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I never really understood the saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home until I had a house of my own. As a wife and a mom and a fan of entertaining friends, I now realize that the kitchen is where all the action happens and most of the happiest memories are made in a home. The kitchen is definitely the room in which most of my family’s time is spent, so it needs to be a place that I love to look at, too.
My preferred kitchen decor is a marriage of design styles. I love aspects of the traditional white kitchen, but I also adore touches of French Country flair. When I’m decorating my kitchen, I love to get ideas and inspiration from Pinterest and home decor websites. It helps me to form a solid design plan and figure out what I already have that I can use and what I need to shop for (any excuse to shop, amiright?).
Today I want to share with you some of my favorite inspirational kitchen spaces and the elements I love and plan to incorporate into my own French Country style kitchen!
French Country Kitchen Inspiration
I love the bright, white cabinets and elegant hardware of this kitchen. I also love the sleek backsplash, and that oven makes my heart race. One of my favorite things about this space, though, is the topiaries. I love the contrast of the terra cotta pots and the pop of green in an otherwise white space. They bring warmth and just a touch of rustic to this great kitchen.
Overall, this kitchen is a little dark for my tastes, but there are elements I really love. First, I love the distressed wood island in the forefront and I adore the old, weathered baskets underneath the table top. I also love the tile: the rustic, weathered look of it and the shape brings a lot of interest to this space.
I love the brightness of this kitchen but I really love the wall mounted plate rack. I am a huge fan of big bread boards in my kitchen decor, as well as white pitchers and green wreaths. This space is clean and beautiful with the perfect touch of rustic to make it a great French Country look.
The butcher block countertop of the island is gorgeous in this kitchen! I am also really loving that table in the background (look at those legs!) and the blue and white touches in the decor (my fave!). I’m not a huge fan of gold/brass hardware, but in this space I think it’s lovely.
When I look at this image, I immediately start singing “these are a few of my favorite things!” All the ironstone and vintage seltzer bottles and crates and baskets…I just can’t even. All of these accessories are some of my favorites to work with in a French Country kitchen!
This kitchen leans a little more toward a traditional look than French Country, but I still love it. I love the white cabinets and the large corner window. But I also love the touches of green, the rustic wood floors and the wood bar stools; they really warm the space up. I also love the light fixtures: they are large and elegant but simple enough not to distract from the rest of the space. I’d love to cook in this kitchen!
When trying to style your kitchen, using Pinterest or home decor sites to inspire your design is key to creating a cohesive space. It helps so much to get an idea of what you want your space to look like as a whole before you start putting the pieces of the puzzle together, which can get pretty overwhelming if you’re not sure what the big picture is supposed to be yet! But once you have an overall idea of what you want, start collecting (ahem, shopping) for those key decor pieces that will make the heart of your home a truly special place to spend time!
Are you a fan of French Country or Farmhouse style? I’ve got the perfect shopping guide for you! Some of my favorite decor finds can be found right here, just keep scrolling to the right to check out all the goodies!
What is your favorite kitchen style? Where do you find inspiration for it?