Industrial home designs have recently resurfaced with great popularity, especially in kitchen and bathroom. Materials such as wood, metal, concrete and subway tiles are used to create a raw, minimalist aesthetic.
Unfortunately, concrete and tiles tend to chip and crack easily – especially in a kitchen where sharp knives and heavy pots are in frequent use.
Fortunately, though, technology has given us surface materials that overcome these challenges.
This is where engineered quartz offers a welcome alternative to these beautiful, but sometimes fragile materials. Unlike wood and metal, quartz, due to its durability, is able to withstand water, heat and the bumps of everyday use. Its design versatility means that it’s available in a variety of colors, including concrete designs. This is particularly well suited to industrial style bathrooms and kitchens.
Make sure to consider the subtle undertones in your chosen concrete design surface when designing an industrial kitchen.
The concrete design used on the floor of this kitchen, Pietra Vicenza, exudes a surprising and subtle warmth. Together with its rugged concrete appearance, it lends a welcome contrast to the white cupboards and metal trim.
It further provides a neutral backdrop for the natural wood surfaces to become the kitchen’s focal point.
The dark, blue-grey Pietra Cardosa on the kitchen countertop brings a lively quality to the black-and-white kitchen. It also complements the charcoal colored cupboards and industrial style oven.
When deciding to design with quartz, also consider where its unique qualities would be best used. Its resistance to heat allows one to maximize usability, as hot pots can be taken from the oven and placed directly on the countertop.
Not all surfaces are meant to make a statement. The use of a very light design, such as Pietra Vicenza, against the wall of this vintage-cum-industrial style bathroom, retains the simplicity of the black and white design.
At the same time, it offers an easy to maintain alternative to the traditional tiled bathroom wall, which tends to get unwelcome black buildup in the grouting.
A dramatic industrial design calls for a combination of two colors, each with a specific purpose.
The Jura Green, which has a more natural, green tint than most concrete designs, rounds the design with an almost spa-like quality. It also compliments similar tones in the rustic metal towel rack.
All too often, quartz is associated with a granite look, classic kitchen design or the bright reds and blues used in modern, loft-style designs. The fact that it is an engineered surface, however, means the design possibilities and applications are virtually endless. These industrial kitchen and bathroom design ideas showcased Quartz Master’s Concrete Collection.
What do you think about industrial style kitchens and bathrooms? Is it still something you would love to have, or has it been overdone?