French Country Decorating · Tips + Trends

How to Add French Country Charm to a Suburban Kitchen

All of us have dreams of owning an authentic French Country kitchen—but, the reality is that most of us have standard kitchens with builder-grade charm. So, how can you up the quality and add French Country personality to your kitchen? Here’s a few ideas…

  1. Add quality, French Country Stools to your kitchen island or peninsulacf-ladder-barstool-pr

Country French Ladderback Stools add classic French Country style to an island. The contoured slat back and scalloped ladders add “old world” charm to any kitchen. The addition of woven rush seats and two-tone (paint and stain) finish gives a kitchen added European provenance.

2. Anchor the room with a French Country Kitchen Island or Work Table 


Open or L-shaped kitchens are calling out for a French Country Island to anchor the room. The light distressing and classic moldings will boost the country French charm of an otherwise bland kitchen design. The solid wood “shiplap” inset panels add timeless beauty. The solid wood top brings much needed functional worksurface.  Kitchen islands are for prepping meals, rolling out baked goods, but quickly become “the place” for food and drinks.


3. Open concept kitchen begs for show-stopping French Country Dining Table and Chairs


In an open concept kitchen, the dining table and chairs quickly become the star of the room. The addition of an elegant French Trestle Table with a Country French Ladderback Chairs transform the room from dull to extraordinary. The 2″ thick table top and espresso stain combined with the white distressed base amps up the provincial style in a kitchen.


4. Add French Country charm with an Open China Hutch


China, glass, pottery—display it all proudly in a French Country Open Stepback Cupboard. This large china hutch provides lots of character and makes a French Country statement with its solid wood top, lightly distressed finish and wooden knobs. The country French hutch boosts the European styling of any vanilla kitchen. A grand cupboard makes purpose of that empty wall by providing storage and display area. Extra bonus: A china cupboard has authentic provincial styling found in country kitchens of the past.

5. Add a sweet French Country Bench in an alcove


Standard kitchens often have awkward corner nooks or unusable space under a bay window. It’s the perfect spot for adding a sweet French Country Sleigh Bench for extra seating, and storage. A country French bench can be used at a farm table as bench or provide ideal seating in a kitchen nook. The low, narrow profile of the sleigh bench give the bench multitude of uses. The underseat storage is deep enough for storing table linens and placemats. Added plus…its classic French styling!


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