Rustic style is typically a combination of multiple styles, such as what you’d find in a Tuscan, farmhouse, cottage, or, most commonly, log cabin. This means that there’s a focus on raw elements, heavy and stable woods, local artisan handiwork, exposure to the elements (perhaps through large windows or fireplaces), and darker features complemented by a neutral and earth-toned color palette, accented by perhaps a featured shade or two that is still natural but that coordinates. Think of a burnt orange, for example.
Rustic style is perhaps what you’d imagine if you stepped into a luxury log cabin. Imagine exposed wood poles, natural textures in the linens, dark stained woods, and an emphasis on cozy, warm, passed-down furniture pieces that are sturdy and timeless. Though some people may perceive rustic as more masculine than feminine, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you pair rustic pieces with warm tones, cozy touches, and other elements that make your space feel welcoming, a rustic space can make your home feel like a relaxing vacation by the lake every day.
Though you might be picturing a great living room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and oversized, exposed structures, perhaps you haven’t thought of another room that looks absolutely amazing with a rustic design: the kitchen.
Rustic has become more popular in recent years thanks to designers such as Chip and Joanna Gaines, who incorporate a lot of rustic style into their minimal but modern designs. In addition, a return to nature and the outdoors is increasingly more common; think of the trend in glamping, or the classic family vacation at the cabin.
Style Definition Of Rustic
If you want to create a rustic space, you should stick with the following style guides:
Natural, earth-tone colors
No synthetic materials
Heavy, natural textures
Patterns seen in nature
Rustic Style Inspiration
Though you can know what the elements of a rustic space look like, you might need to hone in on exactly how you build a kitchen inspired by one. Here are some of our favorite Rustic kitchens to give you a head start.
Remember that you can get inspiration from spaces that are a relatively similar size and shape to your own. Once you nail down exactly what you want the end result to look like (perhaps through creating a mood or inspiration board), you can begin choosing your new appliances and pieces.
Remember to consider other rooms of your home, and ensure that the space is cohesive. It doesn’t necessarily have to match, but it does have to flow. On top of that, piece together the appliances and fixtures that appeal most to you, and make sure that they work together. Keep in mind that one or two statement pieces are often enough to communicate the style of a room. You don’t need every single item to scream rustic, but you do need to ensure that everything you choose around it will work with what you’ve chosen.
If you aren’t sure where to begin with those items, start with some of our favorite rustic products:
Though you might think that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a new faucet that fits in with a rustic design (newer faucets tend to be polished and sleek, not rustic and timeless), you’d be incorrect. There are so many options out there for a faucet that blends in beautifully with an earthy and grounded kitchen, and these are a few of our favorites.
When it comes to sinks, you should think about utility. In a rustic home, it’s all about what’s practical and natural, so focus on that aspect as opposed to a glossy new acrylic feature.
Rustic Pendants And Lighting
Of course, you can’t finish a kitchen without considering the lighting. When it comes to rustic fixtures, grab inspiration from more gothic or Victorian designs, or perhaps even industrial or modern. It’s going to depend on what your personal style is and what you want the end result to be.
Livex Lighting LVX-41066-07 Metuchen Eight Light Chandelier Light Fixture
This chandelier features six lights with exposed bulbs, a rope and chain hanging feature and a broad, rectangular base that’s often found in many Rustic homes. It’s reminiscent of a traditional but upper-scale log cabin fixture, which makes it perfect for your cooking or dining space.
Maxim MAX-20917APAR Bodega Bay Five-Light Chandelier Light Fixture
With an almost Mid-Century undertone to the build, this fixture is perfect if you want to bring a touch of warmth and style to your kitchen. With a circular fixture and exposed bulbs, this chandelier would be perfect mounted right above an island or small table (perfect for small kitchens).
Crystorama Lighting CRY-9049-CZ Dakota Chandelier Light Fixture
If you’re looking to add some dramatic, almost Gothic flair to your Rustic space, consider this oversized chandelier. With traditional exposed metal, circular bases, and exposed bulbs on top of that, it’s the perfect addition to a kitchen or dining space with high ceilings and a lot of room to not only spare, but illuminate.
Your Rustic Style Kitchen And Home
Remember that ultimately, it’s about creating a space that makes you feel most comfortable, inspired, and at home. You want your kitchen to feel like a getaway at all times, and creating that for yourself is going to require you to step outside the box and build something that you’re proud of. Whether you’re daring to try a new style or sticking to what you love, keep these tips in mind as you go forward.