When we think of a rustic kitchen, there’s a certain sense of warmth and cosiness that immediately comes to mind. From barn-styled open spaces to countryside charm, everything from a rustic kitchen’s weathered wooden beams and painted cabinets to its rugged stone floors and farm tables brings both form and function together to create a space that’s equal parts chic and classic and inviting and easily useable at the same time.
And, not just restricted to larger homes outside or on the outskirts or urban cities, a rustic kitchen’s aesthetic or style can even be created in a modern home irrespective of its size. We’ve rounded up a few tips and looks to adopt this charming look to the heart of any home.
1. A RUSTIC KITCHEN IS THE PERFECT SPACE TO BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TOGETHER
If you’re a large family that likes to gather together at meal time and even help out or cook together in the kitchen, a rustic kitchen design is the perfect style for you. This aesthetic also works for holiday or weekend homes with large spaces where the kitchen opens up into the outdoors. The idea is to create a space large and inviting enough to accommodate every member of the family together—even your fur babies—to create the cosy and warm setting that this style dictates.
PRO TIP: If your space allows for it, consider fitting in a dining
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table for quick meals like a morning breakfast where the whole family can gather together before heading off to work or school. Paired with the overall wooden aesthetic of the space, a solid wooden dining table set will be the perfect accent piece in your rustic kitchen.
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2. A RUSTIC KITCHEN IN AN INDIAN HOME
While you might get inspired to recreate a warm, inviting rustic kitchen in your home after flipping through several glossy magazines and catalogues or mood boards online, often, you’ll realise that the kitchens you’re looking at are in spaces overseas and work well in their weather conditions and style of homes. But how does one adopt this global style into an Indian house to adapt to our seasonal changes, living preferences and cooking styles and habits? The idea behind a rustic kitchen is simple—to have an outdoorsy, farmhouse style space with earthy, yet cosy, elements and aesthetics. In India, this can translate from wood cabinetry and exposed beams to naked brick walls and clay or stone tiled roofs. This will create an earthy palette which will not only fair well in India’s extreme heat but also pair perfectly with our traditional utensils and cookware.
STYLE TIP: The best way to style an Indian rustic kitchen is by displaying the humble Indian pickle jars or barnis on the countertop or placing earthenware and wooden utensils on hooks or exposed shelves to bring out more of an ethnic charm.
3. AN OPEN PLAN RUSTIC KITCHEN FOR A MODERN HOME
Have an open-plan home or a kitchen that’s part of the living or dining room? You can adopt this space into a rustic kitchen with a contemporary aesthetic, as well. The key here is retaining a modern style with simplicity, minimalism and clean, linear geometric lines. After that, pick a solid wood finish for the exteriors of your cabinetry and drawers to tie the look together. You can either pair it with the same polish or finish as the rest of the furniture in your living room or go all-out with an individual barn or farmhouse style wood texture to separate this space from the rest of the interiors.
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4. THE ART OF STYLING A RUSTIC KITCHEN
The devil is in the detail—sometimes single or simple décor pieces can immediately elevate the mood of a room or even dictate its style. If you’re someone who prefers to change the aesthetic or look of the spaces in your home occasionally but don’t want to take on an entire cumbersome renovation each time, adding accessories around a room to echo the look you’re going for usually works. And this holds true for creating a rustic kitchen as well. In this farm-style space, the rustic clock on the wall in the centre of the room immediately draws all attention and focus to it, while subtle elements such as a distressed large wooden bowl
filled with winter squashes, such as a pumpkin and butternut squash, immediately make one think of cozy seasons like fall—the perfect time to gather around in a rustic kitchen and whip up some comfort food for the soul.
5. SHOW OFF YOUR EXPOSED BEAMS IN A RUSTIC KITCHEN
Does your kitchen have exposed beams on repeat? Then highlight and work around them to create the most inviting rustic kitchen in your home. While this kitchen has completely embraced the raw, unpolished wood look to pair seamlessly with the same texture and colour and the beams overhead, there’s a simplistic, and maybe even minimalistic, balance in the whole space with no other colours or elements being added to the canvas. And nothing screams rustic more than wooden rustic kitchen cabinets with a matching countertop, bar stools, and even a china cupboard atop the rustic staircase!
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PRO TIP: To make this look work and not get too stuffy or overpowering, use wood in a single- stained polish (or even unpolished) for a uniform look, and try to stick to distressed, salvaged or lighter shades of wood. Additional accessories or tiles can be picked in the same colour as well.
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6. HOW TO CREATE AN INDUSTRIAL-STYLE RUSTIC KITCHEN?
Whenever heritage design is given a tasteful and balanced contemporary update, we see décor magic begin to unfurl. Similarly in a rustic kitchen—especially one fitted out with a lot of wood accents and panelling—you can pair its charming, barn-style aesthetic with sleek modern fixtures and fittings (especially your electronics and gadgets) to bring in an industrial edge. Accessories such as metal stools or adding in hints of stainless steel accents will not only upgrade the space but also break the monotony of having too much wood.
INSIDER’S EYE: We couldn’t help but notice the simple grey backsplash that blends in the with steel refrigerator and electric chimney, but also isn’t loud enough to take away any attention from the raw wood detailing that serves as the main focal point of the room.
7. HOW TO PULL OFF RUSTIC KITCHEN CABINETS?
Since wood is the key material to create a rustic kitchen, it’s a no-brainer that your cabinetry, too, should follow the same aesthetic. In fact, if you’re someone who wants to adopt this cosy, country-side kitchen style but doesn’t want to gut the entire space with a renovation, simply restyling your kitchen cupboards and drawers are an easier way to work in this look. Of course, since rustic kitchen cabinets have to be in wood, pick a shade or stain that will match the existing countertop and flooring in the space. You can even go a step further by adding similar detailing on the frames of your windows or picking island stools in the same wood for more planned uniformity.
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STYLE NOTES: The best thing about working with or styling wood is its versatility with other materials. Because of its universal colour, it’s easy to pair other surfaces around your kitchen such as the countertop, backsplash and flooring with wood—simply work out whether these fittings tilt towards a darker or lighter spectrum of colours and pick a wood polish similar to that. For contrast or colour blocking, do the opposite. The possibilities are endless!
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