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Here’s how industrial style works in the kitchen

Urban-style eat-in kitchen

Big cities are all about the urban atmosphere: their image is shaped by wide streets, lots of concrete, glass facades and functional design. Industrial culture is firmly rooted in this image. As a result, it soon found its way into interior design. If you fancy tapping into this urban feel today, then opt for industrial style as your interior look. You’ll find inspiration for creating a functional industrial-look design for your home and kitchen here.

The basic idea behind the industrial look is exposing structures

Industrial style seeks to combine as many functions as possible in one room. In lofts, areas for living, sleeping, cooking and eating are merged together, while the conventional interior layout is broken up. Kitchens typically comprise an island in the middle of the living space. Right next to it is the large dining table, staged by spotlights or industrial lighting. The materials used for the flooring and walls take centre stage in the industrial style. Floors tend to be unpainted concrete or old, unpolished tiles. Walls are usually left in their original state. As a result, the untreated wall shows through in places, or the plaster gives the wall a rough texture. Such imperfection is coveted, as it gives the space its character. This means that lavish decoration and accessories are not required, as they would detract from the effect of the space.

Secret tip: Our Silgranit sinks in concrete style or a black sink set great accents in the industrial style. If that's too much for you, you can also try a Silgranit sink in alu metallic, rock gray or anthracite.

Here are some tips for introducing industrial style to your home.
  • Leave things a bit unfinished: bare brick walls help to break up smooth concrete walls.
  • Rusty red, gray, dark and light brown are decisive color elements, while tones such as brown, anthracite and black complete the style.
  • A combination of metal and solid wood characterizes the furniture –robust and durable. Traditional metals such as nickel, brass, copper or bronze underline the nostalgic touch.
  • Use vintage and DIY furniture: Euro pallets can be made into a couch, a heavy door can serve as the dining table and desk lamps such as the classic Anglepoise 1227 light up your study area.
  • The contemporary interpretation of the Industrial Style is unadjusted and casual – authentic and comfortable.
Industrial style essentials:
  • Steer clear of patterns: floral or maritime patterns, colourful walls and bright decorative pieces are a no-no.
  • Avoid wooden furniture: industrial design is the opposite of country-house style with its warm tones and natural materials. Wooden furniture has no place here.
  • Don’t opt for glass-fronted kitchen cabinets: crockery, pots, kitchen utensils and handy cleaning products should remain out of sight.
  • Avoid accessories that do not serve any function: use decorative items only very sparingly. A few large-size pictures or a vintage-look neon sign can be used to relax the atmosphere. You don’t need anything more than that.

Which colours fit into an industrial style kitchen:

  • White: supports simple formality, minimalism and functionality. It creates visual clarity and airy expanse - light has first priority.
  • Jasmine: is a friendly, warm shade, which does not look too bright even in combination with muted and pastel colours.
  • Tartufo: is an elegant grey-brown colour with a naturally earthy character. In combination with light woods and creamy shades, it feels modern, close to nature and creates cosiness.

Making all the difference: abandoning superfluous details

Another advantage of the industrial style is laborious decorating and positioning accessories isn’t necessary, saving you time. After all, if something isn’t needed, you simply leave it out. In this respect, the industrial look is also a highly sustainable style of living.

BLANCO ADON in concrete-style

Concrete-Style in the kitchen

One material that perfectly complements the Industrial Style is concrete. The BLANCO granite sinks made of Silgranit, for example, match the building material with their fine-pored texture and matte surface. Those who have concerns about the weight of a concrete countertop can breathe a sigh of relief: special wood-fiber panels with a fine concrete coating promise the perfect Industrial look without being too heavy.

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