A cozy and welcoming kitchen is the center of a happy home. But enjoying a rustic kitchen isn’t just for those who live in the country. Dwellers of modern urban buildings can bring a little rural warmth to this essential room with some careful attention to decor. Here are some ideas on what to do.

Use Wood Where Possible

Wood is the true soul of a rustic kitchen. Pine-finished cabinets, work surfaces, and furniture all add a quick but relatively inexpensive homely touch. If you pay a little more, you can take the effect even further by using hickory, alder, cherry, or other hardwoods.

For the most natural appearance, choose highly knotted wood or even reclaimed timber rather than smooth, unblemished materials.

Expose the Structure

Wooden exposed beams on the ceiling are a classic effect, and it’s easy to buy and fit decorative beams if they’re not already in place as part of the kitchen’s structure. Leaving stonework or brickwork showing also looks great if your client’s home is built from suitable material, but facing walls with wooden boards or paneling is also effective.

Appliances and Gadgets

There’s no need to give up on modern tech to achieve the old-style look. Put major appliances behind old-fashioned cabinet doors wherever possible. For smaller gadgets go for an iron or copper look rather than plastic or shiny stainless steel.

Retro designs can work well depending on the rest of your decor choice, but the main aim is for appliances to blend in rather than being a dramatic centerpiece.

Use Warm Colors

Your clients may not have the luxury of a traditional fireplace in their kitchen, but your color choice can create a similar atmosphere. Focus on reds, browns, oranges, yellows, and creams for a warm and cozy effect.

…Or Follow Nature

Alternatively, if the kitchen enjoys a large window with a view of nature, use the colors outside as the inspiration for your decor scheme. For example, use granite and pine shades for a mountain cabin effect, or soft blues and greens for a lakeside retreat.

Natural Light

But whatever scene lies outside the kitchen, make the most of the natural light by leaving windows as uncovered as possible. If the room is on the small side, favor bright and breezy blinds rather than heavy drapes.

Natural Flooring Materials

Natural flooring materials are a must for a rustic kitchen. Hardwood is the obvious choice, but low-key stone tiles work well too. Use broad and bold floorboards or tiles rather than intricate patterns.

Storage as Decoration

Although cupboard storage is an efficient use of space, some kitchen accessories and ingredients beg to be made into a rustic feature. Copper or cast-iron pans can be hung from hooks in the ceiling. Install a rack above the stove for most attractive utensils. Place glass jars of dried ingredients on open shelves and make a show of bunches of fresh or dried herbs.

Finishing Touches

Lastly, pay attention to the final touches that seal the kitchen’s character. Use wooden-framed landscape scenes rather than abstract canvas art. Install wrought iron light fittings rather than sleek modern designs. Use terracotta or clay bowls rather than brightly patterned china.

Or bring a touch of nature indoors by placing attractive pieces of driftwood, old branches, dried flowers, or even rocks and stones in a tastefully understated display.

Everyone’s version of a perfect kitchen is different. But if your ideal is rustic, you don’t need to deny yourself just because you’re designing for a modern residence. A warm, country look is easy to build with a little thought, and it’ll help make the kitchen the happy center of your client’s home.