We all know about the industrial revolution that took place in the transition from the 18th to the 19th century, but what about the present-day décor industrial revolution? An industrial look interior style has seen a huge boost in popularity in the recent years. This popularity is not indicative of a passing craze. It’s an increased understanding of the ways in which this design philosophy is hugely beneficial in both a practical and aesthetic sense.
The Raw Industrial Look Interior
One of the key parts of an industrial look interior design is that the raw materials that have gone into producing something should not be hidden away, as though they do not exist. Instead, the materials, the processes, the industry of producing and crafting items for the home are all at the forefront of the style. In this way, you will see a lot of exposed wood, brick, concrete and metal. This could take the form of large features, or smaller accessories such as nickel desk lamps or spotlight lamps.
Interestingly, it becomes a kind of style that intends to remove the need to cover up everything in style. This may seem paradoxical, but in practice it makes for a look which is striking, attractive and also concerned with the functionality of everything just as much as the appearance. Examples of how this philosophy might come into action can be seen in the smallest touches. Such as adding wooden storage boxes or copper wine racks as practical industrial accessories.
You can also invest in some larger pieces of industrial furniture to really solidify the theme. Such as a large merchant chest or raw, strong and heavy-duty coffee table. Find furniture that has a sturdy build-quality and simple yet effective design. Take a look through our furniture range at Inspirations to see more of the St Lucia and Draftsman collections above.
By choosing items such as these, you will be able to create a collection of many different, bold textures. The traditional space that everyone thinks of when considering the industrial look is the loft apartment with exposed brick and large windows. This gives you a sense of the kind of feeling that an industrial look might offer, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. That is because the industrial style is something which can be called upon in a whole range of spaces.
Not Just For One Kind of Space
That’s right: get rid of the myth that an industrial look interior is only for large already-industrial style city apartments. For it can be drawn upon for all sorts of different spaces. Whether you live in a countryside cottage, or a modern studio. The great thing about the industrial style too is its connection to functionality and materials. In this way, raw wood and metal trays for example serve as both ideal storage features but also as lovely slices of that industrial look. If you don’t have the industrial space to start with, there is no reason why you can’t change the look of a room to be industrial. Using industrial style accessories and some clever touches that will emulate the same look and feel.
Industrial Look Interior & Exterior
And the industrial look is also not confined to the indoor spaces: you can let it outside to play! You might think for example about how you present your plants. By adding some zinc table planters, wall planters, and larger ridged planters to your garden area, you will be able to create a through-line from the indoor industrial theme to the outdoor space. A nice juxtaposition of natural and man-made.