Get the Look: Chef Industrial

Industrial style is about taking something old, commercial, vintage, or recycled and giving it a second lease on life, without stripping it of its original character. The aesthetic is streamlined and minimalist, with a lived-in quality. A chef’s kitchen is one that is designed and laid out to meet the needs of a professional chef, or people who like to cook like one. Bring them together and you get a Chef Industrial kitchen.

Create this look by incorporating brick, copper, and metal with the core elements of a chef’s kitchen: high end appliances, multiple prep stations, a designer hood, and a “chef’s table.”  has 11 Ideas That Will Help Turn Your Space Into The Ultimate Chef’s Kitchen.

Industrial Cabinets and Open Shelving

A Chef Industrial kitchen is perfect for mixing metal and wood cabinets. Reclaimed wood cabinets can pair perfectly with stainless steel cabinets to bring in the old meets commercial character. Pair white cabinets with copper accents for high design with a minimalist feel. Incorporate upcycled metal lockers or vintage metal cabinets.

Open shelving is a natural choice for a chef’s kitchen. Professional chefs and serious home cooks want things that they use every day within reach, easy to see, and easy to find. Make shelving out of salvaged wood and repurposed pipes. offers inspiration with 21 Beautiful Open Kitchen Shelving Ideas.            

Black, Gray, and Butcher Block Countertops

Use natural stone countertops in solid black or slate gray to support the minimalist aesthetic. It will compliment mixed element use in cabinets and open shelving and allow you to combine any wood, metal or color combination. Avoid bold patterns. Look to incorporate butcher block on an island or a workstation for a built-in cutting board that will develop the lived-in element you want.

Cambria’s Black Rock from their Life + Style collection is a top choice.  Cambria’s Carrick Signature Series  “flourishes swirling shades of gray and soft charcoal specks to create an intriguing pattern in this stylish and contemporary composition.” This makes it the perfect gray for an industrial kitchen. Use butcher block as the countertop for one of your prep spaces.

Exposed Brick

Incorporate exposed brick. You may find that you already have a brick wall behind your drywall. Look for salvaged brick in tones that compliment your kitchen. Using salvaged brick will give you the look of an exposed wall you had all along, even if it is a brand-new addition.

Consider a using full brick wall behind open shelving, using exposed brick as your backsplash, or even adding an exposed brick fireplace feature. has 14 Reasons to Love Exposed Brick for inspiration.

Highly Functional Hardware and Appliances

There is no chef’s kitchen without an investment in high quality appliances. Incorporate multiple ovens, cook tops and warming drawers. Invest in a sub-zero refrigerator. Consider a large dishwasher or several smaller dishwashers placed strategically by prep areas.

Sinks and faucets should be heavy duty and there should be several of them. They should support the workflow of the kitchen. Tried and true stainless steel and simple lines will work best.

Finishing Touches

Details make a difference. Add character with a copper hood, glass industrial pendants, Nail trimmed bar stools, or black metal pulls. Display functional pieces that are also beautiful on open shelves. Metal canisters, bowls, and utensils are a perfect choice.

Consider adding a chef’s table.  A chef’s table typically is located in a restaurant kitchen. It is reserved for guests of the chef. Most chef’s tables have bar-type seating to save kitchen space. You can imitate the concept in your own kitchen and give your guests the same experience.

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