15 Inspiring Rustic Country Kitchen Ideas

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There’s something undeniably charming about the rustic kitchens you find in old farmhouses, but bringing the same look into your own space is much easier than buying an old country home. Let these 15 kitchens show you how it’s done.

In the kitchen area of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Santa Monica home, an Italian industrial light fixture hangs above an antique bluestone table and 19th-century American Windsor chairs; an Ib Kofod-Larsen armchair and a midcentury Danish lounge chair in its original leather are placed near the fireplace.

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Left: The elevated Tuscan-style fireplace in this Italian kitchen is original to the home. The chairs are Spanish, and the light fixture was made by Florentine craftsmen.

Right: In this Cape Cod cottage, a vintage seascape hangs above an antique butcher block.

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Leslie Tung and her husband, architect Gerard McCormack, renovated a kitchen in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, that is imbued with a sense of rustic, international flair. The walls are sheathed in Talavera tiles, the floor is paved with stained brick tiles, and the antique farmhouse-style table is surrounded by Casamidy chairs, which are upholstered in a linen by Mitu Atelier.

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The kitchen is this London home is made from a 19th century cast iron stove and topped with a Carrara marble; the pendent light is early 20th-century French, and the walls are lined with 19th-century Portuguese tiles.

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Left: A hammered-steel island and pot racks by Enclume, a KitchenAid stove, and an arsenal of All-Clad cookware are some of the industrial-chic touches in the kitchen of Katie Brown’s Bridgehampton, New York, weekend house; cabinetry made from salvaged wood, a wood countertop, and a floor of paved bricks help give the place its age-old look.

Right: Artist Nicola Tyson’s farmhouse in New Paltz New York, is an example of Shake-like simplicity at its best. The cabinets – designed by architect James Joseph – were inspire by mid-century farmhouses; a circa 1800sawbuck table and ladder-back chairs made in 1810 look right at home alongside ample open shelving, a soapstone sink, and a Viking range.

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Left: A neglected 110-year-old barn on Long Island was given a handsome renovation by homeowners Michel Botbol of Polo Ralph Lauren and Arthur Krystofiak. Pendant lights by Urban Archaeology are installed above a marble-top island in the kitchen, a brick-clad fireplace looks crisp and contemporary thanks to a coat of white paint, and the grandfather clock is a Swedish antique.

Right: In their 17th-century farmhouse in the South of France, Patrizia Maffeo and Dario Polenghi created lively backsplashes using antique tiles from Southern Italy. With a Louis XIV farm table, a skirted farm sink, and plenty of open shelving, it’s the kind of kitchen you want to spend all day in.

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A rough-sawn oak top island and an Aga stove are some of the sturdy elements in the kitchen of this restored  16th-century farmhouse in West Sussex, England. The homeowners use the oven for both cooking and heating ; the York stone flooring is original to the house, and pans hang within easy reach above an arched masonry wall.

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The Victorian home of designer Henry Quinta and his wife Francoise, in Perpignan France, has a kitchen packed with plenty of work surfaces on which to both cook and create flower arrangements; a zinc-top table takes centre stag, and the concrete and wood sink units are a Quinta design.

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A 1912 Dutch Colonial in Philadelphia belonging to Keith Johnson and Glen Senk is an ode to French country chic. The marble and oak island is a replica of one at La Miranda Hotel in Avignon, and the vintage grape-collecting basket is from the champagne valley; other rustic elements include brick floor pavers and a whimsical chandelier.

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In the kitchen of this 1760 farmhouse in Columbia County, New York where photographer William Waldron lives with his family, antique stools surround a table by Anders Villum Jensen,; the vintage factory lights are from CITE, and the sink and fittings are salvage finds.

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Interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard infused the kitchen of this 1920s Malibu Hills, California home with old world ambience, choosing French lanterns from Ann-Morris Antiques, a plank-top table from Dan Marty Design, and a farm sink and fittings by Waterworks.

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At Chateau du Jonquay, the 17th century Normandy summer home of designers Amy and Todd Hase, vintage Empire-style dining chairs surround a vintners tasting table in the kitchen, a vintage worktable serves as an island; open shelves display a collection of French Porcelain.

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