The Most Breathtaking French Kitchens We Want to Cook In
When it comes to the French, we all want to know how to inject some of their je ne sais quoi into our own lives. From fashion to interior design, their inimitable style is enviable. Even their cuisine is highly coveted; Julia Child's global success proved that. During a recent scroll through the many inspiring home tours we've covered from France, we were intrigued by their diverse range of kitchen styles. From creating rustic, provincial farmhouses to elegant and downright luxurious culinary spaces, the French have a knack for creating eye-catching looks that will never go out of style. Scroll down to see our selection of truly beautiful French kitchens you'll want to steal for your own home.
This gorgeous rustic yet refined kitchen belongs to French beauty authority Frédéric Fekkai and his wife Shirin von Wulffen. The restored romantic villa, located near his native Aix-en-Provence has all the romantic charm of the French countryside without compromising the creature comforts of a modern kitchen. We love the homely vibe and farmhouse look fused with cutting-edge appliances because every new-age cook deserves a decent oven and cooktop. How else would we make those Julia Child–inspired meals?
This über-chic kitchen is the stuff dreams are made of—sleek, refined, and super modern with a heady dose of artistic license thanks to the interesting Tom Dixon lighting display and the unique walnut-veneer panelling. According to the design team behind this 19th-century Parisian apartment transformation, Kelli Wilde and Laurent Champeau of Champeau & Wilde, the kitchen has since become "the heart of the apartment" where the owners "spend their time cooking and talking," Wilde told Elle Décor. We can see why.
When it comes to that classic French style, Jean-Louis Deniot is your interior designer go-to. It's why a Middle Eastern princess called on his expertise to style her first Paris apartment, and the results are truly breathtaking. This kitchen has all the regal glamour you'd expect for a modern princess with gilded gold cabinets, illustrious lighting, and lavish flooring made from quartzite and granite.
This modern showcase proves the diversity of French style. Located in Southern France, this feminine kitchen is truly spectacular. Marie-Laure Helmkampf of MLH Design completely transformed this 80s home into a contemporary residence with a subtle rustic flair. Bright white cabinets and modern marble backsplash are balanced with the warmth and homely feel of the wooden dining chairs and ladylike chandelier.
Despite their classic taste, the French aren't afraid to take risks either, which is why it's so hard to re-create their look at home. Interior designer Sandra Benhamou injected a dash of quirk into the quintessential kitchen style with retro patterned tiles and unique Tom Dixon hanging pendants, complemented by a pop of yellow. The monochromatic color palette brings it all together seamlessly.
When celebrated French interior designer Sarah Lavoine was appointed the task of designing a film producer's Parisian townhouse, she injected that whimsy and fun she's renowned for, and thankfully her client also "loves to play with colour," she told Alto Magazine. Color aside, the most striking element of this contemporary kitchen is the custom-made glass extractor fan set off by the chic black kitchen island—so cool.
This is the stunning result of two cultures coming together on one project. London-based design firm Art Buro transformed this Parisian apartment into a space that's more art gallery than home; this kitchen is a masterpiece. The super-stylish wooden cabinets make the chicest concealed storage we've ever seen, with a beautiful marble backsplash and modern, chandelier overhead. Now who wouldn't be inspired to cook here?
When Sessún designer Emma Francis invited Glamour France into her vacation home in Marseille, all of our bohemian dreams came true. This creative kitchen has that homespun feel we all crave with a stylish and modern aesthetic. We love the warm wooden touches and the woven pendant lamp set off by those retro patterned tiles; c'est chic!
Located in the charming Fontainebleau region of Paris, this family home truly evokes everything we've come to love about French style. Classic, simple, refined, elegant and luxurious yet totally livable, it's a balance they always get right. The black accent wall doesn't overwhelm the kitchen thanks to the white ceiling and cabinetry, and those checkerboard monochrome tiles.
There's nothing traditional about this unlikely kitchen, and we are completely smitten. The marble island was custom-made by designer Christophe Aumas of Voici/Voila who also strung the interesting arrangement of pendant lighting above. The color mix of the forest green accent wall and burnt orange geometric tiles shouldn't work but it does, and it's blowing our minds.
If it's French farmhouse you love, then this 18th-century country kitchen featured in Elle Décor will make your heart skip a beat. Vintage textiles dealer Mathilde Labrouche converted her vintage family home in southwestern France to accommodate her modern needs while still keeping that provincial, homespun vibe firmly intact. With the oldest part of the house dating as far back as 1785, it didn't even have running water before Labrouche made her modern renovations. We can just imagine her creating delicious home-cooked meals here in the summer.
Parisian jewelry designer, Michèle Monory enlisted the creative help of architect Matali Crasset who transformed her father's 200-year-old abandoned farmhouse into a contemporary masterpiece. Located in the Chinon region, this stunning weekender successfully mixes an urban look with her and Monory's "country roots," she told Dwell. The kitchen is a perfect example of this fusion with the cool concrete backsplash, origami pendant lighting with the original stone flooring underneath, and high ceilings of the born-again barn.
If there's one common theme throughout each of these French kitchens so far, it's simplicity. Keeping things streamlined and stripped-back is key, which makes it easier to inject bright pops of color when desired. This kitchen is the perfect example. Clean lines and concealed storage with a simple color palette allow the pink Smeg kitchen to take center stage and bring a homely feel to the otherwise restrained look.
If there was one kitchen that defined French elegance, it's this one. The traditional architectural detailing is the ideal framework for this stylish yet simple space. The marble island is an exquisite feature set off by dazzling parquetry flooring. We can't get enough.
If you're a fan of the sophisticated French look with a dose of refined elegance, then Joseph Dirand is the architect of choice. His work is synonymous with classic French style and this art deco apartment in Neuilly is the epitome of chic. This minimalist marble space is almost unrecognizable, with all the details you'd expect to find in a typical kitchen superbly concealed. It's magical.
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