Log home kitchens combine the beauty and artistry of wood with the utility of metal and stone. Truly an integral part of the house, a log home kitchen bridges the gap between nature's untamed beauty and our desire for an incredible place to cook.
This log home features a generously sized kitchen with vaulted ceilings, a bi-level island with a sink and bar, red stained cabinets by Crown Point Cabinetry, and a warm country atmosphere.
From the ground up: If you live in a timber home or log home (or wish you did), chances are you love the outdoors, mountains, forests, and brooks. There's something warm and cozy about a rustic log home. You're close to the elements, but protected in a warm wood shelter. Consider how you might weave nature's elements of wood, metal, and stone into your log cabin kitchen.
Log cabin kitchen designs: Wood plank floors, wood beams, and vaulted ceilings can set the stage for a rustic kitchen. Copper pendant lighting, natural wood cabinets, and stone surfaces blend well. Countertops should be made of marble, granite, soapstone, or wood. For the backsplash, consider using slate tile, river rock, or tin to make a unique statement. Finally, with a blend of natural light, pendant lights, recessed lights, and under-cabinet lighting, you can enhance the ambiance and functionality of your log home kitchen for both day and night.
Sinks and Appliances: Look for a large single-bowl or apron sink made of hammered copper, granite, soapstone, cast iron fireclay, or stainless steel. These sinks are wide and deep, making them surprisingly functional. They can also have a rustic feel that blends well with the natural beauty of any log home. Appliances can be either stainless steel or panelized with wood. Avoid white appliances which tend to have a "plastic" appearance, which doesn't mix well with the natural look in my opinion.
Cabinet Recommendations: Natural wood with a clear protective finish is a popular choice for log cabin kitchens. Depending on how rustic you would like the kitchen to be, the wood can be either knotty or clear pine, maple, cherry, hickory, oak, or cedar. Some custom cabinetmakers construct cabinet doors and drawer fronts using half logs to match the look of the walls. Others use milk-paints and crackle finishes on early American style cabinets that are antiqued and distressed to add to the rustic charm.
Log Cabin Kitchen Decor: Consider displaying antiques and trinkets in open shelf cabinets. For a more authentic feel, display copper pots and pans on a wrought iron pot rack above the island. Country kitchen decor, farm elements, and decorations from the Old West will bring a bona fide look to your log home kitchen design.
Log Home, Timber Frame, & Rustic Kitchens: Video Slideshow
Photo Gallery: Below are some pictures featuring both log home and timber home kitchens. If you enjoy the natural feel of these kitchens, you will love the pictures of rustic kitchens as well. Enjoy the photos!