Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hardware, Copper Faucets and Sink Selections for Your French Country Kitchen Makeover

French Country is one of the hottest design trends driving kitchen renovations today. French Country style wraps the modern kitchen in an old world charm that is inspired by the quaint cottages that dot the French countryside. The resulting kitchen exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere while remaining highly functional. French Country design incorporates a palate of rich dark colors and use of an assortment of rustic textured materials like stone, distressed wood, bronze, copper and iron.

A complete kitchen makeover to the French Country style entails more than fresh paint and a few smartly chosen accent pieces. Your kitchen’s existing shiny brass or chrome faucets, sinks, and hardware items would be noticeably out of place among the rustic surroundings of a French Country style kitchen. They, therefore, should be replaced as part of your renovation. Shop 4 Classics offers a variety of plumbing and hardware products that would look at home in the rustic kitchen remodel.

Copper and Bronze Faucets and Sinks
Shop 4 Classics offers French cottage inspired kitchen faucets and copper kitchen sinks by Belle Foret. The Belle Foret collection includes sinks and faucets with bronze and weather copper finishes that compliment the granite countertops and rustic tile backsplashes that are common elements of French Country design.

Forged Iron and Bronze Cabinet Hardware
Cabinets of French Country kitchens often have a slightly distressed or antiqued appearance. If the cabinets are painted, they are typically also antiqued and/or embellished with hand painted floral, fruit, or scroll accents. Painted or not, sturdy looking and simply designed forged iron cabinet hardware or cast bronze cabinet hardware completes the cabinet’s rustic look.

Decorative Bronze Heat Vent Covers
Those existing builder’s grade steel vent covers will clash with your new European country cottage decor and should also be replaced. We recommend solid bronze vent covers with a scroll or grape vine design grille that is finished with a rich brown or black patina.

Cast Iron Shelf Brackets
Displaying a variety of decorative copper and ceramic vases, canisters and other accents pieces throughout the kitchen is another common French Country decorating theme. Shelves should be constructed of thick pieces of distressed wood affixed to sturdy cast iron shelf brackets with a Victorian scroll, grape vine or similar ornate design.

Bronze Switch Plate and Outlet Covers
Replacing those plastic utilitarian-looking switch plates and electrical outlet covers should not to be overlooked in the design of your French Country kitchen. Rustic bronze switch plates and outlet covers compliment the natural wood and textured painted walls often found in French Country kitchens.

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