How to create an industrial style kitchen

An industrial style kitchen is undoubtedly the look of the moment. This back-to-basics interior is the epitome of effortlessly cool luxury – though there is definitely some effort required to truly capture this most sought after aesthetic. Combining functionality with simplistic beauty, it’s a scheme that can be easily replicated and achieved. 

Here are the three key criteria to accomplishing an industrial style kitchen setting:


1. Use raw materials

The foundations of a successful industrial scheme lies with the raw and rugged materials used to build the anatomy of the kitchen. The three primary elements comprising an industrial kitchen are stone, wood and metal. Experiment with different combinations, but a look that never fails to succeed is untreated timber cabinets topped with a slate or concrete imitation worktop, set against an exposed brick wall. 

Introduce metalwork in the finer details, with steel or metallic accessories. If you benefit from a spacious open plan scheme, then consider adding in steel joists to replicate the warehouse feel. Fully embrace the coarseness of this element by installing an industrial steel oven, or if you prefer a more traditional look, then a timeless Aga won’t look out of place. 


2. Embrace original features

If you are lucky enough to live in an authentic period property, make the most of surviving original features such as beams, fireplaces and windows. Though if you don’t benefit from the luxury of such pre-existing fittings in your home, then it is possible to source or replicate for use in your design. Reclamation yards are ideal for seeking out fireplace surrounds, timber beams and reclaimed windows and doors. Where possible, you can even add-in further interest with statement antique furniture. 

Try recreating your own 18th-century tiles with a tile press and use copper pipes and wire racks to create your own custom made shelving. When buying new, don’t be afraid to embrace a dark colour palette when replicating warehouse-style core elements that will tie in with the authentic pieces. Complete the scheme with custom-made black framed windows and doors, or even black frame panelled glass room dividers to give a modern twist whilst mimicking 18th-century warehouse design. 


3. Soften the edges

An industrial scheme can sometimes feel a little too clinical and cold. Add warmth to the look with equally organic soft furnishings, such as woollen rugs to zone the dining area. Feel the glow of your lights by opting for stripped-back pendant lights without shades, showing off the filaments inside. Or perhaps consider adding a touch of colour by embracing a contrasting colour palette with a pretty pastel feature wall or darker, warmer hues of reds and oranges. 


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