When factories were built in the United States during the late 19th century and through to the 20th, they all looked quite similar. Often built near a water source, they were full of brick, concrete, iron, and – eventually – steel. That’s because these were deemed to be materials that would last for a long time…and they did!
As factories began to close, however, they sat empty for a while until some ingenuitive individuals decided they could do some pretty cool things with those old factories, turning them into stores, living spaces, and more. As such, the era of industrial décor was born.
Industrial design, including industrial kitchen design, is signified by certain architectural elements. For example, in factories of old, you could often see exposed pipes and ductwork. Designers have brought those into their industrial design plans. These same designers have also embraced an open floor plan, such as what you’d fine on a factory floor, where there were rarely any walls separating one section from another. In addition, design specialists recognize that it’s important to keep those bricks, concrete, iron, and steel elements front and center, as well as wood, exposed rafters, and other characteristics that were prevalent in those old factories.
You can find all or some of these in industrial kitchen designs, which tend to offer plans that are otherwise simple and uncluttered. In other words, these industrial kitchen plans let the architectural elements do the talking.
Here are some other elements of industrial kitchen design:
– Industrial kitchen design is all about clean lines, though you’ll find plans that include both straight lines and curved contours. It’s really a matter of preference for the homeowner, but both fit the industrial vibe.
As you think about how to proceed with your industrial kitchen design, remember that the emphasis should be on simple and open. Be modern where it calls for modern or embrace the vintage elements where they steal the scene! Revel in the high ceilings or the brick walls and make them stand out. The end result should be a comfortable, welcoming space despite the starkness of the industrial style.
At Mr. Cabinet Care, we can help you figure out how to make your industrial kitchen one that you’ll love and that will wow your guests at your next dinner party. To get started, call us to speak with one of our design experts.