French Country Style

With Spring around the corner, it’s the best time to refresh the look of our kitchen. After all, this is where most of our get-togethers take place in the warmer months. And this upgrade is not about buying lots of new items or changing the entire kitchen, but about playing with the things we already have and give it a different style.

These days, we’re all about French Country, a rustic style with a touch of elegance that is very traditional in Southern France. It’s flexible and practical, and it can easily be dressed-up more elegantly with a beautiful vase or tablecloth if you have a more formal dinner.

What are the unique elements that make this style so special? Here’s a list of ideas you can easily incorporate in your kitchen. Mix them up and make them work for you.

Furniture and cabinets: If you want to change the color of your cabinets or furniture, a distressed look is very appropriate. Popular colors are brown, cream, mint green or light blue and white. Choose metal or hand painted ceramic hardware.

Mustard yellow and red: Those two colors are very distinctive of this style and you can use them to add a pop of color around the kitchen. A vintage red jug or mustard plates are good examples.

Toile de Jouy fabric: Countryside landscapes or floral designs are usually used to add texture in the kitchen. These are usually monotone and are commonly used for curtains or kitchen towels.

Details with farm animals: Using decorations with birds, chickens or other farm animals is very traditional, but to keep your kitchen looking modern and elegant, use them only as a detail.

Wood, ceramic, metal or copper: The use of natural materials adds a rustic and traditional touch. It can be incorporated as antiques that are a bit rusted or old or with new items that look artisanal.

ABOVE IMAGE: kitchen towels from Decorative Things, wood crate from Ebay, stylized chickens from Wild Orchid Quilts, cake stand from Rustic Wall, vintage jug from Etsy, canisters from One Kings Lane, plate from Bed Bath and Beyond and madeleine pan from Walmart.

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