Dreaming of life in a renovated farmhouse but not quite ready to commit to a fixer-upper? Fortunately, you don’t need to live in the middle of nowhere or buy an old country home to achieve the look, and your kitchen is an especially apt room to start. Nor do you need to commit to a gut renovation to emulate the charm of a farmhouse kitchen. A chic rural feel can be achieved just by adding a simple touch of wood or a timeless vintage piece, such as a dining table or chairs. Sticking to a neutral and earthy color palette and natural materials will give your kitchen a timeworn but perfectly timeless design. But don’t take it from us. Explore these 15 gorgeous rustic kitchen ideas from our favorite designers for some inspiration on how to create your own home on the range.
This Minnesota home renovated by Anne McDonald balances rustic and Scandinavian vibes to perfection. The soft and traditional kitchen features dark countertops and pale floors and walls, as well as tons of natural light. The key to making it rustic? A set of adorable vintage wooden chairs and a custom island that cleverly features the same detailing.
Barn Raising Kitchen
Transform your guesthouse—or barn house if you’re lucky—into a stylish escape. This 100-year-old barn in the Hudson River Valley was renovated with the help of ELLE DECOR A-List design team Heide Hendricks and Rafe Churchill. The dining area features timeless pieces like a vintage table and chairs, along with a charming kitchenette painted in Farrow & Ball’s Dead Salmon.
Vanessa Branson reimagined this property on Eilean Shona, a remote Scottish island, as a dream destination for guests. The cozy kitchen is the perfect rustic space, a feeling heightened with the vintage table and chairs. The blue gives it a pop of color and the white backsplash, a classic touch.
For restaurateur Rosa Bonura, it was fitting that the kitchen be the star of her 18th-century Connecticut home. Renovated by New York–based interior designer Ryan Lawson, the revamped kitchen includes Shaker-style paneled cabinet and Demon wall shelving designed by Mathieu Mategot. The rustic feel is completed by the use of natural materials throughout.
Sometimes all you need to evoke a country-fresh look is a rustic island. In the case of this Southern California home by Studio Shamshiri, a custom kitchen island was designed by John Williams and is accompanied by BDDW stools. The island’s warm, earthy tone pairs perfectly with the leaf-green Dyrehaven paint from Farrow & Ball.
A Hamptons Classic
Sherrill Farmhouse, located in East Hampton, New York, was built in the 1700s and rebuilt in 1858. Originally functioning as a working dairy farm, the property was the perfect venue for a rustic kitchen. The bright space exudes a casual, summer feel, thanks to the bright white tile and the salvaged wood island.
This laid-back Lake Tahoe home combines luxury and simplicity. Designed by Palmer Weiss, the kitchen has backsplash tiles by Exquisite Surfaces and a Caesarstone countertop. The reclaimed barn wood ceiling beams and stained white oak floor complete the look.
19th Century Update
Michael Carey, a fashion consultant who worked for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, wanted to create the country house of his dreams. This Claverack, New York, home features an original 19th-century kitchen with an old-fashioned hearth and beehive oven. You can’t get more original than that!
Rustic in Uruguay
Between the coastal town of José Ignacio and the interior village of Garzón in Uruguay lies this rustic sanctuary. The kitchen is all about timeless simplicity, from the leather pendant light to the ceiling beams created from an old railroad track found in a nearby field.
In this kitchen, designer Heidi Caillier lets the home’s 18th-century charm steal the show. She left the original beams exposed, incorporated country-style cabinetry (painted in an ultrafresh cream color), and added wainscoting to lend a period feel. Wood counter stools from Summer Studio surround the Carrara marble–topped island.
This Victorian farmhouse in the English countryside radiates rustic charm from the inside out. Rita Konig designed her own home and decorated her kitchen with a star pendant from Pooky and a classic, white-enamel Aga stove. Timber statement pieces such as the dining table and chairs give the room extra rural appeal.
A Modern Twist
This kitchen inside an 1840s farmhouse in Bridgehampton, New York, feels at once modern and rustic, thanks to its chic, all-gray palette. Led by interior designer Steven Gambrel, the kitchen includes a striking marble sink and countertops, painterly cabinetry (in Benjamin Moore’s Heatherstone), and a vibrant collection of 1930s Bea Evan paintings.
Florence Grinda’s Portuguese vacation home, designed by decorating all-star Jacques Granges, is the dream getaway. The kitchen brings all of the freshness of the house’s sunny surroundings indoors. The cabinets were painted vibrant blue, and antique Portuguese plates adorn the walls.
Rustic Long Island Kitchen
Fashion designer Chris Benz believes in the power of “color, proportion, and the combination of things.” In his own kitchen, he mixed the old with the new. He kept the original cabinetry but painted it in a vintage-inspired pale green and added new hardware. An antique farm table, meanwhile, serves as a rustic kitchen island.
Historic Charm and Rustic Touches
The plan for this rural carriage house, located on a 45-acre farm in Bedford, New York, was to “keep the place cozily rustic,” says ELLE DECOR A-List designer Virginia Tupker. That vibe extended to the kitchen, of course, where the shelves are made of reclaimed wood found on the farm, the floor is concrete, and the island is topped by a vintage marble slab.
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