Lately I have been seeing a lot of industrial influences trending in kitchen design. Think reclaimed wood - warm, weathered, greyed wood (the way a teak table left out to battle the elements would look) A striated silvery appearance and a staple for the industrial chic kitchen. This warm grey mixed with creamy ivory, stainless appliances, a complimentary natural wood, and an occasional robin's egg blue, make for a harmonious combination of tones and textures, and is a feast for the eyes.
|Linda McDougald Design|
|Linda McDougald Design|
|Image via House of Turquoise|
|Connie Braemer Design via House and Home|
|Desirée Ashworth via House of Turquoise|
Accent TileHere are some tiles that I came across that one could incorporate into a kitchen similar to the ones above, but with a designer's twist to it. Used in an accent wall, any one of these tiles would be a great addition to the industrial chic kitchen and would give a kitchen a unique look of its own.
ASC Modern, Ann Sacks // Circolo Pattern, Walker Zanger // Diva Mosaic, Walker Zanger // AnTeak, Oolong Blend (made from reclaimed teak wood), Walker Zanger // Haley Pattern, Walker Zanger // Dialogue, Ann Sacks
Tile with the look and feel of natural wood
More and more, wood floors are being replaced by tile in the kitchen due to tile's durability and easy maintenance. Thanks to today's high end tile companies, no longer does one have to sacrifice the look for durability. Ann Sacks offers a quarter sliced wood plank in porcelain, while Walker Zanger's Italian ink jet glazing technology now enables the look and texture of much coveted end grain wood to be reproduced to the most minute detail, resulting in the look and feel of natural worn end grain wood (knots and all), with the added bonus of durability and easy maintenance. The best thing for all you germaphobes out there (Julie W. - this means you!) is that you can steam clean the floors to your heart's content without having to worry about dulling the finish on your hardwood floor.
Top Row: Plank, Ann Sacks
Bottom Row: Wood Age, Walker Zanger
The Nature Collection, Walker Zanger
Is this real wood or isn't it? Can YOU tell the difference? Stay tuned for more on the subject of the "Industrial Chic Kitchen", as I am putting together some fun accessories and furniture to complete the look, and will post soon.
Most of the products above are available to the trade or authorized dealers only. Should you need assistance, let me know, as I can help you obtain samples and place orders.
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