Rustic Design Kitchen Ideas that Create Warmth with Style

Posted on: August 21, 2021

Think about the word “rustic”. If you were to look it up in the dictionary, you’d find a few different meanings. One says that rustic is rural or related to the countryside. Another describes rustic as something made in a plain and simple fashion, like rustic pottery or perhaps rustic furniture.

Rustic design kitchens encompass a little bit of both of those definitions. You’ll definitely get a charming, country vibe from a kitchen that’s considered “rustic” in design, and you’ll notice that the elements aren’t elaborate but, instead, might remind you of an old homestead tucked in the woods near a stream, with the family gathered around the fireplace enjoying the best homemade meal you could imagine. It’s a peaceful thought that appeals to many homeowners.

On the other hand, today’s rustic design kitchens might look like they’ve come from days-gone-by, but they can indeed be just as modern as any other kitchen as far as functionality is concerned. Indeed, with the right designer, you can have a rustic design kitchen that’s just right for the modern, busy family that uses their kitchen not only to cook but as the ideal place to spend time together.

Consider some of these ideas as you craft the ideal plan for your rustic design kitchen.


Natural countertops

Rustic design kitchens are all about natural elements, so you wouldn’t want to consider putting a laminate countertop, for example, in your countrified kitchen. The best options for countertops to consider would be wood, of course, which would give you the most rustic feel of all the choices.

However, if you’re looking for something a little more upscale for your rustic design kitchen, it’s perfectly fine to consider quartz or granite for your countertops. Look for something in a subdued tone/color and avoid anything with a sparkle. Black is often a good choice as is something in a creamy tone. Consider the other colors in your kitchen or in the remainder of your home as well as you ponder your countertop choices.

Stainless steel appliances?
Just how country do you want your rustic design kitchen to look? If you’re set on a very rustic feel, you can consider some retro appliances that look like those from days-gone-by. However, many homeowners choose stainless steel simply to give the kitchen a more upscale appearance. In addition, stainless steel appliances add a bit of shine to the space that is often otherwise mostly woods and muted colors. Furthermore, having the latest stainless steel appliances in your rustic design kitchen means that you also have the latest technology at your fingertips, including “smart” functions, and you can choose options that are tagged as energy saving, which reduces your bills.

Flooring choices

As you might expect, wood is generally the choice for flooring for most rustic design kitchens, whether they’re upscale or a little more down-to-earth. Many homeowners opt for the real thing – hardwood – while others go with a wood laminate. Both are long-lasting when cared for properly. The nice thing about wood is that there are so many options for colors, from dark hues like cherry or mahogany to lighter woods like oak or maple.

Tile is indeed an option if you’re absolutely sure you’d prefer not to have wood or if you think there’s already enough wood in your rustic design kitchen. Stay away from busy patterns or bright colors and look for a tile that complements all the other elements of your kitchen. Natural stone tiles are great because not only will they supply that rustic look but they have an interesting texture as well.

Wood cabinets and drawers

Wooden cabinetry is ideal for rustic design kitchens and, of course, you can choose just about any wood you prefer (though dark woods like cherry tend not to look rustic). The design of the door and the drawers can be as simple or as ornate as you wish, but simple tends to be more cohesive with other rustic elements. Consider brass hardware or even matte flat black pulls, handles, or knobs for your rustic design . They’re pretty easy to find these days and really do complete the picture.

If you feel like you’re overwhelmed with wood grain, consider doing something a little different. Perhaps do the island in wood and then paint a color on the remainder of the cabinets. Grey or white is very popular in rustic kitchen design and can help to lighten up the room, especially if natural light is sparse.



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