Industrial interior design is about making a feature of the rough, the unrefined. It is a style that rejects the soft, tidy finishes common in many interiors and instead allows a space and the objects within it to remain raw and ‘imperfect’. Pipes and brick walls are left exposed, whilst industrial products are turned into useful furniture and accessories. City lofts and factory conversions have been making use of industrial interior design styles for years, but if you’re looking to create a home that really stands out from the crowd, perhaps it’s time you tried them out in your home.
1. Full Exposure
Beautifully finished walls, doors, floors, and ceilings are a no-no if you want to achieve a truly authentic industrial look. Before you even think about what to fill a space with, the framework has to fit the part and that means keeping these surfaces exposed. That’s not to say a coat of paint is out of the question, just that you should work with and make the most of the original features rather than covering them up.
2. More Metal
Metals are the perfect way to bring an industrial edge to your home, and there are, in fact, many more choices than you may think. Cast iron, steel, copper, brushed nickel are well suited to the contemporary home, and reclaimed or repurposed industrial items in particular, such as pipes or old machinery parts, will lend an authentic feel to the design style.
3. Wonderful Wood
If you’re worried your industrial-inspired space will look too stark, then consider including some wood features/furniture. Wood can completely change the character of a room, adding a rustic charm to a space and making it more welcoming.
4. Repurposed Materials
We’ve touched on it already, but it really does deserve further mention. Repurposing objects common to industry is an ideal shorthand way to inject industrial elements into a space, and it will add an appealing quirkiness too. Whether it’s pipes or shipping pallets, they’re really is no limit to what can be adapted for use in your home. You can use these items to finish off the design or to just bring a taste of it into a room.
5. Industrial Lighting
Lighting is an important part of any room and for that reason requires plenty of consideration. There are many industrial lighting options available that marry together the main characteristics of industrial interior design – for example, edison-bulb pendant lights, vintage warehouse light fixtures, and lamps or light shades made from repurposed items.
6. Industrial-Style Bathroom
Being a utilitarian space that is rarely overly decorated or adorned, the bathroom lends itself beautifully to the concept of industrial design. If you’re looking for somewhere to test out this style in your home, it’s the perfect place to start.
Don’t think industrial interiors have to be plain, that they must eschew aesthetic values. With a little bit of creative thinking, all manner of industrial items can be turned into beautiful pieces of art. Reclaimed wood and exposed brickwork can make ideal canvases, whilst reworked materials can be fashioned into unique and striking artworks.