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Learn the Basics of French Kitchen Design

by Shannon Dauphin

The words "French kitchen design" often bring to mind a perfectly white and frilly kitchen that is suitable for only the most feminine tastes. But true French kitchen design is much more versatile than that!

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Elements of French Kitchen Design

There are a few tried-and-true elements of French kitchen design that can look gorgeous when incorporated into your kitchen design dreams:

  • Stone or brick floors are hallmarks of a true French kitchen. You can opt for tile that looks like stone, or go all-out and brick in the floor for a more authentic look.
  • Low cabinets and curtains are common sights in the French kitchen. Base kitchen cabinets with open spaces in between are the perfect place to hang a rod with short curtains. The curtains add privacy for the open storage, as well as plenty of old-fashioned charm.
  • Painted cabinets with simple hardware are an important part of your French kitchen design. Choose muted colors and plenty of cream or white trim to complete the look.
  • Brushed stainless steel appliances are often perfect for the French kitchen. Gas-powered ranges and ovens provide a more authentic look than electric models.
  • What about kitchen countertops? Stone or tile are both great options for the French kitchen look. Concrete and wood countertops work well, too.
  • Wooden benches and old ladder-back chair provide the classic look without breaking your budget. Don't be afraid to mix the styles and colors--who says the kitchen set has to match?
  • Accessories with plenty of rustic charm are the perfect way to wrap up your French kitchen design. Lots of hand-made pottery and deep bowls are great for serving in an authentic way.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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