The most commonly used colors in french country decorating come from the outdoors. These include the bright blues of the sky, golden yellows from the sun and lovely reds and greens from the flower fields. They are cheery colors that work well in a breakfast room or casual living area. But it is also possible to use these same colors in more muted tones for a sophisticated and calmer feel.
Rugged and Simple-Even a narrow island can make a big difference in the style and function of a kitchen. A French antique, this small table offers extra prep space in a kitchen where space is too tight for a full-size island. It also contributes to the old-world theme set by the stone range hood, tile floor, and distressed cabinetry
These homeowners decided on extra large tumbled marble tiles in a muted yellow for their new countertops. The variegated tones throughout the marble are more forgiving than solid color. Matching the grout to the tile was another practical choice to make stains less obvious and easier to clean. (Photo: Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Stylist: Lisa Powell)