Sick and tired of slick, white, modern, minimalist, streamlined kitchens? (Or maybe you never liked them in the first place?) If the kitchen is the heart of the home, shouldn’t it be cozy, homey, warm and inviting? If that’s your mindset, then the rustic kitchen is your dream kitchen.
Rustic kitchens, AKA country or farmhouse kitchens, are the antithesis of modern, minimalist styles. Their charming style is defined by many elements; we’ve compiled a list of the eight features that are most necessary in creating the character-filled kitchen you desire.
The perfect rustic kitchen should include:
Distressed wood, weathered counters, patina’ed metals, textured walls. Older, worn-in fixtures give the room a lived-in look and feel as well as genuine character. Rustic style tends to avoid the uniformity and symmetry that has become popular in more modern decorating.
Architecture and fixtures
The shapes of the kitchen fittings – and the kitchen itself – must fit the rustic scheme. Vintage and country-inspired faucets, light fixtures, pot racks, bridge or wall-mount faucets, apron-front (farmhouse) sinks, arched walls… pick one or all for a truly rustic result.
(Shown: Rohl Shaws Original Fireclay Sink, Rohl Country 3-Leg Bridge Faucet in Tuscan Brass, Rohl Column Spout Filter Faucet in Tuscan Brass)
Sometimes it’s the small touches that are most necessary for proper decor schemes. Rustic hardware and accessories – like roosters and weather vanes – effectively up the charm factor in any kitchen.
Every rustic kitchen should ideally feature copper. Its warm hue, natural patina over time, and farmhouse feel – copper pots hanging from the ceiling, anyone? – make it a rustic staple.
(Shown: Rohl Single Bowl Kitchen Sink in Stainless Copper, Rohl Perrin & Rowe 4-Hole Kitchen Faucet with Sidespray with matching filter faucet and soap dispenser)
Farmhouse kitchens should – obviously – feature farmhouse-inspired pieces. Farmhouse sinks, farm tables, art or accessories associated with farms… if it belongs in a true farm kitchen, it belongs in your rustic kitchen.
Back to nature
Let it all hang out. Leave (or add) exposed brick or beams and incorporate natural materials such as slate and soapstone (a material that also gets points for the “patina” category).
In the good old days, farm wives cooked over real fires (and not the gas-powered ones found on today’s ranges). While you shouldn’t give up the convenience of modern cooking for the sake of style, try adding a fireplace or furnace (or an awesome pot-bellied stove) for crackling warmth and comfort.
This one’s the most important. Try to picture this kitchen with stainless steel appliances: