Industrial style kitchens are a fast growing trend in kitchen design. They are popular with professional chefs, people with food-based home businesses, and with foodies who like to cook gourmet meals for friends and family. If you're considering this style of kitchen, then here are three essential elements that you'll need to include.
1. Polished concrete floors
Polished concrete floors are now a mainstay in edgy, industrial design. This is because they are both functional and attractive. They are also extremely hardy and waterproof, and will never need replacing.
If you're not keen on the flat grey appearance of standard concrete, then ask your concrete contractors to incorporate some coloured aggregate into the concrete mix. This will give your floor a subtle, yet stunning finish.
Ensure that your polished concrete floor is coated with an industrial strength epoxy-based finish. This will completely seal the porous surface of the concrete and will also make your floor surface heat resistant.
2. Stainless steel work surfaces
Stainless steel is the material of choice in any industrial kitchen. It's heat resistant, non-porous, and easy to clean. Unlike traditional kitchens made of tiles or timber, stainless steel is fabricated into a single unit without gaps or joins. This means that food waste and moisture cannot gather in small cracks,and your kitchen will be far more hygienic.
Stainless steel is also good to use in other areas of the kitchen. Sinks, draining racks, and splashbacks can all be integrated into the work surfaces, providing a seamless and professional workspace.
3. Professional oven and hob set-up
A traditional kitchen generally has only one oven and four elements on the hob. To recreate an industrial kitchen in your home, you'll need to extend the cooking capacity by installing two ovens and a six burner hob.
Two ovens are necessary if you're cooking en masse and will allow you to cook dishes that require different temperature settings simultaneously. Have the ovens installed at bench height instead of at ground level. This allows for safer, faster, and less back-breaking use. Six burner hobs also increase your production capacity, and incorporate a more varied array of burner sizes for different sized saucepans and frypans.
Make sure that your ovens and hob are gas powered. Gas allows for instant increase or reduction in heat and is essential in any professional kitchen.
Industrial style kitchens are mostly popular because of the practical nature of their design. However, choosing the right design elements will also help you to create a sleek, minimalist look that is thoroughly modern and beautiful in its simplicity.