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Rustic vs. Country Kitchens

Posted on: August 14, 2016

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When looking for a specific style or design idea for your Rockville kitchen, you might quickly find that finding the right kind of information is much like navigating a minefield. The world of design is exceedingly fluid, and terms or styles can quickly become quite confounding. One of the most common occurrences of this our team finds is the distinction between a rustic kitchen and a “farmhouse” or country kitchen. Some would say there’s no difference, while to others, they are worlds apart.

At Jack Rosen, our team is wholly dedicated to providing you with the best services and most useful information possible. And of course, accuracy plays a big role in that. Wondering what the difference between these two terms really is? Our experts are here to help!

Country Kitchen Design Vs. Rustic

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The trouble stems from these two terms carrying very similar themes; both are homey, earthy, and quite welcoming. And the term country kitchen has been interpreted in a staggering number of ways. There are even different iterations of the style itself! Formal country, farmhouse, English; we’ve encountered upwards of ten or more types.

So for the sake of simplicity and clear definition, we’ll go with the most widely accepted interpretation. Country is classic Americana; featuring a wide open space, usually occupied with a dining table directly incorporated into the design. The overall design tends to stay fairly simple, using custom cabinets, and a spacious design that emphasizes simplicity.

Another important distinction to make about a country kitchen is homeowners often confuse the term with “outdated”. This is not the case! Many country kitchens make use of modern appliances and equipment. Sometimes these are custom designed to emulate older styles or appearances, and sometimes they’re incorporated into a pseudo-contemporary design.

Where Does Rustic Come In?


The big defining factor here is this: a country kitchen can also be rustic. Rustic is a design style, whereas country essentially fits an ideal. You might, for instance, have a wood burning oven in your country kitchen. And that would be a rustic feature of your country space. Country kitchen design is more commonly tied to size and layout and embodying that “family home” feel. Whereas rustic simply means uniform, handsome design that predominantly features wood or classic designs and materials.

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Hopefully that clarified the two terms somewhat, though we wouldn’t blame you if you were still a bit confused. Country kitchen design can be complex, but that’s one of the benefits of working with professionals! Our design team puts your wants and needs first, and together we can build a custom kitchen that suits your tastes perfectly. Contact Jack Rosen today to learn more, or to get started building the kitchen of your dreams!

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