French country style is trending now, but how do you extend the look to your home? These homeowners did just that—and made their French country home feel effortless, comfortable while maintaining the elegance of French style.
We discovered this home on HomeBunch.com, “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” and it is just gorgeous. Let’s take a tour!
Ease of Open Concept Living
There is something uplifting about open spaces. Here, the owners mix many materials from brick to multi-color painted cabinetry to natural wood tones. The colors and textures combine purposefully creating an aged, but modern French country kitchen. The large kitchen opens up to a conversation area with coordinating Country French arm chairs with buffalo check cushions that practically say, “take a seat.”
A Chef’s Workspace
Make a place where a chef can create. This kitchen features an extra large center island complete with a farmhouse sink. The custom kitchen island has a compartment to hide away the microwave and trash/recycling drawers. The aged-wood countertop gives the kitchen a vintage feel while being durable for enough everyday use.
This kitchen design is full of smart details. Every space is thought about for applicable uses: storage, prepping or display. We love the platter display shelves on the end of the French country kitchen island.
The kitchen island opens to a conversation seating area that is framed by brick clad archways and shiplap walls. The open kitchen permits guests to sit and talk while the chef is at work. The balance of the industrial duct work with the traditional French-style furnishings feels warm and relevant for today.
The spaces between the kitchen, living and dining areas are all visually tied together by use of similar textures and a uniform color palette. Not everything is “matchy,” but rather, works due to repeating textures, scale and colors.
Wood, brick and natural fibers tie together the rooms. However, the little details like a woven blue and white runner paired with the drapery and lavender in a woven basket makes the space unified.
Consider the Flow
When decorating, look from one room through to the next. Ask where does your eye gravitate to? Here, your eye stops at a lovely open sideboard with a display of white porcelain dishes. Create pretty vantage points from different areas.
Go Big, Less Clutter
In dining rooms, bigger is better. Don’t be afraid of maxing out your space with larger pieces like a farmhouse dining table and a large open cupboard. Those two pieces become the main focal point in the room versus many smaller side tables giving it a cluttered appearance.
Think about your dining table as a canvas, step back and look at how your china, centerpiece and napkins look with the rest of the room. Create visual harmony with your color choices.
We hope you enjoyed the tour! Are you feeling inspired to create a open-concept French-style kitchen, living, dining area?