Decorating & Design

February 6, 2015

Adding Industrial Elements

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:

1. 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, pick up a free-standing metal shelf like this one from Ikea.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Author: Jennifer Koper & Gwen Matsell

Donna Griffith


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