Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: every home has a personality, and for you, reclaimed wood accents, copper pans, and a reused barn door speak to your soul. Except, the struggle to match your wood kitchen cabinets to the kitchen of your dreams is way too real.
Sound familiar? It’s a common plight these days – rustic kitchens are making a comeback.
So how do you make the kitchen of your dreams, you know, your actual kitchen? It starts with the cabinets. Keep reading for 10 ideas to create your perfect rustic kitchen.
1. Rustic Touches on Modern Cabinets
Who knew rustic and modern were secretly a match made in heaven?
This is for the brave at heart and willing to experiment with balancing styles. The key is moderation.
Let’s say you like rustic elements but don’t like a wood-based kitchen. In this case, you probably want a more modern kitchen with rustic flourishes as the focal point.
2. Elements of Stone
Wood is the iconic material of rustic style, but stone is just as important – and just as stylish in your kitchen.
Let’s say you’ve got a lot of wood in your kitchen, and you love it, but you’re worried that more wood will make it this side of log-cabin. Stone walls might be just what you need to balance things out while maintaining your rustic fabulousness.
3. Rustic with a Classy Finish
Now let’s say you love your rustic wood kitchen cabinets but you like something with a bit more polish at the end.
Whoever said rustic couldn’t be classy?
An easy way to keep your old school style but give it a clean finish is to find cabinets in the palest gray you can find (like these). It’s dramatic and eye-catching in a kitchen, but it’s also neutral.
With just a color, you can marry modern sensibilities with old soul style.
4. Wood Kitchen Cabinets with Rustic Details
Alright, to be perfectly honest, you have a love affair with rustic kitchens…but you’re just not in love with the look of most rustic cabinets.
Fear not: the devil’s in the details.
Instead of going for full-on straight-off-the-side-of-the-barn rustic, you can accent your cabinets with rustic touches. Knobs, for example, are a good starting point.
There are also other design elements in the kitchen that get you the style you love, like hanging copper pots or open shelving with some striking ceramic dishes.
5. Choosing the Right Colors
Real talk: the color of your cabinets makes up most of the visible color in your kitchen. That means the color of your cabinets will set the tone for the whole room.
Wood can be airy and light and still be rustic. You can also work with an antique-looking soft blue.
Color is also important in the details. This isn’t the time for lipstick red, but warm copper tones, slate grays and rich wood with pops of color will serve you well.
Need more ideas? Try these 7 paint ideas to get started choosing your palette.
6. Choosing the Right Wood
Just because it’s wood doesn’t mean your whole kitchen needs to be as melodramatic as Bela Lugosi in Dracula (but yeah, dark wood cabinets are pretty awesome).
Plus, dark cabinets are a major no-no in a kitchen that’s roughly shoebox size.
You can also work well with a lighter, gentler wood palette, like the gray we mentioned earlier, a knotty pine, or white.
7. Rustic with a Feminine Twist
Ladies, let’s get real: a lot of rustic design elements tend to skew masculine.
Which is fine if that’s your style. But if it’s not?
Fear not. You can still enjoy the wonders of rustic wood kitchen cabinets with a countrified, feminine flair.
One of the easiest ways to do this is with light colors and textiles with pretty patterns. Let’s say you’ve got wood cabinets – you can lighten the kitchen up with some white or off-white curtains, or with a pretty area rug.
8. Rustic Primitive Cabinets
Ever wanted to paint your cabinets?
Like, you saw a DIY on Pinterest and you’ve been secretly hungering to be that awesome DIYer who makes your cabinets into rustic works of art.
Break out the paint.
If you’re leery of doing all of your cabinets or worried it might overwhelm the kitchen, you can also do it with a piece of furniture which you can easily (and fairly cheaply) find at your local flea market. New farmhouse table and chairs, anyone?
9. Combining Rustic and Elegant
Rustic isn’t the only name of the game. Farmhouse chic and timeless elegance need not be mutually exclusive – certainly not in your kitchen!
As with everything, the key to happiness (in the kitchen, at least) is balance. So let’s say you’ve got the most fabulous rustic shelves in your kitchen. Balance them out with a sleek countertop in complementary colors.
Or, strategically choose your lighting – it adds a little something every time you flip the light switch. You can also find elegant details in the paint or tile behind your cabinets.
You know what works for you. So start playing until you find what speaks to you.
10. White Wood Kitchen Cabinets
Finally, we couldn’t talk about great ideas for a rustic kitchen without a quick chat about white wood for your cabinets.
That rule where people think you need to have bare, fresh-off-the-tree timber for your kitchen to qualify as rustic?
Lies. Lies and treachery.
In fact, white cabinets (especially with a gray or blue wall color) can do a lot to open up your kitchen space. You can also keep your white kitchen rustic with the small details if you’re worried about the look of straight-up rustic white cabinets.
And if you’re in love with white cabinets, give these a try.
Find the Best Wood Kitchen Cabinets for You
Of course, every great kitchen starts with great cabinets.
So really, the question is why you don’t already have yours on their way.