In the last few blog posts we’ve been talking about different design styles and what sets them apart. This week, let’s take a look at how one amazing space combines a variety of significant design elements to work together. You’ll see a blend of traditional, industrial, and even contemporary elements, which are some of the characteristics we just discussed with Farmhouse style, but it’s decidedly not Farmhouse.
This Vintage Industrial kitchen combines key components from several style genres. For example, look at how the Amesbury door is used as an accent throughout the kitchen—some might see the X-grid and instantly think “Farmhouse” but it can also be a contemporary, linear style in combination with different accents and décor. In a Farmhouse design, the light industrial elements are paired with much more traditional and casual elements, while this kitchen features a more tailored, sleek, and urban vibe. What’s special about this design is how these signature features can blend into a cohesive result!
The architecture of a space has a lot to do with creating that industrial, utilitarian, converted-warehouse-in-NYC aesthetic. This room has the high ceilings, wide windows, and plentiful natural light we tend to associate with those urban loft looks.
Keeping décor simple and minimal also adds to that artistic, clean feel. What is included—like the barstools and galvanized metal kitchen table—has that upcycled feel, as if the pieces were discovered in an old factory.
Contemporary elements also help keep that industrial feel:
- High-contrast dark and light finishes. This is a pro move that when done well will result in a breathtaking design!
- Knowing that dark finishes can quickly take over a room, we made a few adjustments to keep the space light and open:
- The top cabinet/crown height is consistent from the far left to the far right. The same horizontal line across the top is essential in contemporary design.
- The height between the countertop and the bottom of the wall cabinets was increased to 24”. We also pulled in a smoky vintage mirror for the backsplash to increase light through the reflective surface. Plus it looks pretty cool!
When wall cabinets are placed further from the countertop, the bottom side will be more visible – which is especially noticeable with dark and painted finishes. It’s a good idea to include a continuous finished panel in your design.
- Floating shelves surround a sleek metal hood. The hood is clearly contemporary and the open design gives the wall “white space” for the eye to appreciate the design aesthetic.
- A large single oven is built into a demi-height tall cabinet using flush-inset installation. As you may have read in the blog on demi-heights this is a great design choice for minimizing the bulky look appliances can create.
As mentioned in our light industrial post, the style of light fixtures is essential to create an industrial feel. Take a look at the lights above the center island and especially that incredible statement fixture above the table:
That stunning fixture also acts as a bridge between the industrial and vintage sides of this design with its bulb style. Other historic elements in this design include the inset cabinetry, as well as the classic, clean lines of the space. Very simple (yet traditional) crown molding completes the cabinetry and gives it a finished look without heavy detail.
One significant feature that really underscores the vintage ambiance is the herringbone-patterned wood floor. The pattern adds interest, the tone adds warmth, and the stain introduces a third finish into the kitchen. Looking across the room-scape, you’ll notice the additional but subtle texture from the rustic beams and painted brick walls. Altogether, the backdrop of materials gives the sense of old that can be defined as vintage.
Furniture-look pieces are one of the more obvious ways to add vintage-style to most any design. Here we dropped the island end cabinet to a height reflective of furniture, used inset deluxe ends and capped the bottom with a profile molding and tapered feet. Simple, but effective!
With an otherwise simple island design, the end accent cabinet adds a dimensional change similar to the stepped design of the floating shelves and hood.
The same furniture detail was used on the hutch which stands against the opposing wall on the right. Simple tie-ins like this will take your design from typical to distinctive!
Our free-standing hutch is designed using a few simple layers: We chose a wall cabinet with drawers as the upper section and you’ll see the edge molding repeat at the top, in the mid-section, and at the bottom – creating a pedestal for the tapered feet. Just two cabinets and a handful of accessories, along with a great installer, will make a beautiful design statement!
And next to the hutch resides a cleverly designed “at home” barista-coffee system (flush-inset) with two warming drawers below. Imagine how convenient this is! Heat your serving ware, dinner bread and more right next to the dining table! With the ability to integrate Wolf® appliances, we can create pieces like this to mimic a dining room side board using customized cabinetry and finishing with furniture base molding and a wood top.
Balanced in Perfect Harmony!
A softened play on classic contrasting finishes blends two strong design elements we see in this room. Smoke is a dark, rich finish (like those so popular in turn-of-the-century antiques), but its neutral undertone speaks to today’s trends. Instead of a European bright white for the painted cabinetry, Chai Latte offers a more subtle shade of a very light, warm tan.
A view of our design story:
Commonly in our designs, we will utilize a cabinet through our custom-quote options due to specifications of appliances, but also to fully tailor a cabinet to the demanding taste of clients!
Our Vintage Industrial tailored collection:
This demi-height oven was particularly made to maintain the frame sizes throughout the cabinet while accommodating Wolfe’s sleek and spacious oven.
Sub-Zero’s counter depth integrated refrigerator, freezer and icemaker, reminds me of Oz…making wishes come true behind a matching front panel arrangement. (Well it’s kind of like a curtain…a very fancy curtain!)
Notice the integrated flush cooktop? Well we sure did. So we designed a cabinet that was worthy to hold such an impressive cooking component. The cabinet includes a door section in the center with pull-out pots-and-pans storage (watch it in action here!) and narrow pull-out storage left and right for spices and oils. With this unique cooktop, the knobs are placed directly below and into the face of the false drawer front.
Utility and Beauty
One of the key concepts behind industrial design is the demand for superior functionality. This space definitely emphasizes maximizing storage through minimal design.
- Tiered interior drawers keep the design streamlined while maximizing interior storage
- Who needs a work triangle when you can integrate tray dividers directly below the oven?
- Decluttered counters are appealing and trending. Spices, oils, and all the magic cooking potions below in a spice rack pull-out (or two!)
- I know you’ve heard of a smartphone – but have you heard of a smart base? Well this one has it all – I call it the TRANSFORMER of base cabinets!
- The top drawer includes this Euro-style utensil organizer with tapered sides for ease of cleaning and maximum storage – plus the entire unit lifts out for ease of cleaning.
- And in the double door section below you’ll find several built-in organization features. Versatile and sturdy to support contents from dinner ware to canned goods!
- For convenience-sake: a pull-out removable caddy for cleaning supplies, and for peace of mind: a sink mat to catch spills!
Being a designer in the cabinet industry I’ve heard a few jokes about the term Lazy Susan…cracks me right up! 😕 But this cabinet gives the lazy susan a fresh new identity: Enter the Suzie Q!
This hard-working innovative corner base is unique in a few ways: 1) It’s specific to Platinum because 2) the door travels with the lazy susan inside the cabinet (inside the face frame) and 3) the doors and rotating shelf unit are “self-settling”. So once you give it a gentle push, the system rotates and automatically lands in the “closed” position. Oh and super bonus – you can’t pinch your fingers 🙂 !
For more on “how we did that” be sure to reference our library of Design Details, available exclusively to our customers.
I sure hope you enjoyed perusing this trend-setting kitchen filled with abundant surprises – and more than that, I hope you walk away with some new ideas to enhance your designs with Platinum!