Modern Rustic Kitchen ideas
I am obsessing right now about paint colours and kitchen ideas. I’m planning a remodel of my Hampshire country cottage – looking for modern rustic kitchen inspiration – and feeling quite excited.
I spoke to my friend Alison before I set off too far down the kitchen planning path. She’s the best person I know for helping with paint colours and interior design. She has renovated four beautiful houses in the time it’s taken me to repair my back door. It still makes me snort with laughter to remember the time I presented her with my painstakingly compiled potential fabric swatches for a sofa I was recovering. Without so much as a bye or leave, she jettisoned my number one choice over her shoulder, saying ‘definitely not this one. Much too pale. Stupid idea with two children and a dog to contend with.’ I didn’t listen and had the sofa covered in palest of pale neutral velvets… Turned out to be a very stupid idea indeed and I was choosing (practical) fabrics again far too soon.
This time I asked her what she’d do with my cottage and rustic kitchen if they were hers. She thought for a moment or two and then lobbed her latest bombshell: Mushroomy taupe for the exterior windows and doors as well as selected interior windows and doors. All to contrast with a soft, natural white. What’s more, she went on to suggest, it’s high time I ditch the dark Farrow & Ball Railings colour I currently have on several walls. I must admit I am really tiring of it and hankering after something much fresher and lighter. But I have never thought of myself as a ‘taupey mushroom’ sort of person, so I was increasingly sceptical as she went on to suggest that I should also paint new shaker kitchen units the same mushroomy colour – as well as the wooden bifold doors I’m hankering after. Skirting boards and some windows to stay eggshell soft white, particularly where the light’s not good.
So there it was. Not exactly what I’d been hoping for – or even really what I wanted to hear, to be honest. It all sounded a little subtle, dare I say drab…? But I decided to try and take her opinion into account at least for a moment or two, before dismissing it.
Rustic Kitchen ideas
I headed to my beloved Pinterest and typed in many, many variations around mushroom/taupe rustic kitchen… and was met with a deluge of drab and underwhelming images.
Then I found this image of the Kew Devol kitchen in their ‘Mushroom’ colour and that changed everything.
Suddenly I was totally sold on the idea of mushroomy taupe contrasted with soft white. Turns out Alison was right and this colour combination does feel like exactly what I was hankering after, without really knowing it. I set off down a lengthy path to discover what this paint colour is.
Turns out that Devol don’t sell the paints they use, or reveal what actual colours they are. But I came across a thread on a forum where someone from Devol had commented that a perfect match for their Mushroom shade is… Oak Apple by Fired Earth. I was finally getting somewhere! I’ve ordered a sample and will soon be liberally slapping it about the place to see how it works in different lights etc in my own cottage.
How nice do the doors and windows look in this Henley on Thames kitchen, also painted in Mushroom by Devol? I like that the skirting boards and door frames are clean white to give a bit of fresh contrast.
Other rustic kitchen ideas I loved on the Devol site include this Cotes Mill Shaker kitchen. I love the combination of rustic white washed walls, old wooden beams and the simple shaker units.
What’s interesting is that when I first started putting together my ideas for the kitchen, all the images I pinned for inspiration were for darker kitchens like these: the Bloomsbury and Cotes Shaker Utility Room both variations of The Real Shaker Kitchen by Devol.
Months have passed by since I first saved these dark and moody ideas…. and now I’m just not feeling this colour any more. Not sure why. Maybe I’m an unwitting victim of colour trending. Either way, you have to feel the love for the colours you choose to live with, don’t you?
Even this lovely Arts and Crafts kitchen again by Devol, is now too harsh a contrast with white for me now.
I am definitely moving away from the dark dark side right now. Back out into the light. Albeit light with subtle, mushroomy taupe, undertones. Not drab at all. Subtle, soft and easy to live with is how I’m feeling it. I’ll keep you posted! X
Find all the kitchens featured above – and many more – on the Devol website
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