5+ Best Rustic Kitchen Ideas And Products To Inspire You

Thinking about transforming your kitchen into a rustic space? Here's some insight and inspiration.

5+ Best Rustic Kitchen Ideas And Products To Inspire You - Rustic Kitchen with Island 5+ Best Rustic Kitchen Ideas And Products To Inspire You - Rustic Kitchen with Island

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 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.


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Style Definition Of Rustic

If you want to create a rustic space, you should stick with the following style guides:

  • Organic shapes
  • Natural, earth-tone colors
  • Unpolished woods
  • No synthetic materials
  • Repurposed furniture
  • Exposed elements
  • Heavy, natural textures
  • Patterns that are seen in nature
  • Darker features

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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.


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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.