To create a rustic kitchen, elements such as wood or knotted pine cabinetry with iron forged handles or exposed, open shelving, can create an informal, country look. The shelves are also a great way to display pottery, pitchers or handmade items in a small space. Hanging pots and pans and iron skillets from a central suspended rack adds rustic appeal.
Often rustic kitchen looks contain decorative accessories that evoke a country feel, such as old signs, wooden collectibles, decoy birds and antique roosters. A island workspace can also be an integral part of the kitchen's design. It creates a focal point and gathering spot and acts as a centerpiece for food and drinks. Fabrics used in a rustic decor can be simple gingham prints or fabrics with forest motifs. Using rich colors in tones of rust or deep green with country-inspired print fabrics helps to evoke the outdoors.
Countertops offer another place to add rustic charm. Distressed wood salvaged from an old farmhouse or slate counters that impart the look and feel of stone are rustic design elements. Small accents can also play a role in the style of a rustic space. Mugs with fishing or bird themes displayed on open shelves can impart a touch of the outdoors. Using natural elements, such as woven baskets and twig chairs, to accessorize provides a light and whimsical touch.