Inspired by the renovation of old factories and buildings, the industrial style focuses on highlighting and on parts of the home which people often want to hide. Features which might be considered unsightly are instead shown off for everyone to enjoy.
Characteristics of the look include stainless steel, reclaimed wood surfaces, exposed brick walls and filament light bulbs. They typically suit kitchens, but can be used in other rooms as well, such as a living room or dining room. Industrial style rooms are easy to maintain, and can often look better with age.
The style first became fashionable in the 70s when people bought old mills and warehouses which had closed down, refurbishing them as living spaces. Instead of hiding away exposed brickwork or metal, people used these are features within their homes, creating a new trend which remains popular today.
The industrial interior design style is often seen in stylish bars and restaurants, but there are ways of incorporating it into your home décor without having to purchase an old warehouse!
Walls and flooring
Exposing brickwork can create a simple but dramatic feature wall to become the focus of an industrial-inspired room. If you’re lucky, you may only need to strip away one layer to reveal beautiful bricks underneath. However, it might not be so simple. Revealing old brickwork runs the risk of discovering cracked, uneven bricks, and there is no way of telling until it’s done. If you’re happy with this, then go for it. But you might want to consider hiring a professional or doing some research on how to reveal brickwork before you start.
With flooring, concrete or wooden floors create an industrial style look, particularly in kitchens, which are often the room best suited to this style, also making it easy to clean. Cement boards can also be used on a wall in an industrial-inspired room.
When furnishing an industrial inspired room consider the accessories you choose to display to complement the look. Record players and retro phones both look great with this style, also adding quirk and fun to the décor.
If you can get your hands on an old-fashioned industrial sewing machine, and have the space, this would look fantastic in an industrial designed room, whilst creating a talking point for visitors who might be intrigued by the style. A retro clock would also help complete the look of an industrial inspired room.
At a time when most people are thinking about the impact of their decisions on the environment, the industrial style is the perfect way to refuse old furniture rather than buy new. Upcycling old furniture creates a rugged, industrial feel without the hefty price tag. You might even find furniture for free which can be lovingly restored to its former glory.
Bulky, wooden furniture fits perfectly with this style, or anything with exposed metals such as steel and copper.
Manufacturers have realised the popularity of the industrial look, and there is now a wide range of lighting available which fits this style. Combining old fashioned fittings with metal, these relatively cheap designs can look really effective when displayed with exposed brickwork. The industrial style puts the emphasis on functional design, but lighting can still be used to create warmth, for example by using a pendant shade with a copper finish.
Colour can be interjected into an industrial style room with artwork, accessories and paint. If an exposed brick wall looks too dark in a room, consider painting it white, which will instantly make the room brighter and more open. Vintage posters look great in an industrial style room, and add a splash of colour. Or you could instead choose music related merchandise from the 60s and 70s, when the style originated, which is a cheap but effective way to create a statement and add interest.
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