Give Your Kitchen a French Country Look
Go natural with finishes
For authenticity, mix in earthy materials that would have been used 200 years ago, says kitchen designer Chris Berry. The kitchen's honed soapstone countertops age gracefully. (Slate is a less-pricey alternative.) Copper reacts with air and acids to turn verdigris, as on the pendant lights. But that's part of its charm; polishing ruins it.