Kitchen
Sep 9, 2015

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

By: Sara Cation
Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

The kitchen of your Parisian dreams Author: Donna Griffith

Kitchen
Sep 9, 2015

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

By: Sara Cation

Drawing inspiration from a favourite destination, team Style at Home designs the kitchen of your Parisian dreams.


Paris: place for lovers, City of Lights, cultural capital, foodie haven and decor muse. It’s no wonder that when Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin and design editor Stacy Begg were tasked with creating a kitchen for Toronto’s 2015 Interior Design Show using IKEA’s new Sektion kitchen system, they both sought inspiration from this well-loved city.

Recalling a pretty Parisian boulangerie, they envisioned a Deco palette of black, white and brass elevated with traditional design details like wall panelling, vintage mirrors and extra-tall floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. How lucky then that Sektion, with its many modular options, lends itself so well to custom designing a kitchen that’s as chic as it is convenient and organized. The LED-lit cabinets and drawers, pullout waste storage solution, panelled dishwasher and new induction cooktop are just a few of our favourite features. Here are 12 more ways to make your own kitchen a force majeure.
 

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Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

1 Create smoke and mirrors

While the mirrored wall framed within the cabinetry produces the illusion of more space on one side of the room, a collection of smaller vintage mirrors on this side mimics an artistic gallery display.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

2 Go back to black

In the wake of go-to white kitchens, black is making a striking comeback. Here, slim, deep drawers offer organized storage for smaller items like flatware, utensils, spices and linens.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

3 Have brass roots

Elegant yet convenient details, such as a brass-railed shelf for glasses and brass rods for hanging everyday pots, pans and dishcloths, lend an air of a fashionable French bistro.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

4 Reach for the sky

Stacked glass-fronted floor-to-ceiling cabinetry accentuates the kitchen’s height and drives home the boulangerie look – especially when filled with delicious breads from Ontario-based Ace Bakery.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

5 Add a touch of whimsy

This hanging bike pays homage to a favourite Parisian scene: commuters bringing home baguettes in the baskets of their bicycles. 6 Strike a balance The cooktop and range hood are intentionally centred with the island and its two sinks rather than with the ceiling-height cabinetry they sit between – a design move that reminds us of old Parisian restaurants. 7 Have a sinking feeling Two well-spaced sinks in the island mean many hands can simultaneously be hard at work in this kitchen, whether prepping, cooking, cleaning or just tasting. 8 Cast a hex Modern hexagonal cement-look porcelain floor tiles offer a stunning juxtaposition to the otherwise traditional space.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

9 Rethink the seats

The banquette base was cleverly created from standard cabinets, offering extra storage.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

10 Call on copper

Many French chefs contend that copper cookware is the best, so it’s a key component of a Parisian-style kitchen.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

11 Make old meet new

The mix of brand new and collected vintage dishware gives the kitchen a well-loved and lived-in vibe.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Classic Parisian charm

12 Get ornamental

Ornate brass shelf brackets add old-world elegance to basic white shelves without looking too formal.

By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home
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