By Katelyn Thomas
Since the kitchen is often the heart of the home, it makes
sense to decorate your kitchen in an appealing and comfortable
style. One quick and easy way to spruce up a dated kitchen is
to decorate it with the French country decorating style. Since
turning your kitchen into a French country retreat is one of
the current trends in kitchen decorating, there are plenty of
wonderful accessories available.
Before you start to shop for your new French country kitchen,
you will need to select your color scheme. While the original
French country décor colors were blue and yellow, black and
white or maroon and white colors are now being used, as well.
Personally, I still prefer blue and yellow, but I like the
traditional yellow kitchen walls. I used a pale golden yellow
on the upper half of my walls and a darker golden yellow on
bottom half. The room looks bright and cheery without being
obnoxiously yellow. I use blue accents in the room to complete
the blue and yellow color scheme.
I bought new cabinets for my kitchen when I redecorated in the
French country style, but that is because the cabinets that
were there when I moved in were hand-built and weren't very
well done. They also were literally falling off the wall. If I
would have had sturdy cabinets that had usable shelving and
fronts were a bit shabby, I would have painted most of them
knocked out the inside panels of the rest and attached chicken
wire to them instead. To do this, you simply cut a piece of
chicken wire so it is slightly larger all around than the
inside of the door. Then, bend the cut edges under so that you
won't end up cutting yourself on the sharp edges. Finally,
staple the wire to the inside of the door. Now, you have given
your cabinet door a country look and you can display some of
your favorite pottery, as well.
Once the cabinets are in place, it is time to fill your
with a French country ambience. Rooster accessories are a hot
trend that give your kitchen the right feel. I used a framed
French country rooster print on one wall and a few rooster
statues on a shelf over my kitchen doorway. A gold and blue
with a rooster in the center to the floor helped draw the
colors and décor together.
To finish off the room, I added a valance to my window made
with a French country fabric print called moiré. I made
matching seat cushions for the kitchen table.
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