You don’t need to live in an old warehouse to have cool industrial character in your home. Sure, exposed beams, weathered wood floors and other structural elements are amazing. But there are also simple ways to achieve the look in a contemporary home, in a much subtler fashion. Take inspiration from the industrial style, and transform your kitchen by incorporating industrial elements into the mix.
Metal And Wood
A hallmark of industrial style is the mixture of metal and wood. Wide beamed wood floors in a rustic finish look right on trend when paired with a stainless steel countertop and contemporary appliances. This transitional look gives you the best of both worlds — vintage charm with modern sensibilities.
You will often see stainless steel in commercial kitchens, since it is durable and easy to clean. But if you prefer a more rustic industrial charm, oiled rubbed bronze is the finish of choice. Pair dark bronze cabinet pulls with warm wood cabinetry, and hang an industrial light fixture in oil rubbed bronze above the kitchen island.
If you don’t have room for a built-in island, consider a portable kitchen cart like the Roots Rack Industrial Kitchen Cart from The RTA Store. From the beautiful hand rubbed finish to the dark metal shelves, this cart is an easy way to incorporate a touch of the industrial in your space.
Function and Style
Industrial design has a raw, unfinished look. It has a utilitarian vibe, featuring useful objects and neutral tones. And it goes well in just about any space, including — and especially — the kitchen. A great way to incorporate industrial elements in the kitchen is through furniture and décor. Not everyone can have exposed metal pipes and ducts running across their walls, but you can have industrial-inspired pieces and accessories. Open shelving with metal brackets, metal bistro chairs, metallic backsplash tiles, and vintage barstools all have an industrial feel, and can take the place of structural elements.
For a truly industrial makeover, opt for antique white or warm wood cabinets, with raised panel doors. Just imagine how incredible your dream industrial kitchen would look with Brantley Antique White Glaze, Glazed Toffee, or Regency Espresso cabinets from The RTA Store, paired with brand new stainless steel appliances.
When it comes to major appliances like your refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher, stainless steel is the ultimate choice for the industrial kitchen, so extend it to your smaller appliances as well. A stainless steel stand mixer, toaster and coffee maker will complete the look, especially when sitting on a butcher-block countertop.
Whether you are designing a new kitchen, or just want to jazz things up a bit, add a touch of the industrial. Because everything old is new again — and right on trend!
At The RTA Store we help make your dream kitchen a reality with RTA (Ready To Assemble) and Pre-Assembled kitchen cabinets, and accessories with the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call and let us make your kitchen dreams come true with the help of our free kitchen design tool!