How To Make Your Kitchen Feel Like It's In The French Countryside

Get that je ne sais quoi.

French country kitchen inspiration
PHOTO: Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Whether we're talking fashion, food, or interior design, French style is beyond iconic. French-country kitchens, in particular, make us feel some kind of way. With colors taken straight out of the Provencal landscape, rustic accents, and that general je ne sais quoi, French-country kitchens boast effortless elegance. Plus, if you emulate their style in your own home, every day will feel like a vacation in the South of France. Well, maybe not quite, but it's a close second. So take a mental vacation with these 13 French-country-kitchen style tips.

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PHOTO: Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Eclectic Seating

Mix and match your seating for an eclectic farmhouse feel, and bring in pops of color with antique cabinetry and tableware. The woven pendant lamp adds a coastal flair, too. When it comes to choosing a backsplash, classic white subway tiles will never let you down.

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Blue French country kitchen
Laura Resen
Retro-Inspired Appliances

Consider an on-trend yet timeless color combination for a bold kitchen statement. Retro-inspired appliances are great way to balance out the more modern elements and give it a French-countryside feel.

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PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Rustic Bones

If you don't want to call the contractor to customize an island in the kitchen, bring in a long wood table that can double as a dining surface. Opt for open shelves for a casual look (and easy access to cookware) that really puts the spotlight on the rustic bones of your kitchen.

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French country galley kitchen
Maura McEvoy
Plenty Of Blooms

Fill the room with flowers and opt for antique, classic vases for a French-country look. This geometric floor design personalizes the long, narrow galley kitchen.

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French country kitchen ranges
Bjorn Wallender
A Regal Range

French country can be formal, too: It's all in the range. The floating kitchen island is a great place to work and also offers extra storage space.

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Green French country kitchen
Savage Gibson
Dainty Accents

Paint the floors a cheerful color, and then reflect it with accent pieces and linens throughout the space. We can smell the fresh croissants from here.

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1805 Miescisko Hopper T13422
Annie Schlechter
Grand Overtures

A long hanging pendant accentuates the high ceilings and plays on the fancy feel of this kitchen space, yet the farmhouse-style sink keeps it approachable.

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Modern french country kitchen style
PHOTO: Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Large Pendants

Here's a more modern take on the French-country kitchen look. Though it's contemporary and updated, the accents, like the gilt antique frame and simple greenery, introduce quintessential French-country character.

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French country kitchen décor
Paul Raeside
Antiques

It's all in the details. Crisp white paint pops against the exposed, aged brick wall. Even the cookware in this nook is perfectly French, as is that framed still life.

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Catherine Kwong Design
High Ceilings

This French-country-inspired (hello, wrought-iron pendant) California kitchen feels like the perfect balance between classic, cozy, and refined. A light blue hue brings in color without overwhelming the senses.

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Country kitchen with exposed beams
William Abranowicz
Exposed Beams

Just beyond the island is a grand dining area enhanced by exposed beams. The long pendants accentuate the high ceilings, giving it an air that's equal parts formal and approachable.

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PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Casual Undertones

Keep things casual in your French-country-inspired kitchen. Though there's plenty of order in this space, it looks super low-maintenance and comfortable. The eclectic chairs in this eat-in kitchen introduce a touch of modern style.

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PHOTO: Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Copper Pots And Pans

White painted bricks and stone tile floors are a great starting point for a French-country kitchen. Add wrought-iron hardware and hang copper pots and pans from it to finish things off.

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