When planning a rustic space, look for the colors and textures in nature. Don and Diane Brooks just turned to the wooded lakeside setting around their cabin on Michigan's Walloon Lake.
The Brooks took colors from fall leaves-yellows, golds, rusts and browns-and liberally sprinkled in nature's materials: stone in the sink and slate counters, wood in walls and floors, and mineral elements in the coppery faucets, light fixtures and pots and pans.
Choosing a rustic look doesn't have to mean giving up the latest kitchen conveniences. The Brooks' kitchen features a stainless double-door refrigerator, four-burner range with center grill, and a pot-filling faucet, warming drawer, wine cooler, ice maker and storage racks within easy reach. The island holds a built-in microwave.
When you surround sleek appliances with earthy materials, you can cook in luxury and still embrace Mother Nature.
This style is all about primitive handmade character and the use of rugged materials. A weathered barnwood range hood/enclosure, copper countertops and a slate tile backsplash with a "fall leaf" tile pattern give the cooking zone a rustic flavor. The sink area's earthy appearance comes from a rough-faced granite basin, natural woodwork and an oil-rubbed bronze faucet. Leaf tiles on the island bring the outdoors in. Slate tile counters preserve the natural look atop the wine cooler and warming drawer that let this lake home handle visitors.