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French Navajo Modern Industrial Part Two: WARMING UP AN INDUSTRIAL KITCHEN

Since we’ve lived in New York City I’ve had to do without a kitchen. I mean, I have one, but it is approximately five feet wide, consisting of one half-size oven, one miniscule utensil drawer, one half-size dishwasher (at least there’s a dishwasher at all I guess?). You couldn’t even fit a ripe watermelon in the sink, and I have three cabinets. Um, there’s no cooking happening here.

In my new place I’m effectively tripling the size of my kitchen space (and this kitchen even has counters!) and since it’s a new building, the kitchen is sleek, modern, and shiny. Stainless steel appliances and hardware, and probably your basic particle board/melamine foil/propylene mixup in the cabinetry. Anyway, it’s pretty slick looking. But also, just a little . . . cold.

There’s not much I can do to infuse personality into it, but thanks to my never-ending addiction to Pinterest (and a truly fantastic dining area I get to decorate!), I’ve been able to find a few inspiration images that are giving me some ideas on how to warm up the kitchen/dining room and give it some personality.

After the jump!

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  • INDUSTRIAL LIGHT 1 of 13
    INDUSTRIAL LIGHT
    Like my kitchen, this kitchen is ALL WHITE. And it's amazing, isn't it? Like this kitchen, I could keep things super minimal and only bring in a few potted herbs and a really great distressed Tolix chair to really pop against the white background.
  • INDUSTRIAL DARK 2 of 13
    INDUSTRIAL DARK
    Or I could go the opposite direction all together and aim for dark accents like they've done here. And floor-to-ceiling shelving? Think of the storage space!
  • WHIMSICAL INDUSTRIAL 3 of 13
    WHIMSICAL INDUSTRIAL
    The lighting fixtures, Tolix chairs, and sparse decoration all say "Industrial," but that rug, that pop of pink, and the dainty tea service screams "whimsy."
  • THE ROUGHER SIDE OF INDUSTRIAL 4 of 13
    THE ROUGHER SIDE OF INDUSTRIAL
    Until the day I die I will covet a dining set up like this: rough, farm table, distressed metal school chairs, and one heck of an amazing lighting fixture.
  • ELLEN POMPEO’S AMAZING KITCHEN 5 of 13
    ELLEN POMPEO'S AMAZING KITCHEN
    I came across Ellen Pompeo's fantastic kitchen on Pinterest shortly after signing our lease and breathed a huge sigh of relief. All I need is a striped rug and for my kitchen to magically get another three times bigger and there you go! Plus I really want that floor.
  • EXPOSED SHELVING 6 of 13
    EXPOSED SHELVING
    Our kitchen sits just next to a positively massive (compared to what I'm used to) dining space, and I am so excited to get some storage in there! This book shelf is industrial in a more rugged way, which would be a great balance to the sleek industrial look happening next door.
  • SPLASH OF WALL PAPER 7 of 13
    SPLASH OF WALL PAPER
    A definite contender in my arsenal of warming-up-tricks is the accent wall of wall paper. Like this inspiration kitchen, my new kitchen cabinets are glossy, the layout is galley-style, and the hardware is masculine and straight. So why not a punchy, floral, ridiculously awesome bit of wallpaper to play off all that?
  • AGAIN WITH THE STRIPES 8 of 13
    AGAIN WITH THE STRIPES
    It is becoming clear to me that, above all, I need me a striped rug and some kind of Tolix seating.
  • SHAG 9 of 13
    SHAG
    I love this image but can you imagine how impossible it would be to keep this rug clean? I have a ten month old here, people!

    (The modern chair/rustic table combo is going to have to happen. I will MAKE it happen.)
  • RUSTIC TABLE AND CHAIRS 10 of 13
    RUSTIC TABLE AND CHAIRS
    In this image, the modern chairs are skipped all together in favor of more wood pieces. I think the important factor here is the dark wall and that industrial book shelf on wheels. That book shelf is AMAZEBALLS.
  • ANOTHER RUSTIC TABLE 11 of 13
    ANOTHER RUSTIC TABLE
    Someone tell me, is there a rustic table outlet store I need to know about?
  • EXPOSED SHELVING 12 of 13
    EXPOSED SHELVING
    One option I don't have in the kitchen is exposed shelving, though it's one of my more favorite tricks for bringing a little personality into a blank space. But I can bring this feel into the kitchen anyway, with a rough butcher block for chopping vegetables and a really great pot of greenery (I love how they've used an old wine box as a planter here.)
  • DARK ACCENTS, ROUGH WOOD, GLOSSY WHITES 13 of 13
    DARK ACCENTS, ROUGH WOOD, GLOSSY WHITES
    You got it?

All images via Pinterest.

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