Setting the Mood: Sometimes rugged, but often cozy, rustic kitchens have a timeless and natural appearance. Wide-planked wood floors, antique brass hardware, knotty wood cabinets, and hammered copper all contribute to the earthy atmosphere of the rural lifestyle.
Decorating Ideas: When we think of "Rustic" we often think of "The Old West." A Winchester rifle next to an American flag, a lantern set atop rustic kitchen cabinets, and images of horses and livestock forged in brass... all these can bring to mind the old American dream of a "home on the range." Rustic kitchen design can also reflect styles from other regions, including Southwestern styles, Farm and Country styles, Desert/Adobe styles, and Lodge/Mountain motifs.
Completing the Look: If you have the space, be sure to include an old rustic kitchen table and chairs for informal meals. You'll want to hang out a while in your cozy new kitchen. Instead of glossy polished countertops, try honed or flamed granite which has a natural satin appearance. Butcher block countertops look fantastic on rustic kitchen islands. If you're feeling adventurous, soapstone or honed marble are also make great rustic countertops.