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You'll Love These Design Ideas For A Rustic Kitchen

We all know and associate a rustic kitchen with a certain warmth and inviting comfort, which is exactly what you want from a kitchen, right? The ideas and options for a rustic kitchen are really limitless, from the ceiling options to cabinetry, and even the walls!

One of the great things about a rustic kitchen is that it can work in pretty much any home - whether your kitchen is small and you live in the city, or if you have a large family home in the suburbs. There are, of course, a few design principles and common styles, materials, and color schemes to follow to achieve your rustic kitchen.

First, let’s take a look at some of the basics of a rustic kitchen remodel, and then we’ll give you a few ideas for transforming your kitchen into a rustic dream!

About Rustic Kitchen Design

Having a rustic kitchen means incorporating natural and neutral colors and textures into the overall design. Think natural wood colors and finishes.

Another design element to include in your rustic kitchen design is the weathered or worn texture. This is a sure-fire way to achieve the look and it’s simple to do. All you need is to incorporate some wooden components like countertops or cabinets.

9 Rustic Kitchen Design Ideas To Transform Your Space

Below we’ve put together 9 great rustic kitchen remodel ideas that will enhance and transform your home.

Wooden Cabinets

Rustic kitchens and wooden cabinets go together like PB&J - it just works perfectly! One thing to consider here is simplicity. Keeping your cabinets simple will allow you to play around with texture and color in other aspects of your kitchen remodel, like countertops or walls.

A great cabinet style for rustic style kitchens is the shaker cabinet . These are simple cabinets, designed with clean lines, based on the Shaker community that settled in the US many moons ago.

This style is simple and easily adaptable to any kitchen. As such, wooden shaker cabinets work really well in a rustic kitchen.

Open Shelving

Another simple way to achieve a more rustic style is to install some open shelves. On these shelves, you can display some beautiful old copper pots and pans or your crockery to give your kitchen a more traditional, cozy look and feel.

Open shelving allows you to a) incorporate texture with rustic wooden shelving, b) create the illusion of more space, and c) show off all your beautiful plates and dishes!

Custom Tuscan Range Hood with Open Shelving in Rustic Kitchen
A Custom Tuscan Range Hood complements the open shelving and brick backsplash in this rustic kitchen - by Archways & Ceilings

Rustic Kitchen Range Hood

Remodeling your kitchen to a rustic style means upgrading some key elements, like your range hood.

Installing a custom farmhouse range hood to fit your kitchen is a great way to keep with a rustic, farmhouse-style kitchen. Side note: this style works really well with those shaker cabinets we mentioned before.

But there's no need to limit yourself to just a Farmhouse Range Hood. Depending on how you finish the range hood and the rest of the kitchen design, there are several other range hood options that would work well in a rustic kitchen. That's the beauty with range hood kits from Archways & Ceilings, they're only limited by your imagination! 

Another great range hood for a rustic kitchen design would be the Craftsman Range Hood . Our Craftsman Range Hood features straight design lines and tapers from the top on both the sides and the front. It's simplistic design is anything but boring and is a great complement to the simplicity of a rustic kitchen.

Craftsman Range Hood With Shaker Cabinets and Open Shelving
This Craftsman Range Hood plays well with the wood open shelving and shaker cabinets - by Archways & Ceilings

Neutral Rustic Color Scheme

The idea of a rustic kitchen is to keep it simple. Think of a farmhouse... you wouldn’t find a lot of cerise pink, bright blue, and scarlet red in a farmhouse kitchen. You could have bright accent colors, but the majority of the colors in your color palette will be neutral.

So, keep it simple. Keep it neutral. And keep it clean.

Rustic Kitchen Ceiling Ideas

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - rustic is all about natural material, particularly wood. A ceiling is an often overlooked part of a room and it can truly make or break the aesthetic of a room. So, if you really want to tie your rustic kitchen together, consider a vaulted ceiling with a natural wood finish.

A vaulted ceiling is perfect if you’re looking to extend the height of your kitchen and create the illusion of space. There are different styles you could choose from, so fear not, it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation.

Or, if you have the space, exposed beams are a beautiful way to incorporate a rustic style in your kitchen.

Farmhouse Range Hood in rustic kitchen with exposed beams in vaulted ceiling
A Farmhouse Range Hood is nestled perfectly between the exposed beams of this vaulted ceiling - by Archways & Ceilings

Stone Surfaces

Natural materials are ideal for rustic kitchens. Marble or granite countertops are both good options. They give an element of rustic chic while adding a clean, contemporary feel to the kitchen. Having a stone countertop adds a contemporary feel to a rustic kitchen without detracting from the warmth of a rustic style.

Tiled Backsplash 

Here’s where you can be a little more creative and have a bit more fun with color, texture, and patterns. A rustic kitchen, though simple and neutral does, in fact, need color and texture (even if it’s visual texture). There are so many options when it comes to tiled backsplashes, from herringbone to floral patterns, even rough stone tiles.

The idea here is to add depth and texture to your kitchen. And feel free to mix patterns in different areas of the kitchen. For example, behind the stove, you could have a simple, herringbone tile, whereas, above your sink, you could have a floral pattern.

How About Arches In A Rustic Kitchen

Arches  are such a great design element to include if you’re looking to create extra dimension in a room. Play around with the idea of arched doorways, especially if your kitchen leads on to your dining or living rooms.

You could even have arched windows - these are perfect if you’d like to create the illusion of space and light and get that old country feel. Not to mention, they just look beautiful!

Dual Radius Arch in Kitchen
This Dual Radius Arch adds character to the nook in this rustic kitchen - by Archways & Ceilings

Finishes For A Rustic Kitchen

Rustic kitchens are all about the finishes. When you think rustic, you think of lots of wood, neutral colors, and practicality.

Instead of sleek cabinets without knobs or big stainless steel handles, you’d opt for knobs that are a little more old-school and warm. For example, you could find some nice wooden handles or warmed-toned metal knobs in brass or copper.

If you go for a metal like brass or copper, consider getting a matching faucet for your sink. This really helps to tie the whole look together.

For a more modern rustic style, you can get creative and mix contemporary elements, like marble or granite countertops, with rustic elements like neutral wooden cabinets.


Remodeling a kitchen is a major job and not to be taken lightly. It’s also one of the most fun projects you could undertake.

Designing a rustic kitchen, whether it’s a small starter home, or a large family home, is something we’re ready to help you with. So get in touch with us , if you’re ready to transform your home!

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