Alexandra Davies from premium kitchen appliance manufacturer Britannia Living explains how you can get the industrial look in your own kitchen.
With a relaxed simplicity that makes it sleek and fashionable, industrial interior décor has been embraced by cafés, restaurants, and bars. Thanks to its modern edge and high-end feel, more and more people are looking to incorporate this trend into their home. But what are the characteristics of this style, and how can you apply them your own kitchen? Here, I’ll be giving you my top tips to help you achieve this look.
Keep things open and sleek
Inspired by the bareness of industrial warehouses, the key to this look is to keep things open and airy. It works best in big kitchens with high ceilings but can look just as impressive in smaller kitchens if you stick to decorating with lighter colours. Reflective surfaces can also give the impression of a room being larger, so stainless-steel appliances can work great to open the space up. This metal is often used in industrial kitchens, so can really add to the look.
Try to keep your appliances simple, as well. An induction hob can give your kitchen a nice minimalist feel that pairs well with the characteristics of the trend.
Go for grey
This look relies heavily on its colour scheme, so opt for raw, industrial colours like grey, copper, and black. But, in smaller kitchens, it’s best to keep darker colours to a minimum, as these could make the space seem more enclosed. Instead, go for a light base colour, like white, then decorate with grey or brown accents.
When it comes to appliances, stainless steel and chrome work well. But, for a cohesive look, our Colourange service will allow you to design the perfect cooker to match your cabinetry and the rest of your kitchen.
Keep things exposed
Industrial décor is so unique because it relies on its simplicity. Exposed brickwork adds a modern, urban aesthetic to any room, and can work well as a feature wall in your kitchen or dining area. If you don’t have any brickwork to expose, you can get the same look using brick cladding or wallpaper.
To add to the style, you could remove cupboard doors to create open shelving and display pans in racks hanging from your wall or over an island. Exposed lighting also works well with this look, so bare light bulbs and long hanging wires can make a stylish alternative to more decorative fittings. Any exposed wires should be fully checked by an electrician to ensure they’re safe before use.
Keep things simple
Raw materials, like wood and stone, will add to the bare look of the industrial style. These materials have become so popular with interior decorators that they’re one of the biggest kitchen design trends of 2019.
Stone or concrete worktops, tiles, and flooring will work well, but you could also consider using other materials, like wood, to add an organic softness. Copper works well for lights, taps, and appliances, but you can also incorporate it into the rest of your furniture using chairs and tables with metal accents.
Reuse and recycle
Recycled furniture can help to accentuate this trend, so if you’ve found some old metal barstools or an upcycled wooden table, they’ll go well in your industrial kitchen. Try to uncover pieces that have a past in manufacturing. For example, a wooden workbench can easily be transformed into a dining table and will work really well as a unique and stylish feature.