9 key elements to design your urban industrial-style kitchen
September 19, 2018
If you like rough materials, such as iron, concrete or cement, and you dream of open double-height spaces with large windows and high ceilings with exposed beams, urban industrial-style is ideal for you. In fact, it is now one of the trendiest design alternatives; also for the kitchen.
Created in the mid-20th century during the 50s in United Stated, the urban industrial style is based on the expansion and expression of the creative industry (artists, painters, sculptors and designers) which was aiming for unique wide and open-plan spaces where they could mix their personal and professional life.
This migration made them abandon factories and take advantage of their distinctive elements and reuse them, keeping the essence of these materials; like the large windows, cast iron columns and wooden or iron beams.
For this reason, if you are thinking of designing an industrial-style kitchen, the materials that you chose will become an essential part of its design, even if you do not live in a factory-based loft.
Discover the essential principles to design your own industrial-style kitchen:
1- Cement, the key element:
The texture and finish of cement, and similar materials, have become the essential elements to design an urban industrial-style kitchen. Its versatility allows for multiple uses, from designing the urban industrial furniture layout to the floors, and from the walls to the countertops. Choose one of the options offered by the Dekton Tech Collection for surfaces such as countertops, backsplashes and for coating or cladding: the perfect coatings to make your kitchen look spectacular along with the fantastic properties of this material, like its high resistance to scratches, UV, stains, fire, heat and abrasion.
2- Exposed bricks
If your kitchen wall is made of exposed bricks, do not cover them. Bring out all of its soul and personality to multiply the urban industrial look of your kitchen. Otherwise, you can use vinyls that look like bricks or large format images as a decoration solution for your office, pantry or cupboards wall. A small touch that will redefine the style of your kitchen.
Iron is one of the key elements in the design for your industrial kitchen. Use it for your urban industrial furniture, stools, chairs, lamps, shelves and decoration items to achieve a look full of style and personality.
Use it to give warmth to your kitchen, especially with wood with rougher and unpolished edges. Take a look to the designs inspired by wood of the super-compact surfaces of Dekton, particularly the Wild Collection range. Discover the properties that colors like Valterra, Borea, Makai or Aldem possess, offering great performance, beauty and functionality; including for your countertop or backsplash.
5- Stainless steel
It is another essential element for an urban industrial-style kitchen. Use it on the appliances and the professional-look hobs.
Choose metal lamps to decorate your industrial-style kitchen. They can be made of steel or iron. Select hanging lights or featuring an extensible arm over the island, or specifically over the countertop and the main wall. If you like taking risks, dare to include one of the latest decoration trends, using only lamp holders and exposed lighting bulbs with no screens.
The most popular color to create an urban industrial look is situated anywhere in the grey, brown and black pallet. Sober hues to which you can add some hints of red or yellow are ideal, for example, in textile accessories.
8-Bohemian spirit on sight
Do not conceal construction materials. Quite the opposite – reinforce its presence, exposing the beams, electrical systems, pipelines and ventilation. Success guaranteed!
9-Design icons, also in your kitchen
Choose real icons of urban industrial furniture and accessories to decorate your kitchen. Some pieces have become essential items for the urban industrial-style decoration. For example, the well-known Tolix chair. This 80 years-old metal chair is one of the elements that will allow you to reinforce the industrial personality of your new kitchen.
Do not hesitate and let your wildest creative side loose to design an urban industrial-style kitchen, custom and unique.