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Rustic Country Design

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Have Fun Designing the French Country Kitchen in Your Own Home!

With it’s bright colors and rustic accents, French Country brings out the feelings of warmth, family and happiness, it is no wonder that the French Country Kitchen design is such a popular theme for many kitchens across the America. Transforming your kitchen into the fun family hang out spot comparable to what would be found in the South of France can be easily achieved with a some paint, well placed accessories and accent pieces.

There are three important elements in re-creating a French country design theme in your own home. Those elements are found in your color choices, natural materials and accent pieces. Let’s go over those in detail now!

Color: Your choice of paint color is going to be central to this design theme. As mentioned before, evoking feelings of warmth and happiness are essential and part of what makes this decor popular. When you look for color inspiration,imagine paintings from some of the great French artists like Van Gogh and Monet. Blues, poppy red, burnt orange and even greens are all acceptable colors found in this theme. Gold and sunflower yellow are also great accent color ideas. The most popular French country color combinations are blue and gold and poppy red and gold.

Natural materials: Cabinetry, furniture and tiling are also important to this theme. You will want to avoid furniture styles that are more contemporary or modern. Look for eating tables, benches and chairs that have a distressed wood look, plain pine or even wood painted in natural colors that compliment your wall color choices. Banquette style seating areas with patterned cushions make for a comfortable eating area and flow perfectly with this theme. Tile back splashes with rustic design influence works well. Back splashes with vegetables, cornucopias, fruits or even bird images are cute to use in this decor.

Accent pieces: French Country is the only design theme where roosters, hens and copper hanging pots are all incorporated!! Accessories are where you’ll probably have the most fun with this decor style. Using cooper pots and over sized cooper utensils as wall hangings seems to be the most common, but don’t be afraid to play around with different floral arrangements as well. Dried flowers, especially lavender. Keep fresh flowers in a vase on your table to bring the outdoors in and while adding a pleasant aroma.

This design theme is meant to be fun, inviting, and warm – so enjoy the process of pulling it all together. You don’t need to spend a ton of money and chances are – you probably can find most of what you need in your basement or attic! Check out local yard sales or visit the neighborhood Goodwill or Salvation Army store for great finds as well!

About the Author

Even if you don’t have experience in interior design, redecorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive
nor does it need to be overly complicated. At we provide you with the concepts and the information necessary to get your project started. For more tips on taking your home from “blah” to fabulous! visit us at: Kitchen Interior Design Ideas or French Country Kitchen Design Ideas.

We wish you well in all of your design projects!

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