How to Read Into the Rustic Kitchen Trend
Whether your home happens to be an apartment in the fashionable heart of the city or a country cottage in a sleepy backwater, today’s rustic kitchen trend can work perfectly at both locales.
Why rustic kitchens are back in vogue
Essentially the rustic kitchen embodies feelings of warmth, cosiness and togetherness. It’s about family living and in way which embraces nature and simplicity. It comes down to touch and feel. And for that reason alone you’ll find rustic kitchens mostly comprising of wood and stone in the materials’ most stripped-back and basic sense.
- Call out the correct cabinets. The cabinets will anchor the kitchen so the wood has to have depth and colour so that it emits warmth: rich brown maple and nutty cherry woods are perfect (and tougher lasting than the commonly-used pine which tends to scratch all too easily). There should also be character in the wood, in the form of plenty of knots and natural discolouration. It’s about simplicity, but not uniformity. The kitchen island can be matching wood or a darker/lighter shade since it should sit far enough away from the cabinets not to clash anyhow.
- Feel the flooring. Old-fashioned patterned or bright self-coloured tiles make good flooring options in a rustic setting (but they can prove chilly on the feet unless underfloor heating is installed), while wide floorboards work well provided they’re the genuine article and not laminate. Natural stone such as granite or ceramic terracotta would also work but, again, may prove too cold during winter months.
- Accessorise with metals. Copper pots (at least one) are a must for a rustic kitchen and should be displayed hanging rather than sitting on a shelf. Large grey wrought iron pots and sturdy casserole dishes fit the look too while, on this note, avoid stainless steel or silver when it comes to fitting door handles and adding other metal knick knacks – instead opt for brass, bronze and distressed gold. Lucky old-fashioned ‘finds’ in antique shops can look great in a rustic kitchen too; even if they’re just for ornamental purposes.
- Seal the deal with stone. Large granite butchers block worktops on a kitchen island would look terrific in a rustic kitchen while the countertops could consist of honed granite or some other form of natural stone. There’s also honed marble too for a beautifully smooth – and pretty stunning – finish. Consider having stone for the splashbacks too – the tiles are durable and give an authentic rustic look. Just make sure if the stone is porous and that it has been sealed well, if it’s going anywhere near the sink.
- Add the correct Appliances. A rustic kitchen doesn’t have to contain an aga or a range stove – but it certainly adds to the look if it does. Then there’s the lovely room-warming heat that aga’s give off. It’s not essential to go all basic with cooking implements either. Do use a modern food processor – just keep it hidden in a cupboard when not in use. And microwaves, which are pretty much an essential in our kitchen’s these days, can come as an inbuilt appliance with its own wooden door.
- Fix the fabrics. When it comes to curtains avoid any geometric or loud patterns. Instead go for plain starched linen in cream or white or, if it’s a pretty country kitchen look you’re after think about fitting floral blinds or tie backs. In summer you could switch to a light organza. And on that note it’s always nice to have a plain water jug filled with flowers in a rustic setting. The natural look of the wood just seems to cry out for it.
Why not check out our own rustic kitchen range today at Planen?
images: Our own Richmond Kitchen at Planen, Elle Decor and House2Home