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How to Get the Industrial Look

Work the raw and edgy by showcasing what’s normally hidden – the strength and beauty of brick, steel, copper, and concrete.

The Industrial Look effortlessly features raw styling to create a space that feels open and easy to navigate. With a bit of a factory-inspired touch, industrial kitchen design mixes old and new elements to create a stripped-back atmosphere were cooking, socialising, and eating will feel effortless and relaxed.

Discover how you can take these influences and recreate your own showstopping space…

Kitchen Design: Factory Setting

Industrial kitchens tend to use dark colours to create a simple yet sophisticated look. To help open up the space, layer different tones across the room and mix shades of black and grey to avoid creating a monotone scheme.

As dark kitchens can sometimes feel small, consider choosing a gloss finish on your industrial style kitchen units, flooring, or worktops; and add splashes of white or pale grey to encourage light to reflect around the room.

Kitchen ranges such as our Infinity Plus Milano is a sleek and elegant design with the option of a metallic profile for that added glamour. Alternatively, you can bring an early industrial theme to life with our versatile Shaker frame. The smooth finish of a Super White matt kitchen contrasts beautifully with raw materials such as metal, brick and timber. 

Worktops: Mix and Match

Textures and tones derived from nature are key to creating an industrial look for your kitchen.

Xena Quartz worktops are made by combining natural stone with resin. They are available in various colours and patterns, from modern sparkling whites to deep moody blacks. Our beautiful, speckled Cement Lux worktop is the perfect option to bring a natural element to the surface.

To create a kitchen with a difference, introduce contrasting textures and tones through layers. A thick solid oak worktop will look great on an island top and sides, especially when paired with cool, classy quartz.

Accessories: Make a Statement

Industrial style kitchens tend to be fairly subtle in terms of the overall design, so you can spruce up your space by including a bold piece of statement art.

A bright print will look even sharper against the simple backdrop, and your industrial kitchen is the perfect place to show off a framed picture or sprawling piece of wall art. Alternatively, consider making wall space work and display utensils, pots and pans, which can look trendy and prove useful when it comes to cooking.

Appliances: Keep it Sleek

Integrated dishwashers, hobs, ovens and wine coolers create a sleek finish, in line with the fuss-free aesthetic of an industrial design.

You can keep it simple and hide appliances behind cupboard doors or embrace the bare-bones style of industrial kitchen design and leave it all on show.

  • If you’re struggling to visualise your dream design, start by making a mood board. This is a great (and fun!) way to discover your own sense of style and help others understand your ideas too.

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