Industrial Takes on a New Look



The latest industrial kitchen looks are now sporting a softer, more vintage feel:

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 work surfaces to appliances and beyond.

Now the latest 2017 industrial incarnation of this trend has a much more welcoming, homely feel. Metal, wood, exposed brickwork and crisp metro tiles with contrasting black grout, all work together to create a look that will draw people into the kitchen, rather than create an intimidating, showy space.

The key to making this softer industrial look a success is very much in the mix of textures. Combining ‘new’ with ‘natural’ will help give the weathered look that is so important to the overall style. Battered metal pans and roughly shaped wooden bowls are all an excellent contrast to the crispness of new, matt cabinetry.

What this trend also provides is the opportunity for customers to create a bespoke design that is sympathetic to the building, and actually makes the most of its often more functional features.

Beautiful timber beams, or even treated or roughly painted metal supports, instantly soften a bold, stainless-steel splashback and turn structural elements in to a key feature of the kitchen. Planned hints of un-plastered brickwork add a touch of warehouse chic and even keeping pipework on show will pull this look together with flair.

Open shelving is another aspect that fits well. Not only is it practical by its very nature for display purposes, it is also a fresh take on the professional kitchen. Being able to showing off cookware, glasses and books brings to life the working kitchen feel.

Lighting is another area that is so important to the overall finish. Making the most of available natural light is a must and, where this is in short supply, be sure to incorporate plinth or under cupboard lighting, which will help soften sharper metal details.

The matt cabinetry we are seeing make its mark in top end kitchen designs, works perfectly to complement this style. So, the addition of the new Eton Matt Dove Grey collection is ideally timed.

Team with concrete effect work surfaces such as Woodstone Blanc or the Mountain Grain timber options to build a look which is durable and stylish but that continues the mix of texture. Split level islands also show off the worksurfaces where room allows, as this will add further interest and draw the eye.

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