23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, or French Country Kitchen

I hope 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, or French Country Kitchen brings you fresh ideas whether you’re designing a kitchen from scratch or simply zhushing the decor a bit.

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Do you have a favorite room in your home? You may have already guessed that mine is the kitchen. I love to bake and cook so naturally I linger in here and long for it to feel more like a cozy living space than a room for the stove. While the function and aesthetics of our kitchen have improved dramatically since we gutted and renovated it ourselves, I find I’m always tweaking it. Is any lovely kitchen ever truly done!?! ‘Make it Timeless and Tranquil’ has always been my mantra on Hello Lovely, and today’s topic echoes it.

23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, or French Country Kitchen

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Zhushing is just what I spent a few minutes doing in the kitchen when I snapped these for us today.

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With so much bright white in our kitchen, I’m still seeking ways to bring natural elements and warmth without adding too much weight or visual busy-ness.

A few hydrangea stems plucked from the yard help.

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Just a Momentary Whim!

Ideally, my urn would be full of white roses (a la Pamela Pierce!), but since these images were taken on a whim and not as a styled shoot, you’ll have to forgive.

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Vintage Crocks Love

I’m still crazy about vintage jam jars and crocks like the Dundee marmalade ones here on my counter (the white quartz is Viatera Minuet).

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Thinking Ahead

I gathered the jars since I plan to incorporate them into holiday decor. Each December I tuck little candles, greenery or white roses inside, but I have always scattered the crocks.

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I am living with the collection together for a few days to decide how to proceed.

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Countertop Material

Almost daily I am asked how the white quartz from Viatera (Minuet is the color) is holding up, and I don’t think the 4 years of abuse were any match for this durable surface.

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Appliances in the Kitchen

Our cooktop and stainless Italian vent hood are modern design elements chosen for the kitchen to stay on budget.

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Since we renovated the entire home, including three bathrooms, that budget needed to stretch.

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We also weren’t sure how long we would live here.

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A Girl Can Dream

Were money no object or were this a forever home, a pretty range and custom hood would be at the top of my list for capturing timeless style.

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I think you know what I mean by ‘pretty range,’ oui?

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I mean, there are professional style ovens, commercial style ranges, and then there are those beauties that function as art as much as cookers.

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Sometimes Temporary Becomes Permanent

The mirror is still on the wall! It was supposed to be replaced by decorative shelves, but we became accustomed to it, and it functions as sort of a window.

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Since our kitchen isn’t blessed with abundant natural light like our former kitchen, the mirror helps…so that’s my first idea for you today:

1. Consider a Mirror for the Kitchen

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Rectangle Framed Accent Mirror - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Accent Mirror, Wayfair…certainly classic indeed.

2. Think Beyond White Cabinets

So many kitchens to inspire us these days in social media land, and just when you think you have glimpsed your favorite French farmhouse style kitchen (mine happens to be one near Bordeaux belonging to Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot), it gets a makeover you admire even more!!!

Breathtaking timeless kitchen design in a French farmhouse kitchen with cabinets painted Farrow & Ball Green Smoke and white Ilve range. Vivi et Margot.
Photo & Design: Vivi et Margot…certainly breathtaking indeed.

Charlotte recently had her kitchen cabinets painted this rich green, and with the pretty white Ilve range…what a timelessly elegant space!

Farrow & Ball Green Smoke No.47 - 1 Gallon Paint
FARROW & BALL Green Smoke, Anthropologie…certainly sophisticated indeed.
Farrow & Ball Green Smoke painted kitchen cabinets in a magnificent French farmhouse kitchen near Bordeaux, France, by Vivi et Margot. A white Ilve range, warm brass cabinet hardware, and wood countertops enhance the charming design.
Photo/Design: Vivi et Margot…certainly a kitchen to inspire!

If you love Charlotte’s style, then you will fall hard for Vivi et Margot’s selection of traditional French homeware including vintage and the loveliest French baskets!

3. Add a Pillow or Seven

Pillows in the kitchen? Maybe not in a galley style without seating. 🙂 I have piled our kitchen’s window seat with pillows, and to keep it feeling hushed and tranquil, the hues are pale shades of cream, light grey, and putty.

Washed Cotton / Linen Throw Pillow - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
White Cotton/Linen Pillow, Target…certainly timeless indeed.
White Fifer Frayed Throw Pillow - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Frayed Throw Pillow, Target…certainly stylish indeed.

4. Grey and White Accents

Norcross Hand Towel - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Norcross Hand Towel, McGee & Co…certainly classic indeed.
Franklin Gray Stripe - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Franklin Gray Stripe Pillow, McGee & Co…certainly perfect for coastal style. 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.

5. Simple Stoneware

What I love about European country and French farmhouse kitchen style is how every decor object must also function. Here’s a simple piece that isn’t just for show.

Stoneware Salt Cellar Cream - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
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Stoneware Salt Cellar Cream - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Stoneware Salt Cellar, Magnolia at Target…certainly useful indeed.

See this for more farmhouse decor ideas scored from Target.

6. Vintage Style Dinner Bell

How darling is this bell to alert the roost it’s time to dine? It’s certainly in my own cart!

Antique style shopkeeper's bell - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Antique Style Shopkeeper’s Bell, Amazon…certainly darling indeed.

7. Rugs & Runners With Quiet Color

Finn hand knotted rug - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Finn Hand-Knotted Rug, Pottery Barn…certainly lovely indeed.
Finn rug in a dining room by Pottery Barn - 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
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Finn Hand-Knotted Rug, 2.5 x 9', Blue Multi - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Finn Hand-Knotted Rug, Pottery Barn…certainly charming indeed.
Detail of Finn Rug from Pottery Barn - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Detail of Finn Rug

8. Clean-Lined Accessories

Double Soap Pump Oil Can Clear - Thresholdâ„¢ - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Double Soap Pump Oil Can Dispensers, Target…certainly practical indeed. 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.

9. Timeless Silhouettes

Black cast iron teapot - come see 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Black Cast Iron Teapot, Amazon…certainly handsome indeed.

10. Warm Metals in the Mix

Edgecliff pulls in natural brass - 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Edgecliff Pull, Natural Brass, Schoolhouse…certainly chic indeed. 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Goodman pendant light - 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Goodman Pendant, McGee & Co…certainly timeless indeed.

11. Unfussy & Understated

Seoul Wall Clock - 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.
Seoul Wall Clock, McGee & Co…certainly simple indeed.

12. Classic Pendants

Boston Large Pendant in Hand-Rubbed Brass finish
Boston Large Pendant (mercury glass shade), Lumens…certainly gorgeous indeed.
Boston Small White Dish Pendant in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass finish
Boston Small White Dish Pendant, Lumens…certainly classic indeed. 23 Timeless Kitchen Design Ideas and Decor to Freshen Your Traditional, Farmhouse, as well as French Country Kitchen.

13. Essentials That Work Hard

Stoneware Cheese Board
Stoneware Cheese Board, McGee & Co…certainly useful indeed.

Visit this for: ideas for French baskets.

Picnic 2 Piece Wicker/Rattan Basket Set - French Country Basket Inspiration: Resources for Rustic, French Market, and Boulangerie as well as photos to Inspire!

14. Luxurious Focal Points

Majestic 48" Free-standing Dual Fuel Range with Griddle
Ilve Majestic 48″ Range (Midnight Blue), Wayfair…certainly luxurious indeed.
Majestic 36" 3.55 cu ft. Free-standing Gas Range with Griddle
Ilve Majestic 36″ Free-standing Gas Range, Wayfair…certainly timeless.

15. Breezy Yet Traditional Lanterns

Shown in Polished Nickel finish, Small size
Darlana Pendant, Lumens…certainly a designer favorite.

16. Shaker Simplicity

Serena & Lily
Tucker Chair
Tucker Chair, Serena & Lily…certainly simple and chic.

17. Organic Warmth

Carved Wood Planter
Carved Wood Planter, World Market…certainly a pleasing design.

18. Glorious White Decor

Ivory Enamel Tea Kettle
Ivory Enamel Tea Kettle, World Market…certainly darling.
FarmhouseCanisterMediumSHS17
Farmhouse Canister, Crate & Barrel…certainly functional indeed.

19. Rustic Vintage Accents

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Circular Bread Boards, ChaseVintage on Etsy…certainly charming indeed.

20. A Modern Surprise to Mix With Vintage

White Modern Tulip Table in Oval Shap
60″ White Modern Oval Tulip Table, Amazon…certainly a classic.

21. High Quality Kitchen Faucet

Rohl A3420LM-2
Rohl Italian Patrizia Pull Down Kitchen Faucet, Build…certainly longwearing.

22. Glazed Texture

Reactive Glaze Muir Bowls Set of 4
Reactive Glaze Muir Bowls, World Market…certainly a bargain.

23. Warm Touches

Textured Silk Fringe Pillow Cover, 20
Textured Silk Fringe Pillow Cover, West Elm…certainly sumptuous.
Mini Hammered Copper Teakettle
Mini Hammered Copper Tea Kettle, World Market…certainly French country friendly indeed.

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Tour a Timeless Yet New Kitchen

Here’s designer Gillian Gillies’ own kitchen featuring a slew of lovely design details, and if you’re like me, you’ll also love her gorgeous accent!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. Beverly
    August 17, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    Michele,
    You are so welcome for the feature. I am so sorry that you are not feeling well. I hope you feel better soon.I love looking at your kitchen, it’s so lovely. I am drooling over those vintage jam jars. Gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      August 17, 2019 / 2:45 pm

      Hahaha Thanks so much, Bev. These flareups are not week-long things in my world – it is a slower healing process that I am well-familiar with. I’ll get there – I always do! Those jars…I don’t usually have them together on the counter like this, and I hated to cause a mad rush to eBay or the antique malls, but maybe it will help to stimulate the economy. 🙂

      • August 24, 2019 / 3:07 pm

        Michele,
        Glad that they don’t keep you down and that they don’t last long. We deal with what we have to.
        Hugs,
        Bev

        • Michele
          Author
          August 25, 2019 / 5:09 pm

          Thanks so much for your kindness and support – it’s great having you here, Bev. 🙂

  2. August 24, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    Michele,
    I agree that the Greek tablescape is awesome. I love your kitchen. It is so clean and bright. I love all of your touches. Those jam jars are amazing.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      August 25, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Bev. I need to do more styling with my jam jars as they are some of my favorite things, and I never tire of them since they are neutral and work everywhere! Happy Sunday to you, friend.

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