If you are like me, when you surf online for beautiful French Country kitchen decor ideas, you can easily get lost in a world of lovely and lose all track of time!!! That is just what happened today as I dug into Pinterest and some of my favorite sources of French Country decor inspiration, and I still need to come up with a quick idea for dinner! Anway, let’s explosre these French Country kitchen decor ideas with images of inspiring, PIN WORTHY examples of the spirit of this style of decor. Not every kitchen here is located in France, but I hope the ideas for decor to incorporate into your own kitchen will be helpful and maybe set off an “aha” moment or twelve.
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Photo at top: Design: Pamela Pierce/via Reagan Andre Architecture
8 Stunning French Country Kitchen Decor Ideas
Mais oui! Of course, I must begin the lineup with this amazing French farmhouse! If it aint pinned to your Frenchie board, by all means P I N !!!
1. Lantern Pendant Lighting.
Lanterns are rustic, timeless, and such a beautiful substitute for a fancy chandelier. The first lantern option example below is a bit pricier than the second lantern. The second one is the lantern I spied in the Garden shop at Magnolia Market (did you read my post?).
2. Farmhouse Tables With Rustic Appeal.
Antique or vintage harvest or farm tables look right at home with other refined details in a French Country kitchen. If you can’t find the perfect one with the right scale or price, here are a few with varying price tags.
Oh that we could all find a rustic dining table and chairs like the ones in Pamela Pierce’s gorgeous home!
My friend Desiree (Decor de Provence) chose a rugged, chunky style farm table with vintage chairs.
Here’s a gorgeous chair that only looks authentically vintage!
3. Farmhouse Style Sinks.
One just wasn’t enough for me at our house since I’m a fan of fireclay farmhouse sinks! We have one apron front farm sink in the kitchen, and a small one recently joined a new bathroom we created downstairs. Fireclay farm sinks are durable, beautiful, deep and so useful. Though on trend at the moment, I find these country sinks to be a timeless element to incorporate into a French Country kitchen design.
4. Floating Shelves.
Floating and open shelving is popular with fans of farmhouse style these days, whether they are incorporated in kitchens or baths. Shelves in lieu of upper cabinets? It can be a pocketbook friendly design move (does anyone even use the term “pocketbook” and how much am I totes dating myself here?) to create an airier, unfitted feel in your French Country kitchen.
I’m loving how the counter stools below have a rustic seat with a more refined, delicate base. The French are masters of this rustic refined mix.
5. Unfussy Wood Stools.
Authentic French Country kitchens are less likely to have a giant center island like American kitchens, but if they did, I am guessing a more rustic bar stool would be preferable to anything frou frou or with ruffles and upholstery that could be soiled.
6. Rustic Country Cutting Boards.
Do you use these or just display them? I have a collection of boards I like to use for entertaining, working, and decor. Rustic wood boards add instant rusticity to any kitchen and will work hard for years.
7. French Inspired Country 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.
8. Charming Dining Table & Chairs.
Our own breakfast table and chairs is quite similar to this one below. The beauty of a round dining table is it seems you can always gather a few more chairs around as needed.
Have I ever told you about this farmhouse bench sitting in the hall near our kitchen? It is custom made from antique barn boards taken from barns in the heartland, and our family has used the bench for decades. Over the years, it took on an orange-y tint, and since I have never been shy of painting everything and anything white, well, you see its current identity. It is a true family heirloom.
More Ideas for Adding French Country Style To Your Home
Bring the outdoors in. French Country decor style originates from the lovely landscape of rural France with its hills and valleys. Think lavender, herbs, and roses. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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! 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.”
Thanks so much for tuning in, you lovely friends! Find any French kitchen pretty to pin?
Peace to you right where you are.