Rustic Kitchens

“Worn," "distressed" and "rough hewn" may not be the first words that come to mind when we think of kitchens. But today rustic kitchens rival the classic white kitchen in popularity — thanks to their timber, stone, brick, vintage appliances and fireplaces.

1.  Shop beyond the typical appliance options

         Standard white, black and stainless steel appliances can take away from the rustic look. Appliances now come in a range of colors and cabinet-front options         that won't detract from the cozy atmosphere.

2.  Pair wood finishes with warm hues

        This rich red island helps tie together the Oriental runners, wood countertops, ceiling coffers and cabinets. Copper pendants add patina and glow.

3.  Add vintage-style touches

         A reclaimed sink, an enamel stove and old-fashioned cabinet latches give this kitchen much of its vintage charm.

4.  Consider reclaimed wood for your countertops

.       A couple of coats of polyurethane will keep wood countertops protected from spills and rotting. If you're renovating an older home, look in the attic for                   beautiful old floorboards to use for countertops.

5.  Explore different finishes for appliances.

       Check out options like antique brass, unlacquered brass, architectural bronze, antique copper and shiny brass.