Lavish, open, warm and welcoming – all features of a modern French Provincial kitchen. Here’s how to nail the French Provincial look with the right choice of colour.

French Provincial kitchens are a combination of swanky French provinces from the 1700’s and the open-plan styling of modern Australian homes. With texture aplenty, features of French Provincial kitchens typically involve carved timber, natural stone pieces, wrought iron or distressed metals, and fabulous fabrics.


Reflecting ornate trimmings and subtle tones, it is no secret that French Provincial kitchens ooze plenty of charisma and have certainly stood the test of time.


Due to the high-detailed pieces within French Provincial kitchens, subtle, soft base colours are used to pare back the look. Ideal colour palettes include soft greys, light blues, antique whites, and muted coffee-colour tones. These laid-back tones partner seamlessly with the high detail of French Provincial kitchen fixtures and fittings.


Colour tips for a successfully-executed French Provincial kitchen


Single colour


Using one main colour allows other features of a French Provincial kitchen to shine without overdoing it. This means that carved cabinetry, wrought iron or copper fixtures, stone benches and slate flooring can come into their own.


Show off your inner femininity


French Provincial kitchens tend to favour more feminine, restrained colours over their masculine counterparts.


  • taupe (brownish grey) over heavy brown-coloured palettes
  • ivory or beige over warmer cream-colour tones
  • soft grey hues over deeper grey colours
  • and, if you favour green, go for a sage-green


White on white


You can’t go wrong using white on white for some French Provincial kitchen charm. White cabinetry against off-white walls will stand the test of time. Create some interest with textures, patterns and tones throughout the kitchen instead.


White on white exudes sophistication, simplicity and elegance. This arrangement looks fresh and bright, and most importantly, it never dates. When you want to change up your look just change around your accessories.


Kitchen cabinetry, splashbacks, appliances, curtains, linen, furniture, cookware and serving dishes all give plenty of opportunity to dress up a white on white base. And don’t forget about light fixtures too.


Coloured patterns


Introduce some French Provincial kitchen charm through toile patterns on chinaware. Accent colours of red, blue and green are popular choices. But, if chinaware is not your thing, copper tea sets and cookware also make perfectly blended French Provincial kitchen inclusions.


Coloured texture


Don’t be afraid to mix in some stripes, checks or gingham in the same colour. Breakfast bar stools, dining room seating, tea towels and linen promote the opportunity to do so with ease.


French Provincial black


Subtle is the way to go for paint and cabinetry colours but when it comes to French Provincial kitchen fittings – black is certainly back!


Black stone benchtops, handles and appliances all look amazing against the soft backdrop. We love tapware and sinks in stunning black too.


Just like a filling on a good croissant; French Provincial kitchen colouring should be kept minimal. Leave the starring role to the fixtures and fittings instead.


Want to say bonjour to a French Provincial kitchen in your home? Just get in touch with the Harrington Kitchens team. Our team are experts at all kitchen colours and styles. Check in with us here.