You don’t need to live in a cabin in the woods to capture the homely, private feel of a rustic country kitchen. The right design cues can bring that feeling of intimate folksiness into the heart of the city and wrap your modern cooking space up in the glow of country style.
Natural materials, weathered accents, and eclectic choices in finishes and decorations are the order of the day when you’re cultivating rustic country kitchen design ideas. Don’t be afraid to go bold! Choose a dramatic element and make it the centerpiece of your unique kitchen. Creating a rustic kitchen is all about expressing your personality.
23 Rustic Country Kitchen Decor Ideas to Make Your Cooking Space Unique
Opting to use rustic design cues in your kitchen often means embracing unconventional surfaces. Make sure you check exotic materials (from weathered wood cabinets to copper countertops) for durability and food safety. Remember that a great country kitchen is comfortable and useful as well as beautiful!
As you’ll see in the examples below, going rustic doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice the beauty and utility of premium materials. Top-quality counters, cabinets, and appliances can blend seamlessly into a rustic design scheme, adding cutting-edge convenience to your timeless aesthetic sense.
1. All White is All Right with Rustic Natural Accents
An all white kitchen can look sterile, but that’s not the case in this rustic kitchen. Here there are enough shades of white and enough pastels and neutrals to make the space look warm and welcoming. The pot rack above the rustic prep table becomes the perfect place to dry flowers and herbs, the glass-fronted wall cabinets show off pastel dinnerware in soft shades of blue and cream.
2. Show Off the Strength of Rich Woodwork
Old brick on the walls and floors of this kitchen give it the atmosphere of a convivial pub. The deep apron sink is just the thing to fill up stockpots, and the brightness of copper pots and pans, some repurposed as planters, offset the bricks, sleek black countertop and the dark woods of the shelving, ceiling and floor cabinets.
3. Weathered Wood Sets Off Classic Clapboard
Old and new blend beautifully in this kitchen, with its bright white and weathered wood paneled wall cabinets with simple knobs. Beneath them is an induction cooktop, vintage cutting boards and a jug of wooden cooking tools. A beadboard wall echoes the paneling, and the space beneath the white apron sink is hidden by a plain gray curtain.
4. Hefty Shelving Accentuates the Strength of Classic Cabinetry
Rugged woodwork dominates this kitchen. The open shelves above the sink are robust enough to hold stacks of dinner plates, glass and metal canisters and a microwave. The counter and floor cabinets with their cup pulls and hinges are pleasingly beat up. Don’t be afraid to add paintings. A picture of a ship is placed near the shelves while an ancestor scowls from a framed painting on the other wall.
5. Smart Detailing and Beautiful Plants Combine with Premium Fittings
This lovely kitchen is a study in black and white, crisp lines and unexpected curves. The countertop is black and roomy enough for a collection of plants and artwork, the cantilevered apron sink has room for deep pots to be filled up and easily washed. Alabaster shades from pendant lights above the ceiling give a soft light and add to the light that comes in through the interesting, mullioned windows.
6. Gingham Curtains Complete this All-American Country Kitchen
Gingham says “country” to a lot of people, and these simple red and white curtains bring notes of cheer to a kitchen with an otherwise subtle color scheme. Wreaths of herbs tied with red and white striped bows in the window add to the festiveness of the room, as do pops of brightness from golden knobs and cup pulls.
7. A Chalkboard Makes a Unique Addition to a Cabin-Style Rustic Kitchen
A chalkboard makes drawing up shopping and to-do lists easy in this farm kitchen. A homeowner doesn’t even need to buy a wall-length chalkboard. All they need is a panel that they cover with a latex chalkboard paint, and voila! A chalkboard. It blends beautifully well with the rough-hewn stone countertops, equally rough-hewn floor cabinets and a simple chandelier made of black metal.
8. Smart Design Blends Multiple Materials
Signs from old timey country stores that have long gone out of business are surprisingly appropriate for a kitchen. The sign dominates the small space around the apron sink and the countertop. The black of the oversized letters echoes the black of the hanging light shade, the deep gray of the countertop and even the black of the stand mixer. The layout of the subway tile backsplash finds echoes in the wood wall panels.
9. Wood Counters Add Warmth to a Clean White Kitchen
The blue-gray wall above the door, multicolored rag rug and family photos make this kitchen friendly. Natural light comes in through the window above the sink and the multi-paned window in the door. The wall cabinets are doorless and allow the household’s best dinner service to be seen and appreciated.
10. Great Colors Make an Ordinary Kitchen Extraordinary
The pale lime green floor cabinets and interiors of the wall cabinets of this kitchen make it instantly eye-catching. The beauty of the glassware and drinkware within make it even more so. Add to this a white beadboard wall, old-fashioned rubbed metal faucet and a copper apron sink that goes with the chandelier above it.
11. Tin Ceiling + Heavy Wood = Unique Atmosphere
Tin ceilings used to be the rage back in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, for they could be delicately beautiful and not very expensive. This kitchen pairs its wedding cake of a tin ceiling with dark, rough, heavy wood in the kitchen table and the matching block in the ceiling from which depend lights with mason jar shades.
12. Weathered Wood Maximizes the Airy Space of a High-Ceilinged Rustic Country Kitchen Design
Weathered wood can be made that way intentionally or can be repurposed wood from old factories, warehouses, barns or railroads. The sky-high ceiling of this kitchen is kept from being a bit too lofty with rafters that seem made of pickled logs. Their weathered look is repeated in the cabinets, the kitchen island and its stools, the door and window frames and even the lamp bases.