Industrial interior design is undoubtedly one of the most popular furnishing styles in recent years. The mix of seemingly unfinished elements and a polished, glossy look makes this interior design unique. But it can be a little tricky to combine this mix of styles to look harmonious despite the contrasts and opposites.
Industrial Style: Natural Colors and Lots of Texture
One of the industrial furnishing style’s key elements is the rich color palette, which mixes neutral browns, black and white. Various shades of brown and light brown elements ensure peace and relaxation in the room. White ensures a clean look, and black accents set contrast and give the room character.
Apart from colors, texture and grip also play an important role in the typical industrial styles. An (artificially) aged leather armchair can bring both structure and additional shades of brown into the room. A completely white wall is the perfect backdrop for this. The black metal decor here and there underlines the character of this room design. You can also use it to accentuate selected features at home.
The perfect color palette for a rustic industrial interior look is a mixture of many natural colors that create a uniquely relaxed atmosphere in the room.
Open up Space: The Industrial Style Needs a Lot of Space
When it comes to industrial, one inevitably thinks of urban lofts. These stand out above all through their open space concept. You should try to recreate this at home as best you can to make the industrial style look authentic. This can mean removing non-load-bearing walls in the apartment to connect the kitchen and living area with one another or – as in the original loft – to place the bed anywhere in the room on a low pedestal.
Of course, anyone who lives for rent will have massive interventions in the building structure. Here you should use decorative elements and accessories that still make the apartment appear larger and more open than it is. Large carpets, room dividers, partitions, and sliding doors, as well as strategically placed bookcases, can visually create or separate space without having to tear down or build in walls.
Industrial Lighting and Lamps
The market offers a large selection of suitable lighting systems for every furnishing style. Industrial style is no exception. But what sets it apart from other interior designs is that it can turn a simple lightbulb into a statement piece in the interior design.
The industrially made light bulbs come in various shapes: from thin to wide, from small to large. Most of the time, these ceiling lights’ (supposed) filaments are staged in a particularly creative way so that the lamps are a real decorative eye-catcher in the industrial apartment. You can even play with the cables of these lights.
Who says that a statement lamp just has to hang straight from the ceiling? The cables are usually very long, so you can use them to create shapes and patterns. A simple lamp becomes a chandelier-like lighting system.
Other elements for perfect industrial-style lighting are wood or black metal details combined with unconventional objects such as chains or pipes, which complement the lamps like an upcycling element. This makes lamps and lights in industrial design perfect for making them yourself from a few lightbulbs, cables, and industrial objects.
Aged or Trimmed Wood Is a Must
When choosing wooden elements, texture plays an important role. Aged or old trimmed wood with visible eyes and a rugged look is the best choice. The nice thing is that the colors of the wooden elements don’t have to be perfectly coordinated. It is precisely the differences in color that ensure that the atmosphere in the room relaxes. Since the industrial style is so popular, there are already many furniture and furnishings with an old-fashioned finish to buy.
Set Metallic Accents and Highlights
In the industrial furnishing style, metal is mainly used to set black accents. So black is the best color to integrate metal elements into the ambiance. Polished finishes look sleek and modern. Brushed metal or rust optics have a rather rustic signature. However, there is nothing against being brave here and combining both structures. It is only important that the result appears uniform.
This can be achieved, for example, by opting for two or three different surface textures, the pattern and composition of which are consistently used in all rooms. This careful repetition of the pattern clarifies that the design is deliberate and not a thrown-together oversight.
In rustic industrial furnishings, metal is not just a material for handles on cupboards and drawers or fittings. On the contrary: In industrial style, metal is a welcome decorative element for every occasion: tables and chairs with metal feet, picture frames, wall clocks, and the like.
Show What You Have
One of the best ways to give a room an industrial character is to expose the structure of surfaces and finishes. Brick walls and concrete floors are typical of the industrial style – both are very rustic elements, so, depending on how modern or down-to-earth you want to design your home, you can either completely expose walls and floors or only partially to create a visual focus.
Walls and floors are just one piece of the puzzle. All exposed structural elements are welcome in the industrial look: wooden beams, columns and pillars, exhaust air, heating, and conduction pipes. These come into their own when they are staged with strong colors as a contrast.
Final Decor with Accessories
Finally, the factory atmosphere at home can handle a bit of decor. This gives the interior design personality. Cushions, art prints and pictures, table lamps, and other elements give the apartment a personal touch and complete the color palette. The mood in the room can be made a little more dynamic with more rustic accessories. The atmosphere can be tamed a bit with modern decorations and lines.
The following applies to industrial interior design: neutral colors and materials that look old or used make the rustic industrial style relaxing and inviting. And because imperfection is a positive characteristic of this furnishing style, it can also be reproduced very easily – even if you want or have to go easy on the budget.