The use of thrift finds and used furniture enable us to bring to life our personal charm. Light or dark wood, painted wood, all can be interwoven in the kitchen design. Rustic natural wood cupboards with a red painted shelving is an eye-catcher (below). You can express your taste in your rustic kitchen.
Open shelving can be cost effective as well as a place to display special and nostalgic items.
No window over your sink? No problem. It still can be an area of delight to the eye.
I have to admit, I am not one to use a dishwasher.
Over the years, we have lived in 14 homes, and in the last 3 I have asked
my hubby to pull out the dishwasher and replace the space with open shelves.
A few years ago, while remodeling an older home, my husband had that "deer in the headlight" look when I told him to take down the cabinets. Do what? Yes, take them down. He loved the end result.
Shelving and/or reclaimed barn wood can be used for wall to wall shelves that draw you in and entice you to come and cook a spell! This photo below is an example of inexpensive ways to bring rustic charm into your kitchen with a VERY inexpensive pot rack wall arrangement.
There is no ordinary kitchen when you bring in your own heart into your design. So go with your heart and not with the preferences of others.