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Industrial: The Raw & Refined, Open Modern Style

Design Elements:

  • Converted, open concept space with lots of brick, metals, and wood

  • Think warehouse conversions, Soho lofts, and/or cute corner shops turned into homes

  • Raw and refined, influenced by modern decor

  • Exposed structural and mechanical elements

  • Common in loft condos and apartments (although more detached homeowners are opting for the industrial style kitchen)

  • Warm, neutral colors to make the space more inviting and don't distract the eye from the exposed elements

  • Use of a mix of grays, neutrals, and rustic colors to allow for the use of furniture and other accessories that can liven up the room

  • Include components of weathered wood, building systems, exposed brick, industrial lighting fixtures and concrete

  • Pleasingly flexible

  • Simplicity and minimal design tropes that still manages to create a bold statement

  • Modern vs. timeworn makes for a great, layered and considered statement

  • Environmentally friendly approach to interior design since it encourages the use of recycled or salvaged materials

  • Most commonly used in urban areas including cities and lofts

What is "Industrial" Style?

Industrial style, or industrial chic, refers to an aesthetic trend in interior design that takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces that, in recent years, have been converted to lofts and other living spaces. This aesthetic first became popular in the late 2000's and has continued to remain popular in 2020. Industrial style decor marries sleek modernity and old warm charm with an organic, lived in feel to create the perfect play of contrasts. When people think of industrial style, they often associate it with lofts boasting oversized black metal windows, raw unfinished wood, and exposed brick. Some of the main components of this style include weathered wood, building systems, exposed brick, industrial lighting fixtures and concrete.

Modern vs. Timeworn

What started out as an efficient work environment several decades ago soon morphed into a distinct style that made its way slowly from functional loft-style homes to expansive villas and contemporary penthouses. Cutting across generations, it is a trend that never seems to die down.

Industrial design can be styled using the most unexpected materials in buildings. For example, shipping containers are now being used in architecture for homes and commercial spaces. The industrial style of design is most commonly found in urban areas including cities and lofts, but is not strictly exclusive to these areas. These are just more prime locations because they provide an almost blank space for homeowners to get started with a fresh canvas. These types of urban locations contain some of the key elements used to achieve an industrial look: exposed bricks and pipes, concrete flooring, large open windows, etc. These elements help give the space a "warehouse" feel, which is the ultimate goal of industrial design.

It's easy to achieve, always looks great and is extremely functional. It's also a very versatile concept that can be tailored to suit individual personal taste. Part of what makes it such an effective style is the fact that old objects can be transformed into something new, creating a room with a nostalgic atmosphere.

Warm, Neutral, & Rustic Colors

Industrial style refers to frill and fuss-free no-nonsense decor that takes inspiration from the lofty look of warehouses, factories, and other industrial structures. Industrial style decor comprises of stripped back architectural details like bare bricks, metals, and wood, as well as salvaged and recycled materials. Industrial furnishings are usually hardwearing and often obtained from reclaimed years. The best benefit in creating industrial style homes is that you'll have the opportunity to customize the look using furniture and decor that are completely unique to your home.

When planning an industrial style living room, keep comfort KING, although everything should be trimmed of excess for a minimal take. Opt for furnishings that have a simple design with upholstery in natural textures and neutral colors. This style is all about raw textural beauty at its diverse best. In simple terms, think brick, tiled and even concrete walls while planning for the industrial kitchen. Brick walls are obviously a favorite among homeowners and currently lead the pack, but do not forget the value of exposed steel surfaces and the right flooring, which elevate the kitchen to a whole new level.

Stick to neutral palettes that consist of gray, back, and white. Moody layers with hints of darker tones are always welcomed, too. Pull in some unexpected personality with vibrant art that provides a contrast to your otherwise masculine industrial style decor.

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