Design Inspiration: Industrial & Rustic Open Kitchens

Things have been so busy and hectic around here – our move-in date has been bumped back another couple of weeks, however we have to, HAVE TO, be finished and ready to move in for April 21st. That is our tentative move-in date. I am terrified because the house is covered in drywall dust, pipes are still exposed, and there are SO many things that need to be finished.

Like our kitchen.

We had previously chosen a super slick and minimal design for our kitchen – it was our dream kitchen! Until we realised that: a) our dream will be costing us over $100k, and b) we’re not rich.

After months of hemming and hawing, pricing out ‘copycat’ looks with local carpenters and kitchen installers, and either way, we would most likely have to remortgage our house for our dream kitchen. Boom goes the dynamite.

We’re now turning our previous look on its’ head and turning our kitchen into an industrial/rustic/modern kitchen with exposed shelving and reclaimed furniture pieces.



Open shelving with a variety of different textures and materials – wood, stainless steel, dark grey painted surfaces, a chalkboard wall, our orange le creuset pots and knives hanging on a magnetic strip. 




What do you think of this style?

As much as I love a really minimal look, I think that there’s a certain comfort to the kitchens above, a certain ease to living. Things can still be organized, everything can be in its’ place, but it’s welcome and open to family and friends. I think I like it.



  1. Tina
    March 15, 2014 / 7:34 am

    As much as it looks interesting and hip I don’t thing having that much open space and open shelves is very practical. There will be dust gathering everywhere and if it finds it’s way into a closed shelve omagine how much you’ll have in that type of kitchen. and dust and food does not make a yery hygenic combination. Modern design unfortunately doesn’t always work in practice. But it does look great in a magazine. Plus somebody is still going to charge you big for this look, even if it looks battered and industrial.

    • March 15, 2014 / 8:51 am

      We’re definitely not looking for a traditional kitchen look, that’s for sure. But don’t worry about the cost 😉 We source items out ourselves and we are definitely on a budget at the moment.

  2. March 17, 2014 / 8:18 am

    I LOVE anything rustic! I agree, open shelves seem impractical, but you can still get modern cabinets and a nice rustic island like you have in the image there.

    • March 19, 2014 / 1:01 pm

      Yes! The open shelving will be a mixture of practical & decorative items (bowls, cookbooks, etc), and most of the food and other items can be put in the cabinets 🙂

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