Adding Industrial Elements to Your KitchenJennifer Koper & Gwen Matsell
Is your plain kitchen lacking a je ne sais quoi? Adding some industrial elements and warm accents can give a lacklustre kitchen new life. Here are three key elements to include in the transformation:
Open shelving. This can be as simple as adding a shelf on an empty wall, or you can remove upper cabinets and replace them with multiple shelves or a shelving unit. If February blues have you down and you don’t have the energy to mount shelves, you can pick up a free-standing metal shelf.
Rustic texture. Throw in some worn-looking wood with a reclaimed wood table or some old stools. Or create a faux-brick feature wall with a wallpaper or wall treatment that looks like brick. Even small accents with some patina like old cookbooks or well-used wooden cutting boards can add warmth. Part of this industrial look is staying away from things that look too “new,” so imperfections are a good thing.
Layers. Finish off the look with a colourful but classic patterned rug and some artwork to give the space a layered look. Vintage posters or black and white photography look right at home in this kind of space.