So, now that we know everybody is eligible to have a rustic kitchen in their property, the next item on the agenda is making that dream a reality! Here are some practical tips to steer you in the right direction.
Don’t Overdo It
You’re about to see suggestions on what you can add or do to your kitchen to make it more rustic. A disclaimer is required first, though: don’t go overboard.
Rustic kitchens are straightforward. That’s practically half of their charm! The more cluttered and confined the space feels, the less rustic it will appear. There’s a sense of naturality to rustic kitchens we’ll imminently explore further, but know that simplicity is crucial to it.
Use Earthy Colours
Rustic décor often exudes a sense of naturality. Connecting with that can be good for your kitchen. Colour schemes are often the first port of call for that effort. Interestingly, earthy hues were part of colour trends in 2021, but rustic kitchens will always need earthy hues irrespective of the year.
You can utilise earthy hues for a rustic kitchen in many different ways. A pastel twist can be a good idea, offering up lighter tones of pale yellows and duck egg blues. Alternatively, you could explore the darker side of the brief, opting instead for deep, rich browns and olive greens.
Colours are important but also quite ‘surface level’ regarding décor. There needs to be depth behind them, which can come in the form of authentic materials, especially when striving to create a rustic kitchen. Rough-hewn wood and natural stone can feature in a rustic kitchen very well from a textural standpoint. Stone can work well on countertops, while rough-hewn wood can make up any exposed beams you wish to reveal or add later.
Things like laminate flooring can also be an intriguing asset. They also have a natural wood effect, though they’re also waterproof, so they won’t rot should things like spillages or leaks ever occur in the kitchen. Installation is also easy. Get a free sample from Floors Direct to see for yourself how suitable laminate flooring can be for your rustic kitchen.
Make the Space Feel Lived In
Rustic doesn’t always mean rusty. However, older things often integrate into rustic spaces rather well. For the rustic kitchen, lighting fixtures from decades-long past can be a big draw. Exposed beams have been covered already, but any brickwork or pipework that’s safe to be displayed can also add to the appeal.
You can also take another look at your furniture and weather them down to give them a distinctly older appearance. Any vintage pieces are worth featuring and tinkering with as well. These types of aesthetics can tell an interesting story in their own right and help your rustic kitchen feel like a relic of a very interesting time!