Rustic Kitchens

Looking for rustic kitchens and design inspiration? You’ve come to the right place!

I have recently returned home from working on a design project in Palm Springs that began with collecting a series of  beautiful images of rustic, farm-house and country kitchens for design inspiration. I often use images in order to kick-start the whole brain-storming process, and it’s a productive and enjoyable way to capture the essence of what the home owner hopes to achieve.

The home had been completely gutted, and we were looking to create harmony between both contemporary and rustic design elements. I thought it would be a great idea to share the images as a source of inspiration for those looking to create a rustic or country kitchen in their own home.  Rustic can take on many forms, and so viewing images is a great way to define and set perimeters.

In the Palm Spring project, we were inspired by a painting and used this to draw out the palette of the rest of the home. The following images show a diverse range of rustic design, and I hope that you enjoy viewing them!  I have also included 10 great tips on rustic kitchens, how to incorporate color into rustic kitchen design, and some great kitchen decor from Black Forest Decor.

Images optimized for Pinterest are located at the bottom of the page. If you are interested in some absolutely sensational pins on log homes and rustic design ideas, you will find many on my Pinterest Account.  With over 120,000 followers to date, here you’ll find plenty of ideas for rustic kitchens, living room, dining room and bedroom design.

Rustic Dining Room by Stephen Sills Associates

Rustic Kitchen/Dining Room by Stephen Sills Associates

In the collection of rustic kitchen and dining room images that I have gathered, this perhaps most represents my own personal style. I love the subtle beauty and energy of this space. Rustic, and yet very elegant and tastefully executed. Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann-style side chairs clad in an Old War Weavers horsehair surround a table designed by Stephen Sills in the dining room of this Aspen, Colorado, home; the kitchen cabinetry is brushed oak, the vintage French chandeliers are from Avantgarden, and the rug is by Beauvais Carpets.
Image courtesy of: AD DesignFile
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Rustic Kitchen Ideas | Design by Tucker & Marks

Traditional Kitchen by Tucker & Marks

This kitchen evokes such warmth in a gentle and graceful way. Golden light filters through the windows, and one can picture an entire home that reflects both peace and serenity. The range in this San Francisco kitchen is by Viking.
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Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen

Stunning Farmhouse Kitchen

You can almost imagine closing your eyes and being in this lovely farmhouse kitchen designed by Joan Behnke. Antique Tunisian tile from Exquisite Surfaces makes a stunning blacksplash in this Los Angeles kitchen.  The room is appointed with Formations pendant lights, gorgeous marble countertops from Compas Architectural Stone, custom-made alder cabinetry, an oak island, and a Wolf range.
Image courtesy of: Architectural Digest
Photo:Roger Davies

10 Rustic Kitchens & Design Ideas

1. Appliances

It actually is possible to incorporate popular stainless steel appliances into a rustic kitchen. The key is to surround the modern-looking appliances with plenty of Old World charm with the counter tops and cabinetry. For a more authentic look, seek out retro appliances.  Modern manufacturers make retro appliances that fit in well with your rustic design. The stove top may be made from a  glossy white porcelain or have a cast iron topper. Your fridge choice could be brand-new but look like it came from the 1950s.  You could also choose a standard fridge with a wood veneer front to allow it to blend into the surrounding cabinetry.

2. Furnishings

Furniture is a key element to your rustic kitchen design and a perfect opportunity to round out the theme. Like with many other aspects of rustic design, wood is the word. One popular choice among rustic enthusiasts is to find furniture made from reclaimed barn wood. Log furniture is great for cabins and country homes, but it may be too rustic for some people’s taste. Your dining table should be simple and sturdy, and a heavy pine farm table is a great choice. Farm tables often feature plain, square legs and intentional dents and dings to go along with the knotty wood. You can find a gorgeous selection of rustic furniture at Black Forest Decor.

3. Rustic Colors

Traditionally, the rustic color palette includes oranges, browns, yellows, greens and blues. The key to choosing the ideal color for your kitchen is to make sure it gives off a nice, warm feeling. Country kitchens rely on yellow and light blue to usher in some rustic charm, while a Southwestern rustic kitchen calls for deeper reds and oranges to go with the terracotta decorations you probably already have. Use the colors of natural materials like stone, sand and clay as your inspiration.

4. Sinks

If you really want to wow with your design choices, you need a farmhouse sink in your rustic kitchen. These large, deep sinks are efficient for handling a large load of dishes. And they offer a unique design element — an exposed front panel, rather than sitting down inside the countertop. Sink materials range from granite and soapstone to iron and copper, and they’ve become increasingly popular in other kitchen styles as well.

5. Lighting

Because rustic design is heavily tied to Mother Nature, your kitchen should have as much natural light streaming in as possible. Skylights can be an effective way to achieve this, but they can also detract from the rustic charm. Your best bet is to simply go with oversized windows, and lots of them. Bay windows work within the rustic design scheme as well. Fixtures can range from an upscale wrought iron candle chandelier to custom lighting made from materials like driftwood or even deer antlers. Black Forest Decor has an incredible selection of rustic kitchen, living room and dining room lighting fixtures and rustic lamps.

6. Natural Materials

Rustic charm is all about retaining a natural look. This is why hardwood floors are a better fit than tile or linoleum. In addition to wood, use other natural materials to bring the design full circle. Stone is a great choice for your counter tops, and there are tons of colors and patterns to choose from. Wrought iron fits with the rustic look, so incorporate some of it into your kitchen design with pot racks, recipe book stands and baker’s racks. Clay and terracotta are great ideas if you’re going for a Southwestern rustic look.

7. Exposed Beams

If you’ve ever envied exposed wooden beams on the ceiling, we know the feeling. Many rustic kitchens already have support beams and buttresses exposed. But if not, you can add them for a minimal amount of money. Retrofitting the structure of your kitchen with the real thing isn’t cost-effective or even necessary. All you need are some prefabricated fake support beams. They look like the real thing, but aren’t created to be load-bearing. Most are three-sided and hollow and install much like prefab crown molding. Keep it green and look for faux beams made from reclaimed wood.

8. Hardwood Floors

Rustic charm is all about retaining a natural look. This is why hardwood floors are a better fit than tile or linoleum. In addition to wood, use other natural materials to bring the design full circle. Stone is a great choice for your counter tops, and there are tons of colors and patterns to choose from. Wrought iron fits with the rustic look, so incorporate some of it into your kitchen design with pot racks, recipe book stands and baker’s racks. Clay and terracotta are great ideas if you’re going for a Southwestern rustic look.

9. Rustic Woods

Hickory, alder and cherry are all wood that will work in a rustic kitchen, but none represent the charm of rustic design more than pine. Heart of pine flooring, which is made from the heartwood of the tree, can range in color from dark brown to deep orange. Pine is also a great choice for the cabinetry, butcher block countertops and kitchen islands. When it comes to rustic charm, the knots in the pine are a plus, so when seeking out your materials, the knottier the better. In fact, just ask the manufacturer for knotty pine.

10. Bring the Outside In

Because rustic design is often aligned with the region where you live, bringing the outside in is a great way to add rustic flair to your kitchen. Consider installing cabinets made from wood of the surrounding area. The same goes for your choice of hardwood flooring, if there’s a good match available. If your kitchen has nice views of the flora outside, try matching the interior paint color to the dominant flowers within eyesight. Southwestern rustic might call for some cacti and deep reds, greens and browns. A country style rustic palette should feature lighter blues, oranges and yellows.

True North Log Homes | Rustic Kitchens

Rustic Kitchen with Green Cabinets

A truly beautiful kitchen in a home built by True North Log Homes.  I love the rustic green cabinetry in this open concept kitchen.
Image courtesy of: True North Log Homes

Locati Architects Rustic Kitchens

The following images are of kitchens designed by Locati Architects in Montana.

Locati Architects Chimney Rock Rustic Kitchen
Locati Architects | Rustic Kitchen Ideas
Locati Architects | Rustic Kitchen Ideas
Locati Architects | Rustic Kitchen Ideas
Locati Architects Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen
Locati Architects Rustic Kitchen
Rustic Country Kitchen Ideas

Stunning Rustic Country Kitchen

Country Kitchen Ideas

Kitchen by Peace Design

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Black Forest Decor is one of the best sources for cabin and rustic decor. Give your home the rustic look you love with an amazing selection of cabin bedding and rustic home decor all available at Black Forest Decor.

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If Western Decor is more your style, Lonestar Western Decor has a great selection of western bedding and home decor to choose from.

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Rustic Kitchen in the Hamptons | House & Garden

Rustic Kitchen in the Hamptons
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Rustic Kitchen Design by Locati Architects

Rustic Kitchen Design by Locati Architects
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Rustic Dining Room by Stephen Stills

Rustic Dining Room by Stephen Stills
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John K Anderson Design | Country Kitchen

John K Anderson Design Country Kitchen
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Coventry Log Homes Rustic Kitchen

Rustic Kitchen with Green Cabinetry
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Elegant Modern Rustic Kitchen

Modern Rustic Kitchen
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Rustic Kitchen by Suzanne Kasler Interiors

Sunny & Bright Country Kitchen
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Rustic Kitchen by Suzanne Kasler Interiors

Sunny & Bright Country Kitchen
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Traditional Kitchen by Tucker Marks

Traditional Kitchen by Tucker Marks
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Lake Country Builders Lodge Kitchen

Lodge-Style Kitchen
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Pinnacle Mountain Homes Kitchen

Pinnacle Mountain Homes Kitchen
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Country Kitchen | RSB Digital Photograph

Country Kitchen Design
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Narofsky Architecture | Rustic Industrial Kitchen

Rustic Industrial Kitchen
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Peace Design | Log Home Kitchen

Log Home Kitchen
Image courtesy of: Peace Designs

Peace Design | Log Home Kitchen

Log Home Kitchen
Image courtesy of: Peace Designs

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