You’re standing in your cozy rustic kitchen admiring the warm glow that only aged wood cabinets and a natural fireplace can emit, and the smell of pine trees surrounds your senses. You drop into your favorite plaid-covered chair, resting your stocking feet close to the open flame of the wood-burning stove — just close enough to warm your cold toes. The logs in the fire seem to pop to the tune of the kettle boiling on your huge cooking stove.
Rustic design is heavily tied to natural materials and a natural look. If you can put hardwood floors down then you are off to a great start (tiles and linoleum can work, but they don’t have the same natural feel). You should look for wide plank flooring that has that Old World charm and try to choose wood that has knots in it. There are many types of wood to choose from – Hickory, Alder, Cherry or Pine, to name a few. Pine is often used in rustic kitchens and has a coloring that ranges from dark brown to deep orange. When deciding on your floor’s finish, try and opt for a non-glossy and natural finish.