Cambria Style

Industrial Strength

June, 2012

The trend for pro-style kitchens shows staying power, thanks to clean design and high-functioning features.

You don’t need to be a chef or own a restaurant to enjoy the benefits of a pro-style kitchen. The simple lines and classic materials that are the hallmark of industrial design have taken hold in the cook space because they look great and work hard. Fans of smart design and authentic good looks will find something for almost every type of kitchen, from urban loft to country retreat.

Appliances

The workhorses of your kitchen, appliances set the industrial tone. The centerpiece is the range with brawny grates on its gas cooktop. If you have the room, two ovens—one convection and one microwave—and a warming drawer increase cooking capacity. Whether you pair the range with a bold stainless-steel hood or a custom design to match the cabinets is up to you, but be sure it’s sized correctly; a pro-style cooktop needs a vent with greater power to whisk away heat and vapors than a conventional model.

As for cooling, professional-grade refrigerators take more floor space than standard fridges, draw more power, plus glass doors are high-upkeep. A better option: a stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator/freezer. Again, if there’s room, include a wine refrigerator.

Must-have features for dishwashers include sparkling stainless-steel interiors and almost- silent operation. For a more industrial feel, opt for twin drawer-style dishwashers; one for dirty dishes and one for clean dishes that go directly on the table. If you don’t like a heavy use of metal, employ cabinet panels for the fridge and dishwasher.

Surfaces

Industrially inspired kitchens should provide lots of counter space to accommodate multiple chefs. Choose surfaces that can handle spills and heat, as well as the occasional blow from a knife. Cambria quartz surfaces from the Waterstone Collection™ offer many granite and marble-like patterns that suit the industrial kitchen’s demands and aesthetic, but are stronger and lower maintenance than other options like stainless steel or wood.  This nonporous material also keeps the surface hygienic, so it can handle all types of food and remain clean and safe.

Include an island to manage traffic and double as a gathering place, particularly if the countertop has an overhang, so stools can be pulled up. Specify several counter surface designs to suit different tasks while providing some visual variety. Choose a dramatic-looking stone pattern over long stretches of prep space, then, in the same kitchen, go for a monochromatic concrete look, like Sussex™, to top an entertaining space like an island. For a dash of panache, try stone on the kitchen dining table, and finish it with a thick, mitered edge.

Sink and Faucets

Make the sink in a pro-inspired kitchen a deep, wide basin, preferably stainless steel, to handle oversize pans. In fact, two sinks are better than one, to separate prep and cleanup. Put the second one in an island or at the bar/beverage station. Single or double basins are fine, or one large sink with a built-in drainboard. Cambria countertops easily allow undermount installation for a sleek, efficient look and effortless maintenance with the swipe of a cloth.

A restaurant-style faucet with its high arc, reach, and retractable sprayer is a boon for the prep or cleanup sink. A pot filler faucet on the backsplash behind the range provides another convenient industrial amenity.

Cabinets

In addition to classic cupboards and drawers, follow the recipe of restaurant kitchens and install a few stainless-steel cabinets. If that’s too muchmetal, add lots of open shelving and a pot rack, over the island, to display cookware and provide easy access to tools and dishes.

If your industrial attitude is low-key, combine painted and wood cabinets, which go beautifully with the grain and luster from the Cambria Marble Collection™. Simple flat or recessed panels work well with industrial-style appliances that also have plain or flat fronts.

 

 

Lighting

All high-performance kitchens mix ambient, task, and accent lighting. Use eye-catching pendants to turn the work island into a design statement. This is another place to introduce metal that matches appliances, or add one-of-a-kind vintage lighting (just check the wiring works). Then make the surface on which you shine the spotlight worthy of the attention. Countertops with marbling, like Cambria’s Canterbury™, look smart and pull the room together.

Flooring

Industrial kitchens typically feature a nonslip surface, like linoleum, that can handle continuous cleaning. Pro-style residential kitchens don’t take quite the same beating, so the flooring choice is up to you, as long as it coordinates the look. Wood is easy on the feet and tile is easy to clean; both partner perfectly with the natural look of the other prominent surface in the kitchen, the Cambria countertop.

Decorative

Here’s where you can get creative without a big commitment. Use furniture, like aluminum lab stools, to add an industrially authentic element. Too much? Turn everyday items like stainless cookware into displays on open shelves or a pot rack. Salvaged items, like an old factory bottle rack, add character. Lining up lots of identical items on open shelves, such as bowls, bottles, or sturdy white dishware, also reinforces that efficient restaurant feel.

Finally, keep the palette neutral and natural. Industrial is not a bright color story. Stick to stainless steel, black, gray, tan, and white, and wood in light or dark shades. Then let the Cambria surfaces, with their subtly modulated patterns in a myriad of stone choices, visually pull the room together for a result that is polished and professionally on par.

Innovative Takes on Industrial Design

Have it your way: Industrial uses classic materials so it integrates with almost every design style, from urban to country.

Cement takes center stage: The latest look in surfacing, cement is sleek yet subdued and thus very versatile. Get the look without the maintenance with Cambria’s Sussex™ and Fieldstone™.

Take it outside (the kitchen): Open-plan kitchens are the layout of choice; carry industrial touches to connecting spaces for continuity. 

What’s old is new again: High-powered ranges have a new neighbor in the kitchen: the wood-burning oven. Avid chefs like it for the crisp it gives to bread and pizza crusts.

Rough and ready: Rugged touches like exposed beams, sandblasted brick, exposed duct work, and polished concrete floors conjure up warehouse style.

Live large: Oversize pieces—super-sized vent hoods, massive mantels, pro-grade pendant lamps—also say “industrial.”
 

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