One of the best things about moving into a new house is completely renovating it and putting your own stamp on each room. One of the most important and heavily used rooms in the house is, of course, the kitchen. A rustic kitchen is timeless and classic, and the perfect addition to almost any home. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest kitchen looks to achieve, and doesn't need to cost the Earth.
The rustic look is all about woods. Mid-woods tend to work best in most kitchens. Lighter woods can look washed out, and darker woods such as mahogany are far too dark for what should be a bright, clean cooking space. Oak is the perfect wood for a rustic kitchen. While knots and flaws in some woods aren't always desirable, they should be embraced and incorporated into a rustic kitchen design scheme. Kitchen cupboards, tables and floors can all be wooden without the room looking like wood overload.
If you have modern door handles and cabinet handles, get them replaced with something that looks a bit older. Small touches such as this can go a long way when it comes to creating the perfect rustic kitchen. Vintage shops and second hand shops often keep a box of old door handles and doorknobs. Don’t worry if they don’t all match – rustic and shabby chic go hand in hand.
Galvanised metal can look fantastic in a rustic kitchen. Don’t use it in swathes, but used in smaller amounts it can look great. For example, sinks can benefit from looking a little beaten up. This look really isn’t about looking pristine and immaculate. Your kitchen needs to look lived in and homely for this look to work.
If you don’t want the hassle of wooden floors, try an elegant slate or tile. Make sure the tiles don’t have a polished finish, though. Matte textures work much better with this sort of design. As for the colour scheme, it shouldn't be too clinical, so an all-white room is out. Go for something natural and subtle, such as a light olive green or a warm ochre. You don’t want to overpower everything else in the room, so keep it pared down.
The finishing touches make all the difference. Fresh flowers are a staple of the rustic kitchen, but don’t worry about prissy, fussy displays. Ramshackle collections of blooms are far more charming, and should be casually thrown into vases, jugs and jars at different heights around the room. This creates a homely, friendly atmosphere, and perfectly completes a rustic kitchen.
Emma Walton is an interior designer with a firm belief that the kitchen is the most important room in any home