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Revamping the Kitchen: Tips for Creating an Industrial Style Kitchen
With New Year on the doorstep, many of us start to think about home improvements we will complete during the coming year, upgrading the kitchen being one of them.
And no wonder! The most important room in the house, a stylish yet functional kitchen is usually top of everyone’s wish list.
Functionality and style can be two components hard to mix but with the industrial style kitchen, they are two core factors that make it one of the most popular styles. And with bespoke fitted kitchen furniture, you can get the industrial look you want.
What is the Industrial Interior Design Style?
Think loft living or open plan apartments in reclaimed and reused warehouses and other industrial buildings, and you have the essence of the industrial style. It is about the rawness of texture mixing with a utilitarian appeal, perfect for all rooms in the house but especially the kitchen.
TIP 1 – Leave some brickwork exposed
If you are completely renovating the kitchen and want the industrial style, leave some of the brickwork exposed or create a sense of this by leaving the plaster finish in exposed areas rougher in texture than you would normally opt for.
TIP 2 – Raw materials
There are three key elements to the industrial style kitchen: brickwork (as seen in tip 1), wood and metal. Colour is minimal in this design and finish, so keep the palette neutral as this leave the metal, wood and brick to shine through. Instead of coloured doors and worktops, opt for stainless steel alongside wooden worktops, the darker and ‘less refined’ in finish and texture the better.
TIP 3 – Monochrome pattern
However, if you find this industrial look too barren and lacking character, there is light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of simple, uncomplicated monochrome pattern. Black and white in itself, is a functional pattern that adds just enough zest and character to an industrial style kitchen. Add it to the tiled or linoleum floor or, if you are feeling very daring, have monochrome tiles for the walls.
TIP 4 – Use fixed and freestanding kitchen furniture
We tend to think of kitchen cupboards and the like as fixed objects in the space provided but with the industrial style, mix and match fixed floor and wall cabinets with an industrial style dining table or kitchen island. You’ll love the versatility that this arrangement offers.
TIP 5 – Add luxury too
It may be a utilitarian and functional design style but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. How about adding a decadent dash of luxury slap bang in the middle of it? For example, a large, ornate glass chandelier type light in the centre will make a statement but won’t look too out of place!