If you have recently done your research on the current state of interior design, you have probably stumbled upon the word Industrial more than once. No wonder, Industrial Décor is currently on the rise. Although one would not instantly associate the stark and minimalistic vibe of the factory halls with your cozy living room, there is a lot to work with here in incorporating this look into your home. Maybe the secret of the Industrial style lies in the fact that it reaches back to the time when the entire world was driven by the fast technological advancements, but at the same time, it is unapologetically retro and rustic. So, let’s look at some of the key elements of the Industrial style, and see if they are fit for your home.
Wooden and Metal Surfaces
The origins of the Industrial design were established when there weren’t a lot of building materials at your disposal. The utilitarian nature of the style dictates the absence of too much decoration and ornaments, so aim for nothing but the flat wooden and metal surfaces, as the foundation for the rest of the room. If you want to make the whole look even bolder, you can add a healthy dose of concrete into the mix.
Exposed Ducts and Pipes
Leaving the ducts and pipes exposed to the eye of the beholder is a signature element of the Industrial style, so it is probably the easiest way to sell the whole look. It also gives you an opportunity to use something that would look ugly, and messy in any other case, and seamlessly incorporate it into your room’s look. Still, if you are to incorporate the pipes, do not go overboard. The room will look very cramped if it is not large enough.
Fire reminds us of smelter and steel. Therefore, it is more welcomed in this scenario than any other heating source. So, if you plan on introducing a fiery aspect, go for it. Having a fire pit in your living room is sure to be the best addition for this type of style, especially if you couple it with a big funnel to emulate the factory look even more. Alternatively, you can use an ordinary fire pit that is flat and preferably made of metal, so it would not disturb the style.
The industrial furniture should look both minimalistic and rough around the edges, or something that people like to refer to as the steam-punk (elaborate look that incorporates a lot of cogwheels, small mechanical elements, and whatever was considered futuristic and Sci-Fi during the Edison-era). The great thing about this is that such demands allow you a lot of freedom to DiIY pieces. And, they do not even have to look that good. The rougher and more intimidating the pieces are the better. If you want to make your furniture more comfortable with this style, make sure the color and the texture of the upholstery do not stand out too much.
As with any other style, small details can make or break the Industrial look you are going for. In order for the latter mention not to happen, you should fill your room with items that are worn-out, archaic, and follow the same principles as the furniture pieces we mentioned above. Huge bulbs, which are reminiscent on those from the era of industrialization, are, for example, one of the best possible additions. Still, if you want to complete the whole look make sure you include a huge Big Ben-like clock on some of the walls.
When you take a second to think about it, you will notice we are currently living in the society that is obsessed with everything tech, and yet it is hard to deny that we have a very soft spot for the retro stuff. With this in mind, it is not that hard to see the appeal of the Industrial style. If you are interested in trying it at home, these basic elements we suggested should help get you started.