Rustic kitchen cabinets determine the design by creating the distinctive character of each kitchen. Everyone loves the warmth of a country kitchen. Whether this sentiment comes from memories of a grandmother’s (or great-grandmother’s) kitchen or from the style itself, the one design element that defines any kitchen will be the combination of cabinets.
The main characteristic of a country kitchen is flexibility, uniqueness, ease of use and comfort. Cabinets are selected for character, utility, and personal taste. Within the country kitchen style, however, there are several types, including
- english country
- arts and crafts
- rustic cabin
- american farm
- old world style
The country kitchen style is eclectic in many ways. This offers the freedom to express personal style and taste, design something truly unique and ensure maximum functionality. Cabinets are chosen to reflect these characteristics and express individuality.
Country-style cabinets are typically constructed of warm natural wood, sometimes with a “picked” or “bleached” finish, or painted in cheerful colors. Cabinets are typically mismatched in color/wood tone and style and often include an accent piece that can be a free-standing cabinet or a large table that doubles as a work island.
Selecting rustic kitchen cabinets can be a lot of fun because it can really express the character of your family or the nature of family life in your home. The goal is often to create a kitchen that is warm, inviting and approachable. Kitchens are often the place where the family gathers and where friends and family entertain.
Cabinets are sometimes selected for their elegance, in which case all cabinets will be color matched. More commonly, there will be at least one main cabinet piece made of a different wood or painted a different color. Open shelving, glass-paneled cabinet doors, storage bins, wood range/range hoods, and the like are combined with exposed apron sinks, vintage-style faucets and fixtures, and rustic floor coverings. they combine to create an inhabited look and feel.
The freedom to select rustic kitchen cabinets allows your unique personality to find expression and the opportunity to explore variations in door styles, drawer knobs and pulls, and other touches that will make every kitchen unique. Beaded Panel, Square Raised Panel, Beaded Frame and Panel, Revealed Overlay Panel and Frame, and Panel are very popular cabinet door style choices. All these styles can be freely combined.
When designing the room layout, a country kitchen typically includes many different cabinets, drawers, and specialty cupboards to maximize space and function for the cook and the entire family. Glass pane vegetable bins pair nicely with specially fitted pull-out spice racks, refrigerated drawers, warming ovens, wine coolers and storage units.
The great freedom and flexibility present the greatest opportunity and the greatest challenge in kitchen design, especially if the remodeling budget is limited. The first thing that comes to mind about country kitchen cabinets is often “custom cabinetry.” For many families, however, the cost of custom cabinetry is prohibitive.
A good cabinetmaker works with high-quality and semi-custom cabinets and customizes them to your specifications. They can often create the country kitchen you want for the cost of a few semi-custom cabinets. At an affordable price, you can have the high-quality cabinet styles you want and customize them to serve specific purposes and make a specific contribution to your total kitchen design.
Country kitchen cabinets may be easier to mix and match than you think. Doing your research to find a professional cabinetmaker can save you time, money, and provide exactly what you want in your kitchen.