Mood Board Making: French + Modern = Eclectic

This week’s kitchen mood board is a mix of charming french-inspired accents and clean modern touches for an easy collected over time feeling that’s anything but cookie cutter:

1. The color palette for this imaginary room is all about navy-ish charcoal tones, deep pistachio hues, soft blue grays, and antique whites. We’d love to see the walls get a coat or two of artichoke-chic paint (which you see represented by that large rectangle of green at the top of the board) – try Benjamin Moore’s Sesame 381. The cabinets in the kitch could remain wood or white (either would work with this scheme) but you could also paint them an antique white tone and even add a bit of aging glaze to get that weathered french feeling for extra credit.

2. This deeply discounted table just oozes Parisian elegance, and when paired with these affordable pistachio and wood-toned chairs (which would tie into wood cabinets if you’ve got those) it makes for a nice casual yet cohesive mixed & matched effect.

3. We love the idea of adding in some crisp modern pieces to keep the whole look from feeling too obvious or themey, and this $149 lotus flower pendant would look so pretty hanging over the table.

4. Antique bronze or hammered gold curtain rods with ring hooks would really add to the polished but casual vibe, and these breezy (and totally budget friendly) smoky blue-gray curtains would introduce some nice moody ambiance.

5. Fun little modern pops of color in the form of accessories like this cute electric water kettle would be oh so charming on any countertop.

6. This stunning little runner started it all (it’s the first item that I found, which inspired the rest of the board). I love how elegant and polished it is. It’s a nice balance of french-inspired pretty (thanks to the sheen and the delicate dots) and modern cool (thanks to the dark food-friendly hue and the geometric pattern).

7. This cute little antique white cabinet (on clearance!) would work so well with the round table and I’m obsessed with the shape of those glass cut outs in the doors.

8. The concept for this room is really all about the mix, so I searched high and low for a pendant light (just $49!) that could be hung over the sink (heck, two or three of them could even be hung over an island or peninsula). I wanted something that could be layered into the same room with the lotus pendant that I found for over the table. They definitely don’t “match” but I can picture them happily coexisting in a space like this for that certain je ne sais quoi.

So there you have it. An imaginary kitchen makeover that I’m still daydreaming about. Anyone out there with a penchant for french-inspired decor and antique white? Or a craving for artichoke colored walls?

Psst- Looking for oodles of mood boards? Search them by color or by room right here.

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