Interior design has crossed a big deal of various styles: in recent years, we have seen both the ancient style decor, and we have witnessed the true nature of minimalistic futurism as well.
The idea to recreate interiors from certain eras has done wonders to the notion of designing, and so we’ve crossed the industrial style – a well-known image of restored manufactures and barns incorporated into the household. If designed with a proper moderation and the right taste, they can make a statement in your home, especially if you are a strong-willed person who prefers harsher environment and a rather downtown vibe.
Should you yearn for a few straight-to-the-point steps that will help you help you breathe the new life into the sturdy, industrial interior, feel welcome to read our guide.
The industrial interior design is common for decorating lofts and old buildings transformed into living or commercial spaces, but it can be used for traditional houses and apartments, as well. The main idea behind this style is to create an illusion of rough surfaces and materials that share a shadow of historic past. You can expose this roughness by leaving some of your walls unfinished. What many savvy interior designers incorporate into their projects are sturdy, natural materials like steel, wood or metal. In short, you should look for materials that have been salvaged and recycled. Let’s have a look at the basis of industrial interior design in certain spheres of your home:
- Color: The color palette you will use to create the industrial vibe will consist of bright, bold colors, contrary to the neutral tones of the objects that will fill the space. Brick-red and grey will work well together with white to add a crisp but clean look.
- Floor: Polished concrete is the most used material for flooring industrial interiors. It is up to you, whether it’s patchy and rough, or rather shining and clean. If you are not a fan of concrete, though, you may take the advantage of dark chocolate timber or dense stone.
- Lighting: Freestanding floor lamps in a metal finish will be a great, long-term investment as a source of lighting. In addition, you may buy some pendant lamps; they will add the touch of nonchalance to your interior.
- Walls and structure: The scope of finishing possibilities for your walls and structures is astounding. Usually, most respected designers pick exposed bricks, concrete, unfinished wood, stainless steel, and steel beams or columns.
- Furniture and decor: You should look for big, comfortable sofas with large cushions to work well with industrial artwork and machinery accent pieces, to which you can inject more life by adding leaf plants.
Now that you are familiar with the lifeblood of industrial interior design, we can reveal more substantive details of transforming a loft into a place that speaks of history, manufacturing and class.
Catch a glimpse of history to get inspired
Before you can tell what type of industrial details suits your preferences, look around your neighbourhood (or a little bit further if you don’t live near the downtown areas) and opt for those that share a historic past to reveal outstanding, bright ideas that you may not have known about before. Imagine exposed brick walls, steel columns without drywall maps, or timber roof trusses that are common in warehouse and manufacturing districts. Could you pick a few of them out of the picture and place them in your house? If you’re still hesitant about the specific industrial nuances, consider travelling to your local downtown city to see, if there is a revitalization of historic buildings.
Many modern condos, shopping malls and office buildings designed in the contemporary style are incorporated into the heavy grounds of concrete floors and red brick walls. The Old Brewery in Poznan, Poland, is a textbook example of a commercial condo raised by the hands of former beer manufacturers. It is not only one of the biggest and most beautiful shopping galleries in the world, but it is also placed on the list of the Unesco’s World Heritage.
Mix and match industrial charm with modern elements
The notion of fusion, commonly associated with cooking, is a term that is well present in the profession of interior design, as well. As the time passes by, you have to stay up-to-date with modern trends on the market, so you try to keep your house in a rather contemporary shape. However, with a little help of industrial elements, such as stainless steel or integrated cabinetry with matching panel on your appliance fronts can be on the same road as the modern, simple hardware to give a nod to industrial elements.
When it comes to lighting, you can also let your creativity do wonders; you may well place some pendant lighting with Edison-style-bulbs to create the look of industrial and retro lighting and combine it with modern, minimalistic floodlights on the sides of your walls or even as a floor illuminating system.
This paragraph leads us to the next advantageous hint that is worth your attention. What you should consider while adding the industrial pizzazz to your home decor is…
Exposing mechanical details in your home
Furniture, fixtures, and lighting are something that fans of the industrial rebirth already have their eyes on few unique pieces to bring the heavy statement into their interiors. No longer do you have to worry about the functionality of the industrial element you’ve already purchased. It should only serve its contemporary purpose – stand out and please your eye. This thick, wooden, rudder, for example, certainly hasn’t seen the oceans for some time and is of no use anymore; nevertheless, it is still a strong, tasteful, decor element that may find its place as a focal point in this cozy, nautical home office.
Be generous with nature
This is another gold piece of advice for those homeowners who fancy natural decor elements, such as wooden furniture plants. As much as we adore the industrial style, we have to admit that the raw industrial is way too cold and biting. Fortunately, you can take the advantage of growing several plants, e.g. yucas or ficuses.They are a perfect fit for interiors with high ceilings since they should be considered statues. The rule of three will come in handy in this case. Pick three plants, each of a different kind, and make use of your corners. You may also consider buying metal, 80’s-style plant pots so that both the interior and your decor go in harmony together.
On the other hand, small plants and pots with herbs are what you will be aiming for when designing the modern, industrial cooking area. The discrepancy between the kitchen and other areas in your manufactory interior, though, is not that scary. In fact, the diversity of amenities available for this particular place is breathtaking. Apart from steel countertops, brick backsplashes, and a chalkboard wall, you ought to focus on a solid wood table, and DIY magnetic slats, to which you may attach your favourite herbs and spices. Not only will they breathe life into the kitchen, but they will also be at will to add a unique scent to your dishes. Metal herb pots will come in handy in this case, as well.
Search for minimal detailing in industrial-inspired furniture
Regardless of its purpose, each item in your house has been a collection of metal pipes, wooden desks, and other structural elements, with no decor at all. Modern interior designers embrace the so-called rebirth style, in which they use furniture with minimal detailing, which often expose the roughness of the certain piece of furniture, such as a canopy bed with raw frames instead of the canopy filling.
When it comes to choosing shapes, you should always care for simplicity. Don’t go overboard with fancy chairs and curvy tables; everything has to be as simple as possible, which means that you will no longer use your patterned seatings on the steel coffee table, let alone those garnish swag lamps that once belonged to the eclectic style. Basic colors, such as black, white and gray will be your main concern.
Make your interior look like an industrial gallery by bringing arts
Frankly speaking, an industrial interior design is all about arts, so another way to bring the industrial architectural details to the next stage is to use artwork to express your personality and creative design style. When it comes to decorating the manufactory interior with pieces of art, you have to stand up on boldness: murals, painting an exposed brick wall with bold symbols, or even murals will make an instant access in your living room or bedroom.
If somehow, you don’t only fancy arts but you practice them yourself, you are free to give your talent a shot: Create a unique piece of wall decoration that will succumb your guests with its loft-ish grace.
Reuse and recycle from other areas of your home
While some buyers may put emphasis on buying new stuff, you may very well create your own pieces of decoration, or even furniture, with repurposed materials. For example, if you are a wine-lover and, at the same time, struggle with bottle storage issues, you can gather them in one place, fill them with tall candles or suitable bulbs, and with a little help of an old chandelier-frame, have your DIY industrial chandelier that speaks both for your taste in wine, and in interior design.
Apart from that, if you are renovating, look to reclaimed metal, wood, and building structural members used in barns, warehouses and older buildings that are soon-to-be demolished in your area. If that was not enough for you, there are many stores and lumberyards known for reclaimed timber and construction elements like railroad tiles that may add the feeling of the railway station to your floor or… ceilings!
Bring industrial accents outdoors
You may restrain yourself from decorating your outdoor home with industrial elements, but there is no reason why you should act like that. This ‘dirty’ style works well with outdoors albeit it is usually associated solely with interiors. On the other hand, too much of industrial accents will bring chaos to your outdoor entertainment area, so the only element that is worth playing with is lighting.
Industrial style exterior lighting along with large bulb string lights look like birds of a feather and they will bring the magical glow to your already interesting entertainment areas. Some local stores have even their own line of outdoor fixtures that you can implement for your application.
To wrap it up
The idea of renovating one’s interior with the industrial vibe may seem outrageous at the very beginning but the fear starts to disappear as soon set your feet on board. Henceforth, there are plenty of cool ways, in which you can remodel your interior with the tight budget but with a great dose of creativity and fun from incorporating reclaimed, raw materials into your everyday living area. Remember about the historical scratch of the area you get inspired by, use hard, natural flooring and wall materials, mix past with future, inject some chlorophyll into the interior, and, above, all, be nonchalant… to some extent, of course.