Industrial style: 4 ways to give your client's kitchen an urban edge

KitchensFeatures Thu 26th Aug 2021 by Emma Hedges

Industrial style: 4 ways to give your client's kitchen an urban edge

Industrial style: 4 ways to give your client's kitchen an urban edge

Feature by Emma Hedges | Thu 26th Aug 2021

Editor of KBBFocus Emma has been writing about design and interiors for over 25 years. A former editor of Essential Kitchen & Bathroom Business magazine, her work has been published in a wide variety of leading trade and consumer titles. More

As the trend for industrial kitchen design shows no sign of slowing down, Emma Hedges reveals 4 ways to achieve that urban look for your client – even if they don't live in a cavernous warehouse with lofty ceilings and acres of exposed pipes and brickwork.

1. Material gains
Industrial style is all about sticking to a neutral palette and mimicking the look of the exposed raw materials found in old factory buildings or run-down warehouses. The blocky shape of a kitchen island lends itself to the industrial aesthetic, so the choice of worktop is key. "Surfaces evoking materials such as industrial concrete and aged metal can help to create an on-trend urban-inspired kitchen, such as the five designs within the new Silestone Loft series. Each of these new colours represents an iconic town and its industrial aesthetic," says Laura Davie, marketing manager for Cosentino UK.

Seaport by Silestone is a dark, worn cement-style colour inspired by the small seaside district in south-eastern Manhattan

Rugged Concrete by Caesarstone has a robust feel accentuated by a textured finish and authentic-looking imperfections

A similar look can be achieved with this stone lookalike – Ceralsio Meteora Gris from CRL Stone

2. On your metal
With the overall colour scheme being browns and greys, metallic elements that can be used as either black or gleaming accents create visual interest that's still in keeping with the predominantly utilitarian look. Metal lighting fixtures and fittings, stainless steel appliances and caged ceiling structures blend successfully with the unfinished vibe.

Kitchen scheme featuring Buster & Punch’s handles and caged ceiling light

Rotpunkt's ceiling system can be made full size or custom, featuring a black metal frame that creates open storage over a kitchen island

If the space isn't blessed with plenty of exposed pipework, then evoking the look with a kitchen tap with an aged metallic finish can work well.

Perrin & Rowe's Armstrong mixer with pull-down rinse and textured handle is shown in an English Bronze finish

3. Go with the grain
The combination of old and new is the essence of industrial style and part of what makes it so flexible for designers. Robustly functional and modern elements sit comfortably alongside distressed and recycled touches, so it is an opportunity to incorporate sustainable materials, such as reclaimed wood if your client is keen to. 

Exposed brick, concrete, wood and metal work together in this warehouse space designed by The Main Company, with a reclaimed oak island taking centre stage

For a client who wants to achieve a similar look, this Eggersmann kitchen features Chablis Vintage Oak embossed wood veneer on the island

The salvaged wood feel is now easy to imitate with plenty of products on the market available to create the vibe – this LVT flooring from the Malmo Senses range features imperfections and random widths and lengths to nail the look, and is available from all branches of IDS

4. Cupboard love
Such is the popularity of the hardworking and utilitarian industrial aesthetic, there is now also a host of kitchen cabinetry options to choose from in either concrete or stone finishes and varying shades of grey.

Mereway has recently added two new finishes to its Q-Line range, including Tempesta Ceramica on the wall units, and Diamante Ceramica on the island

Crown Imperial's handleless Zeluso collection is shown in a double-island format in Grey Rock

Brand-new from Keller Kitchens is this Graphite colour addition to the Rock Solid kitchen from the Master Collection, which is also available in eight other grey and neutral shades


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