If you’re like us, your kitchen saw many a home-cooked meal in 2020. After a year of constant use, it could probably do with a little makeover. To breathe some new life into the space for 2021, find four tried and true design tips below!
All About Balance
The key to designing a rustic kitchen that feels comforting, unique, and well-designed? It’s all about balance — that’s the key to any design, after all. While it’s true that kitchens are work spaces, they don’t have to feel sterile or empty. Make your kitchen feel richly layered and more personal to your family by incorporating art, beautiful rugs, wooden furniture, and eclectic storage. Strike a balance of clean, sharp edges with organic, soft lines to design a space that feels fresh off the cover of House Beautiful or Southern Living.
1. Incorporate wooden furniture to give your kitchen warmth and character.
Smooth granite, marble, or quartz countertops and modern appliances make a kitchen feel clean and sleek. Balance this feeling with a wooden piece that brings vintage, heirloom charm. Western wooden tables, buffets, and shelves from our Brumbaugh’s collection can pull double duty as a kitchen island, casual dining table, or storage piece. For narrow or small spaces, try the TGC Accent Table. If your kitchen has ample space, go big with the Corinthian Six Leg Console, or give your space an informal dining space with the Edison Farm Table or the Virginian Dining Table. Incorporate the Teakwood Bookcase (in your kitchen or walk-in pantry) to create shelving with personality.
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2. Use empty wall space to your advantage.
Between making coffee first thing in the morning to cleaning up dinner dishes at the end of the night, you likely spend a couple hours each day in your rustic kitchen.
Because it’s one of the busiest rooms in your home, bring in art pieces you love. Art shouldn’t be reserved for formal spaces….hang it where you’ll see it most! A piece of art on the wall in the kitchen can feel unexpectedly fresh in the best way. When possible, hang pieces at eye level to give your eye an easy focal point.
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3. Get eclectic with bowls and vases for countertop storage.
When it comes to storing cooking utensils, coffee pods, or other kitchen must-haves, skip the stainless steel canisters from kitchen stores. Instead, use unique, design-centric pieces to make your countertop feel thoughtfully curated. These pieces can be just as useful as their utilitarian counterparts, but lend color and weathered texture for a more beautiful countertop.
Our Brumbaugh’s accessories collection has lots of beautiful, functional pieces that look right at home in a rustic kitchen. Try the Sara Vases, Rosie Bowls, or the Tyler Detailed Bowl as a colorful fruit bowl or countertop catchall.
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4. Layer a beautiful rug to connect your kitchen to the rest of your home.
For any space — kitchen included — rugs can be an easy upgrade with dramatic results. Don’t think you have to forego design for comfort and efficiency. Our rug collection has soft, cushiony comfort and beautiful, rich color and design so you don’t have to choose.
Whatever your color palette, we have a rug to match. From rich earthy tones or cool jewel tones, a rustic, vintage-inspired rug can give a great foundation for the rest of your space.
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