Old style country kitchens can be rejuvenated with great success. The following kitchen can prove it. All these rooms share similar aspects: a subtle introduction of anachronisms and contemporary details which give a friendly and timeless feeling. Follow the guide:
A countryside effect kitchen
In this Parisian house, the owner wanted to give a countryside atmosphere to her kitchen. The room is a great and clear volume so she opted for a wooden set of furniture with some touch of inox. The inox work plan creates a contrast with the wooden cabinetry. The childhood dream is of the owner seated in the middle of the room: a big table where kids were doing their homework while mum was cooking. Notice that the chairs come from a school.
A Mixed Old Style Kitchen
Axel Vervoordt, an antiquarian from the region of Bordeaux, has filled his 50-room castle with antiquities. All the decoration artifacts are available to sell! His tastes cover “centuries, cultures and continents” with personal preference regarding the sweetness of barocco style.
His kitchen is open to colleagues and clients who visit him, having a brunch on the rustic table from Bordeaux and the19th century chairs which surround it. Above the sink, which is made of blue stone from Belgium, various Dutch tiles are arranged in a nice composition. A French Provencal girouette from the 19th century completes the picture.
A sweet quaint kitchen
Two Parisian designers succeeded in keep the quaint charm which was floating around in this kitchen from a Percheron monastery. To decorate it, they chose simplicity and their colorist talents. The oak flooring has been darkened while the walls are patinated, creating a harmonious and friendly atmosphere.
A Charming Kitchen / Dining Room
The French architect Valérie Mazérat created a concrete work plan equipped with various Ikea appliances. The cabinetry is painted and hides the dishwasher and shelves. The light fixtures and the table were bought in an antiquities market. The floor tiles are original.
A decorative frieze modernizes an ancient French countryside kitchen
The designer Stéphane Placier has kept the items from the past centuries in his 18th century house in Haute-Marne: an old stone sink, a concrete floor, a long farmer’s table. Séphane Placier painted the walls with a dark green bedrock, topped by a red frieze to modernize the room without denaturing it.
Photo by Emmanuel Barbe
A typical Provencal Kitchen
This kitchen is located in the basement of a great Provencal house. The vault houses the stone work plan, the sink, and cabinetry. Inspired by a church altar, two little steps take the role of glass shelves. On the left, a cupboard takes the place of the old bakery oven.
A Large and Bright Kitchen
Jean-Philippe Gauvin, architect, renovated this former Tuscan farm. The kitchen is large, bright, friendly and warm. The architect kept the round openings on each side of the room. The cabinetry is painted in grey for a contemporary look for a combination with the Cortona stone flooring the entrance. The light fixtures above to sink are taken from an old barber shop in Paris.
Eric J. Brandy