When it comes to kitchen design, you can't beat a little rustic Italian flare. Few countries evoke a sense of culinary delight and homely kitchen heaven more than Italy. Adding a few rustic Italian quirks to your kitchen design instantly gives any contemporary kitchen a warming, cosy feel while providing the ultimate in chic interior decor. Here are three great rustic Italian kitchen design ideas that are easily incorporated into your kitchen...
We all love a nice glass of something sweet to wind down in the evening or relax with at the weekend. Sharing a bottle of your favourite Barbaresco with friends is what kitchens were made for, but the fun doesn't have to end when the bottle is empty. Wine bottles make excellent features, especially when used as unusual vases. Stuff them with tall sprigs of lavender and other attractive, scented herbs, and use them as centrepieces, or line them up on a windowsill, or at the back of your counter. Alternatively, get a few rough-cut planks of wood and hang them on the wall, fixing a bottle to each with a metal bracket around the bottle neck. Instant rustic Italian chic.
Nothing creates the air of Italy more effectively and easily than teaming natural woods with warm but neutral colours. Pair rich, dark woods like oak and walnut with creamy whites, coffee browns, and luscious beige. A spot of white will work well too, but don't go overboard or you'll lose that cosy Italian vibe. If you're looking for something a little more vibrant, terracotta is the perfect colour for a feature wall.
A lot of contemporary kitchen designs focus on minimalism and decluttering, but there's something to be said for the artful clutter that is often associated with a busy Italian kitchen. Sideboards stuffed with crockery, pots and pans hanging from wrought iron frames, and endless racks of wine, coupled with ready-to-use glasses. The idea isn't to create a mess, but rather to fill your kitchen with everything you need to truly enjoy every aspect of your food. The key is structuring everything using key pieces of furniture (like sideboards and pan racks) that hold a lot, but keep it confined to a relatively small space.
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