Get the Look: The industrial Trend

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An industrial interior is the perfect balance of vintage and modern and is an ever-growing trend starting in the early 70’s when old warehouses, factories and mills were being renovated into new living or commercial spaces. The residents decided to keep the industrial mechanisms exposed. Things like exposed brickwork and pipework is a key aesthetic as well as large open spaces, an open living plan would suit this interior perfectly. Rich with raw aesthetics and repurposed items, it is all about finding the natural beauty in a building or in furnishings and celebrating the parts that used to be hidden away.

where to start

where to start

If you are looking to bring an industrial element into your home, or you’re not sure where to start, an accent wall is a fool proof way to do so. Accent walls are generally painted and then the rest of the room is dictated by this, with industrial interior, an exposed brick wall is the ideal place to start. If exposed brick is not your style you could also opt for a concrete accent wall, these accent walls will compliment any colour scheme, so you have all the choice in the world! Be warned, if you are planning on having exposed brick in a small space that doesn’t get a lot of light then this can make the room appear smaller and darker. Painting the brickwork white will make the space brighter and more welcoming. As for decorating the rest of the room lean more towards neutral colours as appose to bright vibrant colour, but don’t be afraid to use subtle patterns. Geometric patterns in particular can be really complimenting. With the use of raw materials being such a staple within the industrial trend wooden wall panelling is another great choice. 

furniture

furniture

When deciding what furniture you want in your home, keep in mind that industrial style is more about function over fashion. Consider renovating some preloved items or even repurposing items, if your quite handy, try recycling old pipes for a shelving unit or a coffee table for example. During the industrial revolution nearly all furniture was made using heavily manufactured materials such as iron and steel so focus your attention on using furniture made from these kinds of materials or even sourcing some pieces from the era of the industrial revolution and turning them into furniture pieces yourself. Clean simple forms, and stark contrasts are a must; but this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort, you can still have a comfy, cosy lounge or bedroom, just make sure you stick to neutral colours and avoid over cluttering an area with lots of throw pillows or anything of that nature.

lighting

lighting

Industrial lighting is a great way to integrate the style and can add a decorative element to your space. Pendant lighting is perfect for open plan spaces and can easily be turned into an industrial statement piece if you opt for a statement shade such as, ribbed glass or caged shades. Check out our Luiggi range which incorporates pipework into the design. Any light from this range would work flawlessly with the industrial aesthetic.

décor

décor

When it comes to your industrial interior décor don’t forget that a key aspect is minimalism. You can add some décor pieces but, be sure to not over clutter any areas and use spacing between items to keep the minimalist illusion in place. Music related merchandise is a great way to make an impact, using vintage posters or murals from the 60’s or 70’s is the perfect wall décor. Outdated but still in style tech such as record players, vintage sewing machines or retro phones are fun yet complimentary accessories to add.