Inspiration Gallery: Modern Rustic Kitchens

Even as someone who loves to cook, I think that after seeing these rustic beauties I would rather have rough hewn wooden beams than a Wolf range in my kitchen.

The sense of warmth and freshness in these kitchens is what appeals to me most. Often, when it comes to kitchens warm equals dingy and cramped, and fresh equals sterile and cold, but all of these kitchens manage to strike a lovely balance between the two.
• 1. The combination of clean lines and light gray painted cabinetry is the perfect contrast to the warm raw wood beams and ceiling.
• 2. I love the simplicity of this lodge-y kitchen. An abundance of natural light and white cabinets on bottom as well as white subway tiles on the back splash keep it light despite the weightiness and scale of the stone and wooden elements. I couldn't believe it when I read that this is a new construction kitchen.
• 3. This kitchen has popped up all over the blogosphere for good reason. The shipping pallet plate rack—don't worry, we're sure health risks have been taken into consideration— and weathered shutters-turned- cabinet doors are perfect compliments to the thick concrete countertops and painted floor.
• 4. This kitchen is part of one of my favorite home tours featured in Martha Stewart, Tom Johnson's converted barn. The owner created the pendant lights from old shades and gas pipe fittings.
• 5. If you haven't discovered Plain English you're in for a tease treat. I regularly stalk their site for kitchen inspiration as I dream about the kitchen they will be designing for me in my English country house...in my next life. Their Derbyshire Farmhouse kitchen is one of my favorites— the perfect combination of country and modern.

Which is your favorite?

(Images: 1: VT Wonen, 2: Canadian House & Home, 3: Debi Trailor for The Bailey's The Recycled Home, 4: Martha Stewart, 5: Plain English)

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