A small stature won’t stop the Parisian kitchen from being our new style muse

The apartments of Paris might be infamously tiny, but that doesn’t mean their kitchens can’t pack a serious style punch! As is the case with their effortlessly elegant art, we can’t help but fall in love with the Parisian kitchen design style. But, how do you achieve that certain “je ne sais quoi” should your home not be located in the city of lights?

First things first, embrace light! A Parisian kitchen could be in a located in a garret, or be as big as a cubbyhole, but with windows that bathe the space in light, it doesn’t matter. Windows large or small create lightness in a small space. Ideally, leave them bare and place a pot or two of herbs on the sill, but if you need some coverage use only transparent white drapes.

Parisian kitchens are notorious for embracing lights so bathe that kitchen space in light! (c) Barbara Corsico

Parisian kitchens are notorious for embracing lights so bathe that kitchen space in light! (c) Barbara Corsico

When it comes to appliances in the Parisian kitchen, bigger is not better. A small space not only lends itself to smaller appliances, but better living as well. Small refrigerators that reside under the counter save space and encourage us to buy groceries more often, and more wisely. We eat fresher foods and waste less! The Parisian kitchen, like many in kitchens in Europe, also embraces induction. Using a magnetic field to create heat, induction hobs like the Grundig GIEI 824470 HX Induction Hob are efficient cooking surfaces, both in terms of energy and space.

Mixing simple elements to achieve a relaxed and lovely final design is key, as seen in this hanging zig-zag lighting features. (c) suziemcadam.com

Mixing simple elements to achieve a relaxed and lovely final design is key, as seen in this hanging zig-zag lighting features. (c) suziemcadam.com

As with French stars like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Tatou, there is a certain classic coolness in the Parisian kitchen design style. How is it achieved? As with the French approach to fashion, mixing simple elements to achieve a relaxed and lovely final design is key. For example, combining rustic elements like the exposed wooden beams of an attic apartment, with sleek stainless steel appliances and hardware-free cabinets, can achieve the Parisian kitchen design style. Also, putting your lifestyle on display (including cookbooks, La Creuset cookware, oils and inherited trinkets) in open cabinets gives an elegant hodgepodge look. Don’t be dismayed if your cabinets don’t match! Living life vertically is very common in the Parisian kitchen, so if you need to use a range of storage solutions feel free to explore an eclectic range of options.

A small space not only lends itself to smaller appliances, but better living as well. (c) Donal Murphy

A small space not only lends itself to smaller appliances, but better living as well. (c) Donal Murphy

Finally, the usage of timeless design cues, that really could be found in any kitchen worldwide, but that somehow seem quintessentially Parisian, are a must have. White and black tile floors, whitewashed walls, antique wooden dining furniture and open, or glass-fronted cabinetry, are all typical elements in the Parisian kitchen design style. Include one, or include them all, and it’s like you’re living in the heart of Marais, Montparnasse, or Montmartre!