Metallic industrial: the latest kitchen trend

Kitchens are getting an industrial update this spring/summer with a strong trend for metallics, the more weathered and worn-looking, the better

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Kitchens are going heavy on the metal this season with units and surfaces given an urban edge.

While chrome and stainless steel are a long-standing staple of kitchen design, the new metals have a more industrial vibe – like pieces plucked from an old factory rather than a food preparation area.

But far from appearing cold and sterile, these metals are warm and tactile, their rich glowing colours looking as if they have reacted to the elements over time, with finishes including oxidised copper, rusted iron and burnished brass.

Surfaces seem like they have been salvaged and repurposed for use in the home, making it feel accessible and user friendly. Signs of wear only enhance their charm.

But while some of the doors and drawers may look fresh from the foundry, the effects are achieved by wrapping thin sheets of metal round a solid core, or even with special paints containing real metal. Clever.

metallic industrial kitchens

This new Tio kitchen from Rational has clean lines, urban metallic finishes and steel components. The focal point is the island with its metallic bronze finish and dark concrete effect worktop. The wall units have a metallic anthracite super matt lacquered finish with open recess in silver spruce. The scheme is pulled together by the addition of metal-framed open shelving. A kitchen like this would cost from £12,000. 

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metallic industrial kitchens

The Ferro slab door in this island has been finished in a paint containing real metal, with reactive processes used to create a unique weathered look. This colour is oxidised copper. Others in the range include rusted iron and burnished brass. The metal effect is a flash of warmth against the muted tones of the Zola Matte Lave and Rezana Espresso Oak of the full height units and shelves. This type of kitchen would start from upwards of around £20,000, from Uform

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metallic industrial kitchens

For heavy duty kitchen tasks, the Blanco Cronos XL 8 from the Steelart collection means business. Made from stainless steel, it is a modern twist on the farmhouse-style sink and is indulgently deep. It costs £1,588, not including VAT, from Blanco

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metallic industrial kitchens

There is a gorgeous golden lustre to this unusual island top, but the precious metal is actually stainless steel with a vintage finish. It is matched with oak to create defined cooking and eating areas. There is even an integral sink for efficient food prep. The originalSHEER kitchen is from Tomas Kitchen Living and priced from £25,000.

(Image: © Tomas Living Kitchen)

metallic industrial kitchens

If you haven’t got room for an island in your kitchen, style your own breakfast bar. The Hulstone Industrial bar table and matching stools is perfect to perch on over coffee, for a quick bite or to use as an at-home work space. The powder-coated steel frame with charcoal finish has a table top of reclaimed rough sawn pine and is H100xW80xD70cm. It costs £359. The seats are covered in faux buckskin and are H99xW41xD52cm. They cost £309 a pair. The Hulstone Industrial display unit is £659. From Wooden Furniture Store.

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metallic industrial kitchen

This Urbo island in Antique Brass Metal Wrap has real brass sheeting round a solid core, sanded to a dull patina. The metal has a waxed finish and will oxidise as it ages. It is topped by an African Fusion leather finish sharknose profile work surface. Roundhouse bespoke kitchens start at £35,000. 

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metallic industrial kitchens

Deserving an award for best supporting seat, this stool – inspired by Xavier Pauchard’s designs for Tolix – has galvanised metal legs and a wooden top. The industrial finish means there are slight differences in colour and polishing, giving each individual stool its own unique character. It measures H75xW43xD43cm and is £75 from Cult Furniture.

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