Stripping away the colors and frivolity, industrial design harks back to the no-nonsense style of the 19th century. Before though, it was a necessity, a way of stripping away everything unnecessary, and just keeping it minimal and functional.
Now, it’s utilized as a way of paying homage to the time when
creative living spaces were switched for small but functional living spaces.
If you’re one such interior designer or homeowner who wants to take the industrial approach with their home, here are 5 tactics you can employ!
1. Add Wood Elements
It doesn’t necessarily have to be weathered. But if you want to incorporate an olden-style industrial look, we’d suggest choosing some stripped wood floors with natural polish. This’ll add some warmth to your living space without making it look too factory-refurbished.
If complete wooden floors seem too much, go for something small but impactful like wooden stairs with metal railings.
2. Expose that Brick
This is a staple in all industrial-style homes. Clay bricks have been used as building material for American homes for centuries, mainly because of their longevity and durability.
If possible, see if you can bring out the already existing brick wall behind your dry wall. Otherwise, add a brick veneer or have a focal wall built using plaster or other building materials.
3. Keep that Lighting Sharp
Industrial lighting fixtures are in a class of their own. Edison-style pendant lamps, cast aluminum bulb cages, ribbed glass shades—you’ll find a long list of lighting fixtures and hanging lights within your price range.
Just make sure to hang them in a particular focal area, like a hallway, above the Kitchen Island or dining table, or in an alleyway.
4. Mix Some Concrete
Most old factories and workshops usually had concrete flooring and structures. Favored for its low cost, strength and durability, the material was quite popular in high traffic areas in the 19th century. Channel that look by adding concrete floors or walls, and pair it with simplistic furniture.
5. Stay Minimal
Of course, this is a signature element of industrial home design. Minimalist and functional furniture is essential, though you can pair it with some foliage and wooden pieces for that hint of color. Otherwise, keep it sparse and practical.
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