With their clean lines, monochrome colour schemes and polished plastics,
contemporary kitchens have certainly made a splash on the interior design scene.
Not everyone is convinced by these sleek, shiny cooking spaces though. In fact,
many people are turning back to more traditional looks in this part of their
properties, meaning rustic kitchens are once again all the rage. Here are just
a few of the reasons why.
The perfect balance of practicality and beauty
Because they tend to feature flooring and surfaces made from materials
like solid timber and natural stone, country farmhouse-style kitchens offer the
perfect balance of beauty and practicality. Beech worktops are a classic case
in point. With their honey tones and attractive grain patterns, they can lift
the look of kitchens and give them added warmth and personality. Solid timbers
like beech, oak and walnut are also naturally durable. As long as they are
cared for properly, they can continue to look good for many years in even the
busiest cooking areas, and some actually improve over time. In contrast, many
modern materials, such as plastic and laminate, start to show their age much
more quickly. Within a few short years, they can end up looking distinctly
worse for wear.
Easy to maintain
One major problem with modern kitchens is the fact that, because they
are so ordered and precise, they can be difficult to maintain. Something as
simple as a greasy fingerprint on a shiny cupboard or some spilled food on an
otherwise pristine work surface can be enough to spoil the appearance of your
whole space. On the other hand, country-style kitchens are able to withstand a
little mess and disorder, meaning they can be easier and more enjoyable to use.
Especially in busy households where people don’t have the time to scrub and
polish these spaces day in, day out, this is a big advantage.
From lurid linos to soulless industrial steel, some kitchen design
trends prove to be a flash in the pan. One of the great things about rustic
kitchens is the fact that they never fall out of favour. This style looks just
as good now as it ever has, and its popularity shows no sign of dropping. Rich
timbers and soothing natural stones have a truly timeless appeal. This means
that if you invest in a kitchen featuring these materials, you can rest assured
you’re making a good investment.
Country farmhouse kitchens can also evolve as your needs and preferences
change. For example, you can alter your furnishings and features as you please
without diminishing your overall design scheme. Rustic kitchens can easily
accommodate a range of colours and different styles of furniture and
appliances. This gives you more freedom to adapt your cooking area over time
without having to completely overhaul it and start from scratch every time you
want to make a change.
So, if you’re looking to revamp this room, why not consider going with a
traditional rather than a contemporary design scheme?
The reason I was a bit absent this past weekend, 5 dreamy places coming up later today, is that I spent it in a dreamy place in the heart of Transylvania, The Country Hotel.
What should I tell you more about? The fact the whole place looks like a part of a fairtytale? That the design is fantastic, traditional with custom made details by the lovely Marcella. Aww, and the food, don't get me started on the food, heavenly organic home cooked meals, uhh!