Beautiful basics with a homespun feel give these kitchens an air of beautiful simplicity
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Modern rustic style takes its cue from charming country interiors where wood is the key material. For kitchens, this means tons of texture and a handcrafted feel, but without fiddly detailing or dated finishes. Instead, shapes are clean and timber appears unadorned (even if lots of techniques have been used to get a fashionably aged effect). Have a gander at these 10 tempting examples and see if modern rustic style is right for your contemporary cook space.
Pick your polish
Not ready to go really rustic? Stick to smooth stone worktops in a tone similar to timber and pair with wood-clad cabinets. The effect is natural but polished, with no nooks and crannies to collect crumbs.
Get it nailed
Repurposed crates work well in this eclectic cook space, where storage is limited, making for an easy DIY. Be sure to accessorise with gorgeous greenery (try a few potted herbs) to bring your timber touches to life.
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Urbanise the interior
Weathered-looking wood takes on a concrete-like quality in this cosmopolitan kitchen. Fine-lined, dark-painted upper cabinets combine with chunky base units fronted with bespoke burnt oak, washed with a white oil, to make a texture-rich team. Shaker-style stools and a traditional Aga complete the country-meets-contemporary clique.
Ease into industrial
Add industrial edge with oversized accents and a dynamic mix of materials. Patterned cement tiles create a woven effect in this kitchen, while XL pendant lights and Crittall-style screens lend a utilitarian mood.
Join the panel
Tongue-and-groove is a country classic. Bring it up to date by combining it with crisp cabinetry and a clean-lined, timber-clad island. This juxtaposition of old and new is ideal for a new extension, where pieces with a purely period bent can feel inauthentic.
Wonder at workmanship
Wood doesn’t have to be whitewashed or worn to suit a modern rustic scheme. Touches of warm, polished timber give this kitchen character, as if it has been carefully crafted by a carpenter over time.
Catch cabin fever
Go the whole hog and clad every surface in wood, then finish with a concrete worktop for durability and contemporary cool points. Unfussy modern rustic interiors like this Cornish country shack lend themselves to a few soft, traditional touches, such as a display of vintage teacups.
Cheat cottage casual
For a cottage kitchen when you’re lacking original features, start with a Belfast sink and build from there. Hang pots and pans (nothing says rustic like copper) from wall-mounted rails, stack shelves with jars and top with plenty of plants. Dot in some contemporary geometrics, plus an element of surprise, like this non-traditional statement clock: modern rustic style is all about the mix.
Take off a layer
If you have the opportunity to show the bones of your building – stripping out the ceiling to reveal joists and leaving brickwork bare – these rustic details will help to create an atmospheric kitchen scheme. Reclaimed furniture also looks at home amid imperfect interiors. Here, the inky units and dark accessories – artwork, chairs and lamps – bring the scheme up to date.
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Sharpen up shabby chic
Lighten up this look with gleaming metro tiles and pale accessories. There’s still plenty of wood on display, but white doors and grey walls lend a sophisticated simplicity and softness that’s supremely modern.
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