According to the statisticians at The World Bank, around 8 out of every 10 people in the UK live in a town or city. The fact that so many of us live away from the open fields and green spaces found in the countryside could be the reason why so many of us long for a rustic style kitchen. It is set to be one of the big interior design trends of 2017.
But what actually defines a rustic interior style, I hear you cry! Well, one of the major things you’ll notice about any rustic style kitchen, bathroom or living room for that matter, is the use of natural materials. When placed upon a background of earthy, neutral shades, the textures and natural patinas break through to give a more lived-in feeling.
But where do you start? Well, Pinterest is a great place to head to if you’re looking for rustic interior ideas, with a massive amount of imagery that is both inspiring and imaginative. If you haven’t already discovered Pinterest, now’s the time to get involved. You’ll be hooked!
No matter where you live, whether you have a quaint country cottage or a flat in the heart of the city, you too can experience the luxury and cosy feel of a rustic style kitchen. Simply follow these tips to create your very own rural retreat.
Rustic materials and textures
Natural materials are key to achieving the rustic look in your home. Wood, stone, slate and marble all provide the perfect backdrop when it comes to furniture. For accessories and soft furnishings, look for linen, weathered leather, stoneware and terracotta.
The key difference between this style and other interior design trends is the need for imperfections. Textures should be fairly rough or given the appearance of being untreated, as this will add some genuine character to your decor.
Soft furnishings should look and feel handmade, with blankets, throws or wicker baskets helping to make the place feel homely. Charity shops and car boot sales are great places to pick up rustic style accessories, like enamel jugs or plant pots which can be used creatively indoors.
There is no set colour palette when it comes to creating your rustic style kitchen, but big, bold colours are most definitely out.
Neutrals and earthy hues are certainly the best choices for your walls, floors and ceilings, but softer, more-muted colours like lilac, sage green or grey can work brilliantly too.
Rustic style kitchen worktops
There are a great many options when it comes to choosing the right kitchen worktop for a rustic style kitchen.
Solid wood kitchen worktops are an obvious choice, due to their natural, warm appearance, with oak, beech and teak proving very popular. This is great if money is no object, but if you’re working to a budget, a laminate worktop could be a more economical choice, as it can be produced to give the appearance of wood, or even stone, for that rustic look. Plus, unlike solid wood, it doesn’t require any special treatment, other than a quick wipe down from time to time.
The centrepiece of your rustic style kitchen has to be the table. Perfect for gathering around, it’ll make your kitchen the perfect place for entertaining. Traditional style chairs, stools, rough cupboard fascias and a Welsh Dresser can all add to the look.
5 quick ways to create a rustic style kitchen
If you simply don’t have the time or budget to give your kitchen the full rustic makeover, you can still achieve the look with these 5 quick tips:
- Add an enamel jug as a vase and add some fresh seasonal flowers
- Throw a Gingham or checked table cloth over your dining table
- Add wicker baskets for tea towel or fruit storage
- Place a nice fluffy rug over your flooring
- Sand your cupboards down and repaint for a distressed look
So why not make 2017 the year you slow things down a little and give the country life a whirl, with your very own rustic style kitchen.