Pretty Parisian Kitchens

Rustic relics and fine-tuned finishes combine fashions to create tres-chic kitchens with French influence. These pretty Parisian-inspired spaces present chef-friendly conveniences in sophisticated old-world forms.

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    Parisian Panache: Classic Beauty

    With lovely light fixtures, crown-molding-capped cabinets, marble countertops, and fetching upholstery, these charming elements create the feel of a sophisticated salon in this Parisian-inspired space. The island's wood top and glass-front cabinet doors reference old-world sculleries. Gray backsplash tiles provide an updated version of classic white subway tiles.

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    Parisian Panache: Sophisticated Silhouettes

    When it comes to eat-in kitchens, dining doesn't get much finer than this. French antique chairs pull up to a metal-top table with a striking pedestal base that also serves a plush banquette. The bench's shapely back, dual fabrics, and nailhead trim stack up for high-style seating. Delightfully detailed curtain panels and a shaded chandelier further exude elegance.

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    Mix and Match: Eclectic Verve

    With a flair for the dramatic and a love of the romantic, this kitchen combines Directoire style with modern furnishings. Wall-mount shelves and a suspended pot rack provide practical counterpoints to the kitchen's cool perimeter cabinets and architectural granite-top island.

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    Mix and Match: Play with Contrast

    Black cabinets take their design cue from Directoire-style French furniture but feel modern thanks to their streamlined geometry and stainless-steel trim. White tiled walls provide a breezy backdrop that allows the range hood, shelves, and cabinets to pop. A patterned drapery panel acts as a posh partition between the kitchen and seating area.

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    Kitchen Countertop Ideas

    Pick a surface that reflects your style with these favorite kitchen countertop ideas.

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    Green with Envy: Fashionable Finishes

    Spacious old-world kitchens call for high-impact surfaces, materials, and fittings. Note this room's extra-thick marble countertops, bronze pendant lights, and steely range hood. The island takes center stage against a mint backsplash thanks to cross-hatch details and a facade crafted from horizontally set aged boards.

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    Green with Envy: Form Meets Function

    European in nature, open shelves rise on the wall behind the sink for dish storage that can be easily accessed when it's time to set the table. A row of smaller pendant lights illuminate the workstation and spotlight delicate dishware, serving pieces, and artwork.

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    Green with Envy: Breakfast Room Beauty

    A wooden ceiling stretches outward to include a dining area that accommodates daily meals and formal dinner parties. Green-tone finishes and furnishings link the casual area with the kitchen's work space while boasting its own personality. Rustic, woven, and weathered profiles set the space apart from the kitchen's sleeker surfaces.

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    Traditional Touches: Fetchingly French

    Weathered beams, weighty woodwork, arched details, and earthen surfaces create collected character in this newly built French-style kitchen. Seemingly furnished over time, the kitchen sports furniture and cabinets rendered in distressed, polished, and painted finishes.

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    Traditional Touches: Elegant Focal Point

    Captivating details draw eyes toward the range wall. A stone mantel spans the stove and adjacent base cabinets, unifying the area. Vintage artwork and sculptures align on the mantel to break up the expansive chimney's flat plane. A blue range with brass details demands attention.

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    Traditional Touches: Mix Mastery

    Massive breakfront cabinetry sets the kitchen's blue, gray, and buttery yellow scheme, enhanced by bright white trim, a subway tile backsplash, and marble countertops. The hutchlike storage and stained wood island bring furnished-room appeal to the efficient work space.

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    Traditional Touches: Details Matter

    Elegant embellishments further this kitchen's luxurious look. Carvings on the stone apron-front sink make an exceptional cleanup station. Instead of traditional cabinet hardware, the homeowners opted for furniture hardware, such as pendant pulls and decorative knobs, to give new cabinets the feel of fine antiques.

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    Traditional Touches: Feminine Flair

    Parisian kitchen designs benefit from the addition of feminine details that soften the room's straight edges and hard surfaces. Chicken wire cabinet fronts partner with floral fabric panels on this pair of upper cabinets. Other distinguishing features include blue-and-white dishware that pops against the stained interior of an open-face cabinet; coppery sconces that supply shimmering silhouettes; and sinuous drawer and door pulls.

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    Kitchen Hardware Ideas

    Pick the perfect knobs and pulls for a Parisian-inpired space with these tips and tricks.

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    Neutral Notions: Better Basics

    Unassuming hues create cultivated kitchens that soothe. Here, bleached wood beams, sand-color stone surfaces, and creamy walls provide peaceful perimeters that remain interesting thanks to an interplay of smooth and rough textures. Black iron drapery rods and furniturelike cabinet pulls advance against the neutral backdrop to gently energize the room.

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    Neutral Notions: Painterly Pizzazz

    Creative artwork is essential in successful Parisian kitchens. A small seating area equipped with a stone-top table and hand-carved chairs sits opposite this room's range wall. An oversize wood carving rests against a stone column and contributes time-faded color that's sure to kick-start conversation.

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    Natural Elements: Rough-Hewn Heritage

    Half timbers, complete with visible bark, make noteworthy ceiling beams in this spacious kitchen design, where reclaimed floorboards anchor a blend of aged fittings. The expansive stone-crowned island bears the look of a hand-carved furniture piece, while antique benches contribute period patinas and family-friendly seating. Iron and bronze accents forge a connection with fixtures and hardware from the past.

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    Natural Elements: Distinctive Viewpoint

    Unfinished lumber is featured in one-of-a-kind cabinetry that boasts a rustic, handmade look. The cabinets work well with an oil-rubbed-bronze faucet, rough stone walls, a carved sink, and, remarkably, a stainless-steel dishwasher.

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    Natural Elements: Sit and Stay Awhile

    French kitchens invite friends and family to gather. A chair covered in an informal linen slipcover provides comfortable overflow seating. Set beneath a handsome, bronze light fixture, the chair also accommodates quiet time with a good book. Glass doors framed in unfinished wood, drawers outfitted with black-iron pulls, and a collection of ironware make the built-in cabinet a standout.

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    Wonderfully Worldly: Global Influence

    A Dutch native with a penchant for French designs created this distinctive, and highly personal, kitchen. Blue Frisian tiles, marble floors, and a salvaged mantel shelf tie the kitchen to the homeowner's homeland. The statuesque stone table was found in shards before being rebuilt to function as an island.

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    Wonderfully Worldly: Inherited Harmonies

    Cherished heirlooms -- like these Louis XVI-style chairs -- establish connections between the past and present. Their classic contours allow the furniture to be reupholstered whenever the homeowner wants a scene change. A glass-top table with an iron base has the look of antique French garden furniture.

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    Chic Character: Attention to Detail

    Equipped with rustic beams and wide wood floor planks, this kitchen takes a graceful turn. Painted cabinetry, carved island corbels and pilasters, marble countertops, and chic window shades add a stately air to the work space. The copper range hood, iron light fixtures, and stone range wall ease the formality.

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    Chic Character: Welcoming Hub

    Cane-seated ladder-back chairs contribute old-timey profiles that harmonize with the vintage farm table's patina. A modern window seat provides extra storage; the cushion and pillow fabrics pick up colors from the window treatment. Both old and new are illuminated by a forged iron fixture outfitted with candelabra bulbs.

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