Kitchen worktops - With a style that focuses on tiles and bricks, solid wood worktops are a great way to add more warmth and character. Darker woods, like cherry and walnut, work well in the industrial kitchen and they will develop over time – the colour becoming deeper as the years go by. They are thick and come with square edges, for a truly authentic and visually stunning look. If you want the look of wood with no specialist care required, check out our wood-effect laminate worktops – they are hard-wearing and come in several effects other than wood.
Kitchen cabinets & storage - Make your kitchen as efficient and functional as a professional kitchen with well thought out cabinets and storage. That way, all your stuff is close to hand. Dark, richly coloured units are ideal for an industrial style kitchen. The Raffello high gloss in anthracite (pictured) looks striking with bright metal appliances, the sleek, glossy cabinets making a real design statement. The Carisbrooke taupe is a little more subtle than the Raffello and when combined with the right worktop and accessories, also perfectly captures the industrial trend.
Contact the local authorities before building your kitchen - Your local food hygiene authority will be able to give you the correct advice about what is needed for your kitchen to meet their high health and safety standards. This will typically involve you designing separate food preparation and washing areas and similar practices to make sure that your new kitchen is up to scratch.
The worktop may also include a large built-in hardwood chopping board, with a pull-out waste-disposal drawer beneath into which to scoop vegetable peelings, and perhaps a slab of cool, smooth marble as well, traditionally the best surface for rolling pastry. Otherwise a freestanding central work station with all-round access may include both cooking rings and a sink for washing fruit and vegetables. The height of all these worktops needs to be carefully calculated because at the wrong height they will make preparing and cooking food unnecessarily tiring.