Rustic Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the different options of rustic kitchen cabinets and how they translate into a warm and cozy dream kitchen.
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Italian Style Kitchen

Tuscan design celebrates its simple luxury and at-home feel through this warm kitchen. A low, cove-vaulted brick ceiling, hex terra-cotta flooring and rustic sage cabinetry in this kitchen deliver natural warmth and character.

Rustic kitchen designs embody the country lifestyle with large cabinets, warm colors and lots of wood with interesting character. If you hope to create a country kitchen, start by choosing rustic kitchen cabinets to anchor your look.

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Get the Look for Less

Want to redo your kitchen without breaking the bank? "It is possible to give your kitchen a whole new look for much less money," says Nikki Trivisonno, president of the Ohio State Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. "But you have to be willing to make some compromises."

Start by updating the color and reducing clutter then add new hardware, fixtures and a backsplash. You'll go a long way toward stealing the high-end look you crave.

Replace the Hardware

"Hardware has a really big impact on a kitchen's style, so changing it is a great way to freshen up the look of your kitchen," says Trivisonno.

For less than a couple hundred dollars and just a few hours of work, a homeowner can swap out every handle and knob in the kitchen. Styles range from contemporary to rustic to traditional. Finishes come in ultra-popular oil-rubbed bronze or easy-to-clean polished chrome. To make installation a breeze, Trivisonno suggests that homeowners bring along an old drawer pull when shopping to make sure the new hardware matches the holes of the previous set.

Depending on the style and finish of the hardware and the number of drawers and cabinets, the average kitchen can be completed for as little as $150.

Replace the Faucet

Fixtures are the jewelry of the kitchen, and the kitchen sink is often the focal point of the room. Investing in a new faucet is a simple and cost-effective way of giving the whole room an updated look. Like cabinet hardware, faucets come in a wide range of shapes, styles and finishes, making it easy to match the decor of the room.

Kitchen faucets come in single- and double-handled models and can include a separate pull-out sprayer, requiring an additional slot. Match the new faucet footprint to the old to save hours of frustration and quite possibly the cost of a brand new sink.

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Install a Stainless Steel Laminate Backsplash

"For a really clean, contemporary look, a homeowner can easily install a stainless steel laminate backsplash," says Trivisonno.

Capped with a thin layer of stainless steel, copper or aluminum, metallic laminate sheets can be used as countertop backsplashes, as appliance covers and for the wall area behind the cooking range. And because they install with little more than a few dabs of panel adhesive, the job is easy enough for any do-it-yourselfer.

A properly sized metallic laminate panel affixed to the face of a refrigerator or dishwasher can modernize its look for a tiny fraction of what a new appliance would cost.

Add a Ceiling Fan

When shopping for a fan, look for the Energy Star Label, which means the product has met the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's energy-savings standards. Experts say an energy-efficient fan can save up to 40 percent on summer cooling costs and up to 10 percent in the winter. In other words, they're well worth the effort to install. They'll keep your kitchen cool and provide a new visual element to your space.

While rustic or country kitchens fall under the traditional kitchen design category, they are unique in that they give off a casual, inviting feel. While many traditional kitchens are made to be admired, rustic kitchens are made to be used. Cabinetry is usually made with durable lasting materials such as wood, with pine and oak often being featured.

Pine is a popular wood choice as it displays the visible knots and wood graining that rustic cabinets are known for. Pine is also readily available and budget friendly. The only con to using pine is that it is a fairly soft wood and can dent and scratch easily. Cherry, oak, maple and hickory are also popular wood choices for rustic kitchen cabinets. They come in a wider range of colors and costs but are more durable than pine, so they may hold up better in a well-used rustic-style kitchen.

Color is an important characteristic of a rustic country kitchen. Rustic kitchen colors tend to be warm and natural, featuring hues that accentuate the wood cabinets chosen for the room. Rather than using glossy stain finishes, rustic cabinets may be left rugged or matte to accentuate the authentic feel of the wood used. Wide-planked wood floors, ceramic sinks and hammered copper are additional features found in rustic kitchens that flow nicely with the natural wood feel of the cabinets. Soapstone, honed granite and butcher block countertops also combine well with rustic wood cabinets to bring that homey feel to a country kitchen.

In order to complete the look of a rustic kitchen, antique metals can be used as hardware to adorn your cabinets. Rather than sleek stainless steel or silver hardware, rubbed brass, wrought iron, distressed gold or bronze pulls and knobs can be used to give the warm and cozy look of your perfect rustic kitchen.

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