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The 5 Essential Elements of Industrial Kitchens
Once upon a time, having a kitchen that looked anything like a factory would have been strange and unthinkable. But now our industrial past is back in fashion, and borrowing elements of it for your home creates an old-fashioned but minimalistic feel. Industrial style is more useful in the kitchen than anywhere else because many of the materials involved are naturally hardwearing and suited to the constant heavy use of a busy family kitchen.
Wooden elements are classic and calming, and add an expensive and timeless touch to any kitchen. That is the case of our Ex-Display Boffi Kitchen, the mix of the wood and the steel brings up a more rough-and-ready style that shouts industrial style. Thick wooden elements a reminiscent of industrial workbenches, and just like those workbenches they’re great for withstanding all the activity and tools you’re going to be using on them.
Bare Brick Backdrop
Bare brick came into fashion when former warehouses became repurposed as apartments in large and populous cities like New York. Keeping the bare brick walls used to be a necessity due to the prohibitive cost of covering them, but they soon became incredibly cool and sought after. Nowadays, expensive homes all over the world have bare brick walls, harking back to that industrial style. Another advantage of bare brick walls is that they require very little maintenance, are hard-wearing, and aren’t easily marked or stained. Their classic red colour also adds a feeling of warmth to any kitchen, helping to save on your heating bills by making you think it’s a bit warmer than it is.
Stainless Steel Style
Nothing says ‘industrial’ like stainless steel fittings. This highly practical material is tough and long-lasting, as well as stain resistant and relatively cheap to produce – all the things that made it a factory favourite. It’s also just as handy for the home, withstanding all the splashes and spills of a typical kitchen and staying shiny and bright the whole time. You’ll even find industrial kitchens today using stainless steel elements because of their incredible functionality.
Beautiful Bare Bulbs
In an old-fashioned factory setting, light was merely a practical consideration and not an interior design one. The result was bare bulbs that emitted as much light as possible, with no regard for how they looked. It just so happens that the right sort of bare bulbs can be beautiful to look at and make a wonderful addition to your industrial style kitchen. Read more about kitchen lighting ideas in our blog post “Let there be light”.
Copper was a widely used metal during the industrial revolution. Smelting became more efficient, and copper was readily available to make all the pipes that were being installed in homes and workplaces, as well as electrical systems. Because of its industrial past, and its distinctive burnt gold colour, copper makes a striking and practical addition to any kitchen.
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