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What do French country kitchens look like?


French Country Kitchen Décor
Casual and airy is the way to go.
Casual and airy is the way to go.
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The d├ęcor of a French country kitchen is where the character of the room really comes through. These kitchens are fun and cheerful and not at all stodgy. Floors are covered in hooked or braided rugs made of brightly colored geometric or floral patterns. Simple Roman shades with floral and striped patterns adorn the windows, and an oversized farmhouse table crafted from pine and lined with long benches is where families gather to eat and socialize. Storage is often at a minimum, so no French country kitchen would be complete without a wooden armoire overflowing with dishes and linens.

Along with a pot rack hanging from the ceiling that holds a large collection of pots and pans, you're likely to find stacks of baskets and planters overflowing with leafy green plants and an abundance of collectibles that fill every nook and cranny. Roosters are the consummate symbol of country living, and you'll also find lots of flowers, grapes and fleur-de-lis patterns. These designs can be found on everything from fabrics and dishes to decorative ceramic tiles or colorful statues. It's not unusual to find arrangements of dried flowers in old pitchers or baskets, either, and if you really want to inspire the feeling that you stepped in right out of the countryside, hang your flowers and herbs upside down from the ceiling to dry them out yourself.


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