Log Home Kitchens
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Log home kitchens combine the beauty and artistry of wood with the utility of metal and stone. Truly an integral part of the house, a log home kitchen bridges the gap between nature’s untamed beauty and our desire for an incredible place to cook. Perfect for the family who love their log cabin homes, this kitchen is filled to the brim with little delights for the nature lover in all of us.
From the ground up: If you live in a timber home or log home (or wish you did), chances are you love the outdoors, mountains, forests, and brooks. There’s something warm and cozy about a rustic log home. You’re close to the elements, but protected in a warm wood shelter. Consider how you might weave nature’s elements of wood, metal, and stone into your log cabin kitchen.
Log cabin kitchen designs: Wood plank floors, wood beams, and vaulted ceilings can set the stage for a rustic kitchen. Copper pendant lighting, natural wood cabinets, and stone surfaces blend well. Countertops should be made of marble, granite, soapstone, or wood. For the backsplash, consider using slate tile, river rock, or tin to make a unique statement. Finally, with a blend of natural light, pendant lights, recessed lights, and under-cabinet lighting, you can enhance the ambiance and functionality of your log home kitchen for both day and night. Just take a look at the variety of artisan pendant lights you can use to create this effect in a glamorous way.
Sinks and Appliances: Look for a large single-bowl or apron sink made of hammered copper, granite, soapstone, cast iron fireclay, or stainless steel. These sinks are wide and deep, making them surprisingly functional. They can also have a rustic feel that blends well with the natural beauty of any log home. Appliances can be either stainless steel or panelized with wood. Avoid white appliances that tend to have a “plastic” appearance, which doesn’t mix well with the natural look in my opinion. Before you buy any appliances though, make sure to check out these reviews by Tony MacFarlane to see if there is anything that you like/want!
Cabinet Recommendations:Natural wood with a clear protective finish is a popular choice for log cabin kitchens. Depending on how rustic you would like the kitchen to be, the wood can be either knotty or clear pine, maple, cherry, hickory, oak, or cedar. Some custom cabinetmakers construct cabinet doors and drawer fronts using half logs to match the look of the walls. Others use milk-paints and crackle finishes on early American style cabinets that are antiqued and distressed to add to the rustic charm.
Log Cabin Kitchen Decor: Consider displaying antiques and trinkets in open shelf cabinets. For a more authentic feel, display copper pots and pans on a wrought iron pot rack above the island. Country kitchen decor, farm elements, and decorations from the Old West will bring a bona fide look to your log home kitchen design. This look works better when there is only one main area of space of the walls, shelves should be placed in all available space, make sure you have plenty of coach screws to put them all up or visit Tradefix Direct for a resupply!
Photo Gallery: Below are some pictures featuring both log home and timber home kitchens. If you enjoy the natural feel of these kitchens, you will love the pictures of rustic kitchens as well.
Enjoy the photos!
More Kitchen Styles: Return from Log Home Kitchens to Kitchen Cabinet Styles for more kitchen design ideas and inspiration.