Inspiration
March 9, 2018

How to create the ‘industrial look’ using the Milano kitchen range

MKM can help you achieve the industrial look, as we stock and supply the Symphony Milano range of kitchens. This range includes colour choices such as anthracite, clay and dusk grey; painted, matt and gloss finishes, and various cabinet styles to help provide the backbone to your kitchen design, providing the perfect opportunity to incorporate all other industrial style elements.

Milano is perfect for open plan and smaller kitchens

Traditionally, it’s the large open plan space with high ceilings and industrial-sized windows that has been central to the industrial style, but it works just as well in smaller-sized kitchens by incorporating key defining features of the industrial style.

The Milano kitchen range can be scaled up or down to suit your space exactly so you can create your ideal look whatever your size of kitchen.

As you can see below, the New York range is used as a centre piece. The bright high gloss finish provides a perfect modern contrast against a more industrial backdrop, such as open brickwork.

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Milano New York

Industrial style steel staircases, typically silver or painted grey or black, accentuate the open plan style of living. If working with a smaller kitchen, think about utilitarian steel shelving to add visual appeal and impact to the design.

To complete your open plan kitchen, a large kitchen table is a must. One option is to team a reclaimed wooden table with metal chairs or stools, or invest in some large wooden benches.

Combine cabinet colours

Combine colours of the same style units for a breath-taking effect throughout the kitchen. Opt for kitchen handles in pewter, brushed or vintage nickel or stainless-steel to complete the style. Combine the kitchen units with a white gloss tile to create the underground look and accessorise with large metal light pendants.

Feature walls and flooring

While exposed brickwork or even concrete walls might be the norm; white, black or grey tiles would work equally as well, depending on the style of industrial look you want to achieve.

Consider dark grey walls as an option, but look at the presence of natural light in your kitchen. If it’s limited, avoid the room looking too dark by investigating ways to add ambient, accent and task lighting to your design.

Choosing the right flooring for your industrial kitchen design will give huge impact to your overall scheme, too. Think painted or natural timber, or dark tiled flooring as the perfect match for your kitchen units.

Trio of materials – metal, brick and wood

Many industrial design enthusiasts opt for metal surfaces such as metal kitchen tables and work surfaces. If, however, your preference is for more traditional cabinets such as this wooden shaker style, you can still incorporate the metallic theme through accessories or smaller design features.

Simple but effective ways to achieve the industrial look:

  • Metal pendants
  • Industrial style lighting
  • Metal chairs and stools
  • Exposed pipework
  • Exposed air ducts
  • Metal pot racks
  • Hanging racks

The exposed beams and brickwork are truly representative of the industrial style. You can also bring industrial elements in by using concrete or wooden worktops, or consider combining the two into your design.

Consider the detail

Whether you’re going for an all-out industrial look or simple nods to the style, bringing the industrial style to life is in the detail and how you bring all the design elements together.

Our kitchen experts have full knowledge of the Symphony Milano range and how you can incorporate industrial chic into your new kitchen design. Call into your local branch to see our inspirational showrooms and chat to our specialist team.