How to Rock an Industrial Style Kitchen – In a Chic Way

Tips and Tricks for an Industrial Style Kitchen

Tips and Tricks for an Industrial Style Kitchen

So you’ve decided you like some aspects of an industrial style kitchen but don’t want to go down the rustic route? I’m totally on the same page. Especially in the kitchen. We’ve spent too many years perfecting the clinically clean aesthetic to start reverting back to brick dust in the casserole. Or fluff behind the reclaimed, free-standing cabinets. Or even fallen food between the floorboards. Well, you can have your cake and eat it. Amen to that.

Tips and Tricks for an Industrial Style Kitchen

Fred Horlock, the kitchen designer at Neptune quite rightly says “Industrial design isn’t all about rustic reclaimed woods and wrought metal. Neither is a style that can only be appreciated in city lofts or raw-looking conversions. This design movement is a trend that has evolved and matured into something that could even be described as elegant”. 

And he has a few pointers to share that might help to create a kitchen as stunning as the one on this page.

Tips and Tricks for an Industrial Style Kitchen

Tips on Creating an Industrial Style Kitchen – In a Chic Way

Tips and Tricks for an Industrial Style Kitchen

  • Strip back the plaster to reveal raw elements such as concrete walls or floors and exposed copper pipes.
  • Instead of traditional wall cabinets, why not get creative and upturn Crittal-style steel side tables and use them as shelving instead. (See Neptune’s new Carter collection).

Tips and Tricks for an Industrial Style Kitchen

  • Take matching coffee tables and stack them to form an unusual kitchen island.
  • If you’re up for a bit of extra work, change your work surface to a matte black finish (much easier to maintain than polished black). From there you can choose a statement tap in coordinating black or copper.

Tips and Tricks for an Industrial Style Kitchen

  • Develop the look by using old copper pipes as utensils or herb rails and for lighting.
  • Go for Edison-style filament bulbs on long flexes for an industrial feel.

Tips and Tricks for an Industrial Style Kitchen

This is the Henley kitchen from Neptune (from £13,000) with custom cup handles, black ceramic sink and Black Peppercorn granite worktop. The Carter large coffee table (two are used as the kitchen island) is £900 and the Carter large side tables (used as the shelving) are £340 each. 

I’d also like to add that accessories can either make or break this look. So many hard surfaces need texture to soften things up a little. And to keep the look authentic there’s no place for plastic or brightly coloured utensils.

Tips on Accessorising an Industrial Style Kitchen – In a Chic Way
  • Baskets will add some much needed texture. Use them as extra storage. This is practical too when you are using open-shelving.
  • Keep china and ovenware white to keep the look modern and contemporary.
  • Store dry goods in glass jars and canisters. You can easily see what’s in each jar without the need of labels.
  • Use wooden chopping boards instead of plastic or glass. They have natural anti-bacterial qualities and look good too.

Add some greenery. A window-ledge filled with herbs or a few bowls with vegetables close to hand are also practical and decorative touches.

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    Candy Pop

    December 13, 2016

    Dream kitchens – all of them! x

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      deardesigner

      December 14, 2016

      I agree! 🙂

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    Rachel

    December 13, 2016

    Brilliant tips and amazing photography make it look very easy to achieve!

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      deardesigner

      December 14, 2016

      Thanks Rachel x

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    Maxine Brady

    December 12, 2016

    I’ve seen this kitchen in the flesh at Neptune showroom and it was an instant hit for me. Love that they used upside down side tables as shelving – and the exposed pipework for the taps. Great pick of shopping items too. Fab ideas here.

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2016

      Thanks Maxine. Yes, they’ve been very creative with the tables and it looks amazing 🙂

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    December 12, 2016

    Beautiful kitchen! I’ve just been working with a client on an industrial open shelving system for their kitchen. So exciting. Although i’ve already told them they can’t pop their box of Coco Pops on there. Stylish cereals in jars only 🙂

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2016

      Haha, take photo’s before they buy the Coco Pops is my advice 🙂

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    Geraldine

    December 12, 2016

    Lovely post Carole and lots of great tips. Love how creative that kitchen island is.

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2016

      Thanks G. xx

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    Kate

    December 12, 2016

    Really like this refined approach to the industrial look Carole – and what lovely imagery!

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2016

      Isn’t it lovely? Makes me want to rip out my kitchen and start again 🙂

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    Hannah

    December 12, 2016

    I love this industrial style. Very cool, great examples!

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2016

      Thanks Hannah, it’s a trend I would be happy to have at home 🙂

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