The industrial trend remains popular, but the resulting dark and atmospheric scheme is not for everyone. We take a look at lighter approaches to urban-themed kitchens with a twist, creating the look whilst keeping your kitchen bright and airy.
The key to a successful urban design comes from utilising existing period features, or adding in raw and earthy elements which inspire industrial kitchen design. Here are our favourite white kitchens which incorporate such elements:
Marble doesn’t instantly spring to mind when contemplating an industrial design, but it’s raw properties actually aesthetically play into the look and feel perfectly. It helps to give a more contemporary twist and opulent feel, and when combined with oak cabinetry and flooring, ties together to create a chic urban scheme.
The form of the island with its square, clean edges with reflect modernity rather than tradition. The flowing waterfall end maximises the opulence of the marble whilst creating such an illusion of unending lines that perfectly encapsulates the clever illusions of modern design practice. Explore our favourite white marble surfaces...
4044 Airy Concrete
A light airy concrete surface atop white washed wooden cabinets successfully creates a pared back, bright and spacious-feeling urban kitchen. Industrial meets Scandinavian inspired design, incorporating the authentic rawness of the former and the simplistic stylishness of the latter to create a highly successful scheme.
A light foundation is a sound base for a brighter approach to urban design. Deeper tones such as the rich wood and copper pendant lighting and sink draw out and showcase the more industrial features. Contrasting colour schemes are highly effective, with juxtaposing of colours a firm favourite within kitchen design. Contrasting tones of light and shade, as well as material choice, build up layers of intrigue and interest, with the 4011 Cloudburst Concrete worktops adding an ethereal quality.
Streamlined surfaces and handle-less cabinets creates the clean lines and simplicity required for a subtle take on the industrial trend. The light colour palette provides a lasting freshness and authenticity, whilst the introduction of plants and oak furniture adds in a natural element to compliment the concrete.
Utilising soft, floaty, white fabrics and furnishings helps to balance the 4001 Fresh Concrete that dominates this scheme. Maximising the connection to the outdoors can also help to flood a space with light and to connect to the garden. If your kitchen doesn’t link through to your garden, then balance by bringing the outdoors in and introducing plenty of indoor plants.
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