I know a lot of you are looking for ways to give your kitchen that old-world colonial look. This article will give you some ideas and principles to help you achieve the look you have in mind.
The main goal with these designs is to achieve an old-world ambiance without compromising modern functionality. If you set up your kitchen around an open fire and spit-roast pigs, it’ll definitely look rustic, but you probably don’t want to cook that way!
Having said that, the colonial period had some great practical technologies for cooking that we have lost. The king of these is the wood-burning stove. These not only look great, but cook and heat a home more efficiently and cheaply than most modern systems. What’s the catch? They are not easy to get nowadays and are no longer being manufactured. You need to keep an eagle eye on Craigslist or your local classifieds to find one second hand. Stanley and AGA are the two major brands, both of which made wonderful wrought-iron designs in all sizes.
An interesting twist on the wood-burning stove is the Kachelofen. This colonial workhorse burns twigs, rather than logs, which generates more heat. The hot air is passed through a large mass of brickwork along a serpentine channel, so that the brick gets hot. And once it gets hot, it stays hot. 20 minutes of burning twigs in a Kachelofen will heat a room for 24 hours.
One of the reasons Stanley and AGA stoves look so great is the texture of the wrought iron. Even if you can’t find a stove, try to put as much wrought iron in the kitchen as you can. A great way to do this is to hang wrought iron pots and pans on hooks on the wall. See the images below for how to use this to achieve a rustic, homey feel. (Copper pots, although a little hard to find, give an interesting twist to these technique.)
A similar atmosphere can be accomplished by semi-timbered walls. This alone can lend your kitchen an almost Shakespearean ambiance. Use old, dark wood (railway sleepers are ideal) and whitewash the space between them. When combined with wrought-iron pans, I guarantee this will achieve the effect you desire!