With open spaces, rustic details and natural elements, a classic kitchen design will still look fresh long after you remodel. Three kitchen styles especially endure throughout the centuries: French Provencal, Tuscan and Country Farmhouse. These styles value rustic beauty and natural color schemes, but most of all, each offers comfortable living. With open floor plans and design, they are perfect for entertaining and family life. Discover details that could make your next kitchen remodel the last.
From Italy with love Tuscan-style kitchens feature natural elements, earthy colors and curved arches made of wood or stone. Open shelves provide space for cookbooks, pottery and other décor. The spaces often open up to a family room, porch or walkway or outside rooms. For a Tuscan kitchen floor, look for reclaimed wood plank flooring, integral-colored concrete or stone flooring, such as limestone or travertine. For ceilings, use either plaster, or if the ceiling is vaulted, wood plank in combination with heavy wood reclaimed timbers. And while you have so many materials to choose from for your counter tops, some options could be stone surfaces such as marble, granite, limestone, quartz or quartz-based which would be the best options for Tuscan style. Light your task spaces with rustic, wrought iron fixtures, not anything shiny or modern.
When designing a Tuscan kitchen, wood cabinets should not only provide storage, but also personality. For Tuscan-style homes, we often distress the wood to make it appear aged. Continue the rustic natural texture with wooden doors and windows. Color palettes or arrangement of colors can vary, but always draw from the natural colors of the region. With Tuscan design, there are a lot of choices. Typically, you would do off-white to pale yellow palette. You can also do vibrant colors such as red or blue. When using interior plasters, such as marble-based plaster, the colors become even richer.
With the Country Farmhouse comfort style of remodeling your kitchen you have more design freedom. Traditionally, farmhouse kitchens were the gathering space of the home. You can either stick with traditional panel and frame door cabinetry, or opt for a modern, European-style modular system with full overlay flat panel doors. You can choose wood plank floors for a traditional look, or concrete floors with integral color for an updated look. Whether your farmhouse kitchen leans towards traditional or trendy, a limestone, marble, concrete or quartz-based counter top will work perfectly. To keep a contemporary farmhouse kitchen from feeling too sterile or modern, plaster ceilings with distressed or reclaimed beams and wood or casement windows lend a rustic, natural feel. Use whites and neutral wall and cabinet colors to provide the perfect backdrop, and then enhance the space with colorful décor.
Now, we come to the French Provencal remodeling kitchen. These kitchens celebrate the rustic beauty of the South of France. Casual and comfortable, these kitchens are the focal point of the home and feature rough-hewn textures, rustic elements and natural colors. It is recommended to use off-whites to pale yellows for walls and ceiling, and bolder colors such as French blue for cabinets, doors or built-ins. For authentic floors, use wood planks that are distressed or aged, preferably French oak. Limestone or terra cotta tiles are also popular. Add warmth and charm with tasteful details, such as plaster ceilings with distressed or reclaimed beams, brass or iron fixtures with simple designs and French oak raised panel inlay cabinets topped with limestone or marble slabs. Wood casement windows with divided lights and solid brass cremone bolts, which are a type of decorative hardware used as a locking device to fasten a pair of swinging windows or casement windows, are the most authentic choice.