Design 101: How to Create a Mountain Resort Style Kitchen

Soaring mountain peaks, rugged terrain, and old pine forests appeal to a large audience of outdoor adventurers.  Regardless of whether your mountain experience includes skiing, fly-fishing, hiking or lounging by the fireplace, the majestic grandeur and awe of the mountains have inspired a unique, architectural style.

Mountain Resort Style - Get the Look. Cabin Chic traditional styled kitchen design idea.

The Mountain Resort Color Palette

Rustic, character-rich woods and equally rustic finishes are a notable feature of “Mountain” architecture. Surfaces throughout the space, like stone, wood, burnished metals, etc. are expertly blended. Finishes are full of natural character and can have a distressed or worn appearance.

A rustic, Mountain Resort styled design mood board with cabinet selections for a kitchen design.

Rustic Mountain Resort cabinet colors and finishes.

A “Patina” finish has an aged look with darkened corners and hand-detailing.

A close up of a kitchen island with a distressed painted finish.

Selecting Mountain Resort Style Cabinetry

Wood species with an abundance of knots and rich character can be enhanced with heavily distressed finishes. Choose door styles that have visual weight, with applied molding or raised panels with profiled edges. For accent doors, leaded glass can be used to introduce an antiqued metal finish and a hand-blown glass into the kitchen design.

Mountain Resort styled cabinet door styles.

Leaded glass cabinet doors can be used as an accent to introduce an antiqued metal finish and a hand-blown glass into the kitchen design.

Leaded glass cabinet doors with a traditional, rustic look inspired by Mountain style and cabin chic looks.

Design Elements of Mountain Resort

For “Mountain Resort” styling, the emphasis should be on architectural details with a grand scale and proportion.  Whether it’s a corbel detail, a turned post or a molding stack, endeavor to create visual weight and mass.  A massive stone fireplace is another definitive focal point.  Furnishings are imposing and luxurious, design elements are grand scales.

A large-scaled corbel on a kitchen wood hood shown in a rich and warm cabinet stain color.

The island is framed with turned posts selected for their substantial size and proportion.

Use moldings generously (within a crown molding treatment, below a countertop or below wall cabinetry) to create a heavily sculpted appearance throughout the kitchen design.

A close up of crown molding on top of a cabinet with a rustic wood finish.

Cabinet doors and drawers on this Mountain Resort styled kitchen island feature an applied molding detail.

Choose hardware that has a rustic design, and a blackened or burnished finish.

For a Mountain Resort styled kitchen, choose cabinet hardware that has a rustic design, and a blackened or burnished finish.

Is Mountain Resort your interior design style?

Mountain Resort Styled kitchen design with a rustic and grand wood hood and distressed wood cabinets.

Traditional and rustic interior design with a Mountain Resort style showing rich distressed wood cabinets, warm colors, and large scale decorative details, turned posts, molding, and corbels.

A Mountain Resort inspired kitchen design with two different wood cabinet colors, beadboard details, and extensive molding details.

Rustic kitchen design with rich stained wood cabinets and dark stained kitchen island.

A Mountain Resort style inspired design with natural stone sink, rustic design details, and rich dark stained cabinets.

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