What’s the next design twist for the Industrial Chic Kitchen?

 Custom interior design featuring Signature Kitchen Suite including the 36” Dual-Fuel Pro Range.

Custom interior design featuring Signature Kitchen Suite including the 36” Dual-Fuel Pro Range.

The industrial chic trend in kitchen design was born from the increased popularity of loft and condo designs. These structures include rustic architectural elements and modern materials combined to meet today’s urban lifestyle. How can you build these trends into your new kitchen? Here are a few tips for enhancing your kitchen design to look updated:

Add cool tones: Navy is the new black

Adding another cool neutral to today’s favorite black and grey color scheme is a great way to update any kitchen. Think in blocks of color so as to build more visual continuity across your space.

 Navy herringbone glass tile adds a tailored spin to the industrial design.

Navy herringbone glass tile adds a tailored spin to the industrial design.

Keep some details refined: Look for a style mix

By designing a classic herringbone pattern into the backsplash, I was able to enhance the sophistication of the space. The twist is the honed Navy glass instead of stone. The material almost floats above the stone countertops visually for a more airy feel.

 Signature Kitchen Suite: Integrated Column 18” Freezer and 30” Refrigerator

Signature Kitchen Suite: Integrated Column 18” Freezer and 30” Refrigerator

Don’t hide appliances: create artistic focal points

Instead of trying to hide appliances, build spaces to anchor them visually in the room. For the range, I built a back focal wall that is balanced by the tall window configuration and the stainless steel hood. For the refrigerator wall we created a simple cut out to leave more open space and to build a visually artistic space for this appliance. By forgoing cabinetry uppers and heavy tall cabinetry, I was able to create an open feel.

 Found cast iron Table and Galvanized Top serve as island work area and dining table.

Found cast iron Table and Galvanized Top serve as island work area and dining table.

Add found objects: Blend new and old

A lucky find online was this old cast iron table base to create that industrial feel. The table is so solid and strong it can also act as an additional work surface in the open space.

The other elements that update the space are the matte black finishes and the ultra modern faucet. The cabinet hardware repeats the matte black finish across all the wood surfaces. The curve of the faucet is so sleek that it stands out against all the repetition of the square motif.

Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle, inc. is a nationally renowned Interior Designer and

Design Expert on Kitchens and Baths. Her latest work includes national branding

campaigns and regional residential new build and remodels.

Barbara Schmidt