Create a stylishly urban, functional kitchen
Functional, stylish and high tech. The industrial kitchen combines the look of a professional kitchen with quirky, factory-inspired touches.
The classic industrial look combines dark colour units and cabinets, exposed brick and glass alongside metal utensils and appliances. With a cool, tonal palate and wood, copper and metallic accents, this is a striking look.
Let us take you through the components of the industrial look and give you some ideas on how to create this style in your own kitchen.
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Industrial kitchen ideas
Make your kitchen as efficient and functional as a professional kitchen with well thought out cabinets and storage. That way, all your stuff is close to hand.
Dark, richly coloured units are ideal for an industrial style kitchen. The Raffello high gloss in anthracite (pictured) looks striking with bright metal appliances, the sleek, glossy cabinets making a real design statement.
The Carisbrooke taupe is a little more subtle than the Raffello and when combined with the right worktop and accessories, also perfectly captures the industrial trend.
One distinctive element of industrial kitchens is to have crockery, utensils and equipment on display. While this might seem more utilitarian than attractive, when done properly and kept tidy, rows of gleaming glasses or crockery can look really impressive.
Decant oats, sugar, rice, and other store cupboard essentials into glass Kilner jars and store them on shelves.
If you have room in your kitchen, open shelving units are a great way to maximise the amount of open storage space you have. Stainless steel units, like the one pictured, are designed for use in a garage or workshop, but we think they make a fantastic addition to an industrial style kitchen.
One way to achieve an open shelf look is to have base cabinets with open shelving and racks overhead instead of traditional overhead cabinets. We offer a wide range of internal storage solutions that work brilliantly inside these under-counter cabinets and drawers, helping you to make the most of the space you have. For something bang on-trend, choose copper shelf brackets and store items in matching copper wire baskets.
With a style that focuses on tiles and bricks, solid wood worktops are a great way to add more warmth and character. Darker woods, like cherry and walnut, work well in the industrial kitchen and they will develop over time – the colour becoming deeper as the years go by. They are thick and come with square edges, for a truly authentic and visually stunning look.
If you want the look of wood with no specialist care required, check out our wood-effect laminate worktops – they are hard-wearing and come in several effects other than wood.
Breakfast bars and kitchen islands are a popular element of the industrial trend for those that have the space. They’re great for entertaining while you prepare your meal and allow you to showcase all of your gadgets as well as your cooking skills. They also offer another storage area if you want to carry on the open storage theme, or there is a solid option.
Stainless steel sinks are the perfect choice for an industrial kitchen – the metallic look fitting right into the style. They are hard-wearing and easy to take care of, as well as being attractive.
We also offer a range of linen finish stainless steel sinks which have all the features of normal stainless steel while offering more protection against visible scratches. If you have a solid wood or earthstone worktop, why not choose an undermount style and your sink will stylishly fit in below the worktop?
This kitchen style perfectly suits a darkly coloured sink. Our composite quartz sinks (pictured) are available in black as well as white, and are extremely durable. Heat resistant to over 200 degrees centigrade, they're also highly scratch-resistant. Or for a look that's a little bit different, take a look at our toughened glass sinks. The frame is made from black reinforced glass, while the sink is stainless steel - a stylish and unexpected combination.
Complement your sink with a pull out or spring neck tap like the ones often on show in restaurant kitchens and the industrial look will be complete. Spring neck taps feature an extendable spout making it easier to tackle difficult cleaning tasks and look for ones with a spray head for rinsing fruit and vegetables easily.
You may want to include a waste disposal unit underneath your sink. Having one will allow you to remove all food waste from your bins, grinding scraps into tiny pieces that are then rinsed away down the drain. It’s an ideal addition for a kitchen built to entertain and is constantly cooking.
The industrial kitchen look is all about having the best equipment and utensils possible – replicating the items you’d find in a professional catering kitchen. Black and chrome options both look great in this style.
A large American style fridge freezer is an impressive addition and will hold all of your groceries easily.
Range cookers allow you to cook several things at once, and include gas hobs with multiple rings to sauté, boil and steam your food. And a large dishwasher will help keep your surfaces clear while you’re cooking up a storm.
The classic industrial look is to have exposed brickwork – the bricks adding warmth to a space filled with metal and concrete. You may wish to go for the full effect or limit to just a feature wall. Paint the other walls in neutral colours and you’ll soften the look significantly.
Love the look of exposed brick but don’t fancy stripping the plaster off of your walls? Simply recreate the look with brick effect wallpaper. We have a number of different options, including one that replicates classic red brick, as well one that features more muted grey bricks for a more neutral finish.
Or maybe a stainless steel effect tile (pictured) to keep with the professional tone of the style. We love these on-trend black subway style tiles which will add some gloss to your space. Add some further interest by playing around with the pattern in which you lay your tiles. Consider herringbone, crosshatch or diagonal layouts to create a slightly different look.
Harking back to the overhead lighting of factories and warehouses, pendant lighting is particularly well suited to an industrial style kitchen. We love ones in copper, such as this bronze-effect dome light and this industrial-style copper light with eye-catching rivets and chains.
If you’re looking for something simpler, this shiny Manison dome light is a great option. Or why not explore our Sylcone range of retro lights? Available in black, nickel, brass and copper finishes, they’ll look great in an industrial-inspired space. Plus they come with an oversized, hand-blown bulb that will finish off your lighting look perfectly.
Accessories in an industrial style kitchen are all about metallic finishes - from home accessories in rich copper to utensils in stainless steel. Kitchen cabinet and drawer handles are an easy way to add a dash of metallic sheen. Pewter-effect handles (pictured) look great in this style of kitchen. Choose bar or d-shaped options for a modern twist on this traditional look. Want a brighter look? Opt for copper handles for a warmer metal finish.
There are plenty of ways to add some character to your walls. Opt for a statement clock - we love this old fashioned clock or consider some new wall art. Think black and white prints or typography. And why not display knives that a professional chef would envy with a magnetic knife block?
Upcycling is a key part of this trend, especially if you want to add a truly unique accessory to your kitchen design. Try repurposing second-hand chairs, benches or stools with a lick of paint to give your kitchen a stamp of individuality.