Rustic Kitchen Designs
Pictures and Inspiration
Rustic kitchen designs embrace the rural lifestyle with robust cabinetry, warm colors, and hearty wood with plenty of character. Best of all, the popularity and beauty of rustic kitchens is not limited to mountain cabins, but can be found in suburban homes near you.
Back to Reality: Many fancy kitchens are made to be admired at a distance; Rustic kitchens are made to be used. Their down-to-earth style and lived-in looks make rustic kitchens among the most comfortable and inviting rooms to be in. Antique kitchen cabinets, apron sinks, wooden beams and stonework are trademarks of great rustic kitchen designs. If you are considering a kitchen reno with a rustic design, make sure that you look at similar kitchens for inspiration as a kitchen should last you a minimum of 15 years, so you wouldn’t want to make the wrong choice!
Setting the Mood: Sometimes rugged, but often cozy, rustic kitchens have a timeless and natural appearance. Wide-planked wood floors, antique brass hardware, knotty wood cabinets, and hammered copper all contribute to the earthy atmosphere of the rural lifestyle.
Decorating Ideas: When we think of “Rustic” we often think of “The Old West.” A Winchester rifle next to an American flag, a lantern set atop rustic kitchen cabinets, and images of horses and livestock forged in brass… all these can bring to mind the old American dream of a “home on the range.” Rustic kitchen design can also reflect styles from other regions, including Southwestern styles, Farm and Country styles, Desert/Adobe styles, and Lodge/Mountain motifs.
Completing the Look: If you have the space, be sure to include an old rustic kitchen table and chairs for informal meals. Something like modern wood dining chairs are sure to remain timeless in style. You’ll want to hang out a while in your cozy new kitchen. Instead of glossy polished countertops, try honed or flamed granite which has a natural satin appearance. Butcher block countertops look fantastic on rustic kitchen islands. If you’re feeling adventurous, soapstone or honed marble are also make great rustic countertops. Obviously, you’ll want great looking fitted cooking tops as well, which will need to be installed by expert kitchen fitters.
Kitchen Design Gallery: Below are some pictures of rustic kitchens for your enjoyment. Keep a journal of your own design ideas and take notes of what you like. If you love the style and simplicity of these rustic kitchens, be sure to take a look at the galleries of country kitchens and log home kitchens as well.
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