How to choose materials for an industrial kitchen
To get that perfect industrial kitchen design, it’s all about the materials used. When you layer stone, exposed brickwork and natural wood together, you’ll create a deceptively simple space that oozes style.
Although the decor might look stripped-back, it’s easy to create a warm, social space with a clever combination of materials along with splashes of colour and cosy accessories.
Typically, industrial kitchens mix and match different materials to add depth to the space - but you could achieve the same effect by layering different shades of natural wood, or choosing multiple types of stone.
An industrial kitchen offers plenty of opportunity to get creative with your design. Consider mixing more modern materials with classic Shaker-style kitchen cabinets for an eclectic look, or opt for co-ordinated fixtures and fittings for a contemporary industrial look kitchen.
Here are some of our top picks whether you’re going for a modern or rustic industrial style kitchen:
- Natural wood
- Exposed brickwork
- Exposed stone
- Stone flooring, tiles or surface tops
- Shiny metal like chrome and copper
- Brushed steel and brass for subtle industrial kitchen sink taps
- Glass elements
- Concrete flooring and countertops
- Ceramic tiles
Keep it practical with an industrial kitchen island
Industrial-inspired kitchens tend to focus on big, boxy shapes, and a kitchen island is the perfect way to incorporate that into your space.
This type of kitchen helps to promote openness. They work well in open-plan kitchens and larger spaces, but can also be a great way to help smaller kitchens look bigger than they really are, thanks to the stripped-back design.
A kitchen island can help to create zones within your kitchen, and an industrial kitchen island table will help to tie the whole look together. If you have an open-plan kitchen, then an island can help to keep the kitchen area separate. Alternatively, you can use an island to create defined areas for socialising versus cooking. It’s also an easy way of creating an extra worktop space if you have an awkwardly shaped kitchen with otherwise limited space for preparing food.
The colour schemes of industrial home kitchens tend to be fairly neutral, with the natural shades of wood, stone and slate taking centre stage. You can, however, use your kitchen island to prevent your industrial kitchen from feeling too impersonal. Add a pop of colour to your industrial kitchen island cabinets and breathe life into your space. You can choose any colour you like, but mustard yellow, burnt orange and teal green look particularly striking against an industrial backdrop.
Choosing industrial style kitchen cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are one of the most important features of your kitchen. For the perfect industrial style kitchen, consider opting for classic Shaker-style cabinets to contrast perfectly with the sleek, pared-back design elements used elsewhere in your space.
For a completely different look, go for sleek, modern cabinets. High-gloss cabinets will look striking against natural wood or brickwork, and you can’t go wrong with either white or black for effortless style. Choose handleless doors, or go for slim metal handles to keep it simple and timeless - you can even tie the space together by choosing the same metal for your handles and taps.
For true industrial style, opt for dark colours or neutral tones for your kitchen cabinets. Charcoal and wood are both great options for your cabinets, with contrasting or plain stone worktops - or go for concrete for added edge.
If you don’t like the monochrome look, dark greens and blues can also work really well in an industrial style kitchen, adding depth and warmth.
Smart storage with industrial shelving
Open shelving is a classic component of industrial home kitchens, and it’s a great space-saver for smaller kitchens. Combine overhead cabinets with open shelving to create a feature wall.
You can use open shelves to display your favourite crockery and cookware, or show off your fanciest bottles and jars as a design feature.
Choose the same materials as your cabinets for a coordinated look, or go for clashing materials like metal and design wood to break up your cabinetry.
Industrial style kitchen lights
Industrial kitchen lights add the perfect finishing touch to your space, and they offer the perfect way to add a personal touch to your kitchen.
Pendant lighting looks fantastic against an industrial kitchen, and they can be used to zone off different areas of your kitchen. There are lots of different styles of industrial pendant lighting for kitchens out there, so you can choose lights that fit in with your aesthetic. Metal finishes and wire elements look chic in industrial spaces, whilst white and glass can help to add a bright touch to darker colour schemes.
If pendant lighting isn’t for you, consider going all out with statement ceiling lights. Sculptural lighting with exposed elements is very in-line with the industrial trend, and you can add task lighting to help improve visibility for tasks like food preparation and cooking.
Industrial kitchen flooring
Industrial kitchen flooring needs to be durable and easy to clean, yet stylish. Luckily, there are plenty of options so you can choose flooring based on the type of vibe you want to create in your kitchen.
Most people with industrial style kitchens opt for an exposed concrete or stone floor, which is a great option for a classic feel. For a more modern look, consider large tiles to make a feature of your flooring. Dark grey or slate tiles will add a dramatic edge to your kitchen, whilst lighter colours will brighten up the space - a particularly good option if you have a smaller kitchen.
Wooden flooring also works well in an industrial kitchen, especially to provide contrast to exposed brick walls and concrete countertops. Choose dark wood for a rustic feel and consider zoning off your dining area with a monochrome rug for added interest.
Industrial style kitchens are a real all-rounder, perfect for families who want to create a long-lasting, hard-wearing space as well as for couples and individuals looking to create a cool, chic space that’s as good for entertaining as it is for intimate meals at home.
Ready to try the industrial trend? Find your local showroom today and start planning your dream industrial look kitchen.