Flooring: Let's start from the ground up! The flooring. If you are truly going for the rustic vibe there is no better choice than real wood flooring. I know the wood tile planks are huge right now, but if I was you I would splurge and go with real wood because it just has that feel and texture to die for. As fas as the type of wood, I would go with an oak or maple because they are both durable and have just enough grain and texture to make them stand out.
Cabinets: Moving up to the cabinets, this is where it gets interesting. You are going to want to stick with natural wood cabinets, not painted. Try and get some variation of color between the flooring and the cabinets so it does not blend into one big blob of color. A fantastic way to get a variation is to go with distressed cabinets. If you have never heard of distressed cabinets they are basic wood cabinets with a twist. They actually show knots and trend lines that would be in real wood pieces.
Countertops: For countertops, I have a few recommendations. The first one I would recommend going to would be a butcherblock countertop, which I understand may make it seem too "woody" so you may want to try a washed cement countertop to help break up the space a little. If you do not like either of those options, consider a Quartz that offers some natural colors to help keep the natural look of the rustic kitchen.
Fixtures/Appliances: Fixtures in a rustic kitchen can be fun and different. Instead of normal pendant lights over the island, why not try gas lanterns? That would really push the rustic feel in your kitchen; plus they would look absolutely beautiful. Also when it comes to appliances do not feel like you have to get older looking appliances to stick with the theme, stainless steel appliances will look just fine in a rustic kitchen!
This is one of my favorite kitchen trends, but I would love to know your thoughts and comments about it so please share with me.