Industrial environments tend to be dominated by dark black / grey colours and functional materials such as metal, timber, brick, and tiles. On paper this can seem like an intimidating aesthetic for most homes, but you don't have to live in a New York walk-up in the Meatpacking District to achieve this look.
Depending on the kind of industrial feel you're looking to create, you can incorporate clean-cut functionality into your space, or move towards a more worn-looking scheme using reclaimed furniture and upcycled accessories.
Industrial kitchen décor tends to use stainless steel and reclaimed wood surfaces. Traditionally it was about form and function over style and comfort, with exposed filament light bulbs offering as much light as possible and wood or steel worktops offering easy-clean practicality. However, this harsher aesthetic has been given a chic homely twist in recent years, with many homeowners looking to recreate it.
Adding a mix of materials is the easiest way to create an industrial kitchen on a budget. Look to incorporate materials like leather, steel, and wood into your scheme, and don't be afraid to use clashing hues. Choose caramel aged leather bar stools next to dark oak worktops, and matt black details alongside bright stainless steel appliances for a sleek and sophisticated look.
If you're having an extension added to your industrial kitchen, using poured concrete with a resin overlay is the perfect flooring. Tough and purposeful, it can be softened with underfloor heating and oversized rugs.
If you have exposed brick of concrete walls, then leave them bare. Naked walls are one of the key ingredients to finding the perfect aesthetic balance in the industrial kitchen. If you're worried about your space feeling too exposed, you could add a light white limewash to the walls. This will take the edge off the exposed wall, without masking its character.
And if you want to add a playful touch to your industrial kitchen décor, you could add a chalkboard on part or all of an exposed wall.
The raw materials used should help form the basis of the colour palette. Think brickwork browns, caramel leathers, and concrete grey for your foundation colours, and include black, navy blue, or forest greens for added contemporary cool with a touch of luxe.
Industrial décor is about pared-back minimalism and letting the details do the talking, so there's no shabby-chic soft furnishings in sight.
If you want to add pops of colour, you can do so by adding painted wooden chairs or incorporating art prints on an exposed wall.
If you're looking to completely overhaul your kitchen, you should consider choosing modern, minimalist cabinets. Handleless designs create a sleek, streamlined aesthetic and a sense of fuss-free space.
But, if you're not looking for a complete kitchen overhaul, you can easily recreate the industrial look with your traditional shaker-style kitchen by adding a few touches. Swap out round wooden handles for antique worn hardware. If you have an island, choose a granite worktop to contrast with the traditional shaker wooden style.
Ditch over-counter worktops for open shelving to really embrace the industrial trend. Reclaimed wood shelves with black brackets are not only functional, but they create an eye-catching feature when paired with exposed brick.
Place pots, pans, crockery, and glassware on the shelves, as well as trailing indoor plants to add a touch of nature.
To complete your industrial kitchen décor add in those final finishing touches like bare-bulb pendant lights, sheepskin rugs, wood and metal stools, and large potted plants.
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