Industrial style kitchens: 13 ways to create a stylish space

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industrial style kitchen. Pippa Mundy
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Designing an industrial style kitchen from scratch is a brilliant project to take on. Whether your current kitchen space sits in a contemporary home or a period property, going for a stripped back, industrial kitchen design will give you a lived-in, laid-back look that's hard to beat. 

Keep scrolling to see our round up of amazing industrial style kitchens below and pick up ideas on how you can create yours. Then for more kitchen ideas and endless inspiration check out our guide and if it's specifically kitchen design we have a feature for that too. 

What is an industrial style kitchen?

Characterised by exposed brick walls, use of stainless steel and reclaimed wood surfaces, as well as their use of ventilation units and filament light bulbs as prominent design features, industrial style kitchens are easy to live with and maintain; in fact, they get better as they age.  So if industrial kitchens sound like they could be for you, here are plenty of gorgeous rooms to get you inspired...

1. Injecting colour into an industrial kitchen scheme

industrial style kitchen extension with blue shaker cabinets

The dark blue of these industrial kitchen units injects colour into an otherwise neutral industrial-style space, while the Shaker style is in keeping with the industrial style of the open plan kitchen design.

2. Add Industrial touches to a classic kitchen

industrial style kitchen extractor fan and pendant lights

This industrial kitchen simple but elegant features a handful of industrial finishes, from the exposed pipework and chrome extractor fan, to the exposed brick wall and pendant lights. With just a couple of additions, another level of interest is injected into the space.

3. Incorporating modern technology into an industrial kitchen

industrial style kitchen attached to period property with large glass extension

On account of the simple floor to ceiling panelled glass, this glazed kitchen extension is flooded with natural light, while retaining its industrial feel. The built-in heated concrete bench, which allows the inside space to merge seamlessly with the outdoors, also demonstrates that opting for basic materials doesn’t mean losing out on high-end design.

For more modern kitchen ideas take one hot minute to check out our feature.

4. Light filled extension with industrial detailing

This open plan, kitchen, diner and living space extension is expertly zoned, using three different types of flooring, patterned tiles in the kitchen, charcoal tiles in the dining area, and rustic wood in the living area. This gives each space a distinct feel, all adding to the industrial feel of the space. Find out how to create your own open plan kitchen, diner and living space.

5. Using reclaimed materials for an industrial appeal

reclaimed wood industrial style kitchen

Pippa’s industrial style kitchen was inspired by her desire to respect the essence of her Victorian house in Cardiff, allowing it to reveal its character by stripping it back to its bare bones. The bespoke kitchen island, a key feature within the space, was made from reclaimed materials sourced from a salvage yard.

6. Industrial extension for a period property

industrial style kitchen attached to edwardian period home

These unique, caged light fixtures, complete with exposed cords, complement other industrial style features, such as a painted steel pillar and riveted dining table. This, in turn, enhances the factory feel that underpins this kitchen extension.

7. Take a homely approach to industrial style

industrial style kitchen with a homely feel

Intending this industrial kitchen to be the hub of the home, the Maordeen family chose a light colour scheme, comfy sofas and family photos, combined with specifically selected pieces of furniture that would hint at more of an industrial style. The locker unit achieves this particularly successfully and also doubles as an invaluable kitchen storage space.

8. Be inspired by a New York loft

industrial style kitchen with exposed ventilation and central island

With its visible extraction unit, steel finish surfaces and exposed brickwork, this kitchen would not look out of place in a New York loft space.

9. Choose a polished, chef-worthy finish

Industrial style kitchen in with open shelving and vintage lighting

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

Owner James was keen to create a commercial look in his kitchen, and sourced reclaimed Moffatt Multiplex Modular units from secondhand catering suppliers, which he altered to fit the space. A new stainless-steel worktop and sink, made by Moffatt, pull the look together, and who wouldn't want to cook up a storm in this space? 

See more of this kitchen extension.

10. Create a sociable space in your industrial kitchen

industrial style kitchen with mismatching bar stools and clear lightbulbs

Mismatching bar stools instantly add an industrial feel, whilst increasing the sociability of the space. This was particularly important for Jo and Gary, who designed the space with the changing needs of their family in mind.

Pendant lights make a design statement without drawing attention away from the garden views available on account of sliding glass doors.

11. Showing off exposed blockwork

concrete and exposed block kitchen with large glass windows

Clarrise and Karim’s modern extension demonstrates how concrete flooring and breeze block finishes don’t have to mean compromising on light and airy spaces. Despite being a last minute design decision, these features help to achieve the minimalist, industrial style that inspired this extension.

Find out how to use exposed brickwork to create a feature wall in your kitchen.

12. Accessorising with kitchen utensils

kitchen with industrial style features

If you don’t want to commit to exposed brickwork, white brick-shaped tiles are a fantastic alternative. Keep kitchen utensils on display and fill Kilner jars with different varieties of pasta to add a taste of industrial style (we've got tons more storage jar display ideas, too).

13. Get fully customisable, modular industrial fittings

Scavolini/Diesel Open Workshop kitchen

(Image credit: Scavolini)

If you are coveting an industrial kitchen, then bespoke is still the best way to achieve the kitchen of your dreams. Mind, industrial needn't mean heavy-look or brutalist – with the right level of craftsmanship, an industrial kitchen can still look elegant. 

Scavolini’s newest kitchen has been designed in partnership with Diesel, and the designer credentials show. The fittings are made from modular steel tubes that can be customised and recomposed according to your needs. The industrial-style metal frame table is also part of the Open Workshop collection, and can be finished in a variety of materials, from quartz to granite. Diesel Open Workshop kitchens start from £15,000.

For more luxury kitchen ideas, browse our roundup.

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Lucy Searle

Lucy is Global Editor-in-Chief of Homes & Gardens having worked on numerous interiors and property titles. She was founding Editor of Channel 4’s 4Homes magazine, was Associate Editor at Ideal Home, before becoming Editor-in-Chief of in 2018 then moving to Homes & Gardens in 2021. She has also written for Huffington Post, AOL, UKTV, MSN, House Beautiful, Good Homes, and many women’s titles. Find her writing about everything from buying and selling property, self build, DIY, design and consumer issues to gardening.