Rustic style kitchens are the perfect way to create a warm and cosy feel inside a home of any size, ideal for those that want to bring their rural surroundings indoors, or for those city dwellers that want to add a touch of the natural to their decor in order to create a country paradise in the concrete jungle.
This style of kitchen might seem hard to achieve with no distinct formula to follow, especially compared with popular contemporary styles which simply involve lots of white, chrome and minimalistic features. Thankfully, however, there are a few key guidelines to pulling off the rustic look in an easy and straightforward way.
The first thing to remember is that the idea of a rustic kitchen is to bring the outside, inside; this means using lots of natural colours and materials wherever possible to create a great country feel. Examples of items that look great in a rustic space include a stone sink, a copper hood, wooden parquet flooring and stone work surfaces.
One way to get this natural look for minimal expense is to make features out of existing elements in your kitchen – why not polish up those floorboards or expose a brick wall? If you have beams in your ceiling, making them a feature will add an instant country element to your room.
When looking for woods for your kitchen, aim for those that have a particular rustic appeal; some of these include pine, cherry, hickory and alder. Choose ones that suit your tastes and are in a colour palette that you feel works well with the rest of your decor.
When using woods in your country-style kitchen, remember that the less refined and ‘knottier’ they are, the more rustic they will look. Wood can be made to look as contemporary or as old-fashioned as you like, so with a huge number of options on the market, take your time to find the particular style that you want for your home.
Other features, including hardware, can be made from anything with a natural look and feel. Pottery, copper, iron and ceramic all are capable of fulfilling this role. A copper hood is a great addition to any rustic kitchen and often provides the centrepiece to the entire room. It is also possible to purchase a custom copper hood that is made to suit your room perfectly in design.
You can complement your copper hood with a copper sink to give your room some harmony, or alternatively add some other copper trinkets and utensils to bring the room together. You could also opt for the very country-style material of wrought iron, which looks fantastic as a hood, as well as for pots and pans for a complete country look.
Going with the natural theme, make sure that your windows and window dressings are made from a natural-looking material and try to allow as much natural lights possible into your kitchen. This can be achieved by fitting large, wooden-framed windows rather than the more modern up option.
Try to always stick with earthy shades in your rustic kitchen. The rusty Parkiet parquet colour of a copper hood is the perfect complement to the oranges, browns, greens, yellows and blues that a country-themed space should have, and you’re other appliances and fixtures should match accordingly. Avoid choosing vivid tones that are too artificial, instead opting for faded, natural options.
These are just a few tips on how to make your kitchen into a rustic paradise – remember to opt for natural colours and materials, and minimize all that is artificial in your space. To save a few dollars whilst redesigning your kitchen, make the most of the existing features already present in your room, and seek out reclaimed or second-hand fixtures to decorate your space.