There are few places in the house which revel in the beauty and unassuming ease of the industrial style as much as the kitchen. What began as an efficient work environment decades ago, has morphed into a distinct style that can be found in all types of homes, from contemporary penthouses to large family homes. Here’s how you can get the look.
Embrace exposed surfaces
Exposed brick always delivers on charm and personality, and it works perfectly in an industrial scheme offering the unfinished look that this style is known for.
So, if you can remove the plaster to expose brickwork, do so. Make sure you test a patch first to ensure the condition and type of bricks are suitable. If brick isn’t your style, or isn’t an option, then exposed concrete is another great option, and it needn’t be real concrete – faux poured concrete, which is applied like plaster and looks incredibly close to real concrete, is now widely available and looks cool and contemporary in the kitchen.
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Mix and match materials
Another key character of industrial style is the merging of different materials – think leather furniture combined with stainless steel appliances and tapware, metal floor lamps, bar stools, and concrete worktops.
Select a toned-down colour palette and pick lighting made from black steel, copper, or brass. Concrete worktops will add sleek sophistication and practicality to the space. Reclaimed wood is also a striking material to use for your kitchen island and shelves – adding to the industrial décor.
Maximise open space
Ideally, your industrial kitchen will have a high ceiling and lots of wide-open space, giving an airy feeling. But you can still achieve the look and maximise the feeling of space by installing clever storage systems to open up work surfaces. Rustic timber open shelving is a great option and will help you achieve a light, open atmosphere.
Inject some matte black
While industrial style kitchens are well known for using stainless steel in abundance, the use of matte black is coming more and more popular. It may be in the flooring, cabinetry, work surfaces, or furniture, but bold black accents.
Go big with your sink and mixer tap
When choosing the kitchen sink, the larger the better. Selecting a large sink will allow you lots of space to work in and can handle any commercial-sized mess you make! A traditional Belfast sink with a metallic twist is a great option as is a farmhouse sink (despite the name) as the straight sidewalls and flat bottom offer more usable space as well as appearing contemporary.
For the tap, a pull-out kitchen mixer tap is a perfect option for reaching the depths of the sink. You could choose a multi-function sink mixer such as our Vivid Slimline Multi Function Sink Mixer if you want to go all out with the industrial style.
If you’re after something a little more stylish, a gooseneck sink mixer works really well – our Vivid Slimline SS Sink Mixer Gooseneck would work perfectly here – or if you still want the pull out function and want to embrace some matte black, our brand new Deja Pull Out Sink Mixer in a matte black finish would be another great choice.
You don’t have to boast all the elements of an industrial space to achieve the industrial look. You can still get the overall effect using the raw, unrefined, eclectic materials that define this style. Combine timber, concrete, steel and stone materials, or choose a statement piece of lighting or tapware to create a kitchen you’ll love.
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