Design 101: How to Create an Urban Loft Style Kitchen

No longer the exclusive refuge of artists and college students, the loft has become a popular, edgy abode in metros across the globe. Today, fashionable loft environments offer an attractive alternative to suburbia, for those who appreciate the culture and diversity of these downtown digs.  Contemporary loft environments champion the characteristic features of their early bohemian counterparts; soaring ceilings with exposed ductwork and support beams, open, airy spaces with minimal walls, vintage flooring or brickwork and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame dramatic city skylines.  Within this framework, loft-style was born and has developed into its own notable design theme with clean, minimalistic lines, industrial influences, neutral or monochromatic colors, and natural materials.

Urban Loft Interior Design Style, Get the Look for your Kitchen Cabinetry Design. A modern, contemporary loft kitchen mood board concept.

History of the Urban Loft Interior Design

Originating in Paris in the 1800s, artists established studios in old buildings with high ceilings and open spaces to accommodate the oversize paintings popular at that time.  Loft living caught on in the 1940s in New York’s SoHo district, when struggling artists moved into abandoned warehouses, and began to idealize the multi-use space that accommodated both work and home.

Urban Loft interior design history. An old 1800's artstudio loft in Paris, France where an old factory was transformed into an art studio and functioning appartment living space.

The Urban Loft Color Palette

Both ends of the color spectrum are popular including neutral colors and natural wood grains, as well as dark cabinet finishes and monochromatic color schemes.  Materials can also include sleek laminates, textured foils, and glossy acrylics.  Also, consider Dura Supreme’s collection of exotic veneers for cutting-edge contemporary kitchen design.

An Urban Loft inspired design curation (mood board) with traditional red brick backsplash tile, a walnut wood modern cabinet door style and off-white painted cabinet finish sample and countertop material.,

A mixture of cabinet finish color for an urban loft kitchen design showing walnut, white oak, baordwalk oak, quarter-sawn oak, acrylic, contemporary options, knotty alder, cherry and laminate options.

A close up of contemporary lofty kitchen cabinets with a vertical grain pattern and modern stainless steel cabinet pulls.

A close up image of dark stained slab styled cabinet doors with modern metal pulls and a white countertop in a modern kitchen design.

Selecting Urban Loft Style Cabinetry

For Urban Loft styling, consider contemporary styled cabinet door styles with a sleek, minimalistic design.  Primarily slab cabinet door styles with the occasional flat panel door.

A sample of Urban Loft styled cabinet door options with modern finishes. Dura Supreme Cabinetry's Alpine door style in Boardwalk Oak laminate, Metro door style with a vertical grain pattern in Walnut wood with a Toast stain, and the Napa Panel cabinet door style with a dark gray, Graphite paint finish and modern stainless steel integrated hinges.

Since natural and brushed metals are popular accents for loft environments, you'll find aluminum framed cabinetry doors in various finishes used for accent cabinetry.

Metal accent doors ideas for an urban loft kitchen design. Dura Supreme's Aluminum Framed doors in stainess steel with black backpainted glass, natural aluminum with satin glass, and Powder Coated Black frame door with White backpainted glass inserts.

Design Elements of Urban Loft

In keeping with the overall style of a modern loft space, kitchens are usually furnished with design elements in natural, yet sleek materials like stone, concrete, wood, stainless steel and glass.  Materials favor a neutral or monochromatic color palette, with occasional dramatic punches of color.  Contemporary design appeals to the urban professional and the young at heart, who appreciate the cultural diversity of a downtown dwelling or clean, simple lines.

Inspiration can be found in the raw materials of the building structure (metal, concrete, glass, and stone) and used as design elements within the kitchen. Natural textures and brushed metals are commonly used to create accents throughout Urban Loft interior designs.

A close up of a contemporary kitchen island with an Urban Loft look. This kitchen island features a horizontal cubed wine rack, a metal accent cabinet door, and open shelving for dishes.

Horizontal bi-fold cabinet doors are a popular choice in lofty kitchens. Modern wall cabinet with bi-fold hinges.


An interior design tip featuring a close up of a floating shelf in a modern lofty kitchen design.

Is Urban Loft your interior design style?

An urban loft style kitchen design with quarter-sawn red oak textured cabinet doors. Slab styles kitchen cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

A black painted urban loft kitchen with industrial brick walls, and modern design elements in a city appartment.

A gray oak and black painted contemporary loft style kitchen design in a city condo. Featuring frameless Dura Supreme cabinetry.

Urban Loft styled kitchen design with black painted cabinets and rich knotty alder cabinetry with a Hazelnut finish from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Industrial Styled Urabn Loft Kitchen design

Urban Loft kitchen design with green painted walls and light stained cabinets with a vertical grain pattern.

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