How to Get the Look of an Industrial Kitchen in Connecticut

July 13, 2018
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If you love the look of modern lofts, an industrial kitchen may be right for you. Considering an industrial style for your new kitchen in New Canaan, Norwalk, or Wilton, CT? Here’s how a handyman from Carpentry and Handyman Concepts LLC can help you achieve the look you’re going for.

Industrial kitchens have become a popular choice for homeowners considering a kitchen remodeling project. This style combines the old and salvage with the new, allowing you to keep your kitchen as unrefined as you like while potentially reducing the cost of your renovation. Industrial kitchens are always designed to be hardworking and durable with tough surfaces, exposed design elements, and rough finishes but that doesn’t mean the kitchen can’t have character and even warmth.

Combination of Materials

The hallmark of an industrial kitchen is a strong mix of wood and metal. The kitchen may have wide plank wood flooring and warm wood cabinetry combined with industrial light fixtures, stainless steel countertops, and metal cabinet hardware, for example. Leather may be combined with metal in the form of stainless steel appliances, metal floor lamps, and rich leather-topped bar stools. Concrete is a popular material in industrial kitchens and may come in several forms. Polished concrete flooring is a common option that adds yet another hardworking and forgiving surface to the kitchen or you can have a handyman install custom concrete countertops.

Rough and Simple Design

An industrial kitchen embraces roughness, simplicity, and exposed elements. Exposed concrete or brick walls, for example, should be left as they are. Brick can be limewashed but it shouldn’t be painted or covered. Chalkboard is another popular element as it can add to the unfinished appearance while adding more practicality to the space. Industrial kitchens in Westport, Norwalk, and other areas of Connecticut may even feature exposed duct work with fully open ceilings. Don’t be afraid to expose the inner workings of your kitchen and home, which may include range hood duct work, light fittings, aircon ducting, and pipes. Because this openness will not hide messiness or defects, consider investing in better fittings like rigid duct work and chromed pipes.

Industrial kitchens usually have just the minimum amount of cabinetry necessary. Instead of upper cabinets, go with open shelving to match the wide open and uncluttered feel of your kitchen.

Aged and Repurposed Items

To truly embrace the industrial kitchen design, use reclaimed, recycled, and aged materials in many areas. You may opt for reclaimed furniture, reclaimed barn wood for ceiling beams, aged paintwork, and rustic elements like subway tiles. This is also where wide rustic wood flooring or concrete flooring comes in. These flooring options add a practical surface reminiscent of a factory or warehouse.

Utilitarian Cabinetry

Give the cabinets special consideration during your industrial kitchen remodeling project. Cabinets in an industrial kitchen are often simple yet may include a broad range of materials such as reclaimed wood, floating shelves, polyethylene, and even stainless steel cabinets. You can even combine materials such as oak wood cabinets with the shelves and frames covered in varnished aluminum. Focus on a minimalist design with clean lines and subtle details like thick cabinet frames and large handles.

Ready to see your industrial kitchen come to life? Carpentry and Handyman Concepts LLC can help you design your custom kitchen with handcrafted details and the finest materials. We serve homeowners in New Canaan, Wilton, Westport, CT and surrounding areas with a focus on quality craftsmanship.