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Industrial design style

Industrial décor features a stripped-back design style inspired by the rugged look of timeworn urban factories and warehouses. The look is defined by exposed architectural elements such as piping, concrete, weatherworn wood, iron reinforcements and ceiling beams. These uncovered functional elements and bare surfaces can be evoked with industrial style home furnishings that have the look and feel of timeless materials seen in rustic industrial interiors. While you can add metal lighting fixtures, wood coffee tables, mirrors or glass vases to any loft apartment or home to further an industrial design style vibe, you can also add comfort by contrasting harder elements with fabrics. For instance, find the right rug and curtains to pair with exposed brick or hardwood floors and bring a little coziness into your concrete paradise. 

What is the industrial style?

Straightforward and raw, the industrial style features exposed architectural elements that can dominate and define a space. These design elements are frequently enhanced using home furnishing accessories with similar materials for a cohesive look and feel. Think wooden ceiling beams with iron bolts as well as exposed brick and pipes along untreated concrete walls paired with furniture and decorative elements featuring metal accents, wood or glass. Even if you don’t live in a converted warehouse or factory loft, you can evoke industrial style with home décor featuring these timeless rustic elements. While steel kitchen wall organizers or work benches in black can pair well with concrete or exposed brick walls, they’ll add an industrial décor touch to any kitchen. Introduce industrial design style to a modern dining room with a table featuring a medium or dark finish and a metal pendant light fixture with Edison bulbs. For a cozier, more comfortable feel, industrial décor incorporates softer home furnishings such as handwoven rugs, throw pillows or fabric room dividers. 

 How to create the industrial look in your home?

The industrial style leans towards simple, streamlined furniture with clean lines and accessories featuring mixed materials that add contrast and draw the eye. A neutral color palette featuring muted colors and a balance of scale and light is typically used to create the iconic impact of the interior space that is a defining feature of industrial décor. For color palette, pull inspiration from the exposed industrial ele­ments in your space, or simply introduce colors and materials that evoke the look of industrial spaces. Pair exposed ceiling beams or flooring with wood and pipe wall shelves or metal shelving units that can also set the tone by themselves in industrial living room décor. Com­plement exposed piping or create a sense of it with metal wall clocks and chairs in your open air kitchen. Use concrete and terracotta planters to recall the textural, smooth grain of concrete walls or exposed brick, while adding a touch of greenery to the space with indoor plants. Meanwhile use rugs and fabric room dividers or curtains to add contrasting colors along with a soothing softness to make any industrial bedroom more comfortable. Use a brass colored decorative dish full of dried flowers as a statement piece placed in front of an industrial mirror with a metal or wooden frame to liven up a gray expanse of wall.