When planning your rustic kitchen aesthetic, you want something that blends well with appliances that may have a modern look to them, and you don’t have to limit yourself to what is possible with this traditional and vintage type look.
From cabinets to islands to hand-made storage areas, you want a system that is easy to access and has a warming feel about it as you will spend a lot of time in your kitchen space, so why not make it an area that you enjoy being in?
If you’re stuck for ideas, we have ten designs that range from the simple farmhouse design to more eccentric looks that may have more of an acquired taste, but perhaps they can appeal to you.
With a rustic kitchen, there’s a tendency to keep everything the same color. Still, you can create a two-tone color scheme that uses a combination of cold and lighter colors, and even though this may take some experimentation, eventually, you can find a mix that works for you.
Colors like blue, green, grey, or even shades of black work well in this system, and even though you could use some brighter colors, you don’t want it too vibrant in your kitchen as you don’t want to strain your eyes as you navigate the space.
What’s even better about this system is that modern appliances like fridges and stoves fit in well, and you don’t have to replace anything. Instead, you can customize items like chairs and tables to fit in even more, so the design involves all aspects of your kitchen.
If you want an aged cabinet look that has a lot of history with other building projects, any reclaimed items can add a vintage touch to your kitchen and make it feel as if it’s been lived in, so it becomes more vibrant as you have one made to suit your purposes.
This material can also give your cabinets more durability and is less likely to warp, as it has already dried out, and when polished, it gives them a new lease of life.
It can even be a more sustainable method of sourcing materials for your cabinets so that you can save a cabinet or material from ending up in a landfill, so it’s great when you have the chance to repurpose things.
If you like farmhouse interiors that could be labeled as part of a log cabin design, these cabinets are sure to give your kitchen a modern lift but with draws and handles that appear aged.
These designs make going through your kitchen a breeze, as you can have designated areas that open and close without limiting your movement through the kitchen.
The top cabinets aren’t as high or dense as you have with some designs where you have to strain yourself by reaching the top shelf, and with a glass pane design on these doors, you add a bit of luxury to the overall look at well.
The above design is great, but you may want a design that looks like it’s made from barn doors, and while these can be very appealing to country and some urban lifestyles, it’s not always easy to incorporate these into modern kitchen layouts.
However, these cabinets give you plenty of space with deep drawers and cupboards, which is a plus if you do a lot of cooking or baking, and with easy-to-use handles, getting into them can be simple and look really nice stacked together.
You might want rustic cabinets where the wood has a knotty or swirled effect, which can add a folksy charm to them that also have a custom look as you can easily build these to fill any awkward corners or gaps you have in your kitchen.
The color and shine of these are made even better if your kitchen has expansive windows where the light can easily shine through, and if you have marble tops with a patterned effect, these work just as well with these cabinets.
The design also allows these to blend into your kitchen, so if you have wooden walls, these colors can match to make it look like it’s all one piece, and works exceptionally well if you have any exposed rigid joints that make up the structure of your house.
These cabinets offer you a lot, but there might be times when you want to access more modern features like a wine rack or a built-in stove or microwave, and here you have a chance to have all this made into one or a series of cabinets.
This way, you don’t have to travel as much around your kitchen, as all of your processes can take place in a concentrated area of your kitchen, and you can go further and make this cabinet storage and a table area.
The hutch detail on this cabinet gives it a home-like feel, and you can make this look as distressed or worn as you like, with the chance to paint it to a color scheme that you want to achieve.
This is the perfect installation to have if you don’t have a lot of space in your kitchen and want a dedicated system to hold items that may look cluttered in other areas; it can be pretty versatile as it works in practically any room that follows a similar design pattern.
This also works in a two-tone kitchen layout as you can keep certain parts of the cabinet more exposed than others and make it fit into your kitchen. You could use a good set of drawers of a similar color and design to make the whole thing really stand out.
With cabinets of any type, you want there to be straight lines and defining features, but this cabinet set looks more spontaneous, as the drawer handles sort of blend into the markings of the wood, which may even work as a minimalist design.
This set also has a good range of customization options that allow you to alter the height and depth of your drawers and cupboards, which can be a lifesaver if you ever need to fit it around awkward plumbing or socket installations.
If you like lived-in kitchens that look used, a distressed design can work really well, as you have more of a say over how distressed you want your cabinets to be.
You also get a chance to show off other colors in your kitchen, like bronzes and silvers that match your cutlery and even your light fixtures, as rustic designs tend to have softer and metallic colors incorporated into them.
So, you like the idea of a rustic or farmhouse style, but you’re not willing to go too far in this direction, and if so, these cabinets give you a combination of this plus a conservative type of look that uses consistent and clean colors.
However, these cabinets work on their own or as a set so that you could combine these with wall cabinets that look different or even if you want to install an island that is clearly defined and looks inviting.
This also works with wood or marble countertops, so you aren’t limited to their use, and when paired with some wood flooring, you get a very homey kitchen that stays in the realm of the convention without being too much to look at.
What If I Don’t Like These Designs?
Of course, not everyone will find these designs appealing, so if you’re looking for something specific, you could find some base cabinets on sites like Etsy or an in-store outlet that can help you pick out a design and customize it to your liking.
They can change the handles and give you a certain level of finish or change the configuration, so it has more practicality in your kitchen, but you should also be aware that some of these methods can be costly.
If you have a budget in mind for the whole kitchen, you may find the cost of cabinets quickly goes over this amount, so to avoid this, you might want to go down the reclaimed wood route, which can look just as lovely and have the functionality you need.
You can get inspiration from anywhere, so perhaps look around and see what patterns and looks you like best, and you could even find some sources out in nature, as vibrant and exciting as these sources can be.
If you start with a base of what you want in a cabinet set, you have a better chance of finding the cabinets you’ve been dreaming about for a kitchen you can be proud of.