Matthew Aitken, design expert at Benchmarx Kitchens, looks at three simple ways to create the latest industrial kitchen looks:
Turn the clock back a few years and the mention of an industrial look meant creating a kitchen worthy of a professional chef, complete with a great deal of stainless steel on show from the work surfaces to appliances and beyond.
Now, the latest industrial incarnation of this look remains distinctive but has taken on a much more welcoming, homely feel. One of the key points to making this softer industrial look a success is very much in the mix of textures. Combining new and old with stunning natural finishes, or revealing elements that may have previously been hidden away with carefully planned exposed brick and plaster, all helps create a weathered feel that is so important to this overall style. Worn metals, wood, stone and exposed brickwork, all work together to create a look that draws people into the kitchen.
Incorporate open shelving
With the latest industrial mood taking a more ‘bistro’ than ‘chef’ approach, using open shelving is one of the simplest ways to bring this element into your kitchen design.
We have seen a recent move to limit the amount of wall cabinets with the aim of keeping the kitchen space open. However, there is no escaping the fact that adequate storage is still so important. Open shelving is not only practical but can be an integral part of any industrial design. You don’t need to go over the top with your choices either. Combining utilitarian black metal supports with wood shelves and matt cabinetry can create an effortlessness look that is easy to live with. It also provides the opportunity to add dashes of personality as you show off your favourite matt metal accessories and unglazed earthenware.
Opt for matt shades
The latest matt cabinet finishes have an inherent organic feel that echoes the raw foundations of the industrial look. Helping diffuse the light rather than bouncing it around the room, using a matt white door fascia, such as the new additions to the Eton and Soho ranges from Benchmarx Kitchens, leaves a softer impression on the eye. It also provides the perfect neutral backdrop to draw together other natural finishes so you can bring in weathered wood worktops and aged metal handles for a coordinated look, or add interest with a splash of stone across a splashback.
Consider wood finishes
Natural is the name of the game with this laid-back approach to industrial, so wood and wood effect cabinetry lend themselves easily to this trend. Introduce alongside open brick and dark metal accents and accessories, and even bolder wall or splashback shades, for a look that is inviting without being over the top. Further industrial influences can be brought in through the addition of concrete or stone-effect worktops, matt black taps, metallic lighting and open shelving.
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