Designing An Industrial Kitchen Without An Industrial Space

Nadia Hursky on December 14, 2014

Industrial kitchens are increasing in popularity as we move away from clean minimal lines toward more personalised spaces. An industrial kitchen is robust and practical, beautiful and eclectic. Instead of erasing time with new shiny architecture, we embrace it by letting the history of the space reveal itself. This is the essence of an industrial transformed space. Industrial kitchens follow trend by allowing the material used to be raw, unrefined and eclectic. Concrete, steel and timber are commonly used in industrial kitchens.

Industrial spaces have influenced the design of industrial kitchens. Office, warehouse or loft building spaces have been transformed into living spaces, allowing the bones of the space to influence the new interiors. Industrial kitchens draws on these raw architectural elements. Exposed beams, unfinished walls, vents and pipes all become part of the new architecture, making the once mundane, functional objects into something of beauty.

Whilst trendy spaces to live in, we all don’t have the luxury of living in these transformed industrial spaces. So the question becomes, how can we make an industrial kitchen if we don't have an industrial space? The answer is in the materials. Industrial kitchens follow trend by using raw, unrefined and eclectic materials. The same sense of rawness and eclectic sensibility as an industrial space is created with a combination of materials, timber, concrete and steel. Industrial kitchens also combine the old and the new: antique pieces with sleek cabinetry, chandelier lighting and unfinished floors with commercial appliances. Below are some images of industrial kitchens ranging from modern industrial to rustic industrial and everything in between.

Concrete Industrial Kitchens

Concrete, a once common material, gets a glamorous makeover in these industrial kitchens. Juxtaposed with timber and dark cabinetry, concrete is both raw and practical.

concrete kitchen island open shelves


concrete industrial kitchen


industrial kitchen concrete


industrial kitchen in Paris

Timber Industrial Kitchens

Timber used in industrial kitchens can range from looking sharp and tailored to looking basic, rustic and old. Timber works well in industrial kitchens as there is a sense of both history and nature which makes it a personalised kitchen space. It also contrasts nicely with many modern kitchen materials.

modern industrial kitchen


timber industrial kitchen


rustic industrial kitchen


Stainless Steel and Marble Industrial Kitchens

Stainless steel and marble are both regarded as fairly modern kitchen materials. Stainless steel is used in commercial kitchen spaces. It is robust, non-porous, hygienic and somewhat clinical. Combined with other warmer materials, stainless steel becomes elegant and striking. Marble traditionally is quite a classic kitchen material, but combined with other less-traditional materials, it creates a modern and fresh space.

tiles and stainless steel kitchen


white stainless steel industrial kitchen


marble and timber kitchen


White Industrial Kitchens

Industrial kitchens can remain classic and uncluttered by having white as a dominant colour. White generally makes a space look larger and less cluttered and is a good base if you want your industrial kitchen to look united and clean.

white classic industrial kitchen


Celebrity Industrial Kitchens

Celebrities are embracing the look and feel of industrial kitchens.


celebrity industrial kitchen LA


industrial kitchen celebrity meg ryan


The first kitchen is Meg Ryan's home in Massachusetts. Exposed beams painted white, an oak kitchen island, and black framed windows ensure this industrial kitchen is kept subtle and feminine.

Industrial kitchens have one thing in common; the use of personalised materials giving the space its own charm and character. Industrial kitchens can be modern, classical or rustic and use a variety of juxtaposed materials such as concrete, timber and stainless steel. We are going to see more of the trend in 2015 so look out!







  1. Kim Phillips says:

    What a great article, I want one of these in my house.

  2. George says:

    The term ‘industrial’ sometimes infers the idea of mass production or machine made, but more often than not industrial spaces appear more ‘lived in’ and practical than most white kitchens of today. Industrial kithens and spaces in the past often used mass produced or off the shelf items to create an overall aesthetic that was often raw and eclectic. The examples above clearly demonstrate the design freedom afforded by such a style. Great article!


  3. Oliver Trako says:

    Wow..I am an Engineer and just Love the new industrial kitchen style coming through at the moment. This could finally be style that men can get excited about as well.

  4. Casey Golden says:

    Love the inspiration and the passion to treasure the layers of time; I am enjoying following your perspective on Pintrest:

    They are as perfect in thier imperfectness for a wall to share the characteristics of being .. human.



    1. nadiah says:

      Hi Casey, thanks! And thank you for following us on pinterest.

  5. John M Wheatley says:

    Industrial? Have you been inside a real industrial kitchen, ever? I suspect not, based upon the photos provided.
    You’re more accurately creating a kitchen of simple materials and clean storage solutions. No glop. Very few frills. Great cooking, baking and warming appliances. Refrigerators today are light years ahead of what was readily available even 7 years ago. French door, 4-door, two separate drawers for freezing–way beyond two depths today. Just revisit your choice of words when you say industrial. The public deserves better word choices from professionals.

    1. nadiah says:

      Thanks John I appreciate your comments, I would love to hear your thoughts on what industrial kitchens mean to you. Sorry if the article offended you by my word choices, I would be interested to broaden my knowledge here 🙂

  6. michael says:

    Hi Nadiah
    Not sure what John is on about: it’s quite obvious that the term ‘industrial’ is referring to the materials and their rawness as well as, but not necessarily including, more robust and professional cooking equipment. A simple google image search of ‘industrial kitchens’ brings up both a mixture of the kitchens John refers to, as well as the kitchens you refer to. It’s a game of semantics really!!

  7. Robert says:

    I love the look of the industrial kitchen, I believe the term comes more from the taking of an old industrial space and making a living area while keeping the look. Not really making a commercial kitchen, although the appliances and things in an industrial/commercial kitchen lend themselves to the look greatly. I enjoy the rough appeal, and simple lines of the look, metal, wood, stone, concrete all mixed together, simple practical, and not something your afraid to use because you might smudge or dirty it like the all white kitchen of today.

    Love it!