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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