Among the hallmarks of loft spaces are their size and the visibility of materials that might otherwise be hidden or treated to a smooth finish: metal pipes and ductwork and well-worn wood flooring, for example. Architect May Sung explains how she used these elements to loft-style look: “In this kitchen, we utilized proportion and texture to create interest to the space. The texture of the reclaimed wood juxtaposed next to the industrial element of the table legs created warmth and coziness, emphasized by the over-scaled ceiling pendant.”
To open up this formerly small kitchen, a wall was removed and replaced with a spacious island that integrates a glass-top range and much-needed cabinetry. Contrasting against the black quartz countertops is a backsplash made from white subway tiles, which extend up to the ceiling. Open shelving with wrought iron brackets provide convenient and attractive display for dishware and accessories.
America's Most Desperate Kitchen designers John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino wanted to give the homeowners the most efficient space they could, so these Kitchen Cousins removed the walls that closed in this kitchen making it feel small and cramped and created a space that has easy access to all of the common spaces in the home. Then added bright colors to the cabinets and industrial details that helped to bring this space to life.
To expand the seating options in this kitchen, designers from America's Most Desperate Kitchens created a small, casual table that connects to the larger, more formal one. This gives the homeowners the option of using the smaller table when they are home alone and simply want a casual meal or expanding their entertaining space, using both the larger table and the smaller table concurrently.
A trio of industrial-style sconces provide task lighting over the kitchen sink and prep area. Black quartz countertops top the muted gray cabinets, while white subway tile creates a contrasting backsplash. Open shelving with wrought iron brackets keep dishes and mugs handy.
With seating for eight, the large dining table in the middle of this newly remodeled kitchen gives the homeowners a great space to entertain, while the combination of a farmhouse table and wrought iron chairs adds visual interest to the space.
In this home's new kitchen addition, designers used pieces of the old kitchen space, such as the old cabinets and wood floors, to create the new one. Then, they added features such as open shelves, stainless steel appliances, subway tile and wrought iron chairs to create a visually interesting rustic, industrial eat-in kitchen.
Black industrial barstools pull up to clean Caesarstone countertops for a casual dining spot in this spacious kitchen. Hardwood floors add warmth to the space, while a sleek light fixture brings a contemporary vibe to the room.
The homeowners wanted a unique kitchen space, so designers featured a hidden television inside the space's mirrored backsplash. The special dielectric mirror was designed and fabricated so that it can slide behind the built-in kitchen cabinets in case the television ever needed to be repaired. The home already had cast iron columns, so designers incorporated them into the home's design, giving the space a more industrial feel.
Instead of springing for a built-in island, consider a freestanding one made from recycled materials. Case in point: the Industrial Recycled High Bench Table, shown in Shabby Chic White, $1,999, designed by Will Marx for GHIFY. Handmade in Brisbane, Australia, of native Australian timber, the design was inspired by the architecture of Queensland. Says GHIFY, “This island is one of our signature designs, which has been hugely popular as a kitchen island for added counter space, as a high bench dining table for the eat-in kitchen and as a workbench/desk. It is a timeless industrial recycled styled table that can be custom-built to any size, color or finish. Each table comes with a 10-year warranty.”
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, to maximize the space in this kitchen, Joanna added a functional kitchen island to increase seating options and give the family more prep space for meals. Gray cabinets match the gray trim and molding from the rest of the open concept first floor, and rustic stools provide complementary style. A subway tile backsplash polishes off the space, finishing out the design.
The kitchen cabinets in this design are from the original home. They have been cleaned, painted and reconfigured to give them new life and, when combined with the new cabinet hardware and drawer pulls, give the space a custom, unique, rustic look.
The third wall in the communal kitchen is chock full of cabinets with stylish, brushed nickel door knobs and drawer pulls to help keep everything organized, while the commercial sized appliances give the space room to accommodate its many occupants.
Kitchens serve as not only a place to prepare meals, but also a main gathering space in the home. Look through these pictures for great kitchen design ideas and be inspired to create a new look for your kitchen.