Industrial interior design is taking the interior world by storm. The theme is categorised by minimalist ornaments, stripped back furnishings and basic materials like brick and natural floorboards.
The idea of an industrial theme is to make space feel like a classic, vintage warehouse or retro factory. It is the interior design love child of the hugely popular vintage and minimalist themes.
If you’re new to interior design but love the style, then this is for you – a ‘get the look’ guide to key pieces that will have your flat looking like a hip and cool converted warehouse in no time!
Industrial Interior Design Tips:
Cage the Light
This is a staple; no self-respecting industrial led interior is complete without at least one cage light shade. We would suggest choosing either one statement pendant for a central light as a showpiece (like this bronze pendant from T.K.Maxx) or super simple, tone-down matching light cages for each light.
The best thing about this feature is that they’re often very economical while remaining on-trend with the industrial interior design theme.
Bulbs with Added Filament
Filament bulbs are beautiful and I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t love them. Filament bulbs are perfect for tying up an industrial design theme and it’s another fine detail that’s sure to get noticed and scream attention to detail.
A filament bulb doesn’t have to cost the earth either, this one from The Range for just £4.99 showcases the industrial style that you’re trying to create.
Junk in the TrunkVintage trunks are a superb addition to any space, not only do they add character to a room but they offer extra storage and a table top (pop some glass over the top for a sturdier finish), as well as giving the room a chic feel.
We LOVE this these 3 metal trunks from Wayfair, they have such a striking aesthetic – you can’t get more vintage than this.
Mirror, Mirror on the FloorMaybe I’m narcissistic but I love mirrors. Everyone knows that nothing opens a room like a strategically placed mirror to reflect natural light but when they can tie up an interior design theme and work as a functional item – I don’t see the negatives.
This fabulously elegant, windowpane-esque mirror from John Lewis does exactly that. The interesting design is quirky and adds an extra ‘thought about’ note to the product choice of the room, without stealing the spotlight.
Top tip: add a few more distressed marks by sanding the edges to seal the industrial interior design look.
Shabby SofaWhen it comes to any communal space, your sofa will always take centre stage when drawing a theme together. The sofa you choose for your home will say a lot about your aesthetic tastes (so, no pressure yeah?)
For an industrial theme sofa, think vintage. The sofa below (the Edward Leather Sofa from Darlings of Chelsea), exhibits just that. It takes inspiration from classic Chesterfield furniture but with a contemporary twist with its boxier shape.
Leather is always a good choice for a sofa, it’s more hard-wearing and should be able to handle the odd spill (unlike a fabric sofa that will soak up your red wine spillage). Nothing screams industrial louder than a classic leather sofa of an armchair.
Plus, the little legs (note the sticky legs rather than hidden wheels), take homage from 70’s style furniture that’s quickly reclaiming the ranks. It’s a classic, yet contemporary look that’ll complement an industrial design theme for sure.
With effective bargain hunting, this can be a cost-effective update to a living space. Finding the right pieces which appeal to you the most is the true way of achieving this unique feel – with many old vintage pieces available everywhere take your time and research properly on finding those bits and pieces.
Back to Basics
Since truly industrial places wouldn’t be adorned with homely features try to expose as many raw elements of the building. That means stripping back to wooden, stone or cement floors, heavy duty or shutter-style doors, brick walls and any structural elements like pillars or beams. Exposing these original elements is a great place to start when making a room feel industrial.
Mesh it Up
Metal is one of the words that spring to mind when thinking about the industrial interior design look. Raw metal furniture such as bar stools (perhaps repurposed as side tables), metal frame chair or furniture such as mesh cupboards and cabinets finish off that real classic industrial feel to a living space.
Wooden pallets: if you can find a way to use or incorporate them into your room, then do so; they are a staple of this style. The main image shows pallets used as a bed frame, which is both in-keeping with the theme and incredibly economic.
Sandpaper: just invest in some. The whole premise of the industrial interior design theme is a vintage, distressed feel. So even if you’re cheating and buying your vintage items new, having some sandpaper to hand to ‘distress your items’ a little will make them seem a lot more authentic.
Upcycle: where possible, repurpose and reuse the items that you already have. A huge part of this trend is to be thrifty, and the theme stems from old and worn furniture that has some TLC. So, if you’ve got some old wood going spare, sand it down, give it a lick of varnish and screw some hairpin legs onto it – hey presto you’ve got a beautiful coffee or side table for a fraction of the price!
Rough and ready accessories: try adding fringed throw cushions or macramé wall hanging plants for that vintage living room look. Metal signage or neon lighting is also a great add-on for any room. The real trick here is to pick interior accessories that wouldn’t look out of place if they were outside.
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