How to make a beautiful French province out of your kitchen?
The charm and warmth of Provence style, its originality and naive romanticism makes many city dwellers increasingly prefer it. After all, living in the "stone desert" so want to breathe in fresh air and feel part of nature. This is how the idea of recreating a piece of Provence, a French province, which gave the name to the whole style in the interior, comes to the kitchen.
France in your kitchen
Suppose you need a Provencal style kitchen, and you do not quite know what it is. First, let's focus on its characteristics, among which are the following:
- natural materials, both for furniture and for decoration
- careless and somewhat rough finish (or imitation) of the ceiling and walls
- the furniture should have bright facades in the absence of decor
- the use of floral patterns in the design and wallpaper with landscapes of nature
- A floor made of stone that can imitate tile or wood.
The interior of the kitchen in Provence style does not tolerate plastic and metal - except for the most necessary, and then mostly for kitchen appliances. A wall and ceiling decoration should imitate carelessness - under a village house. The most desirable option is to finish the walls with textured plaster. Previously, the plaster was whitened, but today you can use wallpaper for painting instead, but only light shades. You can also decorate the walls painted wood panels.
Ceiling and floor in kitchen design
The design of the kitchen in the style of Provence involves only a bright ceiling. Its design may include wooden ceiling beams. They are also painted in a light color.
If you are not satisfied with the merging walls and ceiling, paint the beams in a warm brown shade.
For the floor using a coating of natural wood - in fact there is no better material. The tree can be painted in light colors, or you can simply soak it with the appropriate composition so that its structure can be clearly seen. And it is better if the boards are wide enough, so they look better.
Especially good is the combination of the color of the painted floor with some separate element of kitchen furniture, for example, with a drawer or shelf.
For the floor can be used and tiles - porcelain or tile. And the tile should be in saturated terracotta, chocolate shades and imitate a stone or sea pebble, wood. Suppose and muted gray-blue tint. In general, tile (that is, initially stone) in such kitchens is designed to serve to create coolness. But today it is better to make a warm floor, on which it will be so pleasant to walk barefoot - like in a village.
Photo: carpet in the interior of the kitchen
We select furniture
The style of Provence cuisine involves only natural furniture. Usually it should be in the same tone with the walls and ceiling, but you can choose more bright furniture, just not screaming. Brown and chocolate shades will do, especially if the ceiling beams are the same color. Then the furniture will become some "accent" in the interior of the kitchen.
In this case, the furniture can be partially made by hand. For example, stools or a table, or a panel that closes a gas meter. And the decorations - ceramic pots, vases, pot holders, etc. - can also be made with your own hands. So it will be even more interesting - and creative inclinations will appear, and the decorations will be original. In addition, the Provencal style is characterized by open shelves, which can also be made by hand, and ceramics, candlesticks, small figurines, jars for seasonings and other knickknacks can be placed on them.
Tip: jars for seasoning can be made by sticking coffee beans and dry grass, small pebbles or shells on ordinary cans.
The furniture can also have forged items - the legs of the table and chairs. Separate elements of forging can be used in the design of facades. It is also good to put a forged candlestick on the table with thick colored candles and light them in the evenings.
Photo: decorating cabinets with ceramic figurines
Flowers in the interior
Provence style kitchen involves the use of floral motifs. Beautiful floral-patterned curtains, floral wallpaper, hand-made small floral arrangements.
Tip: dry the wildflowers and arrange the vases with them on the open shelves.
The design of the kitchen in the style of Provence involves light curtains, which can also be sewn with your own hands. Heavy and dense curtains do not fit into the style of Provence, and it is better to abandon them. But light translucent curtains, letting in a maximum of light - this is what is required. Sometimes, if the kitchen is located on the north side and there is little light in it, they are generally removed.
If you still like curtains made of thick fabrics, choose a light-colored fabric in the light cage. If you can sew - make them with your own hands, combining thick fabric with lightweight and creating an exclusive masterpiece for your kitchen.
If your kitchen is a corner, under it you can make a table under the window - to save space, especially if the kitchen is small. In this case, the curtains on the window should only be transparent, or they should not be at all.
Photo: fresh flowers in the interior of the Provencal style kitchen
Photo: floral print curtains
Kitchen in a country house
Provence in the interior of the kitchen is especially in demand in country houses and in the country. Old furniture will be in demand there - worn chests, old sideboards or whatnot. Yes, and making most of the furniture with your own hands, you will create a real rustic style of the French province (if you know how). And you can not - it does not matter, because such furniture can be purchased or made to order.
Tip: clean your grandmother's sandpaper and saturate it with a special tool, such an item of furniture will give your kitchen extra chic.
Curtains for such a kitchen is better to take from natural materials. Well bleached flax, colorful chintz. If the window is small, a small lace curtain will look good on it.
Photo: Provence-style country house kitchen
Photowall-paper on rustic kitchen is also pertinent. They can close one wall or some ledge. If the walls are made of logs, it is better not to “spoil” them - this is the best decoration of the kitchen. And to revitalize the interior, you can stick the wallpaper on the door.
Now knowing how the Provence style kitchen should look like, you can proceed to its design. But if you do not like something from the above recommended, feel free to change it to your vision of design. After all, the kitchen should be comfortable for you.