Not all of us are cut out for country life. However, you don’t have to live out in sticks or own a log cabin to enjoy a rustic interior. The kitchen, as the hub of your home, is an ideal room to transform into a cozy country cottage. Here’s a few ways you stage this transformation.
1. Use distressed wood
Wide wooden plank flooring and time-worn wood cabinets: these are all bold wooden elements that bring nature into your kitchen design. The more worn the better; the more knots in the wooden pine wall show where the branches once grew.
2. Wooden beams are a must
3. Add a dash of red
4. Give your wood a dash of color
5. Incorporate stone elements
6. Install a fireplace in the kitchen
What better way to add warmth to a room than with a real wood-burning fireplace? You can install a vintage heirloom stove if you’re just wanting it for decoration, or consider installing a new wood-cook stove that you can actually use!
7. Add a hanging pot rack
Having a customized wrought-iron pot rack with a shiny set of copper pots dangling is an important accent to have in any rustic kitchen. If iron isn’t in the budget you can always repurpose an old window frame by hanging it from the ceiling with chains and adding large S-hooks around the frame to act as pot holders.
8. Use stainless steel accents
9. Build rustic wooden benches and table
10. Add a natural wood island
11. Install white cabinets
For a more sophisticated country look, install white cabinetry. Pair it with glass inserts and crown molding at the top. Black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances take the rustic edge to this type of country kitchen design and give it a modern touch.
12. Hang a wrought iron chandelier
13. Leave room for a farmhouse-style sink
One easy way to turn your kitchen country is to add what is known as a farmhouse-style sink. This stylish, fronted sink requires special installation methods than standard sinks, but it’s worth it as it provides far more space than ordinary sinks.
14. Invest in some hand carved furniture