Get a French Country Kitchen on a Budget

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French country is not your average kitchen trend. Though this look may be growing in popularity recently, there’s nothing new or fleeting about the classic looks and provincial charm of French country style. If you’re planning a kitchen re-do and you want a look that will stand the test of time without looking dated, you can’t go wrong with this enduring favorite.

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An authentic French country look depends on recreating that look of authentic age and use: glossy finishes and contemporary materials are out. Instead, strive for chippy woodwork in subtle hues that feel like they’ve been lovingly used for a century or two. Skip the chrome fixtures in favor of ironwork that might have come from the blacksmith in the nearest village. Curtain-covered alcoves are a reminder of a time when closed cabinets weren’t available at the local home improvement store, but anyone could build a simple shelf.

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French kitchen accessories are elementally practical – like easy-care linens – but not without luxury, if only because they are so well made they’ll last forever. Unglazed pottery and terracotta sit side-by-side with hand-painted china. The countryside spills indoors with artwork and decorations that are inspired by the garden, the barnyard and the vineyard. Rooster motifs are a popular motif in French country style, but only because real roosters would look so at home in these surroundings.

Best Budget Ideas for a French Country Transformation

Even if your wallet won’t allow a complete French country kitchen makeover, here are a few ways you can add French flair to your kitchen without spending a fortune:

  • Skirts (curtains)
  • Iron hardware
  • Faucet hardware

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  • French Country patterned towels
  • Carrara marble
  • Open shelves for dishes

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  • Hanging spoons
  • Wood ceiling beams
  • Hutch

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You can learn more about recreating this French country kitchen in the April 2017 issue of Romantic Homes.

Photography by Bret Gum

Based on text by Meryl Schoenbaum

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