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Design Spotlight: Rustic Kitchens

Posted on: February 16, 2011

If you’re looking for a way to bring woodsy comfort to your home, a rustic kitchen may be just what you’re looking for!  Rustic kitchens convey coziness and a warm, inviting classic timeless charm.  When designing a rustic kitchen, natural light and earthy tones of brown, yellow, dark green and gray are your best friends, along with wood tables and chairs, rustic stained cabinets and wooden open shelves with antiques – all the things you expect to find in a beautiful country home.  Think cabin or mountain lodge themed!  Wood, stone and copper are common materials used, giving your kitchen an appearance that is simple yet classy.

Rustic Kitchen Countertops

In rustic kitchens, countertops are what really help express the comfortable, earthy theme.  This calls for natural surfaces and colors.  Butcher block makes a fantastic counter surface in rustic kitchen, but feel free to explore different types of wood and stains, since most go well in a rustic kitchen design!

If you want to save wood for a different part of your rustic kitchen, you can try gray or brown stone countertops, which complement the wood features.  Granite is a good choice, but if you’re feeling particularly bold, honed marble countertops beautifully complements rustic kitchens.   Whether you choose stone or wood for your countertop surface, the options are numerous, and you really can’t go wrong!

Rustic Kitchen Countertops

Rustic Kitchen Cabinets

Keeping in mind the cozy and inviting appeal of rustic kitchens, think simple and natural for the cabinets.  One of the best things about this kitchen design is the “lived-in” look.  Common woods for rustic kitchen cabinets include hickory, pine, cherry and oak – though you are certainly not limited to these choices!  Most types of wood offer a log cabin or a mountain lodge appearance, especially when combined with partial stone walls or a stone archway at your kitchen’s entrance.  Stained bead board wood cabinetry can also achieve the worn and weathered look that is typical of rustic kitchens.  Even rusty or wrought iron handles or knobs can add that perfect finishing touch to your kitchen cabinets.

Rustic Kitchen Cabinets

Rustic Kitchen Walls and Floors

Wood floors are popular in rustic kitchens, and if they are stripped and stained, the weathered look becomes even more authentic.  If you don’t want to go overboard with the wood, plenty of other materials suit a rustic kitchen well!  Natural brick or stone tiles create an earthy texture that exudes that old-time comfort and cozy cabin feel.  Even if stone is only on one part of the wall, it is enough to blend with the wood and create a good balance.  And don’t hesitate to mix different types of natural stone!  It adds a subtle smoothness to your kitchen.  Ceramic tiles like terracotta also can accent the room nicely, especially if you have shades of yellow and light brown.

Rustic Kitchen Walls, Floors & Accessories

Rustic Kitchen Accessories

A few bold accents can make a world of difference in your rustic kitchen!  High ceilings make the room seem larger and more open, creating a mountain chalet feel.  Wooden beams along the ceiling add more texture and the appearance of height.  Try iron candleholders or an antique chandelier.  Wrought iron, copper and terracotta pottery keep the appearance attractive yet simple – perfect for a rustic kitchen!  And don’t forget to liven up the room with some color!  How about a tile backsplash or hunter green floor rug?  Just remember to keep the room natural and classic – coziness and warmth is the appeal of rustic kitchens!

If you want a stunning rustic kitchen that is classy and comfortable, Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens is the right company for you!  Our designers can transform your kitchen into a delightful rustic environment that is homey and welcoming.  We can turn your dream kitchen design into a reality!  Contact the expert kitchen designers at Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens today, and we can start to design that rustic kitchen you’ve always wanted!

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