French bistro decorating ideas for a kitchen

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French bistro decorating ideas for a kitchen
With just a few accessories, you can create a French bistro at home. (wine french cafe with classic french design image by araraadt from

French bistro---the words conjure up images of chewy fresh bread, steaming coffee made with a French coffee press, tasteful decor with a backdrop of vibrant colours and cosy street-side conversation. If you long to experience a French bistro, but visiting one in France is out of your budget, consider turning your own kitchen into a bistro. You'll find all the accessories you need, such as toile patterned curtains and wrought-iron chairs, to bring this French cultural staple into your home.

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Walls, Cabinets and Floors

Set the tone right when you walk into your French bistro-inspired room. One way to do this, according to Home Décor Resource, is to paint the walls and cabinets a rich colour like butter yellow or pumpkin orange. Remove the fronts of your cabinets and replace them with chicken wire to show off antique French ceramic dishes. Install shiny black and white tiles to bring French style to your floors. Finally, add black knobs to your cabinets to pull the look together.


Ceramic dishes and accessories fill French bistros with warmth and colour. According to Ballard Style Studio, ceramic pears, pitchers and bottles are common in these French restaurants. Ceramic red roosters also bring bursts of colour, and these items can often serve double functions. In French bistros, they serve as the decorative gravy pitchers, cookie jars and salt and pepper shakers.

Antique French Posters

Look for the replicas of antique French bistro posters to introduce a French feeling to your kitchen. The design on the original posters often came from the artwork on menus for French restaurants. You can find copies of these types of artwork in poster shops and import stores. Frame the prints and hang them up over your bistro-style table.

Food as Art

If you're handy with a paint brush, you can add paintings of items like baguettes, fancy cheeses, French wines and espresso coffee to your walls. You can paint them to stand on their own or make them part of a larger wall mural. For example, you can paint one of the walls with chalkboard paint and write the daily menu in French. Paint your foodstuffs on the outside of the chalkboard paint to create a frame.

Let French food inspire the artwork in your bistro.
Let French food inspire the artwork in your bistro. (baguette de pain image by Christophe Fouquin from

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