Rustic cabinets are a timeless trend that mixes classic and cozy styling.
Find inspiration for your dream kitchen with these 46 unique rustic cabinet ideas. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas and some things to consider.
46 Rustic Cabinet Ideas You’ll Adore
There’s much to love about the distressed look of rustic cabinets, and they’re much easier to incorporate into your home décor than you think.
The casual yet stylish vibe these cabinets bring to your kitchen will make you feel like you’re secluded in the comfort of your own country cottage, whether you live in the country or not. Immerse yourself in the beauty of these 46 unique cabinets.
1. Tri-Color Cabinets
Though you may think of natural wood colors when you hear rustic cabinets, the truth is they can come in cool colors too. This charming combination of blue, steel grey, and beige creates the feeling of a “lived-in” kitchen.
2. Country Kitchen
These lovely wooden cabinets blend right into this log country kitchen. We love the golden hue of the wood and the vintage look of the handles.
3. Cottage Cuteness
White and pale natural wood are a classic combo. These cabinets bring back the old-school look of bottom cabinets paired with hanging pots and wall shelves.
4. Retro and Brick
The brick walls fill the kitchen with instant warmth, while the retro-style blue cabinets and stove add just enough color to this ultra-rustic kitchen.
5. Wood on Wood
We can’t get enough of the layered wood look on these kitchen cabinets. The counter and wall on the side are a perfect match, while the opposite brick wall provides a stylish contrast.
6. Distressed Brown
These brown cabinets have a worn look to them but still appear polished. Paired with the gleaming white countertops and white kitchen island, the overall result is a very modern, rustic look.
7. Farmhouse Island
Offset the contemporary look of black and white cabinets by combining them with an oversized farmhouse-style island like this one. The distressed wooden legs complete the look.
8. Handle-less Cabinets
This unique take on rustic cabinets has us in awe. The handle-less wooden drawers really stand out against the white frame.
How cool are these hand-made wooden cabinets with medieval-inspired handles? This rustic ensemble is fit for royalty.
10. Floating Shelf on Brick Wall
These cabinets feature a super simple design and look straight out of a German fairytale. Create this look easily by pairing these low cabinets with a floating shelf against a brick wall.
11. Black Chalk Wall and Suspended Shelves
The wall behind your cabinets can make a huge difference. We like the effortless way this kitchen takes on a rustic vibe by using a chalk wall and some easy-to-build shelves to support pots and pans.
12. Off-White Vintage
Take your rustic cabinet game to the next level by incorporating these cool off-white vintage cabinets into your kitchen. The pale neutral shade means they pair well with just about any color.
13. Open-Shelf Cabinets
You’ll have an easier time finding everything you need with these open-shelf cabinets. These are a DIYer’s dream.
14. Fireplace Complements
Nothing says rustic quite like having a fireplace in your kitchen. This kitchen takes the old farmhouse look very seriously and makes the fireplace the focus by repurposing cloaked shelves and tables as cabinets.
15. Shades of Grey
Rustic doesn’t have to look worn. These cabinets combine several shades of grey to create a very modern ambiance.
16. Green Is Serene
Add a pop of color to your country-style kitchen by using these green and beige cabinets. These add a fun flair when combined with high shelves.
17. Built-In Shelves and Tile
These low wooden cabinets look great with the matching built-in shelf. The blue tile and an aisle doubling as a kitchen table complement the casual look nicely.
18. Glass Cabinets
Glass cabinets have remained chic for decades. These glass and white cabinets add an ageless rustic touch to any kitchen.
19. Worn Walnut
High-quality wood looks great worn, especially on kitchen cabinets. We love the vintage design of these.
20. Narrow Farm Cabinets
These cabinets feel cozy with their curve-top shape and narrow design. The glass doors and open shelves accessorize them nicely.
21. No Handles, No Frills
This ultra-simple design features handle-less cabinets on solid wood. A nude color means it goes well with several color or style combinations.
22. Loft-Style Cabinets
These crafty built-in cabinet shelves feature an extra-long design to fit all of your kitchenware. The wide open look means you can neatly display all of your best china.
23. Oversized Handles, Black Countertops
An exaggerated size on these cabinet handles gives the kitchen a glamorous look. The sleek black countertops and layered rustic wood make these cabinets a trendy choice.
24. Muted Tones
We fell in love with the opaque charm of these cabinets and their muted grey-brown color. The pentagonal matching island is the perfect complement.
25. Short Cabinets in Classic White
With classic handles and a contemporary border, these cabinets add a touch of class to any kitchen. We like the intricately carved frame on every door.
26. A Teal Dream
Teal is a fun twist on any rustic-style cabinet. These feature a long design for convenient storage and are beautiful against a matching teal brick.
27. Sunny and Warm
Yellow and orange tones mean these cabinets create a mellow, warm mood. The sharp edges and rectangular design combine futuristic elements with vintage ones.
28. Bold in Black
Feel like you’re in a modern-day fairytale with these classic-inspired wooden cabinets in a deep, almost-black grey. The cute button handles and glass bring the fifties back to the present.
29. Metal Racks
For the minimalist at heart, these metal frame shelves with wooden drawers provide just the right amount of storage space with a modern look that doesn’t feel basic. Placing some kitchen plants on the top shelf further enhances its urban sophistication.
30. European Gothic
A rustic medieval-style pantry and matching low cabinets give this kitchen an extreme gothic vibe. For those looking to mix and match looks, a castle-worthy pantry cabinet like this one will instantly add rustic appeal.
31. Faded Wood
Combine the faded look of these wooden cabinets with granite countertops, and you’ve got a classy, rustic kitchen. Homey metal handles add to the overall country appearance of these polished cabinets.
32. Legged Cabinets
A rough yellow exterior and short, stubby legs on these wooden cabinets reinvent the meaning of rustic. These are unique designs that instantly grab your attention.
33. Oak and Village Charm
Transport yourself to a villa every morning with this powder blue vintage-inspired pantry and oak and metal cabinets.
34. Knicks and Nooks
The grainy look and rough knicks on this cabinet style scream rustic. The faded paint on the island is consistent with a retro-style rustic aesthetic.
35. Red and Baskets
Red shades like this barnhouse one immediately conjure up images of a farmhouse. Add to the illusion with the woven brackets on the shelves for some trendy kitchen storage.
36. Iron and Wood
Two characteristics of rustic cabinets are iron handles and wooden designs. These wide cabinets look sleek yet perfectly rustic.
37. Funky Duo-Color Cabinets
A spunky green color with a splash of white makes this seventies-inspired cabinet a bright and bold way to spruce up any kitchen.
38. Mint Vintage Loft
Minty sage green paint and a retro style give these loft-kitchen cabinets an ultra-cozy look.
39. Ultimate Shelving System
One of the big things to look for in any rustic kitchen design is cabinets that offer loads of storage space. This moody blue cabinet and giant metal shelf combo give you that and much more.
40. Green Hutch
With a perfectly vintage green and intricate legged design, this hutch makes a fantastic addition to any rustic kitchen.
41. Reclaimed Colonial Wood
A beautifully primitive piece. We are all about the gold accents on the faded greyish blue paint in this rustic cabinet from colonial times.
42. Mock Chalkboard Over Retro Wood
A lazy way to complete your rustic cabinet design is by pairing a mockup chalkboard like this one with quirky wooden cabinets. We love the lines on the wood on these, especially against an equally rustic brick background.
43. Simple Lines
These white cabinets with simple yellow lines on the door and timeless button handles make an adorable addition to your rustic kitchen project.
44. Rural Red
This swanky red cabinet design features a classic style with rustic elements such as long iron handles.
45. Mustard Yellow Wood
Wide and deep cabinets combined with a bold mustard yellow and horizontal lines give these handle-less cabinets a special glow.
46. Short and Sweet
Extra-low wooden cabinets and asymmetrical shelves make this kitchen look like a vintage dream. The traditional farmhouse table has faded paint for added effect.
Things to Consider With Rustic Cabinets
- A little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll. While rustic generally refers to older styles, many rustic cabinets can incorporate modern features into their design. Several on our list fit the bill because of their unique mix of old-school components and contemporary ones.
- Simplicity is key. When shopping for rustic cabinets, you want to keep an eye out for simple features and designs that aren’t overly complicated or gaudy.
- Seek out imperfections. Much like produce from your local farmer’s market, finding quirky imperfections or slightly flawed texture means you’ve got quality when it comes to rustic cabinets. Look for grainy wood and knots that add personality.
- Reclaimed Wood. It’s common for rustic cabinets to feature repurposed lumber or wood materials, adding to their overall charm.
- Metal hardware. Iron and copper handles or other rustic metal components are characteristic of rustic cabinets, as they keep the rough look consistent.
- Distinct Patterns. You’ll notice that many rustic cabinet designs incorporate rough or unique patterns and textures into the wood.
- Faded Paints. The faded look is commonplace in rustic kitchen furniture, and when the paint is a little faded, it enhances the rustic aesthetic.
- All About Storage. Look for wide shelves and extra storage options in rustic cabinets, including extra metal frames or floating shelves.
- Don’t rule out custom. You can certainly find rustic cabinetry and kitchen furniture on the market, ranging from classic farmhouse style to medieval gothic. However, it’s not uncommon for rustic cabinets to be custom-made, so design your dream order or roll up your sleeves and DIY.
- Inspired by different time periods. While largely traditional, rustic cabinets should feature unique aspects of different periods in their design.
What’s Your Favorite Rustic Cabinet Idea?
Redecorating your kitchen is immensely exciting. Rustic cabinets make the job a little easier because of their inherent beauty.
Choose a style you love and add some rustic charm to your kitchen on your next project.