Real home: an industrial kitchen with a masculine edge

Bespoke kitchen designers Higham Furniture designed this atmospheric, industrial-inspired kitchen as part of a larger home renovation

kitchen with dark kitchen cabinets by Bespoke kitchen designers Higham Furniture
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Graham Jones got in contact with bespoke kitchen designers Higham Furniture while waiting for planning permission to design a kitchen with a more industrial feel. The kitchen was part of a larger renovation, which involved knocking down a wall that divided the kitchen and dining to create an open plan space. This would allow both the kitchen and dining room to look out over the back garden.

Take a look at the finished result, then browse more of our real home transformations. Looking for tips on how to plan and design a kitchen of your dreams? You'll find everything you need over in our specialist guide. 

Project notes

The owner: Graham Jones.
The property: A London-based property undergoing a full renovation.
Project cost: £46,497.

The original brief from Graham was quite detailed, which helped with the process, but the space was awkward, and Graham wanted to use some of the quirky nooks that had previously made the space look busy. Taking these requests into account, the designers at Higham Furniture stripped back the space to make use of the main walls of the room and to create a more sleek and functional kitchen.

kitchen diner with dark interiors by Higham Furniture

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The combination of Shaker cabinets in an inky black – Little Greene's Lamp Black, to be precise – a striking pipework pendant light and brown leather chairs helped create the industrial feel homeowner Graham was looking for, while adding a distinctly masculine feel to the space.

Browse more of our dark and dramatic kitchen design ideas if this industrial and atmospheric feel has taken your fancy.

kitchen with dark kitchen units and white island by Higham Furniture

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A popular feature thanks to their timeless finish, metro tiles were used along the entire sink wall to create interest and to act as a functional splashback. 

Browse more beautiful ways to use metro tiles.

living room with white metro tiles and dark interior scheme by Higham Furniture

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Positioning an induction hob on a kitchen island ensures the space is set up for cooking and entertaining guests at the same time, which is perfect for Graham, who loves to host friends.

Find more kitchen island design ideas to get inspiration for your scheme.

kitchen with dark interiors and larder by Higham Furniture

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A stylish final addition, burnished brass ironmongery was used to contrast with the Lamp Black painted units and to tie in with the light bulb filament.

A combination of knobs, pull drawer handles and cupboard catches, all from Armac Martin, make up this finished look.

kitchen with dark coloured cabinets and larder by Higham Furniture

(Image credit: Higham Furniture)

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Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She left the brand in 2020 to pursue another career, but still loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.