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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Three Ways: Rustic Kitchens

1; James Merrell | 2; Reed Davis | 3; Claudia Dulak
Alongside colourful interiors, those with a rustic, weathered and well-loved vibe are some of all time favourites. Whether it's a weathered farmhouse table or the cold, smooth surface of a stainless steel stool, there are various ways of creating a rustic feel to a kitchen. The first space - the kitchen of TV presenter Ben Fogle and his wife - illustrates how a combination of exposed brick walls and vintage finds can create a rustic vibe. No brick walls in your crib? No fear, as the second kitchen is a great example of how to add a subtle rustic feel to a space, as opposed to it being the overriding theme to the room. This is achieved by styling the modern cabinetry with rattan textures, found items and rustic-cum-industrial furniture pieces, such as the the Tolix stool. Finally, if you're looking to redo your kitchen from scratch then using worn, wooden storage and cabinets is a good option. Once complete, be sure to pile high with a mix of tactile, wooden accessories. Which kitchen would you choose?

35 comments:

  1. They're all appealing for different reasons. The exposed brick wall reminds me of our apartment in Manhattan so I would have thought that would be the natural choice for me. But then I scrolled down to the third one and it's just so charming! As usual, I can't decide. :) xo

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  2. The wood elements are so lovely - so is the exposed brick, which I love in any room.

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  3. Definitely the last one for sure. I adore the almost French feel this space has with the beautiful worn wood; plus the open shelving and the wooden bench tops are divine xx

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  4. exposed brick if possible! I'd love to find a house that had a brick wall in the kitchen!

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  5. the exposed brick is my dream!

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  6. All gorgeous Will but I think I like the second one most :)

    Abbey x

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  7. @Ally - I hear ya, it's a hard decision! Love that you had exposed bricks in you Manhattan apartment.

    @paper bouquets, La Maison Boheme, Heather Joy, gendyson, Jamie-Lynn - Oh, me too!

    @Rachel - It feels like a holiday home space - very inviting.

    @Gild and Grace - I like the natural light and clean, refreshing feel of the second space.

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  8. The rustic kitchen style with many wooden elements is my cup of tea!
    It looks so homely and comfortable.
    I'm lucky to have a talented wood turner for a husband so there would be no shortage of beautiful and practical hand turned bowls and platters.

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  9. I like them all! im between the second and third one as I like them a bit better than first for their subtle colors, but I love exposed brick so its a tough one! Undecided :)

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  10. Oh all three are lovely but the Wooden Elements kitchen fantastic!!! I love the olive green, wood and white together and the organic feel is perfect!

    xo Allison
    Spicer + Bank
    www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

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  11. @Maryann - A wood turner as a husband? That's cool! Thanks for stopping by.

    @Helena - Hard to choose, right?! I love exposed bricks, too!

    @Allison - You're right - the third space does feel very organic.

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  12. I love n.3, wood elements and the vintage green bottle!!!!!
    vale

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  13. So not fair theyre all so nice! Hmm if I had to choose it would be the exposed brick, we have it in our kitchen but is painted :( would love to have it stripped back!x

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  14. @Appunti di casa - That green bottle is proving popular!

    @littletree - Oh, lucky thing! Maybe a little project for the winter months?!

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  15. I must say I love the brightness of the second kitchen style, the wethered wood of the third and the awesome cabinet and clock of the first style! I gotta go scavenge some flee markets.....soon!

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  16. Living in a converted timber loft, our kitchen most resembles #1 but #2 -- white, bright and light -- that's a dream.

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  17. Number one is really cool, but I think I would choose number three. It looks so cosy and homy. I would like to cook there with my friends, using the beautiful bottles of oil and vinegar, mixing a nice salad in one of those wooden bowls.

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  18. Anything with brick walls! I already know that in my next "dream home" I will have a bistro feel kitchen with brick walls and a LONG rustic farm table. (I will even skip the formal dining room).

    Warm hugs to you Mr. Bright.

    Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  19. love a mixture of all 3! you can get bottles similar from bloomingville, some UK places stock them I'm sure.

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  20. the first kitchen made me gasp... it's GORGEOUS!!!

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  21. @CB - I like all the natural light in the second kitchen, too. Happy flea time!

    @Amanda - Number two is lovely but if your kitchen is like number one then that's pretty amazing as well! ;)

    @Jamie - I love how you've imagined what you would do in the space if it was yours... I totally do that as well!

    @Hilla, Samantha - Thanks for stopping by! Number three is full of lovely textures.

    @red.neck chic, Yoke - Number one is proving popular, folks!

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  22. That's a tough one! There's something about every one of them that I love :)

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  23. Exposed brick is great if the bricks are a good colour. When we moved into our house they looked hideous and overwhelming in a very small room and I admit I had them painted white before the removal men had finished unloading!! GG

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  24. Will - you stopped by my blog and left a comment!!!! AHHH!!! i read your blog everyday thanks for stopping by such a newbie place...i think you're my new favorite ;)

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  25. I like them all, very good post. I bought a house that I'm moving into in a couple months. There was an addition done behind the kitchen and there is a hidden brick wall between the two rooms. I have to investigate how much it would cost to expose it because it probably means removing the cupboards too...

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  26. I would go for subtle style but with that gorgeous exposed brick work! Stunning! xo

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  27. Each one is beautiful in their own way, it's hard to pick a favorite! Love these!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  28. That was an interesting exercise to choose between those three. Although I liked all of them the third one is the one I'd like to live with.

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  29. @lisa, Jessie - It's OK, you can love them all! ;)

    @GG - Good point. Some exposed bricks can be a bit of an eye sore!

    @everything bananas - Thanks for stopping by!

    @louly - Sounds exciting! I hope the investigating doesn't prove it to be too expensive because those bricks sound like they would be lovely in your new space.

    @Rachie - Great choice, hun!

    @Starybluesky - Number three has a very calming feel to it.

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  30. Hey I love it:-) #2 is my picture silly :-) Great post

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  31. Oh,anything with exposed bricks make me happy. I need a larger office, guess what will be the highest point?
    Exposed bricks, of course.
    Bautiful post.
    Tereza

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