The commercial kitchen is all about function over form. Sleek stainless steel is nearly indestructible and easily wipes down to a sparkling clean. Open shelving makes storing dishes and spices as uncomplicated as it gets.
We can mimic these same elements when designing a chef’s kitchen at home. From stainless steel everywhere to a few key commercial appliances, you can add as much or as of the restaurant kitchen style as you like.
Commercial Kitchen Design Elements
For the home chef or the busy family, adding some commercial features to your barndominium kitchen can be both functional and beautiful.
Luckily, building out a metal building home means you have a clean slate to design the kitchen of your dreams. Here are some ways to add a sparkling restaurant style to your home kitchen.
Stainless Steel Countertops
In a chef’s kitchen, everything is stainless even the countertops. Because of its durability stainless is a great choice for countertops, but it is expensive.
If you’re not looking to go cover all your counters in stainless steel, an easy way to add a commercial look to your kitchen is to put in a stainless steel topped island.
You could also put stainless counters around just the stove or sink, and cover the rest of the kitchen with granite. Feel free to mix it up because stainless looks great alongside other surfaces including wood and quartz.
Stainless Steel Cabinets
If you want to make a strong commercial kitchen statement at your home, swap out some of your traditional wood cabinets for stainless steel cabinets.
You don’t have to commit to the whole room. Consider adding a stainless pantry cabinet, center island, or corner coffee bar to your home kitchen.
Commercial Gas Range
If you want a commercial kitchen look, you absolutely must include a commercial gas range. Not only will it transform your kitchen, but it will also transform your cooking.
Some commercial ranges can be bulky (not to mention expensive). But since the look is becoming more popular, you can find residential units from big commercial brands as well as commercial details on residential brands.
Commercial Kitchen Elements: Open Shelving
An essential part of the commercial look is open shelving both above and below your counter surfaces. This facilitates easier cleaning in both the restaurant and the home kitchen.
Chef’s Kitchen Style Wire Shelves
Extending the commercial look into the pantry and food storage areas, use plain wire shelving to make storing food and small appliances simple.
Restaurant Quality Appliances
Beyond the range, commercial refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers can be used in the home kitchen. Mixing commercial appliances with traditional cabinetry is stylish and functional.
Commercial Kitchen Sink
Commercial kitchens always have a 3 compartment sink for dishwashing and separate food sinks for washing food. Consider adding a deep freestanding primary or secondary sink to accomplish a commercial look.
Restaurant Kitchen Design: Lighting
In a chef’s kitchen, lighting is as important as the appliances you choose. When wielding knives, visibility is key, but those bright lights also reflect off the all the stainless steel for a beautiful effect.
Choose recessed or track lighting, or make a statement with some industrial style fixtures.
Chef’s Kitchen Furniture
Commercial kitchens don’t always have furniture, but in a barndominium, you may have space for some bar stools, a dining table, or a hutch right in your kitchen.
Butcher block and wooden stools are right at home in a pastry chef or baker’s kitchen. Bar height stainless tables and metal stools are a sleek and modern look.
Elements of commercial kitchen design
What restaurant style elements could you see in your home? Share your ideas in the comments!