The last few years have seen their share of functional white kitchens, partly out of concern for the resale value of the home, and partly simply because of fashion. However, if your heart is more inclined towards the rustic or even industrial side than the pure and functional side, well, you’re in luck!
This year, the boutiques are full of decorative accessories with an industrial and rustic flavor. These two words can seem overused, having been used in all kinds of sauces. But let me give you my definition of both.
A rustic kitchen means: is made of raw materials, and whose finish is far from perfect, deliberately, of course. These are kitchen cabinets made of barn wood, for example, or solid wood butcher’s counters placed on white cabinet boxes. They are porcelain or white enamel accessories, worn and patinated by time. A bit like the field rat, if I may use the analogy.
Another aspect of farm or country life is that of impromptu and casual dinners in the kitchen. If you are lucky enough to have enough space, incorporate a farm table and chairs to entertain and chat with friends while you cook. The island is a modern concept, and the kitchen table is certainly its ancestor.
An industrial kitchen, on the other hand, is a kitchen that also has raw material attributes, but more recent and urban. These are raw wood and metal mixes brushed concrete countertops and stainless steel appliances. In terms of accessories, these are objects from the past, from the time of the industrialization of cities, when the exodus from the countryside was felt and cities represented the promise of a better life.
What I like the most is to marry rustic and industrial cooking, two historically opposed styles, with well-chosen accessories and varied textures. Cover an island with barn wood, and add industrial metal stools to “break” the look and add interest.
Same scenario for the decorative elements. Incorporate wooden elements, such as a cheese board, into your décor, along with industrial-era accessories such as enameled porcelain dishes.
No fable predicts how this story of style will end, but I can assure you that it will be a happy marriage that will last until the end of time.
Translated and adapted by Noobuzz staff.