and nostalgic sort of approach to their home decor which unfolds over time since family treasures are handed down through generations. 3. Timeless over trends. Instead of following trends and redecorating every decade, the French prefer timeworn finishes and appreciate patina which results from age and wear. It’s an elegant, sophisticated look that is never contrived or overthought. 4. The ultimate mix masters. There is often a sense of refinement in French Country homes where a mix of old and new result in interiors that feel balanced and sensible, yet soulful and interesting. Old World charm and collected antiques and heirlooms impart a sense of rich character. 5. Masterfully non-matchy. Many Americans still opt for matching furniture sets that fall from favor in style after a few years, which would never do for a French farmhouse. The French country approach to furnishing a home is much looser, and the goal is a customized harmonious and unhomogenized look that appears undecorated and not overwrought. 6. Surprisingly frugal and functional. French farmhouse style is practical since home decor pieces tend to work in a variety of rooms so they can be moved around to function in a flexible way. Since much of the furniture tends to be weathered, chunky, and not delicate, pieces get better with age and use and work hard no matter where they are put into service. 7. Nature honoring. The French love their gardens and bringing in flowers for home decor and arrange the blooms quite casually. Depending on the region, sunflowers, irises, and poppies are common flowers which flourish in the French countryside. 8. Weathered to perfection. Since French Country is a style which imparts a sense of age and tradition, scratches, rust, and signs of wear are celebrated. Perfectly new painted finishes or stains do not blend well with antiques and vintage pieces with desirable patina. The same goes for rugs. The French don’t shop for a new rug because of fading or fraying since this look is attractive, and the practical thing to do is to use something until it is threadbare and beyond useful. The distress and wear which come from using furniture and objects are honored and exalted in French Country design. 9. Whimsical accessories. How do the French accessorize in their French Country homes? Interior designer Kathryn Ireland has an incredible country house in the South of France and knows her way around accessorizing and succeeding at this style of decor. One of my favorite quotes of hers: “Serious is a word that must be entirely avoided when it comes to decoration.” Ha! 10. Function first. Houzz reports French Country home decor accents always have a purpose: “Rarely will accessories in a French country room be purely decorative. They usually have an undertone of usefulness: wall-hung plates that can be pulled down for service, jugs and jars that house kitchen staples, baskets that corral plump produce from the garden. Open shelving is a natural partner for this look — everyday items enjoy pride of place rather than languishing behind cabinet doors.”
Happy Saturday, friends. Hope you found plenty of kitchen pretty to pin!
Peace to you right where you are.