French Country Decorating

Kitchen Islands: Matchy to Charmingly French

Large center kitchen islands are dominating new kitchen design today, taking over where standard L-kitchen left-off. But, who says your center kitchen island needs to be built using the same cabinetry as the rest of your kitchen?

Give your kitchen a boost of French Country style with non-cabinetry center island. A unique center island can be built with a vintage patina, or an antique worktable can transform the space from matchy-matchy to charmingly French.

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French kitchen island provides much more than workspace—they extend the room, and create a focal point in the kitchen to stack and display collections, bowls and flowers. The aged patina of an antique-white worktable gives the modern kitchen a vintage flare. Fresh peonies and lavender harken classic French beauty into the kitchen. The collection of antique ceramic mixing bowls and wooden trenchers makes you feel like your visiting a French cottage kitchen of a bygone era.

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How sweet is this country French cottage? We think it’s a real charmer—and a smart use of space. The owner used a hutch-style cabinetry for the sink wall giving the cabin a custom, tailored appearance. The log-style siding was painted a grey-green which is a beautiful compliment to the the antique white cabinets and natural pine center island. The center island has a simple, timeless design which will gain character with time. The wood top showcases dings proudly, and displays that the owners actually live here. This sweet spot makes us want to kick-off our shoes and enjoy a fun summer weekend in the country. Just think of the memories.


No more excuses about how your “new kitchen lacks vintage charm.” This standard white kitchen was transformed with a great antique worktable for a center island. The homeowners added an antique French crystal chandelier above the island giving the room French provenance. The beautiful turned leg pine island shows wear from years of hard-work, but it also takes on a new role in this modern kitchen by providing a worthy anchor in the sea of white-and-black. An antique flat-weave rug visually ties the natural wood tones to the cabinetry. These easy tricks cost you a lot less than $40,000 for a new kitchen.


“Go Big,” said the homeowners of this French Country farmhouse when embarking on their kitchen renovation. They wanted a center island to be the focal-point of the vintage kitchen remodel.  The centerpiece is a custom kitchen island with 6-flat front panels and a 2″ thick wood top. The large floating island feels like it belongs in a French farmhouse of the past, but will be utilized everyday for gatherings of friends and family. The low cabinetry with subway tile wall gives the kitchen an open, inviting classic French design.


It’s time to rethink your idea of an kitchen island. Why not use a farm table? This pretty country French kitchen utilizes a 5ft. farm table as the centerpiece, giving the room more functionality and counter space. The distressed legs give the new table a vintage charm. The painted wood top is a perfect place for a large cutting board, utensils and wire bushel baskets of fresh flowers.

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Ready to escape to France? This large island worktable, topped with marble, is the main prep area in this kitchen. The small sink is perfect for washing fresh vegetables for the evening meal. The low adjacent cabinetry compliments, but does not match. The artfully collected accessories in this kitchen make us want to hop on the next flight to France to hunt through the Parisian Flea Markets for copper pans, cutting boards, baskets and water bottles. Bon appetit!

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