If your kitchen desperately needs a makeover, why not give the French country style a chance? This lovely mix of homey and elegant will create the true Parisian shabby chic vibe that looks positively irresistible and inviting. You can effectively fuse the vintage-inspired elements as décor and still enjoy the functionality of a modern kitchen layout and appliances. Regardless of the size of your kitchen, you can always do something to it to make it aesthetically pleasing and achieve that ooh-la-la effect.
Old-look surfaces for a rustic charm
One of the best ways to start your kitchen transformation into a French country style is to give it a more rustic, older look. The best way to do this is to use rough stone for the kitchen walls as well as distressed wood for your kitchen cabinets. It’s rather easy to distress the wood in this manner and make it more rustic, but a stone wall is, obviously, not always possible for everyone. If you can’t afford the investment into actual stone walls, you can try out the budget-friendly option with self-adhesive vinyl wallpaper that mimics the appearance of stone. There are also faux stone plates if you want a more convincing yet still affordable solution.
Introduce a French-inspired range hood
Wooden cabinetry is definitely an essential when it comes to French country style kitchens. As mentioned, you can use the distressing technique to make the kitchen more rustic, or you can use interesting wood accents and mouldings to mimic the old French style. But one of the most effective ways to create that chic kitchen environment is to introduce a French-inspired range hood. This particular detail will definitely make a statement in your new kitchen.
Feel free to play with modern touches
Mixing old with the new is definitely the most popular interior design trend at the moment and, when the kitchen is concerned, there’s nothing quite as charming as a modern approach to the French country style. In that respect, it’s not just the modern appliances that can represent the contemporary aspect of your kitchen makeover. You can use interesting, commonly modern materials together with the wood and stone. It’s interesting to note that this particular trend is gaining huge popularity in Australia. That said, you can, for instance, go to a store that sells tiles in Canberra and easily find the ideal addition to your chic kitchen. Marble countertops also look very nice when mixed with the country style. Furthermore, metallic coating for hardware, range hoods, sinks and surfaces can breathe in new life into your kitchen.
Rustic-style island or a heavy wooden table
Kitchen islands can be very beneficial additions to any kitchen, and if you’re willing to invest in it and have enough space, your new French country kitchen will definitely look more complete with a sturdy island as well. Don’t forget to match the island look and material to the cabinets. But in case you’re not too keen on the idea to add an island to your kitchen space, a great way to keep the rustic theme yet introduce a more eclectic vibe which fits this style extremely well is to add a heavy wooden table that will serve as both the dining and meal prepping area.
Use vintage details and accents
Even if your French country-inspired kitchen mainly features straight and sleek lines, you can effectively introduce a chic vibe with interesting, more vintage-like detailing and accents. For instance, you can go for cabinetry hardware that’s more elaborate and ornamental in its design. The chairs you choose for the seating area (or benches) can also feature more detailed work and carvings. Don’t forget to use plants, especially herbs as an additional decorative element either. If possible, you might want to look into lantern-inspired lighting fixtures as well to perfectly complement your French country style kitchen.
Whenever you want to make a big change to your home interior, it’s essential that you visualize the ideal results for the space that you have. That way, you’ll be able to focus on the best solutions for your particular kitchen, which is always more efficient in the long run. Also, make sure to openly discuss your options and wishes with the contractors if you plan to have a complete kitchen transformation.