French Kitchens

Nadia Hursky on February 8, 2012

French kitchens encompass warmth, elegance, opulence and appreciation for the art of cooking. Use the following tips to revamp your kitchen with French inspiration.

Fairly French

French culture takes time to appreciate the finer things in life. The French use natural materials, including hand-painted timber doors and stone or timber benchtops, and embellish their kitchens with decorations. Displays include cooking pots and pans, delicate light fittings, and personal items of affection.

At the heart of every French kitchen is the love of cooking and the love of food. Benchspace is a must. This ensures that the kitchen can be used as intended: to cook in.The below images show how to get creative when designing your French kitchen.

french kitchen decoration

In the kitchen above, the owner displays an eclectic mix of personal paintings, artefacts, pots and pans. The overall effect is a warm, inviting and characteristic-filled space.

french kitchen oven and utensils

This kitchen expresses the love of cooking with an oversized oven that is both dramatic and practical. An attractive display keeps utensils and spices within easy reach of the cooking area.

small french kitchen

French kitchens come in all sizes. This narrow L-shaped kitchen shows pizzazz and a sense of French glamour with black and white photos.

traditional french kitchen

From the large timber island, to the ornate and heavy lighting features, to the detailed hand-painted doors, this French kitchen is inspirational in its grandeur.

Pretty Pastels

French kitchens favour the use of soft, subtle colours, like baby blues and antique whites.

soft blue french kitchen

This pretty French kitchen features a pre-existing marble fireplace, glass door cabinetry, a hanging candelabra and a soft baby blue kitchen island. The effect is soft and feminine.

French Kitchens

With high ceilings and French doors that open onto lovely gardens, this antique white kitchen looks gracious and inviting.All things French decorate this soft and delicate pastel kitchen. From the furnishings to the lighting and paintings soft colours add warmth and style.

Start with these inspirations. Keep in mind the French style expression of love for cooking, personal decorations and subtle colours. Adapt French flavours to suit your own tastes, and come up with your own interpretation of the perfect French kitchen for you.




  1. Kathy says:

    Displaying collectibles and photos is such a great idea for adding personality at minimal cost!

    1. nadiah says:

      Thanks Kathy, it surely is!

  2. Charlene says:

    Such beautiful kitchens! Wow, I had no idea that the french style was so versatile. I love the top “Fairly French” kitchen for a small space. It makes it feel cozy and warm and looks like it has plenty of space for the necessities.
    I have to admit though, the larger kitchens are my favorite. I adore the large timber island on the bottom one of the “fairly french” section. The pretty glass cupboards are a perfect blend with the wooden countertop. It has such a warm and cozy feel.

    The pretty pastels is another favorite, I’m not sure which of the two I prefer. The marble fireplace is delightful and it has such a bright natural feel.

    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Charlene

      Thanks for your comments, we always love to hear what our readers have to say.