French Country Modern Kitchen with Black Marble Counters
If you love kitchens that are warm, comfortable, and classic, then you might also like french country design. The french country style, reminiscent of the past, definitely evokes a sense a familiarity that I love. Now mix it up with some modern touches and a punch of black marble counters and you’ve got yourself MY NEW KITCHEN. NOW Let’s tour this French Country Modern Kitchen!
*This post was sponsored by Arizona Tile. All options are my own.
What stands out to you first? For me it’s the beautiful black marble counter tops and backsplash. If everyone chooses white Carrara marble, I gotta choose black! I guess its just the rebel in me! Several months ago, I took some of you Instagram buddies on my solid surface hunt at Arizona Tile (via stories). We looked at quartz, Carrara marbles, calacattas, and this black marble. I know some of you thought I was a little “Cra Cra” for selecting this Negro Marquina Black marble, but what are your thoughts now?
Classic kitchens often go the timeless route with blacks or whites, whether it’s black granite, soapstone, or cast quartz material. I absolutely love the dramatic white veining and movement in my black marble backsplash and counters. I selected it in a honed finish to mute the formality and subdue the light from reflecting off. I prefer a honed finish over a polished finish any day.
It really wouldn’t seem right to break up my beautiful black counter tops with a white farm sink now would it?! A French country kitchen will often, although not always, incorporate a farmhouse (or apron) style sink into its design. Why not build one out of marble (again with the beautiful dramatic white veining)?
You may have noticed by now that I mixed some different metal finishes in my kitchen. This Polished nickel bridge faucet is the jewelry to this sink. I love polished nickel because it has a gold undertone while still maintaining its silver shine. The warm undertones make it easy to pair with the brass elements in the space.
I wanted a 10ft kitchen island that my whole family could gather around (extended and immediate). Finding a marble slab that could cover that size is basically impossible. Instead I opted for quartz here. Aside from the size dilemma, the kitchen island is multipurpose. Most of my meal prep will be done here while my kids are doing homework or painting and coloring. I needed a surface that could take a beating and not show it. Quartz is definitely a solid surface that can hold up to heat, acids, knives, and kids! I chose the New Carrara from Arizona Tile. The subtle veining doesn’t compete with my black marble perimeter counters…leaving them the star of the show!
The silhouette created in my backsplash is also repeated in the toe kick detail of my cabinetry and in my cabinet hardware. Repetition in subtleties make for a cohesive design. I went with a traditional warm brass pull and knob combo from Amerock. Click here to see this arched pull in several different finishes. Click here to see the knobs. I love how much they project off the cabinet fronts and how substantial they are.
I know a shaker style cabinet is all the rage right now, but the simple recessed panel has me begging for just a little more detail. Adding a decorative edging within the stiles and rails of the cabinet doors was just the touch of elegance I needed. These more detailed shaker cabinets are transitional in style, complementing a range of kitchen designs. All my appliances (dishwasher, fridge, and freezer) are finished with cabinet panels too. Look closely and you will find them eventually!
Speaking of repeated details, take a look at the sides of my Island. Each side features an elongated diamond detail. My upper cabinets are accented with brass metal mesh fronts. I simply had my cabinet guy turn the metal mesh at an angle to create a diamond grid. You can get metal mesh in all kinds of different patterns and finishes. Wire grilles are also great for hutches, armoires, bookcases, entertainment centers, and pantry doors. I used it to accent my built in hutch too. You will notice this diamond design repeated in many different applications as my house unfolds room by room.
Incorporating natural materials is definitely indicative of french country design. Stone, brick, and wood elements are plentiful in the French country kitchen (just wait till I get my backsplash in). I’ve used natural white oak accents throughout. Recessed cabinet panels flanking my range and sink have been switched out with this warm wood tone. I have 2 pull out butcher blocks accessible to protect my black marble counter tops and white oak trim on my hood as well. My hutch showcases white oak apothecary drawers. Actually, they look like historical apothecary drawers, but in reality they are full size cabinets and drawers. I love the nod to the past, but tiny drawers are not very functional. The hutch will house all my table settings, linens, and nice serving dishes. I don’t have a lot of platters that can fit into a 4″ drawer, do you?!
Oh ya and my wood floors! I know so many of you have even asking for the source. These engineered white oak planks by Provenza Floors really ground the black and white kitchen. Each plank is 6.25″ wide and comes in a variety of lengths. I absolutely LOVE the Liverpool color, it is not shiny or slick. It is a matt finish and feels very natural under foot. This wood floor runs throughout all the main living spaces of my home.
For an automatic warm, country feel, use beadboard, shiplap, or tongue-and-groove. You could use beadboard on cabinet doors, kitchen island walls, or even the backsplash. My ceiling was dressed up with tongue and groove planks. This was a detail that wasn’t originally in the budget, but I am oh so glad we did it.
Shall we talk lighting? In a traditional french country kitchen you might expect to see iron lanterns hanging above the island. My kitchen is accented with warm brass pendants instead. I love the traditional style and substantial scale to carry the weight of my 10 ft island. These pendants are designer style without a hefty price tag. Click here to get yours from Lighting Design
I mirrored the 3 pendants with 3 bent arm sconces over my kitchen window. My kitchen window and sink are my absolute favorite feature. Click here for window details. Why not accent it with some good lighting? I used the same bent arm sconces in my master bathroom remodel and a couple other places in this home too. They are affordable and come in 3 different finishes.
Under-cabinet lighting on the floor and above the counter really gives this kitchen a warm and cozy glow. I also added lighting to all the upper wire front cabinets and to my built in hutch. Ambient lighting is often forgotten in a kitchen, but oh man does it make a huge impact!
In efforts to keep my kitchen looking clean, I designed a butlers pantry/prep kitchen off to the side. My double oven, microwave, appliance garage, dishwasher, and additional sink all live here. The idea is that my children and I can make lunches here, toast bread, blend morning shakes, and bake all in this spot. Of course the main kitchen gets used all the time too, but the everyday mess and clutter is tucked away. Plus I get my open shelving that I love (in white oak of course) but not in the main kitchen where I need the closed storage space.
That completes my French Country Modern kitchen tour. There are a few more details I will be adding myself as phase two the design. Think backsplash, wallpaper, and furniture… we really need some furniture haha. For more room reveals, design tips, and diy projects make sure to subside to my email list below. As always thanks for stopping in.
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Beautifully done Mysha!
You deserve a standing ovation for this amazing kitchen. Attention to detail doesn’t even explain how well thought out your design is. You literally addressed every fine point with function and finesse.
Rhonda thank you so much. That really means the world. So glad you like it.
Love it Mysha! It’s incredible!
Tammy thank you so much!
Absolutely stunning! Those little library index card drawers (not sure what to call them) add such a nice touch of warmth. The floors are amazing and I love the white panels with a touch more detail! The brass lights over the sink and the sink itself all amazing! The butler pantry though…
Just a stunning home with so much attention to detail! I don’t know how you do it as a mother and wife with 3 children! 🙂 I am in the midst of remodeling and I am already exhausted. 🙂
Thank you so much Brynn. This design has been in the works for a long time. I wont lie it is a little crazy around my house most of the time. The juggle is real lol.
Dream kitchen!!! It’s so functional and classic. Love love love it. Well done Sis
You mentioned the price of your floors downstairs… what is the price per square ft for your beautiful white oak floors upstairs? Also, is it an oil finish?
Hi lindsay if you click on the link to my floors you can read all about them. The price will vary depending on where you live and the vendor.
Wow! Most amazing kitchen! Best thing I have seen in a long time! I love that there is no grey!
Thank you so much Mary Beth!
Mysha, It’s amazing! Every detail was so thought out and perfectly selected. You mixed so many different finished, but they all go together! Your kitchen windows got it going on! Definitely my favorite feature.
Thanks kim, it was so good hangin with your family.
This is STUNNING! I love the mix of masculine and feminine materials. Would you mind sharing the paint color you used on your cabinets and particularly your walls throughout your new home?
Hi I used Simply White by Sherwin williams on both my cabinets and walls in different sheens
Outstanding! I love it
I have a question if you get time to answer I have to cabinets that have glass fronts which I would love to put the mesh diamond design in front of do you have a source for that material or where do you get your material from, I love the diamond design
Thank you again for sharing your talent and home with us
I just went to a local steel supplier but you can order a ton of differs designs here:
Love it Mysha! You nailed the style/vibe perfectly!!! Congrats…
Thank you so much Tana. I am so glad you think so.
Mysha this is the most stunning kitchen ever! I love all of your design choices and can’t wait to see how you style the space! This is a big “wow”!!
Kim thank you so much my friend.
Just wonderful! So helpful the way you share pictures and your thoughts.
Thank you Jackie, Im so glad you like it.
YES YES YES!!!!! I LOVE the black marble and the white oak apothecary drawers. On a future post could you post a picture with the Apothecary drawers/cabinet open? I’d like to see how that looks. So elegant and functional!!!
I sure will! Probably on my instagram @remingtonavenue
Mysha, I just had to pop on and let you know I got all of the Amerock hardware installed in our kitchen; and it is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. And, I can’t wait to see your backsplash! You are totally making me want to build a custom home!! Have a great rest of the week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
Oh boy does that hardware just look perfect in your kitchen. So glad I was able to help you nail that down. Love your dining nook wall paper btw!
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