Whoever said that rustic kitchens had gone out of style? In this post, we bring you a whole load of ideas for creating a rustic yet cool and contemporary kitchen that won’t look anything like your grandma’s (or maybe it will?). Because the trend for modern, minimal kitchens with pure and functional lines perfectly matches the rustic, country kitchen look featuring natural and organic elements with a little chaos and imperfection.
The good news is that if you like this trend, there’s no need to live in the country or give your holiday home a radical makeover. A well thought-out rustic kitchen also works in an urban setting and can look elegant, decorative and extremely stylish!
1. Use honest, unpretentious materials in your rustic kitchen
In your rustic kitchen, much of the “old-fashioned” look will be in the structure, in other words, the materials that make up the ceilings, floors and walls. If you’re lucky enough to have vaulted ceilings or one with exposed beams, a lot of the decorating effort has already been done for you.
Mosaic floors, or those made from terracotta or weathered wood, are also an excellent match for this decorative style. Finally, walls made from a combination of stone and wood can play a big role in a modern rustic kitchen.
2. Untreated or painted reclaimed wood
Let’s turn from the kitchen’s structure to its furniture. Small rustic kitchens as well as those large enough for an island, are now home to furniture items made from reclaimed wood. The finish could be natural or raw and untreated, or tinted with coloured woodstain. Pine furniture tinted in mint green or off-white is a big trend. The white rustic kitchen is a safe bet, combining the warmth of the wood with the brightness and functionality of white. What’s more, it never goes out of style.
3. Extractor hoods, stoves and sinks that make a statement
Concrete rustic kitchens: every self-respecting country-style kitchen should have a concrete or made-to-measure element. We love the XXL concrete extractor hoods, industrial-style gas stoves and large-format stone sinks that resemble water troughs.
In your rustic kitchen, the work area - for preparation, cooking and washing-up - is important. Otherwise, why come into the kitchen? Rustic kitchens bring out the best of the “utilitarian” look, whereby the practical takes precedence over the beautiful to achieve, paradoxically, a stunning aesthetic. Because the charm of a rustic kitchen is in its honesty and lack of pretension. What’s more, this is very useful in small rustic kitchens, where storage space is limited.
4. Worktops made from or inspired by stone
Now we reach the countertop chapter. As we seek out authentic, unfussy elements for a rustic kitchen, the countertop plays an essential role. There are countertops in macael marble, granite or polished cement that create a presence throughout the whole space, continuing to the dining or food preparation table. Heavy, round countertops made from a single piece, that look as though they have been around for generations and could survive an earthquake. These countertops are ideal for creating modern rustic kitchens and white rustic kitchens, both key current trends.
5. A new life for old furniture
When decorating a rustic kitchen, it’s important to incorporate one or two hand-me-downs among the items of furniture. Although we’re talking about a modern rustic kitchen, you could include family heirlooms that have been passed on to you or pieces you’ve picked up at a flea market or auction.
It’s all about taking furniture from the past and giving it a new purpose and lease of life: a side table that now serves as an island, a counter from a deli converted into a breakfast bar, or an old ice box used to store fruit. The most important thing is that they retain their charm, are restored properly and have a story to tell.
6. DECORATION STRAIGHT FROM THE COUNTRY
Now we reach the fun part of this post where we can talk about the little details and decorative objects for your rustic kitchen. Let’s start by arranging some wicker chairs around a pine refectory table then place some ceiling lights made from terracotta or porcelain above the table.
Moving on to the food preparation area, try arranging copper pots and pans for all to see around that XL extractor hood we mentioned at the start.
To finish off, don’t forget those little details on the furniture that add the final touch: shell cupboard door handles, cross-shaped taps, or fabric curtains on the glass panels of the cupboards. Personally, we’re big fans of jam jars covered with charming red-and-white gingham, and glass cabinets with shelves and cupboards finished with drapes edged in thread and hemstitch.