Hello and happy Friday! The summer is speeding by – which I’ve missed entirely because I’ve been at home most of the time keeping an eye on my post-surgery dachshund RoyRoy. Hopefully, by the end of the month, he’ll be mostly recovered and I’ll have more freedom. Anyway, let’s talk about the rustic kitchen trend and how much is too much.
I came across this image below of a truly rustic kitchen built in an old mill in the Yucatan and featured in Architectural Digest Germany. I was reminded of the old stone farmhouse I featured a couple of weeks ago.
This kitchen above – what do you think? Dirty looking or completely cool? I was initially going to write a post about Wabi Sabi style (the appreciation of aging or degrading surfaces and things), but it morphed into more about whether some styles can be too much and how to get the feel of a particular style – in this case Rustic Kitchen – within your own specific taste and preference level. I will say – I love the tall walls and the light coming in from the ceiling and the highly polished floors. But in general, this is too much for me.
The kitchen above, with concrete counters and rustic cabinet doors seems a “cleaner” version of rustic, but it’s still a bit too rustic for my taste, though the quality of light is really beautiful.
One of my favorite designers working today is Lauren Liess in Virginia. We interviewed Lauren several years ago in our Skirted Roundtable podcast. This is her own kitchen. Lauren has a wonderful way of mixing old and new, rustic and high style. The French Bistro style light fixtures, mixed with rustic open shelving, beamed ceiling and drawer fronts is unexpected and raises the “rustic” up a notch.
This rustic kitchen above, featured in Elle Decoration France, is a mix of rustic and modern and shows how well they can co-exist in a design.
Marie-Laure Helmkampf is a French designer who created this love rustic kitchen in an old mill building. This has the gorqeous original stone walls, but has a refinement that comes from the clean surfaces and lines of the counters and cabinets.
Another mix of clean and rustic is this Brad Krefman kitchen above with it’s natural light stained wood and chicken wire cabinet door fronts.
This Jeffery Dungan kitchen features rustic door fronts, including the refrigerator (far right). The warm color of the wood is picked up in the marble on the waterfall island which ties them nicely together. The nearly monochromatic color palette makes this rustic kitchen feel very refined.
Designer Benjamin Dhong‘s kitchen (another favorite of mine) showcases a similar color palette as the more rustic kitchen designs, but isn’t rustic at all. The beautiful apothecary cabinet has the warmth of the woodsy rustic style, but has the elegance that very rustic spaces often lack. Sometimes, we need to look at not just a style – rustic kitchen – but how is that style rendered? The color of the wood, the mix of warm and sleek materials. Those design details are appealing on their own and can be rendered in any design style of your preference.
Another warm kitchen which I love is this by designer Dana Wolter. This is another example of warm woods mixed with sleeker materials. This is not at all rustic in my view – but has all the warm of a rustic space.
And now we take an extreme left turn – clean, crisp and spare design with a little touch of warmth on the floor and butcher block counter.
Which begs the question:
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