The kitchen in the living room is not only a functional place for cooking, but also an area that is responsible for the comfort and atmosphere of the entire home. Today there are a lot of fashion trends in its design, among which is worth noting the Provencal style. This variant of design is very popular in the arrangement of modern homes, because it can fully convey the mood of coziness and family warmth.
Kitchen Design Features
There are interior solutions in the kitchen decor, which will always attract the attention of the owners. Provenance belongs to this category of decoration. A feature of design in the French countryside is the beauty and comfort that prevails in the created environment, which is particularly relevant to the main room of the house, such as the kitchen.
In addition, the main touches inherent in this direction, depend on the owner, in light of which the romantic style of provance is quite possible to recreate in the kitchen by yourself.
Even the smallest and most modestly furnished kitchen can be brought to life with the help of old trifles, which must necessarily be present in a modern room design in the spirit of the French province. First of all, these are objects and things made of natural materials – kitchen shelves made of solid wood, old painted jugs, plates, decorative objects made in decoupage technique, a variety of baskets for storing food or useful little things. And also the effect of antiquity should be present in kitchen furniture, and the kitchen project may include wooden beams or objects decorated with natural stone.
The emphasis in the Provence style interior will be on the main attribute of the kitchen, the family hearth. This is why this area is distinguished by its finishing. In addition, the rustic style implies the maximum amount of natural light in the room due to the large windows. In a private home, this requirement will be many times easier to implement. In the case of a lack of lighting, for example, in an apartment, it should be replaced by artificial lighting fixtures. In general, a modern interior in the style of provance is quite easy to implement in any room, even if there is a small kitchen area.
Basic kitchen rules
The main requirement for this design is that the kitchen must create a general atmosphere that combines elegance and French sophistication with rustic simplicity. When you think about such a combination of directions, it may seem that it will not be possible to realize the idea, but the elaboration of all the details can surprise with its results.
Kitchen decor should not have bright separate details and elements, as all items will create a single harmonious composition together with the kitchen set.
During the creation of the kitchen, the use of modern materials in the finishing of the surfaces should be avoided, the emphasis should be on the naturalness of the raw materials. In addition, the placement of the latest generation of electrical appliances in open areas should be avoided. All microwave ovens, multiwave ovens and steamers must be securely hidden inside lockers. However, functional elements of a modular kitchen, such as a bar counter, may well be present indoors. This is particularly true in corner rooms.
It is important to use objects, furniture and finishing materials that will visually look as natural and old-fashioned as possible. Even when using synthetic fibres, for example, for curtains or tablecloths, you should choose textiles that imitate cotton or linen.
As for the surfaces of kitchen furniture, tabletops, countertops and other bases, it is necessary to abandon the minimalism and rigor of metal elements, as well as plastic and glossy.
When it comes to lighting the kitchen areas, it is worth highlighting the work and dining areas with a few appliance options. In the first case, it is necessary to design the lighting so that the worktop is illuminated with bright light from artificial sources, or plan the placement of furniture so that it is located near the window. As for the kitchen table, the place should be illuminated with diffuse and soft light.
Therefore, a Provence style kitchen will include spotlights and a large chandelier, which will also be a necessary element of the overall style in the room. The lamp will have an original shape with interesting lampshades, including various decorative elements, openwork edging. And also any lighting fixture should be placed in the center. As a suitable option, overhead ceiling devices that can imitate candlesticks or garden lights can be noted.
Relevant for the rural interior will be the use of Italian devices, where flowers act as an ornament.
Among the main design requirements are a quiet color palette, a variety of textiles, including curtains with different prints. In addition, all the decoration should not overload the space and prevent the maintenance of order in this functional room of the home.
Floors, ceiling and walls in the Provencal style are decorated in basic colours:
- all shades of white;
- creamy tones;
- light blue palette
The choice of pastel shades in rustic style will not be random, as these shades give the general decoration airiness, visually increasing the space. In addition to the basic shades listed above, brown and azure variants of finishing materials can be used. The choice of colour palette is based on the basic requirement – naturalness of the chosen colour.
The winning combination of basic rustic shades is the combination with mahogany, which will add luxury and coziness to kitchen design.
It is more correct to plaster the walls, in order to give the interior an antique effect, you can deliberately leave some areas without finishing. Also in demand for this direction in the interior plastering mix, which can simulate the finish of brick or ceramic tiles.
Some designers recommend wrapping walls with vinyl wallpaper, they have a long service life, in addition, the material is quite resistant to mechanical damage. It is worth noting that such a finishing material can be decorated with a floral print, which is relevant for this style direction. Among a suitable and fashionable variant of registration of surfaces in style of a provenço style masters create effect of the burned out and aged material from the sun.
In addition, the walls of the kitchen in the french country kitchen style are finished with wooden panels.
The shade of wood should be in contrast to the colour of the kitchen headset. However, dark wood-based materials are not suitable for smaller rooms that will visually reduce the room. As well as kitchen walls, especially in the work area, are tiled, the base shade of the material is beige, which is most often supplemented by natural patterns, the image of colors.
For corner and small kitchens in the Provencal style, designers recommend selecting mirror elements, which can be used to highlight the area near the stove, emphasizing this part of the room. As for the kitchen ceilings, light colours are combined with wooden beams, very often the surface is finished with white plaster.
Specialists use decorative types of plaster with elements of roughness, which will be appropriate for the Provencal style in the interior.
Shades of wood are the right colour for kitchen floors, but it is not necessary to use expensive wood for indoor installation, as a budget alternative is laminate or linoleum with a textured surface imitating a board. In addition to brown, the board can also be whitewashed. It is also possible to combine several textures and materials. Thus it is possible to perform zoning of the room, highlighting the work area dark, and the light tiles laid near the dining table or vice versa.
An important point in the colour design is also the choice of the shade of the front door.
In this case, you can choose light door leafs, as well as blocks with additional stylization for rustic interior, which will be welcomed by painting or ornament. As for additional accessories, in this case the brightness will be quite relevant. Among the suitable options for the color palette is to choose things in yellow, burgundy or purple. This also applies to dishes, better if they are painted in different techniques.
Furniture, textiles and accessories
As for the basic arrangement of the kitchen – furniture set, the priority will be vintage options or artificially aged tables, countertops and shelves. Quite often the room is equipped with hanging wooden cabinets with open shelves, which are usually placed on which the kitchen utensils or decorative items – vases, statuettes, and so on.
In addition to the large number of open drawers, provanza allows the use of glass facades, cupboards. In addition, large kitchens would be more correct to complement the massive buffet, you can even have a non-standard form.
Small size kitchens in the country kitchen style can be equipped with folding tables or other transformers that will save space.
The fittings deserve special attention, the use of forged handles and threads is a beautiful and appropriate solution. As well as pens at cabinets can be made with imitation of gold leaf. Corner kitchens with rustic design should be designed with the island, so it will be possible to increase the comfort in the room, as well as make the kitchen more functional. If the project involves a bar counter, then to supplement the filling of the room should be high bar chairs, but not made of metal, but wood, and their backs should be forged.
The kitchens, which stand out with their large space, are more correctly equipped with a good wooden table in the dining area, in the course of choosing the form of its strict restrictions, this interior solution does not imply that it is in harmony with the rest of the decoration. However, the massive table should be accompanied by appropriate chairs, corner sofas, benches or other options for seats with soft cushions.
Also a great idea would be to place chairs with floral capes and beautiful armrests in the dining area.
Very often wood or wood containing materials, rattan, as well as compositions with forged elements are used for Provencal kitchen sets.
The main rule regarding the availability of various accessories is the presence of several bouquets of fresh flowers in the room, in this case you can use bright variants with a riot of colors. And also a composition of plants for village kitchens can be made of ordinary wildflowers placed in clay pots. In addition to the plants, the selected interior should also have handmade decorative elements.
Among the appropriate beautiful and original items are wooden or ceramic figurines, wicker breads, napkin racks and containers for storing useful kitchen utensils. Patterns with flowers, painted plates from Italy, wall clocks with antique carving will be relevant for such premises. The plates for decor can be not only ceramic, but also copper or brass.
For large and small kitchens you can use paintings, paintings with different landscapes, as well as portraits and photographs of family members or ancestors in wooden frames.
The next important element of the whole decoration is textiles.
This applies to conventional curtains or Roman blinds. The last option should be bamboo. It is important that one window aperture or several let maximum light into the kitchen, the short curtains in a cage, strip or flower remain relevant.
The selection of textiles for curtains should be started correctly, taking into account the location of window openings. As for southern windows, they are best decorated with dense fabrics, while northern openings will need lightweight materials.
A suitable pattern will again be floral, but when choosing a pattern it is necessary to harmonize it or be similar to other textile elements in the room. If you want to highlight a window in the room, the rustic style allows you to use excellent colors and patterns on the curtains, so you can focus on the desired subject. When choosing curtains, do not forget about the fasteners for them, which are usually located on the sides.
During the design of curtains, the aim can be to give a window aperture of tenderness and festiveness. In the dining area, designers recommend the use of decorative cushions with colorful or floral prints to maintain the overall style, which will have a positive impact on comfort during lunch or a simple tea party. Floor carpets on the french country kitchen or handmade wicker paths should not be abandoned. They can be rectangular, in the form of a circle or a square.
The colouring of a textile decor can be reserved where beige and its shades will prevail, however the things aged in blue variants, and also products from yellow, purple and pink fabrics can harmoniously blend in an interior. The preferable material will be simple and beautiful linen or a cotton. It is possible to use not only floral patterns, but also a cage with a strip, all kinds of ruffles and lace.
All home appliances must be designed in the same style, so that the interior is not broken into chaotic islands, but formed a single concept. The appliances will be partially visible. Some manufacturers offer a range of devices that, according to the description, are specifically stylized for retro, but the disadvantage of such products will be quite high cost.
Original design solutions
Quite a bold solution for the design of the kitchen in the Provencal style will be the use of a gentle white headset, the height of which will reach the ceiling. Thanks to the prevailing light palette, the furniture will not look massive, which eliminates the effect of cluttered space. However, during the implementation of this idea should take care that in the cabinets there are many open shelves for storage of useful things and devices, as well as for the decorative function.
In addition, hanging cabinets or cupboards may contain glass or mirrored door sections that will visually make the room taller.
In this version, the sink will also be in white, and the antique figure mixer will only complement the created interior. Among the functional appliances in the kitchen, stylized as a provencal, will be a cooker hood above the stove, imitating the fireplace chimney. And the dining area with corner benches, wicker decoration and flowers on the round table will be the final touch in the overall concept. Brickwork on the walls in this case will help to zonate the space.
Original design of the kitchen in the style of Provence even with a minimum area can be used to decorate the dining area opposite the window, which can be a worthy replacement for the bar. Interesting chairs on high legs with a low backrest and soft poufs will make eating very comfortable, and the opening view from the window will have a long and leisurely conversation over a cup of tea.
The window can be decorated using roller blinds with playful tassels to adjust the position. As a decorative element, stylized as an antique, can be used an open wrought iron shelf and lamps made in the same way. Despite the presence of dark elements, the kitchen looks quite spacious and aged in one stylistic solution of French charm and laconicism.
Among the color variations that will be appropriate in the Provencal style of the kitchens, blue shades can be used. And in order to make rational use of space in the room, the headsets should be placed at right angles. The simplicity of the rustic interior will be accentuated by a sideboard with stained-glass windows in floral technique, while the wooden edging of the furniture with an extractor hood in a box stylized as copper will be appropriate for the French interior.
The main idea of the kitchen arrangement will be the effect of aged furniture with gold paintings on the facades, where even the most modern appliances in the style of minimalism will look quite harmonious.
Provencal kitchen is a combination of cosiness and style.