Poor Lighting. The kitchen is one room where you can’t afford to have poor lighting. It’s not only a matter of design and atmosphere, but also safety when it comes to handling sharp knives and other kitchen tools. Plus, the more light you have in the room, the better you can show off your design elements. Rooms generally need three types of lighting: general lighting for overall illumination, task lighting and accent lighting. For your kitchen, evaluate the work areas and focus on providing each spot with the light it needs. Consider adding lighting directly above all the main work areas.
The kitchen featured below is one that still maintains its countrified side, yet has a female, sophisticated flair to it, as well. This design can be achieved quite simply by adding some prettier textiles such as fabric-covered chairs, curtains and a pretty area rug. Plus, some of the cabinets are white, new and more modern in design. Meet in the middle by uniting the manly with the womanly in your rustic kitchen. The two mesh very well together when done properly.
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Primitive Paint. Time-worn, aged and chipping paint is essential in any rustic kitchen design. This is not a look for all those Type A personalities that love a perfect, chip-free home (who can blame them). Instead, it’s a relaxed look that says, “My home is your home. Go ahead, put your feet on the coffee table.” Primitive painted pieces are easy to find at most flea markets, so go on a treasure hunt for the perfectly worn table or cabinet for your relaxed-style kitchen.
The wood stove in the image below is one to take a look at. Its floor-to-ceiling stone surround emits a real rustic vibe that is worthy of copying. A Rustic Kitchen With Feminine Flair. Up until now, most of the rustic designs we have looked at have been quite masculine in nature. They have been woodsy, manly and maybe emit too much testosterone for us females.
Essentially, use your imagination and you can come up with an inexpensive rustic-inspired pot rack, adding a must-have element to your country kitchen. Painted Wood Cabinets. Not every rustic kitchen has to be covered in bare wood. You can still achieve the design with elements of color. In fact, in the kitchen below, the only bare wood to be found is in the flooring—everything else is painted a deep country blue. Yet, it still gives the impression of a rustic inspired kitchen.