A Pro’s Guide to Industrial Kitchen Design

Updated January 19, 2022

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If you’re looking to create a stunning industrial kitchen in your home you’ve come to the place! Our interior design team has put together four tips to help you create the industrial kitchen design of your dreams!

We’re going to break down some of these different industrial kitchen design ideas with ways that you can make your kitchen more industrial and modern. Let’s start with the floor plan.


First off, for an industrial kitchen to be done right, it’s essential that your kitchen has an open floor plan and lots of room to work. If you want a kitchen like this, then you’re likely going to be in it and using it a lot. Cozy isn’t a feeling commonly associated with industrial design. Think large, open, and vast.

Most industrial kitchens will have an island and lots of counter space for food prep and appliances.

open space in modern industrial kitchen


High ceilings will give a feeling of openness and offer extra space for high cabinets and good lighting. This will give the illusion of more space and help with ventilation.

When it comes to lighting, in-ceiling cans or LEDs work well, but some homeowners choose fixtures as well. Ultimately this choice is totally up to you and how you want your home to look.

industrial kitchen design lighting


Industrial kitchens offer clean lines, useful spaces, and often stainless or neutral colors. If you’re going to have an industrial design, it’s best to stick with industrial-style finishes throughout your kitchen and some of the other places in the home.

If you truly want to differentiate and make your industrial kitchen great, be sure to look at all of the different factors and find ways to uniquely make the kitchen better.

simple cabinets in industrial kitchen design

Long-Lasting Flooring

When you’re going for an industrial design, one of the main things you’ll want to get out of your floor is longevity. This flooring should last for years with plenty of wear and tear.

Wood isn’t often an option because it’s not a common industrial flooring. Instead, consider tile that’s styled like wood. But, if you want to use wood to offset some of the different layers in your kitchen, it’s not all loss.

kitchen design with wood tile flooring

Simple, Clean Cabinets

When it comes to cabinets, you’ll want clean lines and simplicity resembled in the design. Cabinet colors should be neutral, natural, white, or black. Multiple colors or patterns don’t often work well within this design and might give off a modern look.

Having some form of open cabinets is often used in industrial kitchens to give them a more open and simplistic feel. Whether it’s a full cabinet or just parts of one, there’s a lot of value in open cabinets.

Your cabinet hardware can have a modern flair, but be sure that it’s also simple and not complex in nature. You’re looking for something fun but still easy to look at, and that doesn’t stand out too much.

Stone or Granite Countertops

Countertop options will be similar to most other kitchen design ideas. Industrial kitchen counters are often stone, granite, concrete, or quartz but will be in a plain design that compliments the rest of the kitchen and offers plenty of space to work.

Think durability, simplicity, and flow throughout your kitchen when planning the perfect countertops for the space.

slate countertops


Stainless steel is the most common choice for industrial kitchen design. Whether you’re going for the simple, classic kitchen appliances or taking a step towards something more modern, you can’t go wrong with lots of stainless steel.

Large Appliances for Extra Capacity

As we’ve mentioned before, most industrial kitchens are designed and used to serve more people and offer more usability for your kitchen. Appliances can be a big part of that. A double oven, extra-large fridge, or other modern appliances can add a lot.

Simple items like microwaves that offer more room and convection options will make a big impact on the overall flow of your kitchen.

kitchen design with large kitchen appliances

Incorporate Unique Appliances

A mounted espresso machine or a hideaway toaster are two fun options that you might want to add to your industrial kitchen. Think simplicity, but also treat yourself. When you’re designing a new kitchen, it’s always good to find ways to improve and modernize your home.

At Sustainable 9, we’re always looking for ways to innovate and make our kitchen designs better. When you choose to work with us, you’re choosing a builder that you can trust to both get the job done right and provide you with modern design styles you can trust.

The next time you’re looking for help on a building project, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to help you build the home of your dreams, whether you’re looking for modern, industrial, contemporary, or anything in-between. The S9 team is ready to work for you!


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