Rustic kitchen design ideas to create an authentic, functional and casually integrated space. Thoughts on design for cabinets, flooring and color palette.
Planning for a rustic kitchen? You might live in a log home, cabin, country style abode, casual country cottage, or perhaps a conventional home, maybe Cape Cod style, and you want to use color, texture and design to create a rustic feel in your kitchen/nook/dining areas.
First, think about the elements and textures that come to mind when you describe a rustic kitchen.
Wood, of course, is probably at the top of the list, and needs to be present in a casual and rustic style of home.
Floors, cabinets, ceiling beams, accent/functional pieces...you really can’t have too much wood in a rustic kitchen.
Iron, stone, copper, brick, natural cotton fabric, leather, suede...all of these elements can also be found in a rustic style home, including the kitchen.
Color choices in a rustic style kitchen are usually earthy, natural colors in shades of red, green, yellow, brown and blue. Lighter shades are okay, but may create more of a cottage feel than rustic, so keep that in mind when selecting your colors.
Remember that color helps to break up the space, adding interest and dimension in a room that typically includes a lot of wood elements.
One of the most cost effective ways to create a casual, rustic look is to use vintage pieces in the space.
In the kitchen, that could include items such as an antique sideboard, china cabinet, shelving, farmhouse table, flea market chairs (mix and match is okay), etc.
How about a vintage style dresser turned into kitchen island?
Find the piece with a height and overall size that suits you and the space, put a top on it in the material of your choice (extend one end for use as a snack bar), and there you go...rustic kitchen island!
Whether you are decorating on a budget or have unlimited funds to spend, using vintage pieces in rustic kitchen design is always a top consideration.
If the finish is distressed that’s great, and suits the style perfectly. Or, use paint to add color and interest.
Flooring in the area should complement the rustic design.
Wood floors are an appropriate choice and can be as rustic as wood planking or as modern as wood-like laminate. If you opt for the laminate choice, though, be sure the laminate has a matte finish and not a shiny finish, so you stay consistent with the rustic theme.
Stone would be appropriate for flooring, or perhaps a rustic styled tile. If your floors are a neutral tile, for example, you can still complement the design with natural fabric area rugs.
Cabinets in a rustic style kitchen can be as literally rustic as you desire, depending upon your interpretation, budget and lifestyle.
You might find vintage cabinets and use them as is, chipped paint, dings, dents and all.
Keep some of the upper cabinets open if you want to display collectables or you’re just a really organized person and don’t mind keeping the shelves tidy.
Take wood planking and create shelves for function and display.
Any type of wood cabinet with natural finish, simple lines and minimal add-ons can work for your rustic kitchen design. Leave the crown molding, fancy drawer pulls and leaded glass for other types of decorating styles!
Counter tops should reflect the natural, casual feel of the space and can be made from butcher block, honed granite or marble, soapstone, etc.
Learn more about the various choices in counter tops, plus the pros and cons of each
Complete your rustic kitchen design in the way that suits your personal style preference, using a theme for accents and accessories if desired.
One caution for you, and that is to remember that a rustic & casual design means just that...rustic, maybe a bit distressed, not perfectly coordinated and structured.
Leave some of those imperfections in your design and you'll be on your way to creating an authentic, casual, functional and fun rustic kitchen.