Industrial design also takes open concept to the next level. The furniture and accessories define most spaces and the purpose they serve. So a lot of thought goes into every little detail.
While industrial interior design ideas tend to be minimalist, there is a lot of room for creating drama by contrasting high-gloss metal finishes with rustic or vintage cabinets, countertops and furniture. Form and function are both equally important considerations.
Simple, clean lines and a heavy feel are integral elements of industrial design, and clutter is nonexistent. Abandon the idea of “polish” – industrial design is all about rough metal and wood surfaces, unfinished walls, rough and dull textures, and a lack of gloss. Monochromatic color palettes are also commonly associated with this style.
Industrial style erases the line between trash and treasure and reveals beauty in everyday flotsam. Singular finds with emphatic lines and forms, from old parking meters and typewriter tables to overscale bolts and gears, give the look its characteristic strength. And if they look a little shopworn, that will be even better.
One signature element of industrial interior design is the presence of features that people typically try and conceal, such as pipes and ducts. You can imagine what a liberating strategy this proved to be when the concept of warehouse apartments began gaining popularity! Converting former industrial spaces (such as factories) to residential living may have been a challenge, but leaving a few raw elements exposed reminded residents of the buildings’ original purpose and eliminated further construction.
There are many things that can help give your home an industrial look.
- High ceilings and large
- open spaces work best for this style
- Repurposed metal and wood furniture, and factory fittings and lights instantly say “industrial.”
- Natural, exposed brick, steel (in beams and columns)
- concrete on floors or countertops
- rough timbers, exposed bulbs, and eclectic furniture
If you like the industrial look, but are a bit concerned that it may be too cold or sterile for your everyday life, there are a few ways to warm up the look. Incorporate plants, and mix industrial style elements with contemporary, comfortable sofas and pillows. By mixing these elements, you can achieve a look that’s both industrial and homey.