Kitchens are the heart of the home and need to be hardwearing and practical to withstand high traffic and daily use. So it isn't a surprise that there is a trend towards a more industrial look for our homes.
Whether you would like to introduce a subtle nod to the style or want something more bespoke, here is our guide to achieving an industrial look in any kitchen.
When you think of an industrial interior, concrete is probably the first thing that comes to mind. If you love the look of concrete, we have a sink that will work for you. Blanco's Silgranit range features a concrete look sink but is made up of granite. Silgranit sinks are made from 80% quartz sand which is the strongest component of granite. It is hardwearing, hygienic, easy to clean and has the look and feel of concrete with all the added benefits of granite.
Durinox is a new stainless steel with a matte finish and is twice as durable as conventional stainless steel sinks. It is scratch and finger proof resistant making it easy to clean. The surface gets these properties from the process of blasting. The material is blasted with over 1 billion tiny stainless steel balls on both sides to increase its strength and produce its velvety texture.
Curating an industrial look with smaller items like sink and taps is a good way to introduce the aesthetic to your home. However, if you want to create a bolder statement, a concrete look worktop will work well.
Cosentino's Dekton Industrial Collection has many concrete-inspired worktops. What's more, Dekton's high UV, scratch, stain and heat resistant properties mean it is a practical solution for your new kitchen. There are poured and matte finishes for a utilitarian style.
Another great way to create impact is to consider the finish of your kitchen units. Rempp's Beton Dunkel range (pictured below) showcases two complementary greys. The lighter grey help keep the kitchen light whilst the darker grey adds depth to the room. Both colours emulate concrete. You can add warmth to the look with wooden accessories, chairs or units.
You can also get real concrete unit door options with Rempp. Yes, you read that right but don't worry, it won't be like the Flintstones. Specially manufactured, the veneers are only millimetres thick meaning they are lightweight but still retain the look and feel of real concrete. Rotpunkt provides a range of ceramic fronted doors which allow for a similarly tactile surface.
So, if you would like to add a little concrete chic to your home, visit our showroom to discuss your options. Halo Interiors has over 30 years of interior design knowledge and can advise you on the best ways to achieve a look. Visit our showroom today!
Rotpunkt has a long history of providing top quality products. Halo Interiors designs and installs Rotpunkt's range of kitchens. Here we look at its 90-year history to see how the company evolved and innovated to ensure it is still just as productive (if not more) than when it first started.
The company was founded in Buende by Heinrich Rabe and Wilhelm Meyer in 1930. Rotpunkt started its life as a cigar box factory because, at the time, Buende was the heart of the cigar-making industry.
Between 1939 and 1948, the war and the subsequent currency reform meant that many families could only afford to purchase the absolute everyday essentials. So as not to rely solely on one product, Rabe and Meyer decided to use their wood processing machinery to produce both children's toys and sewing boxes. These innovations to their business helped them navigate through this traditional period, but it wasn't without its hurdles. Up until 1946, they hadn't needed to use large quantities of paint. The sewing boxes they had been contracted to create needed to be painted white. To allow them to manufacture this product, they incorporated a painting room. Solving this problem meant they could use their newly acquired knowledge in painting on a larger scale for their kitchen manufacturing enterprise.
In 1950, Rotpunkt first manufactured a kitchen sideboard or so-called 'buffet-style kitchen'. This freestanding kitchen comprised of a lower and upper section designed to hold plates, cutlery and food. These were hugely popular and demand was high which in turn meant Rotpunkt needed larger premises.
Once they constructed their new warehouse (which underwent expansion more than once to accommodate their growing business) they cemented their place in the kitchen furniture building industry. They went on to create Swedish style built-in kitchens with standardised cabinets in 1958 and later modular kitchens (like we see today) in 1967. The end of production for their mainstay product, cigar boxes, was secured in 1968.
The now internally renowned kitchen brand, once known as 'Rabe & Meyer', was rebranded to 'Rotpunkt' in 1982. Since their rebrand, Rotpunkt has created colour matched cabinetry, handleless doors (2005) and their innovation has only sped up in the last 16 years. They launched their Greenline BioBoard in 2015, converted the interior appearances of their fittings and drawers in 2017 and were certified as having carbon-neutral production in 2020.
This family-run business now employs over 300 staff members! If you'd like to incorporate high-quality, German design and craftsmanship into your home, visit our showroom. You can see our two Rotpunkt display kitchens and discuss how to create your own.
Making your kitchen more sustainable is something you may already be doing. If you recycle, prevent food waste, use eco-friendly cleaning products or even grow your own window ledge herbs, you are doing your bit to help keep our planet healthy. That being said, have you ever given any thought to how sustainable your actual kitchen is (think units, fixtures and fittings)? If you are looking for a new kitchen you needn't compromise the style or quality for it to be sustainable and kinder to the planet.
Halo Interiors work with kitchen supplier Rotpunkt to ensure our kitchens are sustainable as well as stylish. Rotpunkt kitchens use Greenline BioBoard which is made of, among other things, fast-growing yearly corn. Due to its high levels of natural compounds, it can be recycled, ensuring less material ends up in landfill.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit organisation for the protection and management of forests. Greenline BioBoard has been PEFC certified which means any wood used is guaranteed to come from sustainably managed forests.
BioBoards' accolades don't stop there, the new Greenline BioBoard Gen2 meets the worlds strictest standard for chipboard (F**** Standard for emissions of formaldehyde) and has CARB2, EO5 and Nordic Swan Standard eco-accreditations.
If that wasn't enough to convince you of Rotpunkt's dedication to sustainability, then their CO2 site balance sheet provides information about their reduced CO2 emissions and their energy-efficient machinery to keep them hitting their goal of 100% climate-neutral production.
So now you know you will be playing your part, why not browse some Rotpunkt kitchens? If you want to know how the new Rotpunkt kitchen could work for your home, contact us today.
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