For an automatic warm, country feel, use beadboard (or tongue-and-groove) facings on vertical surfaces. Ideas for beadboard placement include cabinet doors, kitchen island walls, or even the backsplash. They don’t have to steal the show, but iron details (think cast iron or wrought iron touches) in a French country kitchen are a must. Iron appears to be used on much of the lighting here (the pendant lanterns and lighting flanking the kitchen sink), and it finishes off the whole look.
Add polka dots wherever you deem fit. They add a bit of femininity to the space but they also help create that funky, vintage feel that retro kitchens draw their personality out of. Think linens when it comes to this print as they’ll play nice. Red evokes that playful nature that retro styles have, especially when playing with “diner” styles. Use it as a main color or in your accents for a beautiful contrast to your stark neutrals.
The timeless black and white combo is also worth mentioning. A kitchen using this combo has the potential to look very chic and elegant. We find the tiled backsplash used here by to be particularly interesting and inspiring.
Furniture-type details on the kitchen cabinetry and/or island increase the warmth and comfort of the kitchen itself. Warmth and comfort. These are the essence of what a French country kitchen aspires to have. An island is indeed an important component to the French country kitchen. One way to highlight the feature is to make it a different color than the rest of the kitchen. Keep the same warm, muted palette, just add a contrast for visual interest.
An accurate description if this kitchen could descibe it as being feminine, casual, chic and cheerful. The modular wall feature is particularly eye-catching. It has holes arranged in a grid which allow the various modules, shelves and boxes to be rearranged as desired using rods. Rustic and industrial elements were put together here and the result is a kitchen with a dramatic interior design based on strong materials and finishes. The color palette was kept neutral and simple in order to emphasize the textures and to highlight certain accent details such as the bar stool frames.
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