Discover the latest trend for kitchens: raw materials. A kitchen or dining space is the perfect place to experiment with industrial materials and raw finishes such as exposed brickwork, un-polished plaster work, marble and concrete.
This ancient material is having a revival in interiors. The smartest of raw materials, the hot trend is for this polished stone to be mixed with artisan accessories and industrial finishes to add warmth; taking it from classical, grand rooms to our humble homes. Why not try it on the walls in a kitchen as well as the worktops. By pairing it with rustic ceramics, soft pastels and textured linens, this cool, hard stone is given a softer edge.
Plywood walls are gaining momentum as practical but super-cool wallcovering. This material no longers requires a lick of paint, the beauty lies in the exposed wood grain and the smooth, soft tone works perfectly with Scandi style accessories and monochrome interiors.
3. Unpolished plaster
The trend for ‘undone walls’ might save you some decorating time! Although perfecting the right unfinished finish could be harder than it looks. Go with smart brass, smooth enamel and fresh white ceramics to contrast the rough, textured walls.
The layer upon layer of peeling plaster and paint creates a beautiful surface, making a fitting backdrop for your spoon collection, because everyone has one don’t they…?!
Exposed brickwork adds instant character to a space. If you don’t want to commit whole hog to the bistro-style industrial look, painting over the bricks will add a lighter, brighter finish to the room. By keeping a little of the background brick visible you won’t cancel out the effort spent exposing it. Note the scaffold plank island, marble worktop and copper light fittings above, all the top trends ticked off!
The rugged, exposed brickwork is combined with the clean lines of contemporary, seamless kitchen units, polished concrete floor and stainless steel fridge, making this kitchen a perfect combination of rough and luxe.
It’s no wonder this humble building material has become such an all rounder when it comes to hot trends for kitchens, lighting and accessories (it’s almost up there with copper!). Apart from it’s versatility and cool, industrial looks, it has one thing going for it that not many other materials can boast, it’s grey! Once polished, it’s neutral, well loved grey tones means it can be used in a sleek, contemporary kitchen or in a more rustic setting with a weatherd wood table or kitchen units and beaten copper lighting.
6. Rough-sawn wood
Like plywood, it’s all about the grain and the soft, buff, un-varnished tones of the wood. When used for kitchen units and combined with smooth counter-tops and stainless steel accessories, the contrast helps the beautiful, exposed finish stand out as more than your average, wooden kitchen.
Of course it had to be here, as one of the key trends in all things interiors for the last few years, it seems this material won’t be going anywhere for some time. Copper, whether used for pendant shades or accessories, shelving or cladding, adds a warmth and an eye-catching shine to both rustic and sleek kitchens. The luxe lift this industrial material has been given, means it’s definitley a statement feature rather than an oversight, to have copper, plumbing pipes exposed!
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