Jul 16 2011

Bring a Touch of Europe to Your Home with a Bistro-Style Kitchen

Published by at 7:48 am under Kitchens

If you love the look and ambiance which a European bistro or cafe has to offer, you can incorporate the look in your own kitchen.  The atmosphere is sophisticated while warm and exquisite.  If you’re tired of the current decor in your kitchen and dining room, these tips and ideas will help you create a whole new look that will have guests clamoring to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine.

Select the base colors first

Before you begin purchasing any furniture, textiles or accents, decide what colors you will use.  Buttery yellow, soft tan, and orange and red hues are typically found in a bistro setting, along with black wrought iron accents and furnishings.  Wine tones also work well, as you may decide to use wine bottles, grapevines and grapes in the decor.

For the walls, consider a dusty tan or soft yellow.  These colors are delicate and add to the ambient atmosphere.  Since they are lighter in tone, they will also help prevent the room from looking too dark or small.

Choose seating next

The next biggest feature in the room besides the wall color is your furniture.  Bistro style seating will add further to the appeal of the room; think wood or wrought iron in black or white.  Most bistro style sets are designed on a smaller scale.  A round table that seats two to four people offers an authentic look.  Of course you will want to take the size of your dining room in to account when making this decision.

Add depth to the walls

There are many ways you can go when it comes to the walls in your bistro kitchen.  Generally speaking, you will find artwork depicting wine, cheese, grapes and grapevines; any type of canvas artwork or tin/metal signs with food or coffee work well in this environment.

You may want to consider a small wrought iron wine rack that hangs on the wall; chalkboards offering up the day’s menu also offers an authentic touch.

Accents pull the look together

To finish off the look, consider candleholders, lamps and fruit baskets.  A small table lamp with a dark toned, beaded lampshade adds a romantic, soft look to the room.

Design a beautiful centerpiece for the table by using a basket or glass bowl in an amber shade.  Add plenty of real or artificial fruit which include plenty of plump grapes gracefully spilling out over the edge.

Baskets filled with fresh bread, wine motifs, food, cheese, candles, and cafe style curtains – all of these things meld together to create an atmosphere that is intimate, warm and inviting.  As far as flooring goes, stone, ceramic tile in earthy tones or natural wood floors add to the natural appeal.  Even linoleum is suitable if you use natural, earthy colors and patterns.

Decorating your kitchen in a European bistro style is fairly easy, and will give the room an entirely new look and atmosphere.  Look through magazines and online to get even more ideas, and have fun creating your new kitchen.

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