You might think Industrial interior design is reserved for commercial spaces and converted lofts. But when done correctly, industrial design can elevate almost any home.
If you’re looking to create a moody and more masculine space or if you just want to add a little edge to your decor, working industrial elements into your interior design can help you achieve this goal. These seven ideas ranging from big updates to small touches will help you introduce this progressive style in your home.
Put the Inside on Display
Modern industrial design is about removing the excess to expose the bones of a space. Instead of painstakingly covering up ductwork, pipes, and original brick walls, industrial design showcases and integrates the beauty of these features.
To get the look in your own home, forgo the drywall. If your home is newer and doesn’t have brick or concrete walls to expose, you can DIY with easy-to-install laminates. You’ll get the look of real brick without having to hire a mason.
Get Back to Basics with Materials
Part of the beauty of industrial interior design is its simplicity. This utilitarian design style highlights raw materials such as cement, wood, and steel and makes them the star of the room. Stainless steel kitchens, concrete walls, and metal fixtures all lend themselves to an industrial space.
Start building the look by introducing furniture that combines wood and metal. Consider open shelving with metal brackets or try pairing a wood dining table with metal chairs. Save money and get that perfectly weathered look by shopping at thrift stores and garage sales.
Embrace a Moody Colour Palette
With so many natural materials, color palettes in industrial design lean towards dark, earthy tones. While you won’t find a lot of bright colors in an industrial space, that doesn’t mean you can’t have accent colors. Choose warm subdued tones such as cranberry, olive, and mustard to complement an industrial design scheme.
Leave Floors Unfinished
Stripped down wood and polished concrete floors are major players in industrial design. These low-maintenance (and economical) options embrace imperfections and allow for worry-free living even in a home with kids and pets.
To add warmth to industrial style flooring, bring in low-pile area rugs made from natural materials. Handwoven options in cotton, jute, or sisal will add texture and coziness to rooms with a lot of hard surfaces.
Form is King
Industrial design doesn’t waste its efforts on decorative embellishments. Form and function are the main focus when it comes to industrial style furnishings. Pieces are well-built and are designed to do a specific job well.
When choosing furniture to decorate your warehouse-style space, look for simple shapes and clean lines. Seating that is low and wide with open legs and simple metal frames is comfortable and will also provide the right aesthetic. Swap out your standard bar stools for backless models and appreciate how they tuck cleanly away. Modular sofas offer the freedom to easily rearrange seating when necessary.
Open Up the Space
The industrial style was born from the conversion of large, open warehouses into individual homes. As a result, the style has to find a balance between empty spaces and cozy interiors. This is often achieved by using furniture to define rooms rather than walls.
If you already have a lot of open space in your home, adopt a moody color palette, and incorporate raw materials to make it feel more industrial. If you don’t have the luxury of an open layout, you can fake the look of an open space. Embrace negative space and avoid filling every corner of the room. Make walkways as wide as possible and expose beams or ductwork to draw the eye up and make ceilings feel higher.
Make a Statement with Lighting
Lighting is where you really get to have some fun with your industrial decor. Since industrial spaces are often minimalistic, lighting can serve as both artwork and a focal point. Industrial lighting bridges several different styles from vintage and rustic to bold and modern, so there are a lot of interesting choices.
If you just want to test the waters with industrial style, lighting is a great place to start. With high ceilings, lights have to extend a long way down to be effective, so pendant lighting plays a starring role in industrial design. Choose oversized wrought iron or brass fixtures with exposed bulbs to make a big impact.
Whether you’re ready to fully embrace industrial style or just want to experiment, these industrial design decorating ideas will add an edgy touch to any room in the house.