The industrial look need not be cold or unwelcoming. Introducing just a few nods to the look will add plenty of rustic charm and ensure your home oozes industrial chic.
The industrial look is very much an interior style that shuns fuss and decoration in favour of simplicity and practicality – it is a celebration of the natural beauty of useful items.
Exposed finishes, such as brickwork and bare faced plywood not only inject plenty of style, but also keep costs down when it comes to decoration, doing away with the need for a plasterer or even painting.
If an entire exposed brick wall seems a little too utilitarian for you, consider exposing just the chimney breast or alcoves.
Alternatively, exposed beams and pipework will also contribute to the quirky and beautifully ‘unfinished’ appeal of this look.
Keep it Natural
The industrial look is all about using raw, natural materials in a practical way. Rustic timber – such as scaffolding planks, and big characterful chunks of gnarly wood – galvansied metal, smoked glass and worn leather are all great examples. Incorporate these materials in shelving, side tables, decorative accessories and seating.
Mixing reclaimed pieces of furniture and vintage finds with more contemporary items of furniture is key to the look — try a striking modern coffee table in a metallic finish such as brushed steel or copper as a way of adding another dimension to your spaces.
Industrial-style lighting is very on-trend right now and suits both contemporary interiors and classic room schemes just as well.
Copper and brass fittings teamed with exposed bulbs – Edison bulbs look fantastic – are a brilliant way of adding some industrial style to a room, as is exposed electrical flex.
Industrial-style side lamps work well too — think enamel shades, caged bulbs and office style lamps such as Anglepoise or a bankers lamps.
Give Industrial Items a New Life
Scour salvage yards and vintage shops for bits and bobs that may no longer be useable in their original form but can be reworked into something else. At a basic level, old metal pipes make great shelf brackets, kitchen roll holders and towel rails, whilst disused crates and baskets make ideal storage items. From metal trunks and old filing cabinets to old butchers’ blocks and meat grinders — all these items add an eclectic, hotch-potch element to an interior scheme.
Whilst polished concrete floors and shuttered concrete walls provide the perfect backdrop for the industrial look, it is not always practical to install them on a retro-fit basis.
The good news is that it is still quite possible to include some concrete elements to your interiors. Concrete work surfaces, or a concrete-topped kitchen island, will bring the industrial look to your kitchen, whilst concrete-look floor and wall tiles offer a more achievable way of introducing concrete to your home.
On a smaller scale, concrete lamp bases, bowls and table tops are all easy ways to inject some industrial elements.
A neutral colour palette is ideal for the industrial look — various shades of grey, white and black will all work well and provide the ideal backdrop for reclaimed and salvaged items of furniture. These shades all also work well with the rich, natural tones of timber — wooden floors and timber panelling are ideal in industrial interior schemes.
There is no reason why a few brighter splashes of colour can’t be introduced too — use soft furnishing such as cushions and also pieces of wall art or decorative accessories.